Post # 16
Happy Forester owner here! We have a 6 month old currently, and I don’t think we’ll have any issues if we’re lucky enough to have a second. I have a fairly big pram but don’t have to do any tricky manoeuvres to get it in the back.
Post # 17
I owned a subaru for 10 years, it was my first car and I babied it I to adulthood. I did not buy a Subaru when it came time to replace it. Subaru’s have an expensive head gasket repair needed at around 80K miles that costs around $3-4K. Subaru knows about this issue and does nothing to remedy the problem. The suspension and what not (sorry I don’t know all of the terms) did not age well, my car had to be realigned ONCE A YEAR MINIMUM, and it’s not like I was driving on pothole roads, just mildly bumpy rural paved roads. It just did not age well, wasn’t that great of a drive, had terrible gas mileage, and not worth all of the hype. I live in Colorado so getting rid of my subaru was practically giving up my residency.
i looked at the Mazda CX 5, Toyota RAV4 hybrid, Honda CRV and Nissan Rogue. After reading reviews, looking at mileage and seeing which one would accommodate my needs size-wise I bought the Rav-4 hybrid and I LOVE IT! My only complaint is the gas tank size. Even though I get far better gas mileage, I have to fill up just as often because the tank is so small. It is a great drive, handles wonderfully in the snow, I love the features. The new 2019 looks great, but I bought a 2018. It has an annoying bump in the back when the seats are down that got taken out in the 2019, so I kind of wish I had waited for that. It isn’t an issue in the non-hybrid version.
My other suggestion is to look at the car seat set up, some cars are noooooot great for car seats. Also if you can get one where the hatchback opens with the foot kick under the car thing, that’s basically the greatest thing ever with full hands.
Post # 18
I drive a Nissan Rogue SV AWD. It’s a compact SUV. I had a Honda Civic before that for reference. It’s got a roomy interior and comfy seats. The back seats fold all the way if you’re moving or need to fit a big TV. The “trunk” also has great storage options. There are ways to configure the space into shelves, etc. (picture for reference). I don’t have kids. I also get good gas mileage and have had zero issues with maintenance.
Post # 19
maybeee : Another vote for the forester. I love mine. It is super open and spacious, feels big because of all the windows, and it’s nice to drive.
The only downside I experienced is that my driver side window stopped rolling down. It was $600 to repair! I went back and looked at Consumer Reports, and sure enough the 2015s didn’t do as great for that mechanical stuff.
Post # 20
cclarkrun1 : Thanks for the tip on reaching in the back during test driving! That’s something I never would have thought about.
Post # 21
adastra : I’ve thought about a Prius before, but my husband always mentions that a replacement battery for that car is extra expensive. Would you happen to know if the maintenance costs for a hybrid vehicle are a lot higher than a regular car?
Post # 22
hockeybee0104 : Thanks for sharing, I’m sorry you had so much trouble with it but your story certainly informs my decision. Lol at losing your residency! We were just traveling through Colorado and amused at how many Subarus we saw on the road.
Post # 23
- Wedding: September 2005 - A Castle
maybeee : I used to have a Prius and bought an extended warranty in case I needed to replace the battery. It also needed synthetic oil so oil changes were more expensive, but a lot of cars use synthetic oil nowadays. Other than that, I didn’t do anything special and it was a great car. We moved out of state and driving back and forth to visit family got to be a little cramped with 3 kids and a GSD.
After that, I got a Honda Pilot, which was okay. Now I have a Jeep Wrangler that I LOVE.
Post # 24
I have the BMW X1 xDrive28i and I love it! It’s a small SUV/crossover so I don’t feel like I’m driving a huge vehicle and have to worry about finding parking or parallel parking it, but it still has lots of room inside for storage and is a nice size for its class. It is great to drive, has lots of power because where we live because we get tons of snow here. My daughter no longer uses a stroller but it easily accommodated one and groceries at the same time in the trunk.
Post # 25
I hate Subaru’s. Fiancé has one. Total crap car. I have a 2018 Dodge Durango. My last three cars have been the exact same Dodge Durango right down to same color.
I have two kids and a dog. My kids have siblings that often stay with us. The car fits our family perfectly
Post # 26
My daughter has a Subaru Forester and it’s a great car. Very responsive, great visibility, great interface. I just rented a Hyundai Tuscon until my Range Rover is delivered, and it’s a great car, great pickup, good visibility.
For SUVs I’m a Range Rover Sport person since 2007. I totally love them, but the things are ridiculously priced these days. They should have defibrillators on hand in the showroom.
Post # 27
I’ll start by saying I drive a 2018 Lexus NX sport and I love it. It drives wonderfully, is enough space for me, truck is good size and maintenance is so reasonable. I’ll prkbably do the NX again depending on where we are next June when I plan to buy another. I’m hoping we’ll finally have our rainbow baby by then.
Husband drives a 2017 Ford Explorer and it’s great. Again drives wonderfully, great space, maintenance is reasonable. A bit big and boxy for me but my SIL just bought one and loves it too.
I echo the person who mentioned a CX-5. Love Mazda’s! Drive smoothly, have pretty good space and maintenance and their colors are great. That red 😍. After that I’d either do Honda or Toyota. I’m in the Subaru’s are overrated camp.
Post # 28
sunburn : love the Range Rover. Darling Husband wants to get one next but I almost pass out every time we look at the price tag.
Post # 29
- Wedding: September 2020 - New Hampshire
I’ve had a weird amount of cars over the last 6-7 years…
2013 Subaru Outback: LOVED THIS THING! But it ate oil for breakfast due to a known issue, so I got rid of it. But seriously, spacious, the backseat is super comfy. You can get a box for the roof racks. Fits a ton in the back. It’s high enough that you can still be fine in snowy conditions. It’s a beast in the snow. Subaru is also one of the only companies that has heated seats in cloth seats!
2013 Toyota 4Runner: This was my favorite. It was huge. Amazing. SUPER beastly in the snow. Could fit a small car inside. Alas…it was used and had over 100k miles and we were in the process of getting a truck. Didn’t need both a truck and SUV (even though it was amazing in the snow). It was just a little too much vehicle and I couldn’t justify it anymore. So…
2018 Subaru Impreza: I actually enjoy driving again. It’s so much fun. It’s buttery smooth, handles amazingly. It’s zippy and fun. My dream car is the WRX, which I WILL HAVE one day…but in the mean time this fills the void. It holds quite a bit, but I have a box on top, or kayak racks, or bike racks. I have the hatchback (like why even make the sedan version…). But with the Tacoma I don’t have to put as much stuff up there. It’s tight for long distances, but it’s super safe, awesome MPG, and it’s fun to drive. Plus, heated seats and the Eyesight is kick butt.
No kids, just a large dog and an addiction to skiing and other outside activities!
Post # 30
shadesofsade : The Range Rover Sport is a great car, but it’s crazy in price. They just came out with the Velar which is a step down from the Sport and a step up from the Evoque. I drove it and I liked it, but in the end I went with the Sport again. I like sitting up high lol.