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Old 03-16-2010, 08:58 PM
 
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Getting one of those for less than $30k is tough, plus it does not get decent fuel mileage.
Its also small inside - no way you'll fit a family of three and two boxers!

A wagon is the sensible choice, the Subaru is a good choice since its relatively large. Maybe a Mazda CX-7, or Ford Escape as other good choices.
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Old 03-16-2010, 09:02 PM
 
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Its also small inside - no way you'll fit a family of three and two boxers!

A wagon is the sensible choice, the Subaru is a good choice since its relatively large. Maybe a Mazda CX-7, or Ford Escape as other good choices.
Yep, several suggestions that fit what the OP stated.

Others, not so much...
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Old 03-16-2010, 09:11 PM
 
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make sure you get a large wagon like the Volvo V70 or Passat Wagon where you can put up a screen between the cargo area & passenger seats to sequester your dogs. Active dogs will make a mess out of any car interior no matter how well-behaved they are, so you really need to keep them in the back.
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Old 03-17-2010, 10:03 AM
 
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thanks for your replies everyone. i have been feverishly flipping through my consumer reports car edition and searching online. i am not really an suv person and would prefer a car. am having a bit of difficulty with admitting i need a wagon or minivan, lol. (am i really that old?) i think i am leaning toward the jetta wagon tdi. the mpg seems great and i LOVE the sunroof!
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Old 03-17-2010, 11:21 AM
 
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Do you really want to keep the dogs inside the vehicle? How about a 4 door compact pick-up and put the dogs in the bed?
Do people still do that in some parts of the country? That is illegal in my state. Talk about dangerous for the dogs.

Personally I prefer an SUV with my dogs. With all the drooling etc., I would prefer them to be in the back. I'd also recommend a Subaru.
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