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Old 11-10-2006, 02:53 AM
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Question Need a family car. Suggestions?

We sold the Jetta GLI. We still own 2 Cruisers. My wife wants a family vehicle.

Requirements
  • Fuel efficient
  • Third row seat preferred
  • Not lifted/modified for the trail (we have two of those)
  • Reliable
  • Used
  • Under $20k. Would prefer $15k or less.
  • Something other than a minivan would be preferred.
  • Wagons OK.
So far my research has found the Acura MDX to best meet these specs. But surely there are other vehicles out there that meet many of these parameters.

Suggestions?
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go diesel, that should help narrow the search
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Old 11-10-2006, 05:33 AM
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They are getting kind of old and hard to find but the Camry wagons had the third seat option available.
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Old 11-10-2006, 07:57 AM
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The MDX's are nice! We drove a bunch when we decided the minian era was over for us and we really liked the MDX. (Although both the Sienna and the Odessy are schweet!) I then got my 80 and we downsized the wifemobile to the turbo 'vert bug. Great choice for us as Lori commutes to Longmont everyday and puts on a bunch of miles.


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We sold the Jetta GLI. We still own 2 Cruisers. My wife wants a family vehicle.

Requirements
  • Fuel efficient
  • Third row seat preferred
  • Not lifted/modified for the trail (we have two of those)
  • Reliable
  • Used
  • Under $20k. Would prefer $15k or less.
  • Something other than a minivan would be preferred.
  • Wagons OK.
So far my research has found the Acura MDX to best meet these specs. But surely there are other vehicles out there that meet many of these parameters.

Suggestions?
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Old 11-10-2006, 08:11 AM
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Passat wagon? RX330? both would need to be used to qualify..
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Passat wagon? RX330? both would need to be used to qualify..

We loved the RX330's but they are a tad small and for what your getting mileage isn't that great!
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Old 11-10-2006, 09:06 AM
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A friend of mine has a pacifica and loves it and they are on their 2nd one, first was a lease and just turned it in. They claim the 3 row was a must for them to with 2 kids too. It does have alot of room and it drives really well. AWD etc. I think it's kinda hard to see out of but then again all the cars have those larger pillars for safety. My inlaws came out this summer and rented one and by the end of the week I actually thought it was a decent ride. My other friend is on their 3rd or 4th odessey but they have like 5 kids now.
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Friend of mine has lotsa miles on his Odyssey. Nice ride, lotsa room. Family vacation vehicle.

Ya know, so was the F250 powerstroke crew, though. Covered bed for the luggage. The only downside was the badge on the grille. But, 17mpg no matter how you drove or what you towed.
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Old 11-10-2006, 09:30 AM
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Honestly, you cannot beat a minivan for family use. I have an '04 Nissan Quest, which has the longest wheelbase in class and doesn't look like a minivan. This thing has great power, gets 26 mpg on the highway at 80 mph, is shockingly comfortable (if there is a better second row of captains chairs in terms of comfort/legroom I haven't seen it), the 3rd row is comfortable for adults, and you have great gear carrying capability. You get key fob push button sliding doors and rear liftgate, tons of features, and they don't cost more than a sedan. With money in the picture, the only thing I'd trade this for is another one (if money doesn't matter I'm probably driving a new Suburban).

Minivans represent the most capabilty and features for your dollar without sacrificing fuel economy. They are dirt cheap to insure. If you haven't ever driven one and are just concerned about image, I'd suggest you at least take some test drives. The late model minivans are nothing like what you could buy four or five years ago, and that old stigma is gone. It is smart to have room, feature, and functionality in a 5 star safety package with good economy for a family. Many, including the Sienna, have AWD as an option.

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The Acura MDx's are nice. Would recomend checking out the RX350 also as it's compition for Acura. If you do a lot of city driving, also recomend the RX400h.
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