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Good Car Size for Parents?

Discussion in 'General Automotive' started by lsocoee, Mar 27, 2009.

  1. Mar 27, 2009 at 12:35 PM
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    lsocoee

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    I'm not a parent(and none on the way), but I'm trying to do some planning.

    When you had small children, did you feel like a small SUV (think Honda CR-V, Toyota Rav4) was big enough?

    I've got many nephews and it seems like those small SUVs get cramped very quickly when they want to go for a weekend trip.

    My wife already has the CR-V. I'm thinking that I'll need to get a shell to be able to haul everything that comes with kid ownership.
     
  2. Mar 27, 2009 at 12:38 PM
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  3. Mar 27, 2009 at 12:38 PM
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    whats wrong with your double cab?
     
  4. Mar 27, 2009 at 12:39 PM
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    A DC with an empty box should haul kids and loads of extras.
     
  5. Mar 27, 2009 at 12:41 PM
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    nothing.

    exactly what I've been thinking.

    I'm contemplating if the CR-V will be big enough and if it isn't, I feel like I will need to get a camper shell to keep everything dry and secured.
     
  6. Mar 27, 2009 at 12:43 PM
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    the cr-v is little, my friends corolla has more room than that thing
     
  7. Mar 27, 2009 at 12:52 PM
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    It is little, but I don't know if I'd say the corolla has more room. I think it essentially a 4 door Civic with a hatchback.
     
  8. Mar 27, 2009 at 12:54 PM
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    I have 2 nephews and 1 niece that all require a different type of car seat. I haul them around around all the time and I never have a problem, nor do they. So you're going to be great with just one kid in your double cab!
     
  9. Mar 27, 2009 at 12:58 PM
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    I know that day to day hauling won't be an issue. It is those trips to the beach, Disney, or on holidays that have me concerned. When you have to pack strollers, pack n plays, diapers, nannies, and whatever other crap seems to fill up parent's cars.
     
  10. Mar 27, 2009 at 12:59 PM
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    The wife drives an Explorer with the two car seats in the back set and we have more than enough room. When gas prices were at $4 we were looking at the Rav4 and actually took one out for a drive and put both of the car seats in there as well and probably would have bought it but the gas came down. I guess it all depends on what you were hauling around with the little rug rats. Our Explorer is a good size for what we do. Although the vehicle itself is crap....thats another post
     
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    Yeah, they have a lot of crap, so I just throw all that stuff in my bed and I'm good to go!

    You'll be fine, no worries.
     
  12. Mar 27, 2009 at 1:02 PM
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    My brother has a wife, a 6 months year old daughter and a Rav4 with no extra seat row, he has done well so far, he travels very often from Juarez to here and to Obregon (2k miles roundtrip), he does has to use a cargo bag on the roof

    EDIT: Come to think about it, I dont think i would trade in my truck anytime soon for a rav4, my truck bed hols a lot more cargo than the rav4, and with a bed cover (and a tailgate :p) it would be better than any car trunk, also, i fell like the back of the cab is slightly bigger than the rav4
     
  13. Mar 27, 2009 at 1:24 PM
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    I didn't think about doing the cargo bag. I think that could also be an option.

    I won't be ditching the Tacoma any time in the near future. The real question is: Do we take the CR-V on road trips, or do we take the Tacoma (with shell) on road trips? I'm pretty certain what everyone here will say, and that is why I didn't phrase it like that.
     
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    My wife and I had a CRV prior to getting a Pilot. It was fine hauling my son and his stuff but when we had my daughter it quickly became cramped on a longer trip. We traded it in on the Pilot which has a lot more room for kid stuff especially with the 3rd row seat folded down. I guess I said all that to say a CRV was great for one little one but when the second arrived it was time to upsize.
     
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    OK. Thanks.
     
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    I have to incrementally bump my wife's car size up. She was in an older 4 door Saturn since she learned to drive. She drove the Highlander, but she couldn't get used to the size, so she decided to go for the CR-V. I would imagine that after a few years in the CR-V, she might feel comfortable driving the pilot or highlander.
     
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    take the tacoma :D

    and to add to my previous statement, i don't think I'm going on a long trip anytime soon, too much damn expenses lately....:(
     
  18. Mar 27, 2009 at 2:12 PM
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    My Mom has a Cr-V and my Wife and I rented a RAV-4 for a week recently. I liked the CR-V better because for one, it looks better and secondly, I just feel its better built than the RAV-4. But the RAV-4 seems to a lot roomier inside. They've made them a lot bigger. They seem to be about the same size as a second gen Explorer. We had the V6 RAV-4 and the thing was FAST ( at least for us anyway) and it got decent fuel economy. I feel that unless you all are just HUGE people, the RAV-4 would be great for a family.

    Course' I grew up with my Mom's small Camry and we all took trips in that thing all the way down to Florida and we survived somehow.
     
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    My wife's cousin, husband, and son came to Ocean City in their Liberty -- it was stuffed to the max for a 1 week vacation. I'd go bigger than small to mid SUV. My wife has an 08 Santa Fe -- I think it's a pretty good size, but I guess ya never know. She doesn't like big cars / trucks either (refuses to drive the truck which is a good thing... :laugh:), but she stepped into the SF pretty well.
     
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