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  • Conversion van vs SUV.

    I'm going to be in the market for a new vehicle in a few months and I'm debating the merits of an SUV vs a full size conversion van. The primary purpose of this vehicle will be for road trips.

    Both SUVs and full size vans get about the same gas mileage so gas mileage takes a back seat to aesthetics and function.

    SUV: http://www.theautochannel.com/media/...orer_sport.jpg

    Conversion van: http://english.denker.cz/foto_nabidka/foto_id_876.jpg

    I'm considering an SUV like a Ford Explorer or a conversion van like a Chevrolet Express. But regardless of what I do choose, it won't be older than a 97, since that's when the universal OBD-2 protocol went into effect.

    So which one is better for road trips?
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    An environmentalist considering an SUV??

    The main advantages of an SUV are 4 wheel drive and ground clearance. I'm assuming you don't have to deal with too much snow in AL, so those aren't too important. I've ridden in the type of conversion van you posted, it's VERY roomy, almost like a mini-RV. Lots of room for stretching out and big LCD screens. The best advice I can give is to test drive AND test ride them. Sit in the back while someone else drives and imagine how comfortable you'd be after five hours back there.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by stonestatue View Post
      I'm going to be in the market for a new vehicle in a few months and I'm debating the merits of an SUV vs a full size conversion van. The primary purpose of this vehicle will be for road trips.

      Both SUVs and full size vans get about the same gas mileage so gas mileage takes a back seat to aesthetics and function.

      SUV: http://www.theautochannel.com/media/...orer_sport.jpg

      Conversion van: http://english.denker.cz/foto_nabidka/foto_id_876.jpg

      I'm considering an SUV like a Ford Explorer or a conversion van like a Chevrolet Express. But regardless of what I do choose, it won't be older than a 97, since that's when the universal OBD-2 protocol went into effect.

      So which one is better for road trips?
      I would luv to get a conversion van, but most likely 100% for trips, never as a daily driver. I prefer my Dodge Durango, I bought the SLT version so it has 3 rows of seats. Only gripe I have is that when the 3rd row is in place, it doesnt have much trunk space. Alot of newer SUV are full size if you buy from GM, CHRYSLER, FORD. So all come standard with a third row, with more trunk and leg room. At the time the 2003 Durango was only mid size, now its full size with much more comfortable seats. Now PC wise the best is the conversion van, the possibilies are endless. For off road, trails, fast driving, I suggest a SUV. I have a good configuration in my truck, but it required alot of modding.
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      • #4
        I had a Dodge custom Van and really enjoyed it. Had all the creature comforts and plenty room for luggage. My first road trip in it was to B'ham Al. Had a blast with it. I just had to get used to it lumbering down the road. Roomy and comfortable with plenty leg room.

        I've also owned a Jeep Grand Cherokee, By comparison not nearly as big but she would "spit and get" when I put the hammer down. I had no carpc back then so I was only limited to the HU and scenic view. Those 4 wheels worked a charm up here in Detroit when the roads got slick, hell they worked a charm anywhere I took her. My first Road trip was to in her was to Orlando FL. was alright but missed the leg room and space for luggage and with 3 girlz..luggage galore

        But my best advice echoes this one...........

        Originally posted by Laminar View Post
        An environmentalist considering an SUV??

        .... The best advice I can give is to test drive AND test ride them. Sit in the back while someone else drives and imagine doing how comfortable you'd be after five hours back there.
        If you cant DODGE em, RAM em.

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