I'd like to do some long trips in the next few years, so something that could carry all our stuff (bikes and kayaks etc) plus tow Bubba, but still get good gas mileage would be ideal.
Maybe that's an impossible dream ?
Paula, you might just want to look at an Element. Keep the trailer weight
down, and be careful about the gear you load into the car, the E meets all these needs.
I didn't buy the Jeep to replace the Element, I kept it, and I am using the Jeep mostly as my daily driver.
The Element was getting too high up in milage for me to rely on it as an all purpose vehicle with my long and hard commute. Thats the only reason for a new car.