I’m currently looking for a second vehicle, and I’m wanting something with lots of room for camping and road trips. I’m kind of torn between an older Land Cruiser/LX470 and a 4WD Honda Element, trying to stay under $20k and no older than 2002. I used to have an Element and loved it, but it wasn’t 4WD and at the time I needed something with more seats, so I traded it in. Now I just have me, my daughter, and my dogs.

I plan on driving it all over the country and up into Canada, so something reliable is wanted, hence the choices, and I’d love to be able to do at least some light off-roading, which I think both could handle. Has anyone in here owned an Element and taken it off road? All of the videos I’ve seen on YouTube are old and fairly tame. I don’t need to go through the toughest parts of Moab with it, but being able to do something like Goldmine hill would be nice I think.

The gas mileage and stuff of the Element would be nice, and I can get a newer one with a lot lower miles for the same price, but the Land Cruiser may be more fun.

So Oppo, what do you think of these options, and is there maybe a vehicle that would fit these needs that I’m missing?