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DH and I are expecting baby #2 in December and need to upgrade our vehicle. We currently have a 10 month old daughter, and are hoping to get to “3 under 3.” We’re looking for a used vehicle and are willing to spend around 20k. So far we have looked at the Buick Enclave, Ford Explorer, and GMC Acadia. What vehicle do you drive/how many kiddos do you haul around/would you recommend it or not? Thanks!!
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Mom of 1 and drive 2012 Chevy Traverse.
Post # 5
@newlynesting: Mom of 1 19 month old (hopefully preggo with #2!) and we have a Lexus RX400h hybrid suv. Love it!!
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Don’t buy an American vehicle.. Horrible resale and don’t last long.. I drive a 2005 toyota 4runner.. Worth every penny and I know it will kick on forever !
toyota and honda are the ONLY. Way to go. 🙂 haha!
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Husband highly recommends any ford… But I married into a ford family. We are due to have baby #1 by the end of the month and currently have a 12 year old 250,000 mile ford Taurus, a 10 year old 150,000 ford truck and a 9 year old 100,000 mile ford focus. All have had no major issues. We are looking to get rid of the 2 older and get an SUV that will tow our giant/heavy boat… Otherwise we would keep them all until they die.
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- Wedding: April 2011 - Sweet ceremony by the sea and sunset celebration on the North Shore of Hawaii
We just purchased a MB GLK mini SUV as our new family car, BUT I had a ford explorer for years and loved it!
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Buick enclave and love it. I think American cars are coming back. 🙂
Post # 11
We only have one munchkin, but we also have three dogs- I drive a 2007 Hyundai Tucson.
Post # 12
2011 Chevy Equinox and love it, though if I were doing 3 under 3, I would probably upgrade to the Traverse and get the 3rd row.
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I have a three year old and a 11 month old. I drive a 2007 Honda Pilot. We got it because we researched and found out it was rated one of the safest SUV’s. The crash test ratings were all 5 stars, and it is great on gas. Plus Hondas are known to last for a very long time. You could definitely find a good used one for under 20,000.
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@newlynesting: We currently have a Ford Escape (wanted an Equinox but couldn’t match the deal witch the Escape) with 1 in a convertible & 1 in a backless booster. It will fit a 3rd (small convertible or infant w/o a base) but its a tight fit. We might have 3 before we can upgrade but the plan is to get the Traverse. I’ve heard only good things about it. Roomy on the inside but still not huge like a Tahoe or Suburban on the outside & I believe its been the top rated for its class for a couple years now. Only questionable component, if I remember correctly, is that it only has outboard LATCH for the back seats BUT this most carseats don’t allow to use the middle latch in 5 seaters anyways bc they’re spaced far apart… Either way it’s easy to get around when you have 5 seat positions to choose from! I seriously can’t wait till we can upgrade!
ETA: The only issue was that not all the 3rd ros seats have anchors & it does not have the LATCH system at all. Many techs will tell you that they don’t always prefer LATCH anyways b/c the weigh limits on them…. If you carseat is 20lb & your child is 40+lb, then you can’t use LATCH anyways. For me, since not all my children will be in a ff convertible/high back booster at the same time I’m okay with this AND I wouldn’t want all of my children in the back bench seat anyways.
Here is the video review from baby gizmo!
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@Sassygrn: We liked the Traverse, but it was a little too hard for me to see out of (I’m only 5′) and DH wasn’t willing to spring for the back up camera 😉
@little_d: That one sounds fabulous, but definitely out of my price range 🙂
@skipatroller7: Ah, its so hard, DH is set on an American car, he wouldn’t even go to the Toyota dealership. I’ll have to keep pushing him to consider more options. Thanks!
@Mrs. Ostrich: DH had a Ford Explorer when he was in high school and it had so much room for moving to college and such. The MB is surely out of our price range, but I bet it’s wonderful!
@MrsMaskatoBe: Do you ever find yourself wishing you had more room? Have you had to drive it in the snow? I LOVE the size of the Honda CRV, but DH thinks we’d outgrow it too quickly with a couple of strollers.
@travellingfool: US News rated the Enclave best value for safety and affordability this year. Its definitely on our short list! Thanks!
@DaneLady: Are your dogs great danes (based on your name)? We have two large pups so thats something I’ll definitely have to remember. Thanks for the suggestion!
@ExcitedScaredBee: DH keeps pushing for the 3rd row and I think I have to give it to him, even though the Equinox and other vehicles that size are so much easier to drive.
@lindsayl22: Thanks for the tip! I found one in our area to go test drive this weekend! I looked up the stats and liked it…I was surprised, the price was lower than I thought it’d be for a Honda and is in our range 🙂
@runsyellowlites: I used this article with DH– I definitely don’t want my kiddos without latches back there– they make such a huge difference with how secure the infant seat is (in my opinion). We’ll have to relook at the Traverse, I have a hard time seeing out of it to back up, but if I could convince DH to get one with a back up cam maybe it’d be okay. Thanks for all of the info!
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@newlynesting: Ours came with the camera, loveee it. I am only 5ft 4in myself but yeah. Everytime I drive my DH car I am like where is the camera lol so used it.