This question is mostly directed to STMs or people who have experience with this - I could really use to hear some outside opinions on this.
So currently I have a Mazda 6 sedan (4 door) - this is the only car that we have, H and I share and he gets rides to work when I have classes. With baby boy coming we have finally crossed into the conversation about if we need a bigger car. I searched the forms and didn't see this yet so forgive me if it has already been asked.
Our current car I'm sure would fit the car seat just fine the concern comes in when we talk about travel and our dogs. We have two labs (100lbs and 75lbs so they are big) and as we have a sedan whenever we take them somewhere they have to be in the back seat. Generally speaking we won't have both of them in the car at the same time as baby more than once a year, but even just our bigger one takes up the majority of the back seat right now. We also travel to a week long vacation annually with the family and this year our car was packed without any of the baby gear which makes me nervous.
Those are the reasons we are thinking about getting bigger - specifically a Mazda CX-5. (We would be able to have the dogs ride in the trunk completely away from stepping on LO.
My hesitation is that I think we may be able to manage one dog in the back at a time with LO if I strap them into the seats and I don't know really how much extra gear a baby will really be. So if it is a silly thing to do then I'd rather avoid the hassle.
We owe more than our car is worth as a trade-in but with getting a used car I found of the CX-5 we would be paying about the same for our monthly payments, possibly less. We talked about waiting until LO comes to see - the pitfall here is that I will be leaving my job so if we do this now we are more likely to get a lower interest rate on the new car.
Any opinions/experience is welcome!!
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