Post # 1
- Wedding: November 2015 - City, State
Hi everyone, it’s been awhile.
My DH & I have a one year old daughter and a small dog. We currently have a small sporty sedan and a compact SUV (Toyota RAV4). I want more space for any trips we take so want tj get a mini van. We both have about 15 minute commutes to our jobs.
DH thinks we should trade my small sporty car in and get a minivan. I think we should trade his small SUV in and get a minivan. My reasoning is, that we can trade in the small SUV since it doesn’t get great gas mileage anyway. That way we will have my small car for quick trips to the grocery store and then the mini van for family vacations.
Would be happy to hear from those of you with small families!
Post # 2
Unless you have like an hour long commute I don’t think a small sporty car is very practical for families. If you’re the one pushing for a bigger vehicle you should trade in your car, or give him the sporty one and you drive the mini van IMO.
Post # 3
- Wedding: November 2015 - City, State
forgot to mention I would be happy to drive the minivan and let DH have my car!
Post # 4
Unless you’re doing 100% of the kid stuff, definitely trade in the small car. Even a small SUV is better than a sporty car for picking up/dropping off/fitting a carseat (they want you to rear face for 2-4 years now, and those suckers are big!), stroller, etc. What if one car breaks down and is in the shop? We’re in a similar boat (except instead of a toddler, we are TTC our first and have a small dog and large cat who travel with us), I have a TINY crossover and DH has a Camry (which is huge for a car). We’re trading mine in next year, even though it’s newer/nicer, because we want to make sure that we have two cars that are family friendly (even though the Subaru we’ll get will be the primary roadtrip/family car).
Post # 5
How small and sporty are you talking? I doubt a “sporty” car really has that great gas mileage anyways since most don’t.
We have a mid size sedan and a small SUV, and if we were to trade in a car for a larger SUV (sorry, mini van isnt gonna happen here and we have a 2 year old with one on the way and a 100lb dog), it would be the small SUV. But to me, my car (the mid size sedan that gets 33-37mpg) is more than enough room for everyday outtings with my 1 and soon to be 2nd child and has great mileage for commuting to work and going out as a family. His car would be the family road trip & costco run car.
Post # 6
If you have the choice, I’m with your H. I would not underestimate the number of times it will be an inconvenience to have the sports car. There are times you may be unable to leave work, be held up or have an appointment of your own and want your H to pick up your child from a daycare, preschool, or a playdate, perhaps in bad weather.
Post # 7
I also agree with your husband. As a prior poster noted, your minivan will end up in the shop, even if it’s for routine maintenance, and you’ll be glad that you kept your SUV.
Post # 8
I was writing part of my first reply to mention this but then deleted it. Glad that you addressed it.
OP, if you have a small sports coupe, there is no question. However, if your “small” and “sporty” car is actually something like a Honda Accord, that would technically be a mid-size family sedan and would probably offer more passenger and cargo space than a small SUV.
Post # 9
How often do you go on long trips? I know a family with a three year old who have a moderately sized electric car (they don’t need two cars most days), and when they go on long trips they just hire a big vehicle. Works out cheaper than maintaining two cars. Might be worth considering just keeping your cars and hiring a minivan a few times a year instead if trips you can’t do in either of your current vehicles aren’t likely to be frequent?
If both of you regularly commute, personally I wouldn’t want to have to do that in a minivan.
Post # 10
I agree with your husband, but without knowing what the “small sporty car” is, it’s hard to say 100%.
If you’re in the minivan, are you going to be the only one who ever takes care of or transports the kids? What will you do if you’re in a pinch and you need him to pick them up but he can’t fit them in his car? A Rav4 gets pretty good gas milage….I have a Highlander and my sister has a Rav4, and I’d say we both get generally good mileage. Plus a 15 minute commute is nothing – most people drive that to the grocery store.