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We have three young schoolage kids and in-laws who soon will not be able to drive. Our Honda CR-V is clap­ping out so we are look­ing up­grade some­thing with easy ac­cess for the el­derly plenty of room as travel like the Gris­wolds! We live in a hilly area so think­ing diesel. Our bud­get is about $30K. are lean­ing to Kia Car­ni­val but open sug­ges­tions. Trav A peo­ple-mover is the sen­si­ble choice but get a diesel only if you’ll do lot of kilo­me­tres. If you’re just pot­ter­ing around town, find that most peo­ple-movers have petrol en­gines can cope with hills. For $30,000 you could prob­a­bly sneak into a 2014 or 2015 Car­ni­val Hyundai IMax of the same vin­tage. The Honda Odyssey and Toy­ota Tarago will be cou­ple of years older but still worth a look.

CHOICES

Kia Car­ni­val Look around, hag­gle hard and you should be able to squeak into the cur­rent Car­ni­val, which launched in Fe­bru­ary 2015 was based on an all-new plat­form. Its 3.3-litre V6 or 2.2-litre diesel will make short work of those hills. Apart from a more com­fort­able, qui­eter ride, the big im­prove­ment in new model was the cabin. More so­phis­ti­cated ma­te­ri­als and an abun­dance of 12-volt USB out­lets will keep ju­nior Gris­wolds happy on long trips. The Car­ni­val’s seven-year war­ranty means a sec­ond-hand one have longer cov­er­age than lot of new cars.

Hyundai iMax The isn’t as so­phis­ti­cated the Car­ni­val, it shares un­der­pin­nings with the iLoad courier van. It also falls short on safety, no cur­tain airbags for rear pas­sen­gers. The 2.5-litre diesel is fairly noisy by mod­ern stan­dards but is strong and fru­gal high­way cruis­ing. On the plus side, the in­te­rior is cav­ernous — it’s per­haps only peo­ple-mover on mar­ket that can fit eight peo­ple and their lug­gage. A five-year war­ranty means you’ll likely pick one up with three years’ cov­er­age re­main­ing.

Honda Odyssey If you’ve en­joyed own­ing your CR-V, then why not keep it in the fam­ily and look at the Odyssey? For $30,000 you should be able to get lat­est gen­er­a­tion model, launched in Fe­bru­ary 2014. The pre­vi­ous model was al­most an an­tipeo­ple-mover, with sleek styling and im­pres­sive road man­ners; the cur­rent though less en­gag­ing, is more spa­cious and prac­ti­cal. The four-cylin­der needs to be revved but will be ad­e­quate for fam­ily freight­ing.

typ­i­cally clever Honda cabin has qual­ity fin­ishes. Re­sale will good there no fac­tory war­ranty.

WILDCARD

Nis­san Pathfinder If you can’t quite bring your­self to go down the peo­ple­mover path, big SUV might be worth a look. It can’t match pur­pose-built peo­ple car­ri­ers for prac­ti­cal­ity, size and ease of en­try but it does the best job the cur­rent crop of full­sized SUVs has strong V6. The sec­ond row plenty width for fit­ting baby seats and its clever fold­ing mech­a­nism en­ables sur­pris­ingly good ac­cess to the third row.

VER­DICT

If size, com­fort and prac­ti­cal­ity mat­ter, this is some­thing of a no-con­test. With its su­per­sized cabin, strong safety cre­den­tials

in­dus­try-leading war­ranty, the Car­ni­val the clear pick.

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