(Closed) What do your drive as your "Family" Vehicle?

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Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

 

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wandering_gypsy:  We have a 2012 honda pilot and we LOVE it. We’ve had four adults in it and two kids in car seats and there was still  room. We dont currently have any kids, but when we bought the vehicle we also intended on it lasting us at least 5 years, holding at least 2 kids and our two giant dogs.

Year/Make/Model 2012 honda pilot touring

How many kids you do you have (plan on having)? (general ages?) plan on having two – none yet

How many does your car seat normally? can fit up to 8 people – we tyipically have it set up so it fits 5 and the dogs in teh back area

Do you have any pets that ride in the vehicle? (if so, size/breed) two dogs, one greyhound (100 lbs) and one husky/shepard mutt (90 lbs)

How you like your vehicle? we absolutely love it

Is it too big/too small? Not enough trunk space? Anything. Perfect size for us! Lots of leg room, lots of storage

Do you recommend this car to someone who is starting a family? YES!

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Post # 17
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

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wandering_gypsy:  

Year/Make/Model: 2005 Chrysler Town and Country Touring Model

How many kids you do you have (plan on having)? (general ages?): We plan to have one; none currently.

How many does your car seat normally? 7 including the driver.

Do you have any pets that ride in the vehicle? (if so, size/breed) We have a 60 pound border collie/lab mix dog.

How you like your vehicle? I love the size of it and the safety, plus it gets better gas mileage than the big SUVs that seat as many people.  And my car insurance is super low since nobody is hotrodding a van.  We love taking it for roadtrips because it’s roomy enough for one person to take a proper nap in the back while the other drives.  Our friends love being able to pile in to go places as one big group.

Is it too big/too small? Not enough trunk space? Anything.  Only complaint would be that I have had lots of electrical issues.  I would still love to replace it with another van but probably a Toyota or Honda.  The only thing I would miss about it is the Stow N Go seating which is ridiculously awesome.

Do you recommend this car to someone who is starting a family? If you plan to have 3 or more kids or just want the extra space with good gas mileage and cheap insurance, then a van is the way to go.  A friend of mine always swore she would drive an SUV but she made the switch to a van recently and has totally been transformed into a van lover.  Mine is so old because every time I go to trade it in, I realize how convenient the extra space really is and I leave the dealership.  I figure I will be driving it until it dies.

Post # 18
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I like the idea of a Highlander or something similar for you! My sister and her husband actually each have one (different years) and have two kids and are both tall people. No dog but lots of “stuff” and the cars work great for them. 

As for us, we’re expecting in August, have lifestyles that have us contstantly transporting things (gym bags, lacrosse equipment, suitcases, etc.) and a huge and still growing 135lb English Mastiff who loves to sit in the back seat (not the trunk). We have a Ford Escape (new – husband’s) and a Nissan Pathfinder (old model – mine) that we’re going to let die before we get a new one. Both work just fine for our needs right now and we are anticipating that they will continue to work fine with one child, but we’ll need to upgrade for a second child. 

Post # 19
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2000

We just purchased a new BMW X5 for our family vehicle and absolutely love our car.  It’s sporty and luxurious, yet very durable.  I am currently pregnant with our first but might consider 2 or 3 kids total. 

Post # 20
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

I drive an Elantra Touring, a 2011.  It has a massive cargo space (the new models do not.)  When I bought it, I figured keeping it 7 – 10 years and assumed I’d have children during that time.  It will fit 2 car seats and a dog crate in the trunk.  I can fit 2 mountain bikes (that’s what I currently carry!) in it with the seats down (front wheels attached.)  And I have a ski rack that I have yet to use because all our ski stuff fits inside (with the 60/40 split seats, 3 of us can drive up with all our gear in the car.) 

Fiance just bought a 2011 Ford Edge, fully spec’d out.  We debated between a sedan (a 2010 Passat) and the edge.  But we decided a crossover was more suitable to our lifestyle.  It has loads of room in the back (we’re both 6’1 and we both fit comfortably back there.  I’m all leg, he’s all back and it works for both of us.)  It’s got a decent cargo hold too.  And all the fancy fun stuff.  I’m kind of jealous.  

These cars will, hopefully, take us through the first 2 kids and dogs.  After that, we realize we’re looking for something huge or a minivan.  

Post # 21
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

Year/Make/Model: 2014 Toyota Corolla (for now)

How many kids you do you have (plan on having)? (general ages?): I am pregnant with our 1st.  We want to have 2 or 3. 

How many does your car seat normally? 4 comfortably, 5 squished 

Do you have any pets that ride in the vehicle? (if so, size/breed) We have 2 cats for now, so they take minimal space and we don’t drive them around. 

How you like your vehicle? We love it.  I did a lot of research when we bought this car for DH.  We wanted to have an efficient, small and easy to get around in car.  We will either get a midsize SUV or Van as soon as my car (’98 Lumina with 60k miles) dies.  I think it makes the most sense to have one small vehicle and one more spaceous vehicle. 

Is it too big/too small? Not enough trunk space? Anything. It seems like it will be fine. The 2014 model was redesigned with 5 extra inches of leg room for the back seat.  The trunk fits our large hand me down stroller, so I’m sure the baby jogger city mini gt will fit even easier.  We tested a diono radian in the back seat and it fit with plenty of legroom for me (5’8”) to fit in the front seat.  

Do you recommend this car to someone who is starting a family? If you are having 3 or less kids, then I highly recommend this as your smaller vehicle!  It could be your main vehicle, but I am an SUV girl at heart 🙂 

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Post # 22
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

2006 Toyota Rav4 Sport V6

How many kids you do you have? one on the way, planning on having 2.

How many does your car seat normally? 5

Do you have any pets that ride in the vehicle? (if so, size/breed) Yes, an 85 lb golden retriever in the back, and a shih tzu on laps.

How you like your vehicle? I freaking love it. It drives like a car with the space of an SUV, it’s reliable, it has a great resale value being a Toyota, it’s roomy and comfortable.

Is it too big/too small? Not enough trunk space? Anything. It’s the perfect size honestly. I love how the trunk space is squared off, it allows for a lot more cargo room than say, my mom’s Lexus Hybrid SUV which is slanted. The back seat’s recline, there is open space under the floor of the cargo area where I put my purse if I’m locking it in the car, keep a picnic blanket and bag, emergency stuff, all kinds of junk. ONe thing I was big on when I looked at SUV’s was the seat’s folding almost completely flat which these do. I didn’t like the ones where the seats folded and there was a huge hump to push things over, or like on the CRV, folding the seats flat left the seat rails exposed.

This car will probably be perfect for us while our kids are young if we have the two we plan, and then as they get older and we are driving friends along with us we will probably need a 3 row vehicle etc… but that isn’t for another 5+ years. 

The most packed we ever had this car was this: 4 adults, 3 lap dogs, 1 golden retriever in half of the back cargo area, half of the back cargo area packed tall to the ceiling with luggage, ski’s on the top, and then we added a cargo rack/tray thing to the hitch and put more stuff on that beacuse we took ski’s, snowshoes, and of course luggage for all of us and the dogs. We drove a 6 hour road trip, over Mt Hood in the dead of winter (ice and snow) and had ZERO problems. This car is a champ

Do you recommend this car to someone who is starting a family? 100%

The highlander is a nice, more luxury option as well.

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Post # 23
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

My Fiance and I don’t have any children but we have a minivan!

Year/Make/Model – 2006 Dodge Caravan. We also have a 1994 Honda Accord and a 2007 Toyota Yaris but the Caravan is definitely the family car.

How many kids do you have? – We actually don’t have any children. We just happen to own a minivan haha. We plan to have three children but not for a while.

How many does your car seat normally? – It technically seats 7 but right now we only have one of the backseats in. So it currently seats 5.

Do you have any pets that ride in the vehicle? – Yes! We have a small pug.

How do you like your vehicle? – I surprisingly really like it. Our car insurance is super cheap (no one drives crazy in a minivan). We get pretty good gas mileage considering its size. I also like being high off the ground (compared to our Honda and Toyota).

Is it too big/too small? – I would say the trunk isn’t that big. So we took out the middle seat for more room.

Do you recommend this car to someone who is starting a family? – Definitely!

Post # 24
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

2013 Cadillac SRX

How many kids you do you have (plan on having)? One on the way, 2 or 3 total.

How many does your car seat normally? 5

Do you have any pets that ride in the vehicle? Yes, an 18lb dog. The back is so big that a big dog could comfortably hang out, it’s wide open.. not like a trunk lol

How you like your vehicle? I freaking love it, there are 3 different versions of it. The base model, luxury model, and premium model. We have the luxury model. It has navigation, a massive sun roof, heated seats, lets me know when I’m swerving, hits the brakes if I’m about to crash..

Is it too big/too small? It’s definitely smaller than bigger, but it has plenty of space. I didn’t want a tiny SUV, but I also didn’t one as big as my sisters Honda Pilot.. so it was perfect for us.

Not enough trunk space? Trunk space is great and it has the pull down feature to hide what you have in there.

Do you recommend this car to someone who is starting a family? Absolutely, we bought it with the intention of getting pregnant. Now that our baby will be here soon, I’m very happy with my purchase. I love my suv and feel it’ll be super safe for our family.

Post # 25
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I don’t have kids or living with my fiance yet, but I can recommend a good SUV and I do have a dog!

2011 Lexus GX 470 ( I also have a sports car, but won’t list that here since it’s not for kids)

No kids.

I’ve got a golden retriever ( like my kid)

My car holds 7 ( 2 fold down seats)

I really like my vehicle, it’s totally impractical considering I don’t have kids, but it’s very comfortable. I bought it since I have fibromyalgia and I need a comfortable car that is easy to get into. 

Not to big or two small, very easy to drive

There is a lot of trunk space and a tailgate that opened from the side which is nice.

I would highly recommend any Lexus or Toyota products to families, they are very safe, luxurious, comfortable, do not take premium gas and are highly reliable. 

Post # 26
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Bumble Beekeeper

Year/Make/Model: We have a 2007 Dodge Durango and I LOVE it. I actually went shopping recently for a new car and all the SUV’s I test drove (luxury, budget, middle of the road) did not live up to my Durango. I was shocked.

How many kids you do you have (plan on having)? (general ages?): I am pregnant with our first child due in August. We are planning to have two children although I doubt this vehicle will last that long as we are not planning on having our second right away.

How many does your car seat normally? 8

Do you have any pets that ride in the vehicle? (if so, size/breed) Yes, we have two pomeranians that ride in a crate in the back although this car would easily fit a very large dog (or two even) in the back without issue.

How you like your vehicle? LOVE!!! Love, love, love. As I said I tried to find something to replace it and after weeks of shopping could not find anything in any budget that I loved more. I was really surprised.

Is it too big/too small? Not enough trunk space? Anything. I think the car is just right. I like that it is larger as it is safer and I am above most vehicles height wise. I was in a bad accident years ago in a Nissan Pathfinder and I learned quickly the benefits of cars going under you not into you. The trunk space/back area space is large and fits my dogs, luggage, volleyball coaching equipment etc. It is so nice when we go camping to just throw and go without having to worry about packing just right.

Do you recommend this car to someone who is starting a family? Yes, a million times yes. However, my disclaimer is that the new Dodge Durango does not apply to this critique. It would have to be an older one. The new Durango is more like a mini-van in size and comfort. We considered one and rented one for a week to test it out. It was not similar in many ways to the previous version so that I would not recommend.

Post # 27
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

Year/Make/Model 2012 Toyota Highlander

How many kids you do you have (plan on having)? (general ages?) No kids yet, but planning on TTC within the next couple of months.

How many does your car seat normally? I have 3 rows, so right now I have it configured 2-2-2. But, the middle row gives me the option to store the console and replace it with a seat making it 2-3-2. Currently, I keep the 2nd row up w/ the console, and the 3rd row flat.

Do you have any pets that ride in the vehicle? (if so, size/breed) We do have two labs, one 75lbs and one 65lbs.

How you like your vehicle? I love my vehicle. It rides great, gets good gas mileage, and has tons of legroom in the back.

Is it too big/too small? Not enough trunk space? Anything. When we bought it, it was just us and one dog. It was perfect. We adopted another dog, unplanned, but she needed a home. For right now, it’s still okay. I prett much always keep the 3rd row flat so I have storage – with it up there is no storage room in the back. When we travel, both dogs are in the 2nd row and luggage in the way back. However, we are quickly going to be out of space when we have a kid. A baby and 2 dogs aren’t going to fit for a 6 hour drive in the 2nd row, and we’d need the 3rd row flat for storage. I think we’ll end up with a Suburban.

Do you recommend this car to someone who is starting a family? Yes & No. If you are a family that really dosn’t do much (driving) travel I think it’s the perfect mid-size SUV. 95% of the time, it works great for me. I’ve got the seating if I need it, but stowed away if I need storage. If you primarily are scooting around town or even just travel without your pets – you’d be fine.

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Post # 28
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Helper bee

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Pinkmoon:  LOL.  Love it.  We are totally like you!

Year/Make/Model: 2013 Porsche Carrera S 

How many kids you do you have (plan on having)? (general ages?) None

How many does your car seat normally?  2 comfortably, but there is “technically” a back seat for 2, however I would never sit back there.

Do you have any pets that ride in the vehicle? (if so, size/breed) We have a dog but she’s not allowed in this car.  She rides in the spare (Range Rover)

How you like your vehicle?  LOVE it.  It’s fun, fast and corners like it’s on rails.

Too Big/Small?  Trunk Space? It can be a little small at times.  The “trunk” will fit about 2 paper grocery bags.  It’s not very practical.

Do you recommend this car to someone who is starting a family? Absolutely not.

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Post # 29
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I have a 2012 Nissan Armada, seats 7 with three in the back and two captains chairs in the middle. We have one 110-115 lb dog who currently has the whole back with the three seats down, you could fit 6;dogs back there like that lol. We are expecting our first and kept that in mind, we can potentially four kids and our dog if we need too.

I would recommend it for sure…..as long as you dont care about fuel economy lol its a full size suv but doesn’t feel like you are driving a huge vehicle.

Post # 30
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

We’re getting a Dodge Journey, probably a 2012 or 2013. They are pretty inexpensive as far as SUVs go because they are on the smaller end, but they do have a third row seat so 7 people can fit in it.

We haven’t purchased it yet because we’re still looking for the one that is perfect for us but we’re set on this make/model because we want kids and we have two pit bulls that cruise everywhere with us.

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