Best SUV for Families

posted 9 months ago in Parenting
Post # 31
796 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

This is an older thread now. I don’t know if you have gone car shopping already. If so, what did ya get??

I drive a Mazda CX-5 and love it. One thing to take into account is how tall you and your partner are. If you are looking at a crossover or smaller SUV to get better gas mileage and whatnot, you may end up having issues fitting rear facing carseats and having a taller person in the front seat. I would look up car models and see what people have to say about putting rear facing car seats in them. My husband is 5’7″ and I’m 5’4″ so we will do ok in a smaller vehicle with rear facing larger car seats. Otherwise there are smaller seats and things you can buy.

Post # 33
145 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2018

Commenting to follow for this spring, when we go SUV shopping! 

Post # 34
424 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Following! we are in the market for a SUV with a 2.5 year old and 1 year old! Husband is 6’3″ and I am 5’1″

Post # 35
2523 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

We have a 2017 Subaru Forester and love it.  It is really safe, great on gas for an SUV, really comfortable smooth ride, and has been easy to tote around my daughter.  I think it would be comfortable for 1 more, and possible for 3 kids with slim seats, but a bit tight.  There is lots of room in the trunk.  I regular travel with a huge Bob Jogger and it fits in no problems with room to spare.   

Post # 36
550 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2015 - Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel

I did a ton of research as to which SUV to buy for a 2 child household and we ended up going for the Hyundai Tucson – which I LOVE. It’s an SUV crossover so it’s not too big but still substantially larger than our sedan, there is good storage space and it was highly rated for safety, plus the fuel mileage is amazing. If you want a bit more room you could go to their full size SUV model(the Sante Fe) but for us the Tucson was a pretty perfect decision. Our backup was the Mazda CX-5 but it was quite a bit more expensive 🙂

Post # 37
3657 posts
Sugar bee

I’ve been comparing SUV’s for a while. I had a Mazda CX-5 and got rid of it. My husband is 6’ and he could not drive with a car seat behind him. The trunk is also not big enough for road trips with strollers and luggage. I would not consider the X1 or even X3 for car seats. Otherwise it was a fantastic car and I wished it had worked out. Until the CX5, I had always driven German cars and am bit of a snob about it. They’re just my favorite. My husband also used to work in auto body and told me Volvo’s are not built well, and he prefers Audi’s. I just took a look at the new VW Tiguans (2018+) and they are a great size for two kids with a lot of Audi styling inside. The second row slides forwards or back to either give more trunk space or more legroom. Zero problems with a car seat fitting there. They also have an option of a third row, that really only fits kids. I know quite a few people with Ford Explorers who really like them, but they are definitely large. 

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