Sorry for the clickbait subject line but here goes. I love my Honda Element. For someone who shoots on location and takes a lot of lighting gear and C-stands it is terrific but it's getting worn out. The drive train and chassis are fine however. Also the high engine and road noise levels are bothersome, but the E handles handles great. I love the Element as a photographer's vehicle because t can haul a lot of stuff, particularly tall standsand has great head and legroom. Did I mention that it is loud? Sometime n the next year or two I'll be needing to replace it because repair costs are creeping up. Despite the noise levels, I'd get a new(ER)Element but Honda discontinued them in 2012. Suburbans and other Brontosaurus size SUVS are out of the question, and I'm not a van or mini-van fan. The only other automobile that looks like it will work for me is the Ford Flex. Here are my questions: Does anyone have experience with the Flex or can make another recommendation? If you have a Ford Flex how does it drive and ride and hold up?