Family Car?

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Post # 2
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Bee Keeper

I’m a big advocate for a Toyota Sienna!  ONLY because we have one lol.  But seriously I don’t care about the “stigma” because they’re uncool.  Our Sienna is not a gas guzzler and has eco drive.  We love it because we will have three kids.  At the moment we have two.  So we drop the back seats down and fill the back of the van up.

I think the Suburban looks more like our van interior but with a larger trunk space.  I think the Sienna can actually handle towing, ours has the towing parts to it.  I would pick the Suburban over the Sienna if I was worried about appearances of driving a mini van and for additional trunk space.  But I would pick the Sienna over the Suburban due to the gas guzzling.

Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper

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sunflowers121 :  how many cars does your family own? And how many need to be driven daily? My husband and I will likely get a new car when we get pregnant with #2 because we can’t fit 2 car seats and an 80 pound dog in a Subaru Impreza. The rear hatch is not safe for the dog and so we’ll need something with 3 rows. Whether we replace our one car or increase our fleet to two will depend on whether or not my husband gets his next promotion and can take the train to the new office. He hates the idea of using an SUV as a daily driver for just himself so we might keep the smaller hatchback for just him and the SUV for me (since I primarily use public transportation)  / when the whole needs to fit in one vehicle if he stays at his current office location. 

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Toyota Highlander maybe?

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State

We both have 2018 Honda Civics, he has the sedan and I have the hatchback. I love my car but it would have been the perfect *prebaby* car. The backseat is tiny and with a car seat it’s even more tiny. We want another baby and I’m not sure how that will work with two car seats. His sedan is much roomier in the back than mine is.

In the future we would stick with Honda but go for the CRV. I would love a Tahoe (our BFFs have one and we use it for road trips) but they’re huge and costly. 

Post # 7
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Buzzing Beekeeper

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sunflowers121 :  if you’re worried about gas mileage is it possible to set up your cars so that you don’t have to drive a big SUV every day but still have it available for weekends? If your husband is getting a work car could you keep another little “daily driver” around and then have the upgraded SUV? Or is public transit an option so that you have only one family car plus your husband will have his work vehicle? (if it wasn’t obviously I’m a huge fan of the one-car family lifestyle, but I know that not all locations are set up to accomodate it hence these questions). 

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

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sunflowers121 :  We LOVE our Toyota Sienna.  We got the AWD version because we live in upstate NY.  I have 2 dogs and one kid.  I need a big car to transport the dogs around because we compete in dog agility.  I used to have a Honda Element.  We ended up keeping the Element for my husband and trading my husband’s Mini Cooper.  We both love the Sienna. We went on a trip and literally just threw a Yeti cooler, 3 suitcases, and my daughter’s toddler bed with mattress in the car.  I don’t really care about stigma.  

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

We have two 80 lb dogs and a toddler. I refuse to drive a minivan so we have an Infiniti QX60. We’ve taken the whole crew on the road and were able to comfortably fit everything we needed. Only thing I wish we had was two captain chairs in the second row instead of a bench, I know the Toyota Highlander is set up this way

Post # 11
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Worker bee

I have a Honda fit which I love, and can haul tons of stuff. The seats fold flat, and it has a split seat so you can have half the back seat down. Would work for probably two kids and all your dogs. Has great mileage.

Prius is soon supposed to be coming out with a new Prius V which basically looks like a Honda fit (much taller hatchback than a regular Prius) that would have great mileage.

Post # 15
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Helper bee

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sunflowers121 :  get your husband to teach you manual. It’s not very hard to learn just takes a bit of patience. Very good skill to have. 

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