Thanks for the Element comments, FairToMiddlin. You almost had me convinced to give it a glance when you mentioned the lift/tailgate. . . but yes, five seatbelts would be minimum. . . .
Yes, raytseng, I guess that there are good and bad things about a discontinued vehicle. Might be cheaper, but then there is always the search for parts. . . !
Snowfan, thanks for the well-wishes. . . it turns out I might even cancel, or at least delay, the ankle surgery. The second ortho whom I saw for an opinion thinks that I should wait and see how things progress withOUT surgery. Will do lots of thinking and praying that my ankle tells me what to do, because I sure am tired of worrying about making a decision myself! So I just might try some skiing this year after all! Yay!!