(Closed) Will I really have to get a new car?

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
509 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2002

No, I think your car is completely fine.  We had a Honda CRV when we first had our son, then I had a Toyota Tacoma truck (that I LOVED but the engine died) and I did get a van when my son turned 4, ONLY b/c I was so into safety (in a paranoid way) when my son started preschool and I saw that EVERY mom had a van and it just made me rethink my interests (and I was one that said I would NEVER get a van).  That lasted two years.  My son started kingergarten last year and I never had him in my car anymore and was driving a 7 person van to work alone every day. So I finally got rid of the van (which I did like b/c of the comfort and traveling but I only traveled once the entire time I had it) and got what I really wanted…Dodge Ram truck (extended cab).  You will be totally fine in your car.

Post # 4
3182 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I never understood the need to run out and buy an SUV/minivan as soon as kids came into the picture.  Especially when there is only a single child.  We grew up with my parents carting the two of us around in a 240 Volvo.  NOT a large car by any stretch of the imagination.  

I know my friend had a Civic or something like that and she fit in her stroller with the big jogging wheels in the trunk just fine!  I don’t have children so I don’t know much about strollers (other than the fact that they have gotten massive) but I’m sure with some shopping around you can find one that fits. 

Post # 5
141 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I don’t have kids yet, but I’m getting the same comments from people – I have a 2-door Hyundai Accent, and while I don’t LOVE my car, I’m quite fond of it, as well as the fact that it is paid off! The concern with mine is that it will be too hard to get the car seat out from the back. I’ll tell you what I tell everyone that mentions it- I’ll manage! I’m sure there are millions of people with small cars AND small children who do just fine, so I bet we will too 🙂 Your car sounds lovely, and I bet you won’t have nearly as much kid ‘stuff’ to fit in as you think! As for the stroller, perhaps you can keep a note with the measurements of your trunk on hand so when you go shopping you can tell if it will fit or not? 

Post # 6
124 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’m sure your car will be fine, particularly when the kids are young.  I see alot of people with minivans when their kids are older and at an age when they are doing sports.  Sports equipment can take up ALOT of room.

Post # 7
2815 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Hmm.. I have a honda civic (2 door) and I *can* fit everything in it, but the two door car is totally a pain in the behind. If it had 4 doors though, It would be perfect. I can carry the stroller or pack n play if we go anywhere. Just make sure you can fit a good carseat in your vehicle and you’re fine! lol

I don’t think mini vans or SUV’s are really necessary until you have more than one kid. We have a truck as well and use that when we need to take the dog with us.


Post # 8
9952 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

IMO, the size of the car isn’t a huge issue at all… as others have said, you only need a backseat, and some sort of a trunk, and you’ll be able to accommodate a baby / small child

Fine for everyday… BUT if you travel a lot (vacations, road trips to Grandmas etc) then having a bigger vehicle is a BONUS when it comes to bringing along all the extra baby gear that a kid might need for a weekend visit or extended vacation (Stroller – Playpen / Crib – Suitcase – Diaper Bag etc) ontop of what you and Hubby would pack too.

Day-to-Day and WHAT DOES REALLY MATTER… is having good access to actually getting the baby / child in and out of the vehicle.  Otherwise, your back is killing you doing contortions !!

So best to have a 4 Door vehicle vs just a 2 Door… or the one big advantage to Vans & SUVs are they tend to have either sliding doors, or bigger ones… makes it a ton easier when leaning into the backseat.

Hope this helps,


Post # 9
10365 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

My SIL kept her compact Mazda Protege until her kid was 4 – it became difficult to lug her plus other kids around so she upgraded to a mid-sized sedan at that point (needed a new car anyway, though).

I do specifically know two people who got rid of their Subaru Imprezas, though, when they had a kid because they didn’t have enough space :-(. I think you should just wait and see what works for you, you know? Maybe they jumped the gun and did it because they thought they “needed to” instead of really analyzing the situation.

Post # 10
1659 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Nope, my VW Jetta has more than enough room. Dirty Delete is 2 now, and we’ll be able to fit another car seat in there when the time comes. I think people like like to use this as an excuse to get a van or an suv if that’s what they want, but it isn’t necessary at all. I think that if you have 3+ kids all around the same age it becomes necessary.

Post # 11
11233 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I agree with the not understanding people’s need for giant vehicles, especially if they only have 1 kid. I have an Impreza hatch and it’s got a ton of room. I’m never giving up my Subies. I don’t see it ever being “too small”–it’s  not huge or anything, but it seats five and has a huge trunk space. 

Post # 12
1327 posts
Bumble bee

Don’t forget all your kids friends that you will end up driving around as they get older lol :). I bought a 4 door hatchback car with the intentions that it will last me well into the “kids years”. My SO has a two door car though, and you bet that there is no way I am going to be hauling a car seat in and out of that backseat.

Post # 13
842 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Depending on your lifestyle you may not need a bigger car. I live a few hours from my parents and even with just a dog, no kids, we used to have trouble getting everything in my small SUV. Especially at holidays.  When I got a new car last year, I got a bigger SUV/crossover (Toyota Venza), knowing that we’d want something bigger for when we have kids.  But if you don’t take road trips or have a dog, you could probably get away with it.

I will say though, that a lot depends on how big your backseat is. I have friends with a one year old, and their Mitsubishi Lancers (they both have one) with the car seat in, no one can sit in the front passenger seat because it has to pushed all the way up. a car that smallseems pretty impractical to me. 

Post # 14
213 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I think your car will be fine. We traded in a gas-guzzling SUV earlier this year for an Impreza with the intention of using it when we have kids in the future. It’s really roomy.

Post # 15
50 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Your Impreza will be fine. Do not worry. 

I drive a 4-door Benz and my boss tells me the same thing. It’s a 4-door? A kid will fit. What else do I need? 

My fiance grew up with his dad having a 4-door Honda Accord. There were 4 boys. Not safe but it got the job done back then. Lol!

Post # 16
93 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

I had a 2-door Dodge Avenger (before it fell apart on me in the middle of Illinois)… and I planned on keeping it, and wouldn’t have traded it in for the world! As long as the backseat is safe/big enough to properly fit a carseat, I don’t see it as a problem.

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