Not quite. Our leased 2004 Chevrolet Venture LS will leave an empty spot as the Family Van next Wednesday. It has been leased for a little over three years, it had replaced a 2001 Dodge Caravan SE. It will be missed, even with its many faults. Some of you may know that me and my family are moving from Connecticut to Alska. The Venture leaving us poses a very big problem. The Venture is going next week, but we are moving in early September. We have a two other operating vehicles. A F-150 and a MCI bus. But the F-150 is gone all day, five days a week. We obviously can't drive a full-size coach around a city. So we are left with very few options for transport for two months. We don't want to have to drive another vehicle from CT to AK, which would not only mean an extra trip but would also mean putting a lot of miles on it (and it is going to be leased as well). We are tight on cash, but the only thing we can do for a good month is rent various cars as we need them. We may try and fix up a very old Volkswagen Beetle, which is in storage at present. However this will take at least a month to complete, if we even decide its worth it.
The Venture is gone, but we do have another vehicle! We need a large van to move our things from coast-to-coast, and it would cost over $15,000 to rent a van and even more then that to ship our stuff. So we went on eBay.com and bought ourselves a used 1999 Freightliner FL-60 with a twenty-six foot long box. Under its big hood is a Cummins turbo diesel, coupled to a five speed manual transmission. About 160,000 miles on the odometer and in excellent condition. Its green with a white box. Two gas tanks, a five passenger bench, a single cup holder and a good old cassette player.
My question to you all is regarding our next leased vehicle. Requirements are eight passenger seating and has to get more then twenty miles to the gallon in the city. Don't care about safety ratings, brand (well, it can't be a Toyota) or anything else really. We have narrowed it down to:
-Honda Odyssey EX-L
Which out of the above would you choose, and why?