But the car shopping I have been doing does bring up some conundrums. With a mind to be as environmentally AND fiscally friendly as possible, how do I choose the right car for my family?
We have owned a total of 8 vehicles(6 cars, 1 SUV and 1 motorcycle-all bought or leased new) in the course of our 10 year marriage. For the first time ever we have decided to keep one of the cars we have(that we just paid off) and buy another car to keep for the next 10 years. The goal is to only have one car payment at a time. We are working towards being more self sufficient and getting out of debt is a big part of our plan. With school loans and other debt this will take a while but every little bit we can save helps.
So. The car we are looking at buying now will be the 'family' car for the next 10 years. That is a BIG commitment for me. What will the needs of our family be in the next 10 years? We are pretty sure we are done having kids but
Can a family friendly, big van(Sienna) or SUV(Highlander) be eco friendly? Should I go with the smaller crossover(Rav4) because of the better gas mileage(especially since gas is getting even more expensive)? Toyota is coming out with a Prius van soon but it will be way out of our price range. The Hybrid models are also too expensive for us. So how do you balance eco and wallet friendly in car buying?
I would love thoughts and tips. I really am stuck. I pride myself on making hard and fast decisions but I must admit, this is just too much.