Our family is expanding and we’re probably going to “upgrade” to a mini-van soon.
We currently own a 2006 Subaru Forester 2.5x and a 2008 Honda Civic LX. My wife drives the Subaru, I drive the Honda. The Subaru has 106,000 miles on it and the Honda has 108,000 miles on it. They both have kept up really well and show no signs of major breakdown any time soon.
My wife would become the primary driver of the minivan, leaving me to choose between two vehicles old friends.
Pros: Roomier, stronger, higher ground clearance, AWD for Minnesota winters
Cons: 11 years old and over 100k miles; 17 mpg in city, 24-27 mpg highway; one minor accident (no airbag deployed, light scratching on front bumper)
Pros: Better looking, feels compact, newer; 24 mpg city; 30-34 mpg highway
Cons: 9 years old, 100k miles, three minor accidents (no airbag deployed, cosmetic repairs done)