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Old 01-07-2011, 07:34 PM
 
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Hi, we have two young kids (one 6 yds old and one baby), so both will need child seats. Can you suggest a good car for family use. I like to have a safe and reliable car with good mileage. Should I get a 4 door car (like a sedan) or a minivan (like Honda Odyessy or Toyota Sienna)? With a 4 door car, I'm concerned if we need to pick up one more person, there won't be space in the car. With the minivan, you can have more passengers but the mileage is so bad (like 20 MPG). I don't know much about cars. So, any suggestions will be appreciated.
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Old 01-07-2011, 07:38 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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How about the new Cadillac SRX?

2011 SRX | Luxury Crossover Vehicle | Cadillac#
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Old 01-07-2011, 07:39 PM
 
Location: Westbury
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Ford Fusion Hybrid

4 doors, supposedly reliable (i dont own one so i cant say from experience first hand), good price, great mileage, green, all the bells and whistles. you have a kid in a booster seat and a baby so any sedan is likely to be a little cramped with an extra person in there. but you don't necessarily need a van or svu. if i were you id just not plan on entering into any car pool situation
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Old 01-07-2011, 07:42 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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^ Good choice...agreed...or this one...

2011 Buick Enclave | Luxury Crossover | Model Overview | Buick
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Old 01-07-2011, 07:54 PM
 
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Volt....

Just kidding.
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Old 01-07-2011, 07:56 PM
 
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Get a car that will give your family a smooth comfortable ride on those long family trips where the "are we there yets" will be kept to a minimum because your kids will be so comfortable they won't even notice the congestion on the highway. Get a car that you can allow kids to change out of school clothes and into soccer uniforms and dance leotards without incurring gasps from other motorists. A car so roomy, you can take nice restful naps while waiting for junior to finish his football practice. Get a car that will keep your kids safe, that stands a fighting chance against an SUV careening through that red light. No gas mileage savings is worth the life of a child...get, yes, get a minivan! And yes, when the kids are no longer kids then get a fancy sportscar or a tiny hybrid, but for now, coolness will have to be set aside for comfort and sanity.
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Old 01-07-2011, 07:56 PM
 
Location: Westbury
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children, like dogs, also like hanging outside of windows so a Volt might be a good choice
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Old 01-07-2011, 08:00 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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^ Good advice...although you will need to check your 'man card'.... : )

2011 Chevy Traverse Crossover | Crossover SUV | Chevrolet
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Old 01-07-2011, 08:10 PM
 
Location: Sugar Land
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So spot on mate.... +1

For the little monsters we drive a Honda Pilot..... First of all, great safety rating is a must and then everything else mentioned so well in this post.
We drove all the way to Grand Canyon and the kids loved it......


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Get a car that will give your family a smooth comfortable ride on those long family trips where the "are we there yets" will be kept to a minimum because your kids will be so comfortable they won't even notice the congestion on the highway. Get a car that you can allow kids to change out of school clothes and into soccer uniforms and dance leotards without incurring gasps from other motorists. A car so roomy, you can take nice restful naps while waiting for junior to finish his football practice. Get a car that will keep your kids safe, that stands a fighting chance against an SUV careening through that red light. No gas mileage savings is worth the life of a child...get, yes, get a minivan! And yes, when the kids are no longer kids then get a fancy sportscar or a tiny hybrid, but for now, coolness will have to be set aside for comfort and sanity.
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Old 01-07-2011, 08:50 PM
 
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Thank you for your suggestions. I'm not sure if SUV will be suitable. My perception of SUV is that it is big and high above ground, so inconvenient for very young kids to get on/off the car. If my kids are 10+ yrs old, then SUV would be considerable. That's my impression. I may be wrong.

I just looked up Ford Fusion Hybrid. If you have two child seats in the back, is there room for one adult to sit in the middle? The price and mileage look great. How is the quality? I heard American car has bad quality. How does Fusion Hybrid compare to Prius? I guess the Fushion Hybrid has break and Prius doesn't!

I like the big room in minivan, but that 20 MPG worries me. We plan to have only one car for awhile since I work from home. With the minivan, I'm sure we'll like the spacious room & comfort inside, and if we go on road trip, I'm sure minivan will be great. But I'm concerned if the 20 MPG will be practical to drive everyday. For example, if the kids are in school or at home and I need to go to the supermarket or run errands, I feel like driving the minivan by myself is wasting gas.

Any thoughts?
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