Post # 1
My husband and I are preparing to purchase our next vehicle. We are TTC so something safe and roomy is a must. We feel most drawn to the Subaru Forester or Honda CRV, maybe also the Toyota Rav4. I have previously owned a Honda Fit which I loved and have considered getting another, but I am concerned that the trunk may not accomodate a stroller + groceries. I’d love to hear anyone’s opinion on these vehicles, especially as it relates to toting around 1-2 kiddos and maintenance costs…
Post # 2
maybeee : we have a subaru impreza hatchback and I’m not a fan but my husband loves it. Totally overrated car in my opinion, but I can fit groceries and a stroller if need be (but I honestly don’t bring a stroller with me most places so it’s not really a concern I have). I was complaining about Subaru my my husband’s aunt and she added on like 5 other complaints and said “but we ARE a subaru family”. I don’t get it – there are better cars out there lol. We’ll likely be upgrading to something with 3 rows when we have a second kid we can’t fit the dog and 2 carseats in otherwise.
Post # 3
We got my 2018 CR-V EX after LO was born and it’s been great. It’s built on the Civic chassis and drives like a dream. It’s so smooth (and I always drive it on econ mode which I think makes it even smoother, but dh thinks I’m nuts…). I will say, the trunk isn’t THAT big. We have to position our stroller (Nuna Mixx) just right in there. I wish it were just a couple inches deeper.
We only plan on having 1 kiddo and don’t have any dogs, but if there were going to be more kids/pups in the picture, I’d have gotten the Pilot instead.
ETA: We only considered the Forester and CR-V, but neither of us liked how the Forester drove. Both dh and I are Honda people though, so not sure if we’re just used to the feel of a Honda. 🙂
Post # 4
My husband has a Subaru Forester (bought new in 2016). We love it! No kids right now but there’s definitely plenty room for 2 car seats if we need it on the future. And there’s plenty of room in the back for a stroller though we use it for all our camping gear right now.
Besides getting a regular oil change, we haven’t had any maintenance costs for the Subaru. We actually went with Subaru specifically because both our families have driven Subarus for years and they are very reliable. I have a 2008 Outback actually and we haven’t had any problems with it either.
Post # 5
I’m a former Subaru Forester owner (x2) and I can’t recommend it enough. It’s very spacious while still being a compact SUV, one of the safest cars on the road, and it’s fun to drive. I only ever shuttled my dog around in it, but I’d imagine it would be great for kids as well.
Post # 6
- Wedding: November 2019 - City, State
Look into the Mazda CX-5. I LOVE mine. I drove all the other similar small SUVs and they all just drive like little pickup trucks to me. I didn’t like any of them but I loved the CX-5. Had it for 3 years now and never a single issue aside from having to change the tires (dealer tires always suck). Can’t recommend it enough. The seats are really wonderful to move around or fold down, it’s roomy, it’s quiet. No buyer’s remorse here.
Post # 7
maybeee : we were in between those two vehicle optiions but ended up going with a subaru forester 2019. It is perfect. I cant stress it enough. Perfect for in town, in the mountains, anywhere. soooo many safety features like front and rear cameras, and the car will automatically stop if you arent going break in time. It is amazing. weve tested it multiple times. The trunk door opens up on its own easily, and its just a real family friendly vehicle. Very light to drive, spacious, and not as big as other SUVs; so its easy to park and get through spaces.
We dont have kids yet but we put a dog canopy in the back seats and our two big dogs have plenty of room for long car rides.
We got the sport edition. Black with orange accent outlines. Everybody loved it and said it was perfect for us! 🙂
Post # 8
We have the Honda HRV, so slightly smaller than the CRV. We have one baby now, and it’s great. It comfortably fits our stroller and groceries in the back. Can also fit stroller and two large suitcases back there for airport runs. Anymore than that is pushing it though. I love the size of the HRV for our family of 3, but if we have a second child I think we might need something a touch roomier.
Post # 9
We have the Toyota Rav4 – huge fan. Family members have had Subarus but we found that they just start to feel ‘rattle-y’ much faster vs the toyotas. I have a 2007 and a 2018 Rav 4, the 2007 still drives like a champ and has required minimal work beyond maintenance (it has about 130k miles on it at this point) and the 2018 is an extremely smooth ride.
We only have the dog at the moment so it’s more than enough space for us. I’m pregnant with our first and so we’ll need to see how dog + stroller in the trun works out.
Post # 10
maybeee : I originally was looking at all those ones you mentioned (Forester, Rav4, CRV) and when you start trying to put a car seat and stroller and all the baby junk in there, they felt a little tight. Obviously people make it work, but we decided to go a little bigger. I got a 2013 Ford Edge and I love it!! Leather seats (great for messy kids), sunroof, big backup camera, auto unlocking when it senses your keys, push button open and close for the trunk door, AWD… all super nice when juggling a baby and all his gear. It gets about 20 mph on average.
Post # 11
Lincoln MKX. I feel like I aged a decade or more when I bought it, but it has all the features & I love it
Post # 12
My parents have a Ford Edge Titanium, and man is it nice. Whenever we visit them, I insist on driving.
I’m facing this very scenario, more or less. I’m hoping to hold onto my beat-up old Camry for as long as I can, but it’s old enough now that when it dies, I’ll need to upgrade with kids in mind (we are “drive it until it dies” people). I love my parents Edge enough that I’m sorely tempted by the Escape, which is just a smaller version. I also really am impressed by the Honda HR-V…everyone I know who has one just adores it.
Post # 13
We have a Volvo XC90 and a Subaru Outback. The Volvo is way easier (and larger) to get the kids in and out of but we all do fit (currently) in both. We’re about to have our third- and then likely we’ll be relegated to the Volvo for space reasons.
Whatever vehicle you choose- I always recommend that you test drive- and have someone attempt to climb from the front passenger seat to the back seat a couple of times. Because with kids, that’s the reality of what happens sometimes. I can tell you from renting cars on vacations and our own, the best SUVs for that have been our current Volvo and oddly the large Buick model SUV (Enclave maybe?). Good luck!
Post # 14
I’d lean towards the Forester (or Outback), if you actually want an SUV. I have a Crosstrek, which is perfect for me, but we don’t have children and the Forester or Outback would be roomier. SO also has a Crosstrek, and neither of us have had any maintenance issues with a combined 10 years and 110k miles.
If you don’t actually need high clearance and AWD – and it sounds like you don’t, given that you were in a Fit before – then hatchbacks are awesome but SUVs/CUVs unnecessary. How about a Prius?
Post # 15
I have a 2019 Forester Sport that I love. It was great for the winter. I live on a country road in Michigan that gets drifted over with snow pretty bad and doesn’t get plowed much. I never even got close to being stuck. It’s pretty much the safest car on the roads these days. It great gas mileage for an SUV. It’s compact enough that it’s still easy to park and navigate busy city streets, but the back seat is super spacious. I don’t have kids yet but there’s plenty of room for 2 car seats.