Post # 1
We are looking at getting a second car, but we want to be practical. We are planning on TTC early next year so we want to get something appropriate for babies and car seats!! We are looking at the Hyundai elantra touring. Does anyone have one? What do you mommies drive? Advice please 🙂
Post # 3
My only advice is one with roomy legroom in the back if you are a tall person yourself. I am and I drive a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited and my seat is back as far as it can go so my son’s infant carseat cannot fit behind my seat. My passenger seat thus has to be pretty far forward (in my opinion) to accomodate his infant seat. Now Darling Husband is my height but he has a long torso and shorter legs so he doesn’t need the seat as far back and has no issue with the carseat being behind him.
Something to conisder is look at where you would need the seat to be positioned for comfortable driving and determine how much space remains for a carseat and compare that to some of the carseats available on the market today.
Post # 4
SUVs are good, even mid-size, because you don’t have to bend over and down, you just reach in. Another thing is that you have to be cognizant of trunk space if you want to have a travel system. Those strollers are HUGE.
Post # 5
We had to buy a new car for the baby as well. Our considerations were a 90# dog and a 20# dog that would need to be comfortable (they were spoiled getting the whole back seat in the other car). A safe place for the carseat where the child wouldn’t be getting licked by said dogs. As well as decent (something near 30mpg) gas mileage and less than 30K (so no minivans).
We looked at the hyuandai elantra touring, VW Jetta SportWagen, and the Mazda 5 microvan. We ended up with the Mazda 5 and we love it. Our other car is a Toyota Camry and it is a PIA trying to get the baby bucket in and out. The seat is in the middle (safest place) so I end up crawling over the seat to get him in. He bangs against everything. With the Mazda 5 he is in the captains chair behind the drivers side and it is so much smoother in and out. The sliding doors make getting him in and out (especially in small parking spaces) so easy. With the back seats down we have been able to bring all the necessary baby accoutraments needed. The dogs have also found their spots.
Take a carseat with you when you are test driving. It helped with our decision because we would put the carseat in and see how far back the seats could go. The elantra actually was the tightest fit in that regard.
Post # 6
We bought a Kia Sorento just before having Baby J – all our friends with new babies said the bending over and down into a car was hard and highly recommended an SUV. I love it – tons of leg room, lots of room for Baby and all her stuff, and plenty of room for the travel system – the stroller is really big! I haven’t tried her in our car, but I’d recommend an SUV for sure.
Post # 7
On the other hand, it’s way easier for me to reach back and stick the pacifier back into DS’s (screaming) mouth in our smaller Honda Fit than in our larger CRV…
Post # 8
We traded in DH’s truck a few weeks ago b/c it was a 2 seater and my car is older and a little less reliable so we decided it was time to think family car. We bought a Nissan Rogue and love it so much already. It’s one of the top safety rated cars in Canada, has a good sized cargo area and we because it’s a CVT transmission, it’s amazing on gas! LOVE!!
Post # 9
We just went through this and bought a Toyota Venza. It has tons of leg room and a nice sized trunk. MPG’s vary around 24, but half my commute is off highway.
I have friends with a newborn and they both have 4dr Mitsubishi Lancers. When the car seat is in, almost no one can fit in the front passenger seat because it has to be all the way up. Luckily my friend is pretty short, so I think she fits. I think they have trouble with the stroller being too big for the trunk too.
I used to have a Mitsubishi Outlander (small SUV) and with just a dog, it was getting cramped on car trips, especially Christmas. We figured we needed something with a lot more room once we have a baby, and the Venza seemed to have the best of everything in the same class – most size, lowest pricest, best mpg’s.
Post # 10
We have two Toyota Yaris’s, his is the 4-door sedan, mine is the 2-door hatchback. I know it’s going to be a bitch getting that seat in and out of my car, but we just paid it off not too long ago and I don’t want to take on a car payment during my unpaid maternity leave, so I guess we’ll make do for now!
Post # 11
Thank you everyone for your input! We are going to go test driving tonight, I’ll report back 🙂
Post # 12
In case anyone is curious, we test drove the Elantra Touring and it was awesome. Tons of room in the backseat and the trunk, and felt nice driving… sooooo… WE BOUGHT IT!!!!