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Guess we're getting an SUV

I installed the new carseat today. It just BARELY fits behind the passenger seat in our sedan. And then the front passenger's knees hit the glove compartment. And this is one of the shorter, cheaper carseats.

Obviously, once you have kids, it is only possible to get good gas mileage OR leg-room, but not both.

(We've been discussing getting a new car for 6 months, but figured we would hold off until we knew whether we wanted to get a new commuter car for nightskyre, or a bigger "family" car.)
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nightskyre March 16th, 2009
Actually, not true. Many of the minivans I've had (through my parents) and looked at don't get any better gas mileage than a small SUV (both tend to get low to mid twenties), and they're actually not as safe as a lot of people think (that isn't to say they're unsafe, but they aren't the stalwarts of family safety that people think they are). Minivans don't have 4 wheel drive, and most of them have undersized wheels for a full complement of passengers. Every time I've driven a minivan it's been full of kids, and I don't like the boaty/swaying feel they have when there's a lot of people in the car.

For MPG comparison, the 2009 Ford Escape (not Hybrid) rates at 22/28 (city/highway) and the 2009 Honda CR-V rates at 20/27. A 2009 Grand Caravan rates at 17/23. 2009 Honda Odyssey, 17/25. 2009 Toyota Sienna, 17/23, which is even under the 2009 Toyota Highlander at 20/27.

We aren't going to buy a brand new vehicle, but the preponderance of evidence points to the suv size we're looking at being a better mileage vehicle than the minivans. I can't find a "small" minivan to do a true apples to apples comparison, and I know something like the Ford Expedition, which possibly is more comparable in terms of interior space, might be a better comparison for the sake of fairness, but we're looking at our needs at this point, so hey.

I'm opposed to the idea of getting a sedan because we already have one. I don't want to have two of essentially the same car, because part of the benefit of multiple vehicles is multi-use. We've looked at a few wagons already that are okay, but haven't blown me away.

dontcallmemolly March 16th, 2009
Good points. I was thinking more on a size-per-size comparison. Also, I was thinking you were planning on trading in the Focus. If you are getting rid of the truck, then having something with more cargo space makes sense.

Good luck, car buying is not for the faint of heart, I've been finding.

nightskyre March 16th, 2009
I hear you. The advantage we have is that we don't *need* a car so we can be more selective.

We're actually thinking we're going to try to hang on to the truck too. It's just too useful to not have, and the insurance+registration on it is dirt-cheap (around $200 for the year for both)

Since I do yard work and the like and need to dispose of a lot of yard waste (seriously, you should see a before and after picture of my yard from last year/the year before), and I like to help people move (either themselves and their stuff, or just random stuff) it's super handy to have.

inertiacreepies March 16th, 2009
my sisters Ford Escape is painfully cool.

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