(Closed) Time for a new car: 2 or 3 rows of seats?

posted 4 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
1895 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I would get a 2 row SUV. It could be years until you need 3 rows (if you even do) and I would hate to be driving around a car that big unless it was necessary! 

Post # 3
1213 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I think it depends on how long you plan to keep this car (till it ‘dies,’ 5 years, 10 years, etc.). If it’s 5 years you likely won’t be shuttling around your kids friends, where you definitely would if you keep your vehicles for 10 years, etc. We plan to get a 3rd row vehicle when we start our family because we plan to drive it as long as possible and we want to be able to transport our children and their friends – plus I am already accustomed to driving a large vehicle and prefer it. I can understand how those vehicles would seem large, but anything is huge compared to a Smart car hehe and you’ll get used to it very quickly! 

Post # 4
10589 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

With kids, I say get the 3 rows.  Kids have stuff, friends, etc.  I agree with

indyJEEP:  though, if you don’t plan on driving it for long, you could just get 2.

Post # 5
768 posts
Busy bee

Fiance just got the 2015 Tahoe SLT. It has captain chairs in the middle and if needed, it can seat 3 kids in the back or two adults. With strollers and diaper bags, having captain chairs in the middle row is great, it’s super spacious. He kept his 2005 Tahoe until early this year, so it lasted 9 years (and lots of long distance trips). 

We’d like to start a family in three years so we got this SUV thinking about the future. 

Post # 6
5381 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2016

I’d get 3 rows. I have a SUV right now and I’m in college so I definitely don’t *need* it but I love it and wouldn’t go back to a car. Once it’s time to get another car I will be getting a 3 row for our future children, since we want 4. 

Post # 7
1986 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I also have a Smart car and I absolutely love it – we are currently TTC and I’ll be in the same position as you.  Part of my decision making process is that I love saving money on gas.  Right now I drive around 50 miles a day and a small SUV would really add a lot to our gas budget so I’m thinking of getting a Honda Civic or Prius.  

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