KBR: New Car Advice!

*Tear* I have come to the conclusion that my small 2-door coupe is just not going to be baby friendly once our little one arrives. DH and I have been looking into new cars, and I wanted to get some advice from other moms/moms to be on what are the best baby friendly cars out there. We are thinking a small SUV... any recommendations?


I like the Honda CRV and the Hyundai Tuscon. Anyone have either?

Posted on August 25, 2011 at 8:39 am
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Nope but I have a Nissan Rogue!  Love it!  It is probably similar in size to the Hyundai Tucson!  I actually looked at that vehicle before I bought the rogue!  Its pretty cute!  I think it would be a perfect size for baby!  :)

Posted on August 25, 2011 at 9:12 am
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and Hyundai dealers advertise with my TV station - so I know there are great deals out there right now as far as warranties and rebates!!!

Posted on August 25, 2011 at 9:13 am
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I have a Mazda Tribute, which is similar in size to the Honda CRV. Its been great so far, but we plan on having 3-4 kids and it definitely will not fit more than two carseats. I bought my car in 2004, so Ive had it for a while and wasnt thinking baby or kids when I bought it, but its great for 1-2 kids. We will upgrade if and when #3 comes along.


I would definitely get an SUV though. My DH drives a four door car and I think it is so hard to get Sam in and out of it. Everything just seems so...squished!

Posted on August 25, 2011 at 9:16 am
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I had a teeny Civic hatchback and recently had to upgrade also!  We testdrove a bunch of small SUVs but didn't like the lack of visibility or quality we were able to get in our price range (between 20-30).  We ended up with a Jetta Sportwagon TDI for less than 30K.  All leather interior, sunroof, sturdy "German engineering" LOL. :)  We LOOOOOVE it.

Posted on August 25, 2011 at 9:21 am
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I have a friend who has a Kia Sportage, which is very similar to the Tuscon.  She loves it and it seems to have a nice ride.


We have a Lincoln MKX- the Ford Edge is the same SUV.  It's great- not too big, but big enough that we have space.  The gas milage is about what you would expect for the size of vehicle.  It does fairly well in the snow if you live in a place that snows.  I got stuck when we got 2 feet, but I'm pretty sure any car ran the chance of getting stuck after that storm.

Posted on August 25, 2011 at 9:53 am
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We got a Santa Fe before LO was born. It has been great, super roomy. Has AC vents in the back on the doors, tucson probably does as well

Posted on August 25, 2011 at 4:08 pm
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We have a Chevy Trail Blazer and I absolutely hate it.


We bought it used but we have just had so many issues with it. Normally I love Chevy vehicles but this one has put such a sour taste in my mouth!!


My MIL has the CRV and I like it but I feel with multiple children it may get a tad cramped.


A friend of mine bought a Dodge Durango when her LO was born and they LOVE it.

Posted on August 26, 2011 at 12:32 am
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This is a great post!  The lease on our civic is up in January and we are looking for a small SUV to replace it.


What kind of mileage do most of these vehicles have?  That's my biggest concern (aside from safety) considering the gas prices right now.

Posted on August 26, 2011 at 2:16 am
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My mom has an escape, it gets pretty good gas mileage and it's decent size. It would be tight with more then two kids.

I really want the new ford explorer!!!! But that won't happen for a while in the meantime I'll be driving my hubby's car which is a crown victoria - it's a big ole boat but it's roomy!!!
Posted on August 26, 2011 at 3:06 am
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Good to know Jen!  The Escape is high on my list :)

Posted on August 26, 2011 at 3:33 am
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Kat- I'm getting like 22 or so miles highway and 15 or 16 city.  Gas has pretty consistently been 3.70 in my area and it ususally is $60 or a little over to fill (I usually get gas when I'm down to like 60 or so miles worth of gas).  I drive 27 miles each way to work and it is mostly highway, but I sit in stand still traffic for about 15 miles of my commute in the morning (and maybe sit for like 5 miles going home).  I've found that I can make it to and from work 5 days on one tank.


Another one to look at is the Ford Flex (I totally wish we would have looked at them).  I think they get better gas milage than some of the small SUVs b/c they are classified as a crossover and might be built on a car chasis vs a truck one. 


Jen- yes, the new explorers are super nice.  We're thinking that might be an option when DH's lease is up in two years.  We'll see- he's claiming that he wants something cheap b/c his registration was super expensive this year.  We'll see what he acutally does when the time comes!

Posted on August 26, 2011 at 3:43 am
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I forgot about the Flex - love that one too!  I am icthing for a new car!!!  We traded my truck in and bought my MIL a car, so it will be a while till we get a new one :(


Registration is ridic!  We just had a pretty big increase here - went from around $40 - $45 a year to $80 :(

Posted on August 26, 2011 at 4:12 am
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Heidi- I have a Rogue too! We're actually getting rid of it becuase it's hard to fit all of L's stuff and ours in it when we travel. We want a Highlander, Sequioa, Pilot, or Pathfinder.

Posted on August 26, 2011 at 5:16 am
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Jen- I'd kill for ours to be like $80/year.   We paid over $500 for one car.  And like $275 for the other.   It hurt bad bc we also pay a crazy amount of state and federal income tax (our combined rate is about 30%).  Then the woman at the DMV told me she had someone the week before whose reg was over 1k and I didn't feel as bad.

Posted on August 26, 2011 at 5:17 am
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Our Jetta sportswagon TDI gets 35-40 mpg with diesel.  It seriously rocks.. highly recommend you check one out. :)


Our next vehicle will be a Sequoia.. once DH finds a stable job, we'll trade in our 1 ton Chevy Silverado for the more family friendly vehicle. :)

Posted on August 26, 2011 at 5:22 am
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@MsMac - EWWWWW!!!  Ok I won't complain about the $80 bucks!  Thankfully we don't have state tax either (I'm in FL)

Posted on August 26, 2011 at 5:25 am
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Yeah- you are lucky.  Very lucky!  We totally bought and house and had a kid for the tax breaks b/c we need them badly.  Not that the kid's tax break will really matter b/c he's going to cost us more than the tax part.  I was not happy when MN shut down for a month b/c I was like what "tax" (they like to call them fees) will they add this time!  We know for sure that our property taxes are going to go up- we think 3%, but we aren't sure.  And I'm sure they added some other "fees" that we'll pay at some point and just don't realize that they added.  The "taxes" didn't go up, but it was like just raise them b/c we're going to pay anyway for whatever it is!


Juniper- I know several people who have diesel VWs.  I think yours probably is too new for repairs- but i've heard that they are expensive to fix.  Thoughts?


 

Posted on August 26, 2011 at 5:51 am
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I had the Edge when we had DD and loved it! Then traded it out for a Tahoe and I still loved it but recently it made sense to trade that out for another Edge! I am SO glad that we did because I LOVE it! I did however have to switch DD to forward facing so that I could see her better :) She is 16 months :)

Posted on August 26, 2011 at 5:55 am
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@MsMac, yes I believe repairs will probably be more expensive than a Japanese car..  but the longevity of the car (and we love the low maintenance aspect of diesels - have had several diesel trucks) will make it worth it :)

Posted on August 26, 2011 at 9:12 am
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Hubby and I just bought a 2011 escape and we LOVE it. The gas mileage gets me since I'm used to my tiny chevy cavalier but it rides really smooth and will be a great baby-mobile! I love the space in the back for a stroller/diaper bag and it's the perfect fit for us!

Posted on August 26, 2011 at 12:56 pm
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