What Has Room for Six And Good Fuel Mileage? – WSJ.com

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Updated Aug. 5, 11:59 p.m. ET

Q: What are the or six vehicles with seating for at six people that get the best gas

— Andrew Swenson,

St. Fla.

A: The list consists of crossovers, some with seats that are too small or economy that isn’t so At the top of the list is the Toyota Highlander which has an EPA fuel economy of 27 mpg in the city and 25 on the highway. It logged 26 mpg on a recent family trip to

That’s amazing performance for a large vehicle.

Next is the 5 that seats six and is one of my favorite Its fuel economy rating is 22 28 highway and prices start $18,000, or less than the cost of the seven-seat Highlander Limited. Of course, the Toyota is a more luxurious vehicle.

that rank well the Toyota RAV4 with drive and optional third 21 city 27 highway; Chevrolet hybrid 21 city, 22 highway; the Mercedes-Benz R320 CDI and GL320 18 city, 24 highway; and finally the Flex, 17 city 24 highway.

The Ford also stands out for its interior and outstanding comfort. It made a 1,000-mile road recently, loaded with adults, two children and too much The big wagon (it’s really a station wagon) eked out 24 mpg on the

Q: I have a 1995 Dodge that I use as a commuter car to drive miles each way to the train I think this car is on its last and don’t want to spend a lot of for a car I hardly drive. What car models would you recommend are fairly inexpensive and get good gas

— Stephen Rannekleiv,


A: High fuel prices boosted market values of small used cars, but are still bargains compared new models. For station duty I you should look for an older, sought-after model. A five-year-old Focus hatchback may cost than $5,000 if bought a private seller.

But a 10-year-old Aspire, Geo Metro or another Neon in good condition can be for less than $1,500.

Q: My Honda Odyssey just had its service and will be six years old in The technician told me that the recommends replacing the timing at 100,000 miles or 6 years. Can I observe the mileage requirement and the six-year recommendation?

The dealer wants well $600 for the job.

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— Jon

Penland, N.C.

A: I think you can put off the service for another year, Honda recommends a change seven years or 105,000 But, I think it would be to change the belt after years, because it could and weaken under lengthier

Q: I love my little 2003 Protege5. I get 26 mph, which is for a four-speed automatic transmission and the air running constantly in the heat of Florida. I’m soon to the 60,000 service and I’m about the benefits of switching to oil.

I typically get the oil changed three months or 3,000 I want to keep the car for two more and then offer it as a gift to my

— Bill Weeks,


A: I think switching to synthetic oil is a idea because it generally engine performance and efficiency. You also be able wait before your next oil because synthetics last than conventional oils.

on the oil, you may be able to drive miles between changes. Of synthetic oil costs more, but still one of the cheapest things you can do will play a major in keeping your engine

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