What vehicles make sense for our family?

posted 1 week ago in The Lounge
  • poll: Trade which car in for a mini van?

    Small sporty car

    Small SUV

  • Post # 2
    9831 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    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 # 4
    1540 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2019

    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
    15144 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    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
    13613 posts
    Honey Beekeeper

    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
    11525 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    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
    11525 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

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    @pinkshoes:  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
    911 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2018

    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
    7358 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

    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.

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