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    Baby Duramax Colorado/canyon crew cab. LT or Z71 could be negotiated into the price range. The 3.6 is easily in the range but mileage is less. Pay now or pay later. (Used of course.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by AdventureHare View Post
    Baby Duramax Colorado/canyon crew cab. LT or Z71 could be negotiated into the price range. The 3.6 is easily in the range but mileage is less. Pay now or pay later. (Used of course.)
    This is for sure a consideration as more and more used diesel ones hit the market

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    I think you'd be hard pressed to find a used Duramax Colorado for under $30k

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    I don't do any towing but my 2015 Outback with a LP Aventure 2" lift would fit most of your criteria. I get ~26mpg in mixed driving and can handle any dirt road/fire trail I have found so far. You might need to go a couple years older to meet your budget though I have seen used 2015's for 25K around here.


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    Sounds like Pinzgauer fits the bill!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sonarman View Post
    Sounds like Pinzgauer fits the bill!
    Yes

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    Quote Originally Posted by vartz04 View Post
    This is for sure a consideration as more and more used diesel ones hit the market
    Before jumping into a diesel, please be aware of what comes with that. Be familiar with the extra maintenance. Look up regen issues. Diesels are nice, but not magical engines. Applicable in certain situations, but in my opinion, would end up costing you more.

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    subaru all the way.. their cheap, reliable, and good on gas, I'll use my 12 forester for some specs here. stock a subaru will go (with good offroad driving habits) down moderately crappy trails (find freshlikesushi) add a small lift kit and your above ground clearance of a stock 10 year old landcruiser. towing capacity of the new 3.6r ob is 3k. with attention to top speed (55) a 5 year old scoob will tow 3000lbs as well (I do with mine) with upgraded springs "normal" speeds can be achieved as the limiting factor for towing on the 09-13 forester is the back suspension (and all the other models have the same suspension) approach angle on them isn't the greatest, but it can be dealt with.. and I wouldn't take it rock bouncing, but for everyday chores, and the occasional offroad jaunt in the woods mine fits the bill well. after 2.5 years of ownersihp and 60k miles of pushing it to its limits, I just had to replace the clutch due to the throw out bearing performing cold fusion to itself, and then eating the clutch fingers. the clutch friction itself was in good shape. as well as most of the mechanical's, I average 22.5 based on the mpg thing on the dash, and I don't drive for economy the trade off on a subaru is 4x4 prowess for mpg, and since I'm not going to moab every weekend, it was a trade off I could live with.. I did research for about 4 months before I pulled the trigger on mine, and yes.. its been great...

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    What about a Mitsubishi Outlander?

    AWD Sub $20K

    https://www.cars.com/vehicledetail/d...8004/overview/

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    Quote Originally Posted by vartz04 View Post
    Okay a couple clarifications

    It's 2 adults and 2 kids in car seats. (2.5 and 1 years old)

    A lot of the time it will be me and 1 of the boys or in a couple years both of them. Wife will come on rare occasion

    The MPGs are for empty daily driving. If it goes from 24 to 17 loaded I don't care much as it's only a couple times a year I take a trip like that. I'd be willing to go down to 20 mpgs unloaded highway real world numbers but not really any less.
    You might take a look at an 05-12 Nissan Pathfinder. When we went shopping for a car for my wife we were originally thinking about a Honda Element or a Subaru crosstrek. We went to Carmax to check out all of the cute ute suvs because they usually have one of everything on the lot. I'm about 6'3" and it was clear that most compact suv's don't have much headroom, You have to recline the seat so far back it's like sitting in a sports car. The Nissan Pathfinder or Xterra weren't even on our list but we drove both and decided on the Pathfinder. It gets 20 mpg and I believe might be able to tow up to 5,000 lbs.
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