What do your drive as your "Family" Vehicle?

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Post # 2
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

We have a 2012 Chevy Traverse.  So far we have a toddler and hoping down the road to have 1 more.  The Traverse has 3rd roll seating.  We use ours for camping and just put the 3rd roll down and can get everything we need in it. 

I really enjoy it

 

Post # 3
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Sugar bee

wandering_gypsy:  I have a 3 month old son, a 70lb dog and my car is my office. (My job is similar to that of a pharma rep- so think lots of materials I use daily are stored there.)

I drive a 2013 Subaru Outback. I looooove it. I’m not sure it would work for a bigger family because the stroller really takes up a lot of the back. I’m fine bc baby is on one side, dog on the other (tho he doesn’t get in the car that much).

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I have a 2009 GMC Acadia.  I LOVE it!!  3rd row seating, but captains chairs in the middle row, so 7 people.  We have 1 toddler and I would love to expand our family- when it finally happens!  We have 3 dogs, 2-60 pound shar peis and a 60 pound beagle.  When we travel, one shar pei sits in the 2nd captains chair while the other 2 lay in the back seat.  I really love my car, but if we have another cild, I think it may be cramped with all of us.  But worst case, we can lay the 3rd row flat and all 3 dogs can lay back there.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I would like to know:

Year/Make/Model 2002 honda CRV

How many kids you do you have (plan on having)? (general ages?) We have one (2.5) and one on the way.

How many does your car seat normally? 5

Do you have any pets that ride in the vehicle? (if so, size/breed) Rufus, our English Setter. He’s medium sized/ 60lbs

How you like your vehicle?/Is it too big/too small? Not enough trunk space? Anything. Perhaps it’s because I had a Honda Civic (two-door) until DD was 1, but I LOVE LOVE my CRV. When this one dies, I will get a newer one. It’s worked well so far, has enough room for us, baby, and lots of other stuff. It’s nice that Rufus has his own space in the back. It’ll get a little tighter when we have 2 carseats in there, but it’ll still work.

Do you recommend this car to someone who is starting a family? For sure, especially if you’re on your first kiddo.. and/or live in a wintery climate. I love that it’s AWD. I feel safe driving it in the crappy awful winters we have here.

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Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

We each have our own vehicle and neither is a “family vehicle” since we don’t have/want kids, but I still wanna play!

Year/Make/Model: 2009 Ford Mustang convertible (mine) and 2009 Toyota Corolla (his)

How many kids you do you have (plan on having)? (general ages?) None

How many does your car seat normally? Mine seats 2 comfortably, 3 cramped, and 4 dangerously. His seats 5. 

Do you have any pets that ride in the vehicle? (if so, size/breed) One cat and he wants a lab/retriever eventually. We would only travel with the dog in his car, not mine. 

How you like your vehicle? I love mine, I hate his. He feels the same but opposite! 

Is it too big/too small? Not enough trunk space? My car is definitely not meant for cargo hauling or furniture shopping (but you can fit a lot more if you put the top down haha!). But I love it so it’s worth it. We can fit suitcases or 2 sets of golf clubs if needed in my trunk so 99% of the time it’s no problem. We use his or borrow one of my parents’ SUVs if we need more space. 

Do you recommend this car to someone who is starting a family? I would never recommend the Corolla to anyone because it’s a plastic uncomfortable piece of crap, and the Mustang probably isn’t super practical for a family. Unless you’re just that awesome.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

wandering_gypsy:  We currently own a 2013 Honda Civic (I’m at the dealership waiting for wrok right now LOL) Yes, it does have a smaller backseat, but it can seat five.  We have one kid and a cat (so no need for animal transportation at the moment).  It gets good gas mileage.  The trunk space is surprisingly amazing.  The backseat will fit another carseat- so we are good even if we have another baby (which we want to). We also have a 2004 Ford Ranger.  It was my husband’s before I met him- and suited him perfectly.  He is a truck guy, but as soon as we can afford it, we are going to buy him a new truck with a supercrew cab or whatever– basically so it has a full backseat and we can all fit into that, too.   Because right now, we always have to drive the Honda when the three of us are together.   My friend drove an Acoord, and then decided to had to have a Pathfinder just to fit both carseats.  I think she just wanted the Pathfinder– and that’s ok because that’s her preference, but she sort of used the carseats as an excuse which made me laugh.  If I can fit a Diono and a baby carseat in my Civic, she could have fit them in the Accord, too.     The one thing I want to make sure is that at least one of our family cars is gas efficient.  There’s really no need for us to own two HUGE cars– we are more than happy to share/trade cars when we want or need to– so we don’t both have to be sucking up gas like crazy.

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Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

Year/Make/Model: 2010 Mazda CX-9

How many kids you do you have (plan on having)? (general ages?) Between my fiance and I, we have four kids (ages 21-10) 

How many does your car seat normally? We needed something that all 6 of us could travel in comfortably. Two of the boys are large and tall, so this car is actually perfect. 

Do you have any pets that ride in the vehicle? (if so, size/breed) No pets in the car

How you like your vehicle? I LOVE it!!

Is it too big/too small? Not enough trunk space? Anything. It is the perfect size. When it is just the two younger kids, we have plently of truck space for all their sports stuff (the third row of seats lays flat). When all six of us are in it, the trunk space is minimal, but doable. Road trips with luggage require either a roof rack or lots of small bags because large suitcases won’t fit in the back with the third row up. 

Do you recommend this car to someone who is starting a family? I absolutely recommend this car. It drives like a car rather than like a truck and is very comfortable and roomy. But not so big that you feel like you are driving a tank. (I also live in Texas so I’m familiar with the tank SUVs)

 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Year/Make/Model: 2014 Acura MDX

Im pregnant with our first and we just bought this to me our family car. 

How many kids you do you have (plan on having)? (general ages?) we have one on the way, but we’re planning on at least 2. 

How many does your car seat normally? 7

Do you have any pets that ride in the vehicle? (if so, size/breed) we have 2 chihuahuas. We like to put them in car seats though when we’re on long trips, so that we don’t have to hold them. So, they take up 2 seats that way. 

How you like your vehicle? I love it! It gets great gas mileage, too. It’s the best gas milage for any SUV with a 3rd row. We usually get 29 mpg on trips. 

Is it too big/too small? Not enough trunk space? Anything. I think it’s a great size. You get the space you need without feeling like you’re driving something huge. 

Do you recommend this car to someone who is starting a family? I think it would be great! We also looked at the Toyota Highlander and Honda Pilot. I like them all, but I went with the Acura mostly because of the good gas Mileage and that it is a luxury vehicle, so it just felt a little nicer. 

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Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

My husband and I live in Colorado, so it was important for both of us to have a SUV.

Year/Make/Model: 2013 Lexus RX (mine) 2011 Mercedes ML350 (husband’s)

How many kids you do you have (plan on having)? (general ages?) We plan on having 2 children. Not pregnant now.

How many does your car seat normally? 5 seats for both SUVs

Do you have any pets that ride in the vehicle? (if so, size/breed) We have one dog, 25lbs

How you like your vehicle? We both love our cars, Mercedes takes premium gas, but Lexus doesn’t. Both ride very smoothly and are rated high in safety.

Is it too big/too small? Not enough trunk space? Anything. The Lexus trunk space is pretty small, once you put in a stroller, it’ll leave little room for anything else. 

Do you recommend this car to someone who is starting a family? I would def recomment the Mercedes, besides the ML350, they also have the GL which seats more and has more trunk space. We’re planning on upgrading our ML to GL next year. 

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Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Since you have a decent sized dog I’d say a small SUV would be perfect right now, but a mid sized one like a Toyota Highlander might be better if you have two kids plus the dog to transport. I don’t personally have one, but have friends that do and have ridden in them, and they’re pretty spacious.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

We’re looking at Ford edge and Dodge journey because they’re fairly cheap. I would love a Cadillac SRX, new Ford Explorer or Jeep SUV but he says I have to wait until I finish grad school and get a job haha I don’t blame him. My mom has the Journey and I love it! We want 2 or 3 kids, have one small dog and he also has a large pick up truck.

Post # 14
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

2012 Toyota Highlander. I would definitely recommend it.

Very safe, big without being ridiculous, third row seating, lots of options.

We don’t have kids yet but might in the near future. Currently have 2 corgis.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2006

Year/Make/Model 2014 Ford Explorer Sport

How many kids you do you have (plan on having)? Have one 10-month-old, planning for another soon

How many does your car seat normally? It can seat six because we have the buckets in the back instead of the bench

Do you have any pets that ride in the vehicle? Yes, a Bichon Frise who rides on his bed and a blanket in the cargo area (not as mean as it sounds because there is a gap between the bucket seats in the second row so he can see us)

How you like your vehicle? LOVE it. Couldn’t love it more.

Is it too big/too small? Not enough trunk space? Anything. It’s a full-size SUV so it’ll feel bigger than a CRV or whatever, but I’m mostly in the suburbs so it never bothers me. 

Do you recommend this car to someone who is starting a family? YES!

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