I am 48, live in the suburbs of Boston and drive a 2004 Honda Element - 208,000 miles. Drive a lot for work, highway, not in traffic. Use the Element as the “utility” vehicle - can toss my mountain bike in the back, the dogs, groceries, planting material… We will be giving the Element to my nephew. My wife is driving a Volvo S80. We need to start thinking about a new car for me. In my twenties, I had a Corrolla, 30’s had a Jeep Wrangler, 40’s had a Volvo wagon (totaled in an accident) now the Element.
I am 6, 220 lbs, big, fit guy and cannot fit into a compact or subcompact car.
Would like to spend under $30K. What I am looking for is a safe vehicle, cool factor, fun to drive, gas mileage that is not horrible. Not looking for a luxury vehicle - I dont want to have to worry about the car getting dirty or scratched.
I have looked at the hybrids, VW diesels, pickup trucks,…and I am lost in all the choices.
I am leaning towards another Element or possibly a Jeep Wrangler. LOVED my Jeep!!!
Your thoughts, suggestions, alternative options are greatly appreciated.