(Closed) Current Moms and Moms to be which car style do you like the best

posted 8 years ago in Parenting
  • poll: which car

    minivan

    luxury

    suv

    other

  • Post # 32
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    We love our Lexus RX400h suv hybrid! It’s awesome- so easy to drive, comfortable, good on gas, stylish and so easy to get our son in and out of his car seat. We are so happy we bought this car- would definitely recommend if it’s in your budget!

    Post # 33
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

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    @almostmrsj:  

    Decent? Yes. But it’s not my favorite. I have seen some angles that look good, but some that haven’t. I would have to see it in person first, but the inside looks really nice which is what I find most important. Plus the fuel effciency is really good for a S0 UV. Aesthetically, I am more drawn to the Hyundai type look. We’ll see.

    Post # 34
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

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    @GreenDream:  My sister thought the same thing.. I learned from her mistake. Definitely situations other than a home grown soccer team that make a mini necessary!

    Post # 35
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

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    @vorpalette:  I have an impreza hatchback as well- just bought her in February and I’m a sold Subaru owner!!! I’d like to get an Outback next and give the Impreza to the Fiance when we have kids.

    Post # 36
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

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    @Nurse_Bee:  I’m going to tell him that.  It’s great because he works for Chrysler and I work for Hyundai-Kia.  🙂  He actually came home yesterday saying that he thinks it’ll be alright to drive and on the inside once they get it all worked out. 

    Also I am amazed how many people feel they NEED an SUV.  We grew up with sedans and got a minivan when I was 8 and my brother was 5.  Hilariously, now that we’re both long out of the house, Dad has a Sorento and the teeny dog has the monster all to herself. 

    Post # 37
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I’ve always liked minivans, they just seem so practical. The new ones have all kinds of cool features. I’d get one myself but feel kind of silly having one with no kids! Definitely when the kids come, we will look into it.

    Post # 38
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2019 - City, State

    I have one child. I would never drive a minivan. I wish I was ok with drivng one because they are roomy and reasonably priced, but they are ugly as sin and I just don’t like the “vibe” of them. When my son was a baby I had a 2007 chevy impala. It was fine for me with one child. roomy, comfy, decent on gas and still had a good look since i was still young and wanted something with a “cool factor” but that was still practical and functional for someone with a child. Now my son is 8 and I drive a 2012 dodge charger. Im fine with a car as long as it has 4 doors. My car is surprisingly comfortable for a sportier vehicle and does just fine. Fiance has a F150. I think my next vehicle will be an SUV of some kind. So far I have been a car driver. But I think an SUV in a few years would fit well since we are planning on having another child.

    Post # 39
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I currently drive an Acura MDX (luxury SUV) and it fits me, my 6 foot tall husband, our two grown daughters, and our 2 Siberian Huskies with room to spare. We can even fold up the 3rd row of seats for extra passengers and have enough room in the trunk for the dogs to get comfortable. But it’s not a huge SUV; it handles nicely and gets about 24mpg highway. 

    I have a very good friend who has twins and she drives a Chevy Tahoe. With twins, you  need room for a double stroller in the trunk so look for something with lots of cargo space in the back. My co-worker had an older Ford Escape which she traded in when she had her 2nd boy because it was too small to hold all the kids’ stuff. She got a Mazda CX-7 (their mid-sized crossover) and it’s very roomy. 

    If you go with an SUV, make sure it doesn’t sit too high for you to climb in and out of both while pregnant, and carrying around 2 wiggling babies. 

    Post # 40
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: February 2012

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    @CindyRelly: Situations like what? I come from a big family (4 kids, 2 parents) and we did just fine in a car. My dad had an mini and no one would go in it but him bc he used the extra space to store a bunch of junk and actual trash.

    Post # 41
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2006

    We are expecting our first and don’t plan on changing our vehicle situation. I have an AWD Mercedes that’s pretty small but I think it’ll be fine for having just one car seat and sometimes a small dog in the back. I used to drive an SUV and I wouldn’t be opposed to going back to one eventually, but I don’t see any reason why a regular car won’t work for the time being. We also have another not-AWD sedan and my husband has a diesel crew-cab truck that we can use for longer trips where we have a lot of stuff that won’t fit in a regular car.

     

    Post # 42
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: January 2011

    I have a 6 month old and a 2012 Ford Explorer. Love it, love SYNC bc it’s hand free, love the power fold third row seat so I can easily fit the stroller, groceries, and whatever else. Love mother navigation.. I just adore my SUV highly recommend it 🙂 have fun car shopping

    Post # 43
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    Everyone I know who has kids just has a regular non-luxury sedan. It’s totally possible to have kids and not drive a gas guzzler SUV or minivan.

    Post # 44
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

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    @GreenDream:  like toting kid several times a week 40 min away with stroller, bouncer seat and other necessities to mom’s house while she watches him while I work…

    and having 2 bouncey 90 lb dogs I NEED seperated more than just one seat away while we all go away.

     

    And being travelers/campers who found it very difficult to fit all camping gear into an SUV prior to baby.. can’t imagine after!

     

    Having a larger extended family we typically go places with on weekends which will include 3 car seats and 3-4 adults.. even if occassionally it will be nice to be in one car.

    Having the stow n go option for camping trips and upcoming MANY diy projects to ready our home to sell and then ready our new home to move into…

    And being on a budget and that typically 10G we saved with a van making a huge difference.. not to mention gas…

    My sister as well as my best friend have vans and they’re definitely not trashed… but pretty much all of the space is used on many occassions.  I looked at so many SUVs and the dog situation alone.. none would work at all.  The way backs wouldn’t have given me much more room than the trunk of my car did.

    DH is getting a VW sportswagon which will be great for daily use but for the above mentioned, we looked at options since we found out we were expecting and nothing else was realistic for our situation.

    Plus we hope to have #2 in the not too far future (due to our age) so add another car seat to the mix…

    Post # 45
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    We just got a Chevy Malibu. Definitely got a car bc DH has  a truck for work, so just something with room for a car seat, 2 in the future.

    Post # 46
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

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    @almostmrsj:  I have an Elantra right now and it’s great for just the two of us (FI has a Jeep) but when we start to expand I’m going to actually need an SUV because I have some severe back issues. Sometimes when I have to lean over and I have a heavy load in my arms (for instance a car seat) I have shooting spasms in my back and I have dropped what it is I’m holding before. Luckily it’s only been groceries but I’m not chancing my future baby! I may still end up going the Santa Fe/Tucson route when the time comes because I do LOVE the way they look.

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