(Closed) Should we get a car or SUV?

posted 6 years ago in Home
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I DON’T have a family, yet. But I do have a crossover, I have a Toyota Rav4. I absolutely love it. It drives like a car instead of hauling around town like a big SUV, and has a TON of room inside. It also gets pretty decent gas mileage. I would say if you have kids on the horizon, and you do any traveling, I’d go at least with a small SUV which should get you through small kids and all their stuff and any traveling. We will be keeping my car for a long time until we have kids who then have friends etc and we need a larger SUV or van. My husband’s car is a 2 door infiniti G35 and as long as he’s willing to put a car seat in it that will be our car.

Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

No kids yet, but we have  a 100+ lb dog so we got a SUV which I love now.  The extra space is just great to have.  We got the CRV and the gas mileage is pretty good, about 27.5 average.  The mazda CX 5 is 1 or 2k less than the honda crv and is rated at 31 or 32 mpg I believe.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I am pregnant with our first, and we bought a crossover SUV to replace our car (2002 Mazda Protege) when we were a few months away from starting trying for a family. We test drove all of top 10 cross-over SUVs and settled on the Chevy Equinox which was top rated for value for your dollar. We LOVE it – we realized very shortly after we got pregnant that it was a really good choice to get an SUV because we would be out of space in a car already. The gas mileage on the Equinox is actually better than our old car – we can go six weeks without filling up with gas. It’s really roomy and I can keep the dog in the far back and the baby in the middle, so less to worry about! I would highly recommend SUV if you’re trying for a family.

Post # 6
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

We have 1 child and bought a SUV cross over Chevy Traverse this summer. LOVE IT!  So much more room and drives just like a car.

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

As soon as my last car (bough it in college) started to act funny I decided it was time to upgrade and in planning for a family I bought myself an SUV. I absolutely love it and think it was the best buy for family planning. Although a little more expensive, it will pay off in no time! SUV all the way

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

get a car. Even with kids, you don’t need a SUV. And we already have too many gas-guzzlers on the road.

my neighbors love their Subaru Outback for toting kids around (and dogs and groceries), it’s easier to park and way better on gas.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

We’ll be trading my car in for a SUV next year when we (hopefully) have a baby. My best friend has a Acadia and it’s perfect for her kids. You can easily change a diaper in the back!

Post # 10
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

I drive a toyota Yaris and am currently pregnant.  We have no intention of selling it/trading it in.  I suspect it might be a little annoying to get a kid in and out of a car seat in it, but I feel like fuel economy and environmental responsibility trumps a little annoyance.  Who knows though, maybe I’ll change my mind once it’s put into practice.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@fishbone:  I heart my Subie Outback too! It’s the most practical vehicle I’ve ever owned. And it’s all wheel drive, so I can get to work in the snow safely like I have to sometimes. <3 <3 <3 I don’t have kids, not sure I ever will. But it definitely has more than enough room inside for kids and then some. Yet it fits into a regular car’s space and is easy on the MPG. And if you ever decide to sell it, Subies retain their value like the Dickens!

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Hybrid SUV. Good on gas, better for the environment, and plenty of room. 

@MsKeee:  My jaw dropped when I read that you fill up every six weeks!! Is that a hybrid? Or do you just have a realllly short commute? With my car, I fill up every six DAYS

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@pfinarffle:  +1!! I’m jealous of my dad’s forester. I love hybrids, but Subarus are such close competition. They’re great vehicles!!

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@OnceUponATime:  We do have a really short commute – like about 15 blocks. it does get about 800 kilometres per tank of gas. just filled it up yesterday and hadn’t since well before Christmas! 

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I also have a 100+ lb dog & bought a brand new mustang in 2012… My poor furbaby didnt even fit iN the backseat. I also had a hard time carrying anything in my car reallly…the trunk was also small. So i traded it in for a SUV & i love it!!  Then four months later we found out i was  pregnant  so i am definitely glad we made the switch. My suv also actually gets better gas milage than my car. Win win situation lol

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Why isn’t a car big enough for a family?! Practically all families over here have cars and manage perfectly well!

if you like an SUV get one but it is definitely not necessary to have one just cos you have kids or a large dog…

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