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Linda in Morelia

Sep 28, 2008, 3:41 PM

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Minivan with high wheel clearance?

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My husband and I plan to buy a car here in Mexico. We want a car that has high wheel clearance (for topes and dirt roads) and seats at least 5 comfortably. We don't want a large car, so we are thinking a small SUV might work.

I was wondering if there is such a thing as a minivan with high wheel clearance that is available in Mexico?

Or whether there is some other class or type of car that would meet our requirements.

As always, we appreciate your imput.

Linda



RickS


Sep 28, 2008, 4:27 PM

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Re: [Jim and Linda] Minivan with high wheel clearance?

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Nissan XTrail
Toyota Rav4
Honda CR-V

in no particular order....

Your criteria of "seats at least 5 comfortably" will be a stretch for anything in the small SUV category. Any of these will seat five for a short trip and four comfortably for any trip. All are 4-wheel or all-wheel drive, high clearance, sturdy, small cross-over SUVs, and all are very popular in Mexico, especially where ever you might find gringos or middle class Mexican Nationals.

I'm sure you will get other recommendations, but I'm sticking with these three.

(This post was edited by RickS on Sep 28, 2008, 4:30 PM)


bournemouth

Sep 28, 2008, 4:31 PM

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Re: [Jim and Linda] Minivan with high wheel clearance?

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Everyone will have a different answer - we are very happy with our Toyota RAV4 - seats 5 - but you wouldn't want to take a really long trip with 5 in it. Good luggage space. However, I have to say we have a 2006 which is before they went to the current "jellybean" shape - you'd have to look at one to make sure the space is still the same.
The only minivan I remember with decent ground clearance was the Chevrolet Astro - no longer made and also rather large for village streets.


sioux4noff

Sep 28, 2008, 8:07 PM

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Re: [Jim and Linda] Minivan with high wheel clearance?

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Jeep Liberty and Ford Escape are also both very popular. They will seat 5, comfortably is in the eye of the beholder. We have had 10 people (5 adults, 5 kids)in our Mazda Tribute (same as a Ford Escape.) The driver was comfortable, everyone else, not so much.
The Dodge Nitros look pretty cool, and there is a newer Jeep model as well.


Bethie

Sep 28, 2008, 11:44 PM

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I drove a 2002 Honda CRV for 6 years. Was very impressed on how it handled in the snow, it seats 5. I would recommend a roof top luggage carrier for extra storage. Good on gas too


Linda in Morelia

Sep 29, 2008, 4:58 AM

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Re: [Bethie] Minivan with high wheel clearance?

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Thank you all for your information.

Linda
 
 
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