What do you drive?

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What do you drive?
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Fri, 07-19-2013 - 11:52am

What do you like about it? What do you dislike about it?

I'm car shopping. Going from a minivan to midsized SUV. I've done so much internet research over the last few days that my head is swimming. I know what I liked driving but am curious about feedback from people who are driving/have lived with what I'm considering.  

I have to say that the Highlander and Pilot are already out of the running. Highlander felt cheap--the seats, the finishes--I drive a loaded Sienna now expected similar comfort from the similarly quipped Highlander. Yeah, no. It reminded me of my first car, and not in a good way. The Pilot is too boxy for my taste. So that leaves the '13 Mazda CX-9, '13 Nissan Pathfinder (CVT transmission issues give me pause, but it is pretty and plush) and the '14 Kia Sorento. That list is in reverse order of preference...

Also, since I'm prying about cars, are there any features you find to be a must-have? Anything you thought you may not need but now can't live without? That sort of thing. Like, I'd never go back to cloth upholstery or unheated seats after having a toasty bum for five years. But, after 10 years of a built in entertainment system in my vehicle--I'm giving that up. I'm actually looking forward to listening to music instead of hearing DVD dialogue...and I'll buy a portable DVD player for long trips.

Anyway, just curious about your experiences...

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Fri, 07-19-2013 - 12:57pm
Crossing my fingers that's correct, Grapthars.
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Fri, 07-19-2013 - 12:59pm
Do you think a minivan is better for 3 kids than an SUV?
 
For me, Yes.  Is that feeling universal?  Absolutely not.  I have a few sets of friends with 3 and 4 kids that are very happy with SUVs. 
 
We were ready to replace my husband's sedan and were toying with the idea of a family car or another small car for him, I'm glad we chose the larger family mobile again.  I may go back to an SUV, I don't know, and Volvos are great cars but I missed all the room in a minivan. 

 


 


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Fri, 07-19-2013 - 1:07pm

Do people lease minivans? I've never leased a car. We buy them. I've had my Sienna for 5 1/2 years. After over 10 years of driving minivans, I'm ready for something a bit more fun. And since my oldest will be driving in a few years, he'll get whatever I buy now. Which is why we're seriously considering his input in this process. I'm not going to saddle a 16 year old boy w/a minivan...

DH usually buys a new car every year. We drive a lot. Being comfortable in our vehicles is important to us. And do you know the improvements in car technology that have been made in the the last five and a half years? Stuff is standard in base models that wasn't even available as an upgrade when I bought my current car. 

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Fri, 07-19-2013 - 4:38pm

Jam, we did the same thing. We were shopping for an SUV because we have a lot of ice and snow here in the winter, but every 3rd row seemed way too cramped and there was no cargo space, so we ended up with an AWD Sienna. I love it. Hate the run-flat tires because they are $$$$ and you have to replace them every 2 years, but that's the only thing I don't like about it.

I will drive this thing until I no longer need the room, and then get a Prius or something like that. I also love the look of the Ford Flex, but won't need one that big when I'm ready to get rid of the Sienna.

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Fri, 07-19-2013 - 6:20pm

I drive a Toyota Corolla.   I love it.   It was my empty nest present.  The first vehicle I bought with just me in mind, not what worked best for the family. 

It is a very good fit for me. Being short I was never comfortable driving our mini vans or pick-up truck. 

But I do not think it would make a good family car.  When we have had three adults in the back seat it is a tight fit.  I think it would be the same with a couple of car seats. 

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Fri, 07-19-2013 - 6:26pm

lauren1063 wrote:
<p>I have a 2012 Nissan Versa.  So far, I love it.  <span>For a car of its size, the cargo capacity is phenomenal.  In fact, I knew long before I was car-shopping that I would one day want one, based on our experience taking Joel to camp in my brother's Versa. We were able to fit a full drum set, 2 guitars and an amp, several tool boxes and bags of accessories, 2 suitcases, pillows and bedding, the wheelchair and transfer board, and 3 adults in there with no problem.  And the b</span><span>ack seat has tons of leg room, so my mother is happy.  :)</span></p><p><span>I'm not particularly thrilled with the gas mileage (28 City, 33 Hwy, compared to my 15-yr-old Sentra that got 30-35 even in its old age) but other than that, it's been great.  </span></p><ul><li></li><li>-  </li></ul>

DD3 has a 2013 Versa.  She bought it for the cargo capability. She can haul 2 bikes in it. 

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Fri, 07-19-2013 - 8:07pm

We're an all Toyota family but chance not design. My husband has a 2009 highlander, 100K problem free. (Plastics, cloth seats are fine by him, he drives a lot and he finds it comfy). This car was bought new and ridden hard. We hope it will last for another 3 yrs and then most likely buried.

My daughter drives a 2008 Rav4 - bought used at 23K well under book value and also problem free - cloth and plastics, and we're cool.

I drive a 2007 Toyota convertible, leather heated seats are nice, but plastic interior doesn't bother me at all. It was bought used at 62K at well under book. New tires otherwise problem free after 30K, and I will drive it until it becomes unreliable.

I love my convertibles, but price, function over form is my necessity in a car. Because we live in a rural area, we put many miles on our cars, and we rarely buy new. I'm the car shopper, I hate it, but I've been very good at it for our value.

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Sat, 07-20-2013 - 7:23am

jamblessedthree wrote:
<div><em>Do you think a minivan is better for 3 kids than an SUV?</em></div><div> </div><div>For me, Yes.  Is that feeling universal?  Absolutely not.  I have a few sets of friends with 3 and 4 kids that are very happy with SUVs. </div><div> </div><div>We were ready to replace my husband's sedan and were toying with the idea of a family car or another small car for him, I'm glad we chose the larger family mobile again.  I may go back to an SUV, I don't know, and Volvos are great cars but I missed all the room in a minivan. </div>

If you do go back to an SUV anytime soon, take a look at the Mitsubishi Outlander.  It's getting super reviews especially for mileage and safety (some collision avoidance and lane-departure warning system).  A third row seat mostly for kids/pets.  A concern is the 6 cylinder (requires premium gas) and limited # of Mitsubishi dealerships around.  Anyway, a thought!

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Sat, 07-20-2013 - 8:12am

I drive a bright red 2004 Jeep liberty with just shy of 140,000 miles on it.   It's the best car I've ever had. I feel sturdy and safe and it does amazing in the snow - it was the first car I ever picked out and negotiated for by myself ...and I still get a rush when I see it in the parking lot-- it is so me-- rainbow pride beads hanging from the mirror, pride sticker, HRC sticker, Ogunquit and Provincetown stickers and a Holy cross Alumni sticker.. 

the only things I wish I had were a sunroof and an ipod ready port but I manage ;-)  I'd love to think this will last long enough to give the girl in two years when she starts driving... I hate the thought of having a car payment again but someday I will and when I do It will be for another bright red Jeep Liberty

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Sun, 07-21-2013 - 7:35pm

We have an '02 Chrysler Town and Country and an '99 Audi A4 that has over 250,000 miles on it.

Seating for 7 is our necessity right now. Eventually, I'd like a newer Audi, preferably the station wagon turbo model.