My concern about good gas mileage isn't focused around the 3-4 canoes trips per year. Its the rest of the year when the vehicle has to be the commuter vehicle for one of us.
Fuel prices are going to creep higher...we may retreat briefly from the creep toward $5 gas, but prices will continue to rise... Thus my search for the most fuel efficient canoe hauler.
Sure, the Sienna is great for the few weeks a year we're doing big canoe trips. But we're feeding it's fuel appetite all year round. I'm thinking the situation should be reversed. Have great fuel mileage all year round, but have to squeeze to get the two canoes and gear aboard for the big canoe trips....hence the interest in the likes of the Prius V or VW Sportwagon TDI, or Highlander Hybrid.
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