Hi from Denver (more or less), long time lurker! Currently I drive an AWD '06 Element, manual transmission. My commute takes me to Summit Country a couple of times a week, 1-1.5 hours over one, and sometimes two 11,000 ft passes. I don't have any towing or heavy duty needs, just me and sometimes 2-3 skiers/bikers. The Element is a great car (my favorite of those I've owned, in fact), but I bought when I lived at sea-level, and by the time I get to Loveland Pass it needs a heavier foot than I want to give it. That, its brick shape causes a noticeable drop in FE over 55-60mph. :roll eyes: Any recommendations? I'd love to get gains in both FE and high elevation non-wheeziness. Do TDI or a turbo petrol engine have an advantage up high compared to each other? I prefer manual, but that's not a deal-breaker, I suppose.