What kind of car do you drive?

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I am going to be buying a new car in the fall and I wanted to start my research here with all you wonderful mommy's. I haven't had to buy a new car in 10 years so I don't know what's out there and what is best for having a baby that you need to bring everything with and still ahve some room and make sure that it's safe.



Thanks in advance.

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Lissa - posted on 04/23/2011

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@Helene we have a citreon c4 grand picasso, it's the 7 seat model ( 2 in the front, 3 next row and 2 in the boot)but you get a 5 seat model. The second row has enough room for 3 car seats if you decide to have another child, the boot is big and ours has a 52 miles to the gallon (that's been over 3000 miles, I know this because I just looked the other day). Lots of head height so makes the car feel very airy which helps if you have kids prone to feeling car sick (which I do) and also helps if you have a 6ft 5" husband (which I do too).

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Sal - posted on 04/23/2011

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we have a ford territory, but unless you are planning a few more kids i don;t think the size is useful, we had 3 kids 1 tall teenager and 2 in baby seats and it was the only one that fitted them comfprtably across the back seat, when we have the 3rd row up we can happily take 5 adults and 2 car seats (or smaller kids say upto 10ish), but the third row is a bit small for adults and big teens, great to travel in we have done 160 000 in 3 years and had no real problems, new tyres and such but have been great, we also found it was better size wise that the "family vans" but they are a bit heavy on petrol comparied to some of the 4wd in a similar size but were significatly cheaper, but it was the size we bought it for

Merry - posted on 04/23/2011

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Honda odyssey is a great van. I'd suggest a van because honestly even with one kid the space is so nice! Also it's recommended to rear face your kids carseat as long as possible, to prevent spine injuries, so vans are so nice for fitting the bigger convertible seats. Vans are safer then SUVs, and although cars are quite safe, vans just have so much more space it's really a great idea when you have a baby!

Helene - posted on 04/23/2011

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Hiya, I have a 15 month old boy (william) and currently 3 months pregnant. We own a vw golf plus but looking for bigger car. Looking at ford galaxy but have no idea. Can anyone recommend family cars in uk??

Jennifer - posted on 05/04/2009

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Depends on how many kids you plan on having. When we had just one, we had a Toyota Highlander and I loved it. When I was pregnant with my second I was in a wreck that totaled it and since we knew we were planning on having a third (#4 was a surprise!) we moved up to the Toyota Sienna. I wasn't sure how I would like it - I never pictured myself a minivan momma but I love it. We've had it 5 yrs now and it's never been in the shop. No matter how many you are planning, I would say look at nothing smaller than an SUV. When my sister had her first they had a Camry and she's got back problems now from putting the infant seat in/out of the middle of the back seat. It's also easier to get a stroller/baby gear out the back of an SUV or minivan versus the trunk of a car. Just my opinion :)

Chona - posted on 05/04/2009

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It also has a rear automatic opening hatchback, my dog can jump in and travel with us. It has lots of room.

Chona - posted on 05/04/2009

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I just got my new to me 2006 Lexus RX 400 Hybrid, It has tons of safety equipment: dual stage advanced frontal airbags, side impact airbags mounted in front seats, front and rear curtain airbags with rollover sensor, drivers knee airbag, force limiting seat belts, 3 point bests for 3 rear passengers, ABS, EBD Brake assist, All-Wheel drive.
It has power everything and blue tooth hands free,voice recognition, very safe"no holding your cell phone" It also has navigation( I tend to get lost a lot) and rear back up camera-so you don't run bikes or children over. I love my new mommy car!! Did I mention its a HYbrid.:)

Amy - posted on 05/04/2009

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We've driven a Honda Odessey for years now. It's gotten the five of us (me, my husband and three kids ages 10, 14, 16) to Indiana, Chicago, New York, Maryland, and Michigan. It's safe, reliable (can't kill a Honda!) and room for all the baby stuff!



Your little one is adorable!! Congrats! Amy

Heather - posted on 05/04/2009

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I have a 05 Mercedez ... its great for two kids, around town or short qucik trips to visit family. It sucks on space for long vacations though. We are looking into the Chevy Traverse.

Crystal - posted on 05/04/2009

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i have a chevy malibu.



Its nice.. my car you can fit 4 adults comfortably. and a child in the middle back. there is tons of room in the trunk i can fit... a full size stroller, pack and play 3 suitcases, and still have room.

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I was driving a Nissan Altima which we thought would be a nice family car. However, once we got the stroller, portable crib, toys, and all the other baby things packed there was no room for our luggage! We quickly realized that we needed something larger if we were going to travel with a baby. We upgraded to a Honda Odyssey which I absolutely love! I can lower the third of row and seats and there is tons of room for my son's stroller and everything else that we want to carry. It is very safe, reliable, comfortable, and gets better gas mileage than an SUV. I would recommend reading Consumer Reports before making your decision. Some cars fail miserably in crash tests and there are several SUVs and vans that are prone to rolling over.

Stacy - posted on 05/04/2009

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I have a Suburban. If you have or plan to have more children this may be an option for you.

Many of the vehicles we looked at would NOT fit 3 car seats / booster seats OR 2 seats with a third passenger in the back seat. 3 adults would fit, but the seats just would not, they are too wide. The Suburban will fit 3 seats in both the 2d or 3rd row.

The gas mileage could definitely be better so if you can go with something with better gas mileage, I would definitely consider that.

You may also consider if you vacation or travel a lot. For us, any type of travel with the 4 kids requires not only the suburban, but a cargo carrier or two on the roof.

Gemma - posted on 05/04/2009

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I've got an 08 plate micra, quite spacious really although they don't look it :)

Tiffany - posted on 05/04/2009

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I drive an 04 dodge durango, third row seating, and it is awesome!! So much space, decent on gas mileage and drives really smooth!

Crystal - posted on 05/04/2009

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lol i have a pontiac grand am gt ( the 2 door model) with 3 kids lol my oldest is out of a car seat but my middle who is 3 and the newest who's 2 months are both in car seats. we're looking into getting the dodge journey its an suv and seats like 7 plus 2 of the models have built in booster seats so its one less expense later on. buy a consumer reports magazine in a bookstrore and compare they have every make and model to compare for yourself. good luck!

Laurie - posted on 05/04/2009

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The 1st thing you might want to do is check the safety ratings online. I have 4 kids and also own a daycare. I just bought a Honda Pilot in Nov. I LOVE it!!!! I previously had a minivan that we bought brand new, but I just didn't feel like a minivan mommy :). Honda's are safe, sooo reliable and a great value for the $, not to mention they all get great gas mileage, no matter what model you go with, (my husband is a mechanic.) Toyota is a great choice as well. Good luck!!

Danielle - posted on 05/04/2009

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We bought a 2009 Toyota Corolla after we had our son. It is a really nice car, although not a ton of space in the back if you have more than one child.

I really like the idea of Volkswagen. For our next vehicle purchase in a couple years thats what we intend on looking into.

We tend to stick to overseas vehicles. My fathers a mechanic and sees alot of problems with the domestic brands and recommended Toyota for us.

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