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Can we talk kids, dogs and cars?

bendyfoot
November 2nd, 2007, 11:19 AM
For those of you with one or two kids still in car seats, and, two or more dogs... what kind of vehicle do you have when you need to take you, kids, loving partner and dogs to one place at the same time? Starting to think ahead to new vehicles...but I hate vans :yuck:

What do you drive, and how do you like it?

luckypenny
November 2nd, 2007, 11:31 AM
2 adults, 1 pre-teen, 1 almost adult, and three dogs...no other way to get around but with our 27 foot camper :D .

bendyfoot
November 2nd, 2007, 11:43 AM
:eek::eek::eek:

want4rain
November 2nd, 2007, 11:46 AM
i have two kids in car seats but you guys will only have one right?? with 2 dogs? i tote both kids and the dog in a Honda Civic. its squished but it works. i am a huge Honda fan BUT they dont have a SUV hybrid. they DO on the other hand have the CRV which is a great car of you dont POWER drive.

you can compare the SUV hybrids to the CRV
http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/hybrid_sbs_SUVs.shtml
http://automobiles.honda.com/cr-v/specifications.aspx?group=epa
or rather-
http://www.honda.ca/HondaCA2006/Models/CR-V/2007/default.asp?L=E

a CRV isnt going to haul tail like some of the other ones but if you arent a offensive driver, it shoudnt be an issue. :) that would be MY only complaint though.

(dont tell my dad.... being from MI USA... i should be driving a Chevy.)

anyways, thats my take on it. i wish i had known we were doing a pooch when we bought our car and we would have gotten a CRV. as is 2 months after we got the car... Mister fell in our laps. he fits well enough if another adult doesnt want to ride and the person in the back seat is short!!

subaru and volvo makes a great wagon. i LOVE wagons.

-ashley

growler~GateKeeper
November 3rd, 2007, 03:09 AM
I vote JEEP lots of room for driver & adult passenger in front, kid(s) in the back seat & the open cargo area has lots of room & is purrfect for the dogs :thumbs up

There's the Grand Cherokee: http://www.jeep.com/en/2008/commander/

And the Liberty: http://www.jeep.com/en/2008/liberty/

If you like it a bit bigger the Commander: http://www.jeep.com/en/2008/commander/

Or smaller the Wrangler Unlimited: http://www.jeep.com/en/2008/wrangler_unlimited/ though smaller has lots of room see overhead view: http://www.jeep.com/en/2008/wrangler_unlimited/gallery/

:D

chico2
November 3rd, 2007, 08:59 AM
I too HATE vans,I would go for a Jeep Cherokee or the cheaper Liberty,we have had 4 Jeep Cherokees,SWEAR by them,gets you through 3 feet of snow,no problems..lots of room for kids and dogs:thumbs up
Our retirement car is a Volvo X-Country,netting for dogs(we have no dogs!),lots of space and a very safe car,love it!!

Writing4Fun
November 6th, 2007, 03:47 PM
We haul our brood in a Honda CR-V. I love my CR-V. Just big enough without being offensive. Gets pretty good gas mileage (I can make it to Montreal, QC from Barrie, ON on a little more than a tank - about the same as my sister's Corolla ; costs about $50 to fill these days). I'd love to get a hybrid next car (maybe the Toyota?), but that's not going to be any time soon.

happycats
November 6th, 2007, 07:25 PM
The Saturn VUE has a hybrid, and I believe some models have the Honda Engine.

My Neighbours have a trailblazer (with 4 kids and 2 dogs) it's pretty too, but sucks gas big time.

bendyfoot
November 7th, 2007, 11:20 AM
Keep 'em coming, this is good stuff.

happycats
November 7th, 2007, 12:54 PM
I hate mini vans too, but I really like the new dodge caravan, with the DVD's Fold and go seats, and with the seats that face backwards and has a table:) (so the kids and/or you can play games, or just talk)
I know the dodge caravan is not the best on the market, but for the price I LIKE it!

Writing4Fun
November 7th, 2007, 01:36 PM
Are those features available on the standard Caravan? I thought they were only on the Grand Caravan.

I used to have a Caravan. It was a Friday afternoon special. Didn't work right from the day we got it - supposedly "brand new". I liked the convenience of the 7 seats. Wish it had a bigger cargo area. Didn't like the gas mileage. Absolutely HATED the service I got from our local dealer. I could have dealt with everything else, explained it away as a lemon and maybe the next one would be better, but the service (or, lack thereof) was the reason I didn't go back to Dodge for my next vehicle.

Our doors never shut properly. Everything was misaligned, like it had been dropped off the truck upon delivery. One of the rear sliding doors was particularly picky - sometimes it would shut, sometimes not. When I explained this to the girl at the service counter, her answer was ... get this ... "Maybe it's because you don't know how to shut the doors properly." Honey, I've been driving longer than you've been on the planet. I think I know how to shut a car door!! :crazy: That was just one of many "wonderful" experiences we had with that vehicle in the 3 years that we leased it. We were quite happy to hand back the keys at the end of our lease! :frustrated:

krdahmer
November 7th, 2007, 02:02 PM
Actually we test drove the saturn vue (the one with the honda engine) and it really is a nice ride with loads of room and pep if you ever needed it. :2cents:

I'm looking at the Ford Escape myself... it also has a hybrid. And I test drove one and personally liked it better than the Vue, of course the Vue has changed again for '08 so I'll have to drive the new ones and compare again.

BusterBoo
November 7th, 2007, 06:54 PM
Oh, I remember those days of kids, dogs and baggage!!!

Luckily now, my kids are all grown up and on their own, so my dog gets to travel in a convertible!

(This is a picture of my Harley :rip: taken last year, I don't have one of Buster in the "vert"). Harley really didn't like driving with the top down, too windy!!!