(Closed) Best vehicle for family?

posted 5 years ago in Babies
Post # 16
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Bumble bee

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Ohiogal1201:  I just picked up my new Nissan Rogue on Saturday and I love it!! I test drove all of the new cross-overs and SUVs and narrowed it down to the Honda CRV and the Nissan Rogue. I felt that the Nissan had more options (like the trunk having shelves which was appealing for putting strollers and other luggage in at the same time.) All of the newer SUVs basically have the same features. I suggest you go out and drive some and figure out which ones feel best for you. I knew immediately which ones I didn’t like. 

Post # 17
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2016

I don’t have children and were about 5 years away from TTC. But I have a Lexus RX350 and I love it! It’s a little too small for the 4 kids we want in to future, but I plan on keeping it til after we at least have our first child. I could never go back to a car. And no way in hell will I ever drive a mini van, that’s just not something we will ever consider. 

Post # 18
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Busy bee

I completely underdtand why minivans are so practical but hell no  – and I am a soccer Mom. I guess thats why no to the minivan. Sigh. Minivans seat a lot of people, tons of space and good gas milage. Definitely the car of choice at elem school pick up. Im somewhat of a disaster when I drive a minivan, I think it may be the height and slope of the hood but I fear I am going to take out whole families driving them.  Fuel economy was important to me but also need space for baby stuff and the soccer carpool. Number one on my list was reliability and ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE because car trouble always seems to happen when DH is out of the country. I dont have time to deal with rental cars so having a loaner car while my car is serviced is a must.  Test drove every SUV under the sun and ended up rightback where I started – BMW SUV. Love the space, the handling, the service and the heads up display and backup camera.  Soccer boys love the heated back seats.  Dont love how much space a rear facing reclined toddler seat takes or run flat tires. Other than that, love.  I was impressed by the Mazda cx-9 but its fuel economy was not good.  Loved everything about the Highlander but felt like I was driving a huge car and was a menace. Just make sure a fully reclined rear facing toddler sit fits behind a front row passenger seat with adequate leg room for the adult in front and pick what you like. Hope that helps, best wishes!

Post # 19
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

We bought a 2015 Mazda CX-5 back in August and although I love how the car drives, I wish we would have gone with the Honda CR-V. I’m 37 weeks pregnant, and we discovered that the carseat cannot go in the middle seat per manufacturer recommendation. This means it has to go behind the front passenger seat. Luckily my husband and I are short people because otherwise there would be no way possible for either of us to sit comfortably in the front passenger seat. I was really surprised. The car seemed roomy enough when we bought it that I never anticipated this being a problem.

Post # 20
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

The truth is most compact SUVs like a RAV4 or CRV aren’t that much roomier than a sedan, they just appear bigger because they sit higher. The trunk space is very similar especially if you have a decent size sedan. a sedan just provides more horizontal space. For a small SUV you would have to get one of those dividers to put up behind the second row to fully utilize the trunk space which still is going to be very similar to a large car. 

 

We are expecting baby #2 and are getting a used Ford Explorer because there is much more back room space. We will likely get a Suburban or Yukon XL if we have more kids and or get large dogs one day. 

Post # 21
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

Oh also rear facing seats are getting very big these days and i find crossovers and small SUVs to be small in the back seat, and could reallu make for a tricky time putting seats behind you. This is another reason we had to get a bigger suv becasuse my fiancé is tall. I’m short. But with two kids one will be behind each of us

Post # 23
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Helper bee

When I was a live-in nanny for 2 children I drove a crv and found it to be great.  Excellent trunk space, easy to get sleeping kids in and out, optional third row, it was great.  Most of my mom friends drive mini vans.  I think the fuel economy is better than an SUV but space and kid friendliness is huge.  I drove a mini-van as a youth group director and it was fabulous for toting around huge groups of kids, had great features like remote control side doors.  one of my mom friends drives a crossover type subaru and that appears to work pretty well too, but she only has one child and doesn’t want any more, so less space needed.

Post # 24
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I would totally go with a CRV! I had a Civic with my first baby and it was a nightmare. My hubby couldn’t even drive it because with a car seat in the back he was too tall. Don’t go compact! 

1) Now I have a mini van. And guess what? I loooove it! I’m 23 and I have a mom-mobile!

2) Does it fit your needs?

I have an almost 1 year old who is still in a rear facing car seat (they reccomend keeping it rear facing until 2 now) and I’m 37 weeks pregnant so I just set up the infant seat in there too! It’s great! There’s no hauling the stroller from the trunk, I can change diapers in the back. when we go somewhere for the night or bags fit! It’s very comfortable and easy to drive. I love being able to adjust the temp to be warmer for the baby when I’m having a hot flash. Lol

that being said, as long as you don’t plan on having a bunch of kiddos back to back I would totally go with the CRV because I’ve loved all my Hondas! And it should have all the same benefits Really as a van. When car shopping I brought my infant car seat to make sure it fit with my tall husband driving. 

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Post # 25
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

We are a couple years away from having kids, but my next vehicle is going to be a Ford Edge. I currently drive a Honda Accord (2003), and it’s fine… but would love to have a smaller SUV just in case. Plus, it’ll have more room than my compact car.

DH currently drives an Explorer, and is interested in getting a newer one within the next year. He needs a new vehicle more than I do at this time, so we’ll start with his. We usually take his places anyway.

My mom drove a minivan for years, and actually misses having one – she got a Hyundai Santa Fe a few years ago. She loved all of the extra room that the van allowed, and the fact that you could pile in 7 people comfortably.

Post # 26
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Blushing bee

Subaru Forester. Safest.

Post # 27
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I have a Subaru Forester and love it! This is actually the 2nd Forester I’ve owned. While I don’t have children yet (due in March) I have been toting my nepew around since he was born. And I also had to drive my father around when he was in a wheelchair. The Forester has plenty of trunk space for a stroller or wheelchair and some. And I never had issues with a carseat either.

My SIL just had a baby and has a Subaru Crosstrek and loves it too. I think any of the SUV-type Subarus (Forester, Outback, Crosstrek) would be great for children and/or dogs.

Post # 28
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I drive a 2011 Camry and I have a 2-year-old. I love it and don’t plan on getting a new car anytime soon, even after we have another child. The most important things to us were safety and being able to fit 2 rear facing car seats in the backseat, which we can even behind my husband’s seat. It has the safety features we were looking for, side airbags and Stability Control, which is the most important safety development since seat belts, and I think is standard in most cars these days. I’ve even known of people who fit 3 car seats across the backseat.

I don’t think an SUV is necessary unless you have large dogs or you’re actually planning to go off-road with it. They’re not inherently safer than other cars, and smaller ones might have less interior space than a large sedan, while SUVs have much worse gas mileage and are way more expensive. 

There’s no need to buy a brand-new car because I’m sure you know how much cars depreciate as soon as they’re no longer brand-new. I bought my car in 2013 with hardly any miles on it for a fraction of the price it would have been new, and it will serve our family well for years to come. I would have bought an even older car if I found one with all of the safety features we wanted.

Anyway I wanted to offer a different perspective because all of the other moms I know drive their babies around in brand-new huge SUVs and I’m the only one with a sedan. I just don’t think an SUV is better in any practical way to justify the extra expense. There are many reasons why people choose them, and people have different things they want from a car, but from a purely practical perspective I would save the money for something else.

Post # 29
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

We bought a Subaru Forester last year with the thought that we’d want it to be good for several kids (no kids yet).  Based on our research and preferences, we narrowed it down to a Honda CRV or Subaru Forester.  They are actually really similar but in the end we decided that we wanted to all wheel drive to always be on, and we liked the rear visibility better in the Forester.  We’ve had it for a year and love it…. can’t speak to how it fits carseats yet, but I anticipate that it will be fine.

Post # 30
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

When my daughter was born, I had a 2010 Mustang. We made it just fine. Now I have a 2013 Mustang and a 2015 Mazda 6. I like having four doors on days when we go out as a family, but we still pile in to the Mustang on days its nice out! My husband has a Mazda CX-9 and it seats 7, so that’s nice for days when we have company. 

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