Post # 1
So here’s the backstory: my lease on a Toyota Corolla is up in 2 months and we are trying to decide which type of car is best for young families. Currently we do not have any children, but we are hoping to change that in the next year (TTC in September 2015 after I finish graduate school). We don’t have any close friends with children, or even expecting, even though we are in our late 20s so we cannot ask any of them, lol. We are thinking of getting a compact SUV (CR-V, RAV4, etc.) for ease of putting children in carseats, carrying the stroller, and maybe moving after I finish school. So, I pose these questions to you bees:
1) If you have children, what kind of car do you have now?
2) Does it fit your needs?
Post # 2
I don’t have kids but know several people who do and Honda CRV is what most of them drive. It is good with car seats and such! 🙂
Post # 3
I don’t have children but just got a Ford Edge as a family car. We needed a car that wasn’t too low or too high for my grandmother to get in and out of easily. We also needed rear storage for her walker and transport car. This car is perfect for all of those things. I imagine it would be really suitable for baby/children too.
Post # 4
I am pregnant and planning to buy a Subaru WRX in a month or two. My brother has two Chevy Cruzes and says they are getting really cramped now that my older niece is in a rear-facing convertible, but they still manage fine. Just about anything will work if you want to make it work. I’m personally not a fan of SUV’s so I’ll be sticking with a sedan until my husband wins/loses and gets me an X5 or something.
Post # 5
Almost all of my mom friends drive a Tahoe or Suburban. A couple had mid-size SUV’s like a GMC Acadia or Equinox. I drive a Toyota Highlander (3 rows, 2nd row can be buckets or I can insert the middle seat and make it a full row) and frequently have my friend’s 3 kids – all under the age of 5 and in carseats….and it works just fine.
I love my car and it’s perfect for me with no kids (just my dogs). However, my biggest complaint is that while the 3rd row actually has plenty of legroom, there is no “trunk space”. When the 3rd row is folded down, there is plenty of space.
We are TTC soon and I think I’m going to get a Suburban. When we travel to visit family we take our two large labs. We would definitely need the 3rd row to accomodate both kids and dogs, and STILL need trunk space.
If we never traveled with our dogs, I think the Highlander would be PERFECT. It’s a super comfortable drive, good on gas, and plenty of room depending on the seat configuration.
Post # 6
We have a Toyota Highlander and a GMC Terrain. I really like the bigger size of the Highlander personally.
Post # 7
I have a Honda CRV and a 13 month old baby. He’s currently in a rear-facing convertible seat in the middle back seat, and I have no complaints. Plenty of trunk space for stroller, etc. My DH has a similar sized car to your Corolla, and the carseat (RF) doesn’t fit in the middle seat, so it’s behind the passenger seat. In his car, it’s also harder to install via LATCH than in my CRV.
Post # 8
I have three children and I have a Nissan Armada(i love it). In a few years I want to upsize to a suburban because I want the space they have in the back with the third row up. I also would recommend looking at Acadia’s.
Post # 9
I have a Toyota Sienna (mini van) and my husband has some sort of Subaru SUV (can’t remember if it’s a Forester or what…). I have a 6 year old stepson and I am pregnant, but I’ve always had mini vans. It wasn’t really a choice I made (mom gave me her van when I got my lisence) but I LOVE mini vans and will never go with another type of vehicle. I think the really big SUVs are obnoxious and unnessecary, and the small ones really don’t offer you any more room than a car (except for maybe with trunk space). Mini vans are more spacious without being ridiculously huge, and you can fit more people in them. Plus my mom always said she liked the fact that the middle seats aren’t right up against the door so if someone t-bones you, your kid has a better chance of not getting hurt since they aren’t sitting right up against the door.
Post # 10
It sounds like most people have a larger car for children (human or dog) :-). We are thinking of a smaller SUV for the added space (over the corolla) but better fuel efficiency. My husband drives a lot for work as a designer and wedding photographer. Also the necessity of extra space – all that gear.
how did you (or your friends) end up settling on a CR-V vs. another SUV?
Post # 11
- Wedding: April 2014 - Italian Villa
I live in Colorado, where just about everyone has an SUV, and I can tell you that everyone seems to be happy with fitting their kids, etc in them.
We don’t have kids, but purchased our newest SUV with that in mind of the future.
We have a Jeep Patriot. It is surprisingly affordable compared to many of the others we looked at (and we looked at every brand we could think of!). Ours was $17,000 purchased 1 year old. One thing I really like about it is that the seats in the back fold down flat for transporting large items (and there are two sections to the fold-down, which is nice for flexibility). It has 4 wheel drive ou can switch on and off, and it gets great gas mileage (usually about 27MPG based on our calculations at the pump).
We love it!
ETA: it’s much more compact than, say, the Liberty or Grand Cherokee.
Post # 12
Our first baby is due in July. We purchased a 2014 Subaru Outback last June. Perfect timing!! My SIL and brother own a Subaru Legacy and have so much room in their car with the little one. It’s easy to take the seat out of the base. Our car has even more interior space than theirs so I’m super excited and our vehiclehas 5 star ratings across the board.
Post # 13
I chose the CRV for a variety of reasons, including the price, MPG, what’s included in the base model, reputation of Honda, safety ratings, it didn’t feel “too huge” to drive, etc. I had it narrowed down between this and Hyundai Tucson.
some things i love: the backup camera, the way the back seat folds down (there’s a lever in the trunk), the connectivity (bluetooth, a variety of inputs in the center console), tons of pockets for storage. I’ve only had to change the oil twice in the over 2 years i’ve had it, and no maintenance issues. And now with baby, fits the car seat well.
a couple things that bug me (in my 2013 LX at least): The headlights are not automatic and my old car was, so I sometimes forget to turn them on. There are only 3 windshield wiper speeds. The cover for the cargo area didn’t come with my car, and the dealer wouldn’t let me buy one separate. The knob for temperature control feels far away from the driver (i have to move my back from the seatback instead of just lifting my arm)
Post # 14
I have an 18 month old and I must say, I really do appreciate sliding doors now! I am not rushed when loading my baby and someone wants to park in the spot next to me, or when parked on the side of the street. I don’t like the feeling of the door wide open. Also so much easier when in tight parking lots. Idk how else to explain it but when we use my husband’s Honda SUV, I miss my van lol.
I wanted a van with sliding doors but wasn’t ready to go full soccer mom with a Sienna or Odyssey so I went for the Mazda 5. 🙂
Post # 15
We have Ford Flex. It fits our 2 kid and a dog life.