Looking forward towards my next vehicle. I like to research purchases like this for a while and plan for the future. My next vehicle will likely be a 4 year old car that I purchase in 3-4 years. So now is a good time to start researching as I can go test drive and look at things on a lot. Things I may want to buy in 3-4 years once they are done for the 1st owner. I tend to buy stuff coming off lease w 30-40k miles on them.
I currently own a Subaru forester and love it.
Things I would like in my next vehicle that my current one does not have:
1. Ability to load 2 pins at once. Bonus points if can fit 3 or ideally 2 pins plus wife and 3 dogs (we like to road trip, camp, and pick up pins on our travels)
2. Ability to load a 4x8 sheet of plywood. I have rental properties and this would be nice. I currently need to hook up the trailer which can be a PITA, esp in bad weather. I am fine with cramming them in standing up between front seats to fit, at an angle, whatever... just need to be able to fit a few sheets without too much chaos
3. Ability to dump out the van innards, and retrofit for comfy camping for the occasional trip.
I have the most experience with an 06 Town & Country with stow and go seats. You can fit 3 pins (PITA since you need to remove heads on 2). It is a comfy ride, but is obviously not designed for my uses.
I am thinking of an actual utility van for my next vehicle. I dont want a beast.
I would love to have a van that allows me to slide in a folded pin and stand it up on end. This allowing me to haul 2 with relative ease.
I would love something that has a second row of seats (for dogs to ride on in normal day to day) but they can be removed or stowed when I need to haul more.
I would love to have something that will do OK in snow and better MPG is great, but obv a constraint.
Not looking at the big extended type work vans, but more of the standard (w likely a high roof for pins on backs?)
Anyone gone down this path?
Anyone have a utility van/transit/promaster/etc...?
Would like to hear your thoughts, advice, info.
What do you like, what do you wish it had?