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    Another vote for the Element, it pretty much meets all your requirements and it can hold an amazing amount of stuff, and the absolutely flat floor is great for loading/unloading. Not sure if it'll fit in your parking spot though, you'll have to do some measuring to be sure.


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    I went from Toyota Avalon to '08 Nissan Xterra. Mileage is decent. It's affordable. And it's Nissan, so it will last. It could hold all your stuff rather comfortably, but I think the victory still goes to the Element. I see those on set all the time, almost as much as I see Xterras, but it looks like they can hold just a bit more. If they can't hold more, they hold it "better" because they are boxes, like everyone else said.

    Starting to see quite a few Kia Souls around, too. I hear their gas mileage is phenomenal. They're kind of built like the Honda Element.


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    Quote Originally Posted by editman View Post
    I go by cab 90% of the time!
    In Toronto one of the cab companies ( Beck Taxi ) owns 160 mini-van cabs ( they cost $30 more than a regular cab ) that you can get at a moment's notice.

    I always ask them to remove all of the seats, so it's pretty easy to haul a lot of gear with an empty mini-van.

    And the best part about using a taxi mini-van is not having to deal with parking.
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    2000 Dodge Caravan. The Milf Magnet.

    I can fit all my camera gear, lights, dolly and track, jib, tripods and anything else I need.


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    4x4 frames fit in the element too. I load them in the side doors at the end so they're on top.
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    Hrm... kia soul looks nice considering how cheap it is. I'll look into the element as well.

    I thought about the scions but they're poorly reviewed and more expensive than the soul


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    Toyota Prius! I'm able to fit the following:

    Coffin Case w/ 3 fresnels, 3 LED panels, stands, etc.
    Kessler KC-12 Crane
    Kessler K-Pod
    Weights
    Pelican 1560 w/ Camera/Lenses
    Pelican 1500
    Large Pelican w/ Kessler Oracle controller / Revolution Head
    2 C-Stands
    Sandbags
    Apple Boxes
    Glidecam w/ Vest/Arm
    Sticks
    Slider
    2 6-Bank flourescent Fixtures
    2 Backpacks
    Passenger
    Audio package w/ boom

    It fits all of that while getting 50mpg. It's a really fantastic production vehicle if it fits your kit. A used 2010 or earlier should be in your price range too.


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    Subaru Legacy AWD wagon. Tons of room for gear, and with the 4-wheel drive it can go just about anywhere.

    Not to mention that they can take a beating...

    I had my last one up to 260K miles before the engine finally seized up and caught fire.


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    prius is out of my price range =/


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    Quote Originally Posted by TheDingo View Post
    In Toronto one of the cab companies ( Beck Taxi ) owns 160 mini-van cabs ( they cost $30 more than a regular cab ) that you can get at a moment's notice.

    I always ask them to remove all of the seats, so it's pretty easy to haul a lot of gear with an empty mini-van.

    And the best part about using a taxi mini-van is not having to deal with parking.
    Yes, that is a great advantage. Get a car when you need one and I don't have to deal with it once on location and it's cheaper than owning a car!


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