a puzzle with a special condition. I intend to move to Seattle area from CO, with some stuff to haul, and I am always carrying sports gear (bicycles, gym bags and rowing gear). I have a 24’ long, lightweight rowing shell, to put on a sling/rack system on top (need that too), so the vehicle must be high/tall to get the boat well above avg car height. I also want reliability (loved my past Toyota cars) & fuel efficiency. Most interested in utility, rather than cushy. Can’t afford new. So, what’s the best choice on a gently used vehicle?
I’ve been looking at used Toyota Tundras and Tacomas, ext. cab for convenient cargo, with utility toppers for gear & rack system for boat. Love the straight up utility and height of a truck, but maybe fuel efficiency is a big tradeoff.
SUV hybrid? …love the fuel efficiency of a hybrid (I own a Prius now), but I’m told that hybrid vehicles won’t tow anything, so if I choose to haul stuff in my upcoming move, this is a downside. Paying a moving company will be thousands that I could put toward a vehicle.
SUV non-hybrid, cargo utility + tallness + towing capacity. Can I get everything I want in an SUV that’s as utilitarian as a truck? Seems there are more gently-used SUVs out there than well maintained trucks.
your valued opinions please!!