(Closed) Small car with two kids…to upgrade or not?

posted 5 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
2616 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

we had neon with one child and it was too small- when we found out we had another on the way we got a magnum-  when there were three we went with mini van- i would say trade up because there is nothing like being sleep depreived and constantly smacking your head on the car and hitting elbows and such with getting the infant carrier in and out of the car…

Post # 4
1319 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - NH

I have a Civic and I would wait.  Spend a few months after it’s paid off saving more $ so that when you do get a new vehicile (with a higher car payment), you can have that extra to cover the payment difference.  Not too long down the road, just 3 months or so after you have it paid off.  I also would see if you can sell it on your own isntead of to the dealer so you get more cash, or make sure you’re not getting less than the kelley blue blook value.


Post # 5
1108 posts
Bumble bee

My dad had a Geo Storm hatchback for about 8 years, for a family of four.  I guess I was 15 when he got rid of it, and my brother was 8.  I vaguely remember somehow fitting five people into this car, and I got to sit on the hump in the middle.


My mom had a Hyundai Accent maybe three years later, but my dad couldn’t fit in it, so it was primarily her car, and we would all go places in my dad’s Olds 88.  

I don’t like riding in the back seat of two-door cars anymore.  Especially small ones like Tiburons or Eclipses.


So.  I’d say you’re good until they’re 5 or so.

Post # 6
498 posts
Helper bee

I would stay in that car until the second one is a toddler. In the meantime I would be saving like crazy to put a big downpayment on a bigger and used car. I had a civic so I know they are small but it is manageable. No way would I want an extra payment that first year with a baby.

Post # 8
9053 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

I have a Toyota yaris with an infant and yeah, it’s tight but manageable for now.  We’ll likely get something larger once we have a second child but its also already paid off and that car is so tiny if the bucket seat is anywhere other than the middle the seat in front of it can’t sit up into any comfortable position.  Just hunched over and pushed as far forward as possible to have clearance for my knees. 

Post # 9
10366 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Even if it was already paid off, upgrading would cost more money, so not sure why that’s a factor?

I think 2 kids in a civic is totally doable, if you can adjust your lifestyle to fit it. I live in a very urban environment where most people drive very small cars, or have no car at all – even with 2 kids. I’ll never understand the “Oh, I have a kid, time to get an SUV/minivan/huge sedan” mentality, since I have so many successful examples of people who didn’t do that around me. But, If you’re literally injuring yourself, I can see that being cause for an upgrade to an Accord or something. The Hyundai Elantra is also an excellent choice – it’s technically still compact, but large enough that I (at 6’1″) can sit in the backseat behind my 6’7″ dad no problem!

Post # 10
6830 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Personally I would trade up, we traded my Cobalt up last year to the Chevy Traverse.  My car was over 6 years old and was starting to fall apart and I didn’t feel comfortable driving it with a than infant.  I am so glad we traded up.  So much more room even if it does take more to fill up the gas tank. 

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