November 2012 Moms

Recommend your Ride

DH and I will be test driving new cars again this weekend because my Civic is no longer practical. I'm thinking some sort of crossover (rouge, santa fe, sorento, etc) would be nice; however, Mr. sportscar enthusiast is pushing for a mini-van (who are you and what have you done with the guy I married?!?). LO is currently an only child, but we plan on trying for 1 more within a year or two.

What do you drive? 

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  • My last 2 cars have been VW Jettas, and I'm definitely a lifer a VW.
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  • I drive an 08 Chevy Aveo. It's a cute little car. 4 door. Nice on gas.
    BUT the backseat is small. Both seats have to be moved up a little so both kids can sit comfortable in the back seat especially the infant car seat which takes up a chunk of space.
    I would love to have a bigger car but for now it's gets us all where we need to go.
  • I drive a 2011 Toyota Camry, I like it.  Sort of a mom car, but its comfortable, roomy, gets decent mileage and has a huuuuuuuuuuuuuge trunk which is perfect w 2 kids.  I easily fit my DDs booster and DS;s infant car seat, and often have my nice as well who is in a convertible seat.  My DH drives a Jeep Grand Cherokee, 2003.  Has almost 200,000 miles and still going strong but guzzles gas, not my fav.  My SIL drives a 2012 Ford Explorer, and it has plenty of room, can seat 7, and is really nice looking.  Kinda pricey though.
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  • I have a Murano. I love it so hard. We also traded in our Civic (2 door) for this car. Its a crossover. It rides really nice but the gas mileage is closer to SUV territory. I drive 95% city miles and get 21 mpg. I definitely miss the Civic in that regard.

    I just drove a Kia Sportage as my rental car while the Murano was getting body work done (stupid Dr. McDouche). I liked it pretty well, the back seat was really roomy. It definitely didn't have the bells and whistles of the Murano but its about $10k cheaper too.

    We test drove the CRV and Rav-4 also. Didn't care for either. If I was doing it over again I would definitely look into the Ford Edge.

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  • I never thought this would happen but I have a Honda minivan. We actual bought it when we only had DS and I had a crossover but because it didn't have overhead vents in the back he was always pouring sweat and we wanted something a little bigger for road trips. We were planning 1 and done but along came DD a year later and now I could not live without the van.
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  • I bought a Nissan Versa in October and I love it. It's small, but has a nice sized back seat and gets great gas mileage.
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  • I drive a Chevy equinox...smaller SUV and get about 20-25 miles per gallon...my favorite part of it, the backseat moves forward and back giving plenty of room for carseats and has a huge trunk/back...I love it! 
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  • I have a GMC Terrain. It's a crossover and gets decent gas mileage. I love it! It's roomy in the back, but not huge like an SUV so it's easy to drive ( and park). 
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  • DH has a Jeep Cherokee. He loves it, I don't. Yes, it's a beautiful car, is loaded with bells and whistles, and is oh so comfortable, but it's too tall. I have zero arm strength to lift A in his car seat into it.

    I have a Jeep Patriot. It's the best car I've ever owned. It'll be paid off in a few months and I plan to get another one. It has the feel of an SUV but the ease of a car. Lots of room, height is between car and SUV, and gets good mileage.

    Disclaimer: we're a Chrysler family. Not sure how it is in the rest of the country, but in MI, your family is usually associated with one of the big three.


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  • We have a Chevy Traverse.  It's a little bigger than I'd prefer, but DH picked it out after he sold his car...now he drives my Mazda 3 and I get the SUV!
  • We have a Santa Fe, and it's nice and roomy, but it's definitely not a crossover. It's pretty big, we can fit the car seat comfortably, and put our two dogs (one the size of a mini horse) easily in the back. The only complaint I have is that I can hardly get the car seat in the base without kind of crawling into the car. But that's because I put it in the middle.
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  • I upgraded from a Corolla to a Subaru Forester and I love it. Except for giving up my manual transmission. It gets decent mpg, is not ginormous, and is really easy to get H in and out of.

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  • Subaru Outback.  Awesome ride.  I love it.
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  • We each own a Ford Edge.  Best.Car.Ever. /gavel
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  • I drove a Ford Edge when it was just my daughter ( loved it) but then recently upgraded to a Chevy Traverse now that we have 2 kids....so far i love it too..lots of room and love having a 3rd row.
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  • I had a Ford Escape, loved it. But it was old and I needed a new vehicle. I down sized to a Chevy Cruz. I loved it before I had K. Great on gas I drive 70 miles round trip for work. MH had a Ford Explorer, so that's why I was fine with getting a car. In my Cruz, the passenger seat has to be moved up very far to get the car seat behind it. Right when I found out I was pregnant, DH got a job that is 85 miles round trip, do he down sized to a Ford Taurus. I love it! So much room for a sedan and great on gas.
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  • We have an older ford explorer.. I love it.
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    I drive a Chevy equinox...smaller SUV and get about 20-25 miles per gallon...my favorite part of it, the backseat moves forward and back giving plenty of room for carseats and has a huge trunk/back...I love it! 

    me too! And I love that the back seat moves so you don't have to move the front ones! 

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  • I drive an '04 Honda Pilot. I loved the newer ones but this one was more in our budget. Great milage and has optional third row. It's perfect.

    My parents just got a Kia Sorrento and I love it as well. It's just not as long for 3 rd row. If you don't need 3rd row, I loved Ford Escapes.

    If your budget is higher, I LOVE, love, love Armadas.
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  • I'm a total Bay Area stereotype, I drive a Prius. Freaking love that thing. Gas mileage is obviously great but I'm also super impressed with the way the interior space was planned. It's a small car but still plenty big for both carseats and the front seats can be all the way back, which is great since DH and I are both tall. The cargo area is a nice size too, and it makes a convenient diaper changing area when we're out and about.

    The only thing I don't like about it is that it only has 4 seats, so we can't bring anyone else along when we go places. But we'd have that issue no matter what 4 seater we had.
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  • I drive a Traverse. It had bucket seats in the 2nd row so you can easily get to the 3rd row when needed or you can put the 3rd row down, It's my second one traded in the first for a newer one so obviously I love it!!! Drives awesome, space is great, more 'stylish' than a minivan ;
  • When I had just 2, I drove a CRV. I loved it but as a SAHM, I had started thinking about getting something with 3 rows. It's tricky but not impossible to fit a third carseat in a small SUV like that. When I got pg with our third, I knew a minivan was the most practical option. I swore I'd never drive one but I now have an Odyssey. Since we need access to the third row everyday and my neighbor and I trade off driving the kids to school every day, it made the most sense for us.

    Here's my advice, if you are a SAHM, think about getting soemthing with a third row because you'll probably want it someday. If you work and this will only rarely be an issue for you, buy whatever the heck you like! I did love my CRV. H drives it now.
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  • Well it seems I am the only one here cruising in a truck lol! I have a 09' Chevy silverado 4x4 crew cab. Its huge and I love it. Horrible gas mileage but I only drive 5 miles to work. I grew up in the country and have always had a truck.

    DH on the other hand has an nissan altima and he really likes it. Very roomy back seat, huge trunk, and great gas mileage. Both of our vehicles had great crash test ratings which was my main concern with W in the car.  

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    Well it seems I am the only one here cruising in a truck lol! I have a 09' Chevy silverado 4x4 crew cab. Its huge and I love it. Horrible gas mileage but I only drive 5 miles to work. I grew up in the country and have always had a truck.

    I have a '10 4x4 crew cab silverado also.. I drive 100 miles 4x's a week when I go back to work so will be switching between the truck and the car.
    Going to look for a job closer to home after I go back so hopefully the distance won't be a problem cause I loooovvee my truck

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  • I am getting a GMC Acadia on Tuesday! Drives like a dream, third row, and second row captains chairs.

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    Well it seems I am the only one here cruising in a truck lol! I have a 09' Chevy silverado 4x4 crew cab. Its huge and I love it. Horrible gas mileage but I only drive 5 miles to work. I grew up in the country and have always had a truck.
    I have a '10 4x4 crew cab silverado also.. I drive 100 miles 4x's a week when I go back to work so will be switching between the truck and the car. Going to look for a job closer to home after I go back so hopefully the distance won't be a problem cause I loooovvee my truck

    Yay! Thank goodness I am not the only one! 

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  • We just got a Buick Enclave specifically for the 3rd row of seats.  Our old car is a GMC Envoy. The Envoy is great when it's JUST the 4 of us. But. We have out of town company quite frequently, so with the Enclave, we can fit a few extra people in the car and all go out together. 
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