LeftieBiker wrote:I should think that someone who preferred both 'small efficient cars' and 'people movers' would get a four cylinder minivan, not an SUV.
Unfortunately, IIRC, that REALLY limits your choices. There aren't a whole lot of 4-cylinder minivans left.
Yeah, a quick check of FuelEconomy.gov lists just two minivans with 4 cylinder engines as standard:
Mazda 5, 2.5L, 22/24/28 MPG
Toyota Sienna (2013 model), 2.7L, 19/21/24 MPG
The other minivan choices all have V-6 engines of 3.5 or 3.6L and fuel economy of 16-19 City/23-28 Hwy.
Meanwhile, there are many CUV choices whose city
fuel economy is similar to the highway
numbers of most of those minivans. For example, the Mazda CX-5 2WD gets 26/29/35 MPG and yet has 34.1 cubic feet of seats-up cargo space, 10 more than the Leaf.
If the OP wants the best combination of economy and cargo carrying, the Prius V is probably the best bet. 44/42/40 MPG and 34 cubic feet of seats-up cargo capacity. No plug-in capability however. There is also the Toyota RAV-4 EV but my understanding is that all have been spoken for and Toyota will not be making any more.
O/T but I was shocked to see how new many of those vehicles were. Many were post-2000 models and a couple (Chevy Uplander and Pontiac Montana) were as new as 2006.
What a waste...