We are slightly considering getting rid of our 2001 Caravan and switching to a Honda Element.
I love the Caravan because, with the 3rd seat removed, I can put up to four bike, with front wheels mounted normally, right in the back. Generally, we road travel with two mountain bikes, which fit easily, and leave lots of room in the back for luggage, and we still have the middle seat for icebox, etc.
It would appear to me that this would be a more difficult feat, if not impossible, with the Element. So I have been looking around the internet and have located the Dahon Boardwalk D7.
This would be used for casual rides in a variety of locations. For example, when we drive to Carlsbad, California, we like to ride the bike paths along the beach from Oceanside down to Torrey Pines, and even go up the rather steep Torrey Pines grade inside the State Park. Or we plan to go to Moab and bicycle the EAST trails, not Slick Rosck or anything like that.
We aleady have 6 bikes in the stable (see below), but none of them meet the requirement of easy portability in a smaller space.
I noticed the Boardwalk could currently be had for about $300, which is in our budget.
I am 6', and weigh 210 lbs
My wife is 5'7" and is about 160. She needs a "step-through" bike.
(We are considering the Element (only slightly at this time) because the Caravan goes through gas like crazy and is pretty big to drive, and has racked up about 65,000 miles, which means if we want to resell at a decent price, it is getting close to that fall-off point)