Discussion in 'Start Your Journey Here' started by Elemental, Apr 22, 2013.
Electric cars and plugin hybrids would be fine at any altitude.
Bikes are less of a concern than skis; I work in the ski industry, but with bikes it will probably be just me and my road bike or MTB.
You hit on the magic of the Element; for 3 folks, there is almost no limit to what you can carry inside that wonderful, brick-shaped cube just by lifting up 50% of the backseat. 3 bikes will fit inside without taking wheels or seat posts off. Increase the number to four, however, and equipping everyone for the bowling alley is a challenge.
It's true, I am making the case for keeping the Element, but I was wondering if there was anything out there that has come along since, say, 2001 that will be a more efficient replacement when the time comes. Is there anything else besides the Mazda6 Skyactiv-D I should be looking at?
You've effectively got the whole range of compact, crossover utility vehicles available to you.
From what I have heard, I'd also recommend maybe considering hanging onto your Element. It ain't the prettiest vehicle on the road, but it gets the job done and sounds like it suits what you do. It's also financially probably a superior proposition in any case.
If you need to consider something else, the RAV4 and Nissan Pathfinder seem to be stong contenders, maybe the Honda CRV. But I don't think any of those will really provide more than what you have been getting out of your Element.
Better maybe to optimize your route you drive up and down the mountain to squeeze more miles per gallon of dead dino juice.
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