Suggestions on family friendly cars?

Sara - posted on 06/22/2013 ( 19 moms have responded )

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I am looking into getting a new vehicle that is "family friendly". I need something that is decent on gas mileage, and not too pricey. I want something with a nice sized back seat (for car seats), and where I'm not going to bump my head while buckling kids in. I currently have a ford taurus, but I want something a bit bigger. I am not interested in a mini van, because my husband would not step foot in it. I'm thinking about a jeep liberty, a chevy trail blazer, or something along those lines? Does anyone have a certain car they love, or any suggestions? --Thanks!!

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Shannon - posted on 06/28/2013

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I have a 2011 Ford Explorer and I love it! I've driven an accord, Pilot, and Expedition before, but my Explorer is by far my favorite! We were smart this time and bought a gently used car. It only had about 10,000 miles on it and had been driven by a Ford exec. My model has the smart touch computer with voice recognition and advanced GPS, sunroof, and a moonroof (which my girls love)! Since my husband is a salesman, he was able to bargain with the dealership to install DVD players in the headrests at no additional charge! The Explorer gets decent gas mileage and is fun to drive. Currently, we have 1 Britax carseat and 1 Britax high back booster seat in the middle row and there is still plenty of room! All of the newer models have the third row seat. When the third row is folded down, I have plenty of room for a twin stroller, an umbrella stroller and groceries. I've had this car since March of 2012 and I've had no issues.

Anjanette - posted on 06/27/2013

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We still have our 16 yo Subaru Outback (no major problems) and purchased a Subaru Forester almost 2 years ago and love it. The kids love it because the back seat sits higher than the front so they can see out the front window and the side windows better. It was truly a toss up between the Forester and Toyota Rav4 when we were looking before. We love the durability and reliability of Subaru as well as the standard AWD, crash test ratings, cargo capacity, roominess, etc. We do a mix of driving and get between 27 and 28 mpg.

Darci - posted on 06/26/2013

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We have a 2005 Ford Free Style. It's not the mini-van. The mini-van's called a Ford Free Star. Our Ford Free Style has 4 doors, seats 7 and is AWD. ( kicks into 4x4 when needed) It gets about 25mpg. Depending on if you are driving in town or on the freeway. We live in a small town and most of the driving is lots of stop and go. There's a roof rack we use for the cargo box when we need the room. The last 2 seats fold down for storage too. There's lots of storage without the seats down. It's deep behind them.We get lots of items in the "trunk." The whole hatch opens in in back(a bonus)The tint on the windows helps keep sun out of kid's eyes. Has adjustable baby mirror in front so you can see the baby/kid's without turning around. It's back friendly.as I am not constantly bending down so far to access back seats like I was with our small car. Amazing how much less the back hurts! We bought our Freestyle with about 15,000miles on it. Now has just over 100,000miles. We have oil changed regularly. Only issues we have had were repairs on timing, replaced a couple light bulbs, minor recall warranty work and replaced an inexpensive fuel regulator FYI: If you buy a Ford Freestyle. DO NOT overfill your gas tank. It makes the car's brain believe it's a fire hazard and may cause the fuel regulator to go out. Simply don't keep "clicking" after the gas is done filling your tank. LoL. We have replaced the tires 1 time and had alignment done. It's been a great car for us. We get better mpg in this "crossover" Car then we have ever gotten in any of our SUV's. The Freestyle is "Family Friendly," and budget friendly too. Good Luck with your car hunting :+)

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Sara - posted on 07/19/2013

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I ended up getting a Ford Escape. I absolutely love it, and so does my husband!!

Jennifer - posted on 07/15/2013

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I love a Honda Accord, they are good on gas and last a very long time, now, I see you need space for four car seats, I would recommend a minivan and most of them are a v-6, not too bad on gas. I think your best best is a mini van if your packing the Brady bunch, lol.

Sara - posted on 07/09/2013

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Thanks for all the suggestions! So far I haven't had any luck finding a vehicle I love, but I am being patient. Hopefully I'll find something soon!!

Rachel - posted on 07/01/2013

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I have a Honda Odyssey and I love it.
It seats 8 people and it's good on gas.

Kayla - posted on 06/27/2013

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I currently have a Dodge Caravan and love it! I am a family on 6 so needed it. Before I bought my van I had a Nissan Altima and again LOVED it. If I would haven't gotten pregnant again with my daughter I still would be driving it. Never had any issues with it. All it ever needed was routine maintenance. It has over 100K miles on it and still ran as if I just bought it. Great car and stand by it 100%.

Elizabeth - posted on 06/27/2013

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i love my F-150 Ford truck good on gas and easy to put car seats in back doors open both ways its great

Jennifer - posted on 06/25/2013

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I have a Toyota Highliander and love it! It has three rows when you need it and captains chairs in the back if you need them too.... It has plenty of room in back for 2 adults or car seats without feet kicking you.

Barbie - posted on 06/25/2013

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I am a bit biased as I have a thing for Honda's. but if you have 2 kids a Honda CRV would work wonderfully ad is great on gas mileage, but if you have 3 or just want something a bit bigger there is the Honda Pilot. It is one of the only bigger sized SUVs that I found that can fit 3 car seats. I loved my Pilot, especially when my nieces and nephews come because it has the 3rd row seating, and they are decent on gas mileage. Good luck in your search

Aliza - posted on 06/25/2013

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I LOVE my CRV. I've had it now 2 years and for one or 2 kids its awesome. Super comfy and the trunk is ginormous. Everyday when I get in it I feel filled with glee. It is my absolute favorite material item in the world. My husband jokes around that I'd rather sit in my car then on him (;-)) and well... It is what it is right? I have 2 pretty big cars seats in there too as I have a 2&1 year old. When we have our 3rd down the line well probably have to upgrade to the Honda odyssey but for now it's perfect. PERFECT!! Siiiigh

Rian - posted on 06/25/2013

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I second the Subaru Forester. My sister just got the 2014 and it is really nice, roomy, and is at the top for safety for a small suv.

Sal - posted on 06/24/2013

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I'm in Australia so not sure if you can get there but I have a ford territory, it is the second one we have bought and I love it... This one is a deisle turbo and heaps more fuel efficient than the last one, fits 3 car seats easily or as in my case 2car seàts and a 6"5 teenage boy, mine had the 3rd row of seats and I can happily fit 5 adults and 2 car seats or 5 car seats and 2 adults in the front... Love love love it.... In 4 years when it is due for a change ill defiantly line up for my 3rd

Anna - posted on 06/24/2013

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We have a Subaru Forester for the kids - sporty enough for the hubby, big enough for the car seats in back plus the whole back area, great safety features (side curtain airbags, etc), good price (brand new for low 20's), great gas mileage for an SUV (30 MPG), and if you live someplace where it's helpful, the 4 wheel drive is an added bonus.

Allison - posted on 06/22/2013

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I love my Honda Odyssey and my hubby (who drives a really nice Sequoia) was always anti-minivan till he saw the inside of one. BUT I wonder if a GMC Acadia or Chevy Traverse would meet your needs? I don't know what kind is mileage they get, and they don't quite have the cargo room of a minivan, but my mom friends who have one love them. There's also a hybrid version of the Toyota Highlander, but again, those are somewhat limited if you have more than 2 car seats.

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