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Old 03-13-2012, 09:37 PM   #1
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Default PCSing back to USA; cross country ride in 2012 Impreza or 2012 Odyssey?

Greetings from Japan

In July, I'll be driving from Los Angeles to St Louis, with daily stops at Grand Canyon, Albuquerque, Amarillo, Tulsa, then home to St Louis

I have to purchase 2 cars when I get back to the states and we've decided on 2012 Impreza Sport and 2012 Honda Odyssey

Option 1
Purchase Impreza from Cali, drive cross country then get the Honda in St Louis
Option 2
Purchase Odyssey from Cali, drive cross country, then get the Subie in St Louis

I will be driving with my wife, my 5 year old, my 3 year old, and my 110 lb golden retriever

Thoughts? The impreza will definitely save on gas, but the odyssey is much more spacious. We can fit our luggage in the van, but the impreza will have to be fitted with a cargo carrier on the roof

PS, GREAT to get back to USA!!!
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Old 03-13-2012, 10:07 PM   #2
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Adding a cargo carrier on the roof will decrease the savings on gas you may be expecting, I loose 3~4mpg w/ just my snowboard attachment w/ the wind deflector. Something to consider if mpg is a main decision maker.
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Old 03-13-2012, 10:13 PM   #3
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i would deffinatly do the drive in the minivan, especially with 2 kids and a dog. The minivan should still get 25+ mpg on the highway. Are you planning on adding a cargo carrier to the subaru anyway? if not why waste the money.
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Old 03-13-2012, 10:16 PM   #4
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Are you crazy? Van it all the way. When wife and kids are involved, comfort is the way to go.
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Old 03-13-2012, 10:44 PM   #5
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as mentioned, the added weight and the added wind resistance will cause the Impreza to have poor gas mileage.
EPA rated 28mpg for the Odyssey..... which isnt bad. Space and comfort is no contest here.
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Old 03-13-2012, 11:32 PM   #6
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Thanks for your service.

Get the Oddessy for the cross country drive, you'll be glad to have all that room.

Then when you get to St.Louis buy a WRX, your wife will never know the difference.
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Old 03-13-2012, 11:43 PM   #7
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Ballpark you'll be looking at under $100 difference in gas prices (assuming FDA highway ratings). That's nothing compared to the overall cost of the trip. Use the Ody.
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Old 03-14-2012, 07:18 AM   #8
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i would deffinatly do the drive in the minivan, especially with 2 kids and a dog. The minivan should still get 25+ mpg on the highway. Are you planning on adding a cargo carrier to the subaru anyway? if not why waste the money.
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THIS.. Minivan +++
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Old 03-14-2012, 08:17 AM   #9
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Plus, consider how much a big dog and two kids are going to muck up your new car. I'd rather they slobber all over and grind Cheerios into the minivan than my impreza.
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Old 03-14-2012, 12:54 PM   #10
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With that many people/stuff, I would for sure go with the van! Welcome home! I worked in Germany for just a year, and was so happy when I got back... I didn't realize how much I loved this place until I was gone for a while!
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Old 03-14-2012, 01:34 PM   #11
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Old 03-14-2012, 03:03 PM   #12
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Van, going cross country in a small car is not fun with a family.
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I disagree, lol.
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