Need suggestions on a spacious vehicle

kohokohoJuly 4, 2006

As the size of my family grows, I am looking into "upgrading" from my 96 Sentra to something that is roomy enough for a family with two kids that are 5 and 1 year old, and one other adult relative who plans to live with us for some time. At the same time, rising gas prices make me re-consider my thoughts on getting an SUV or a minivan. I'd appreciate some suggestions on possible options (at least 5-6 year old vehicles) that are not gas-guzzling, yet are fairly spacious for 3 adults and 2 kids.

Thanks in advance.

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steve_o

Some minivans really aren't bad on fuel, especially if you're not hung up on how many cylinders it has. One question: how mobile is the adult in question? Would it be difficult for him/her to sit down in a car or step up into a van?

One of the best bets might be a larger Buick. They've gotten good quality ratings and they're "full-size" (whatever that means anymore) yet they still get surprisingly good mileage. And since they don't head up the automotive hit parade, they can be had for relatively low prices.

A Ford Crown Victoria or Chevy Impala also might be worth considering, though the Crown Vic is rear-wheel-drive and the Impala of that vintage is -- well, maybe not GM's finest styling moment.

    Bookmark   July 5, 2006 at 3:25PM
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earthworm

Volkswagen has just the vehicle, and with a Diesel engine - but I doubt if we will ever see this..
Our auto-makers have made the so-called minivan too large - fine for 7 or 8 passengers; but we do need a true 5 or 6 passenger vehicle, but not those oversized abortions of the late 50s up to this day (Ford)..

    Bookmark   July 8, 2006 at 1:57AM
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lee676

Mazda 5, maybe? A sort of tall wagon or microvan, 3 rows of seats for up to 6 people, each in their own seat. The second and third rows fold down, and side access is through minivan-style sliding doors. But it's smaller than even a "mini" van. Also at Mazda dealers while they last, the MPV minivan, which is considerably smaller than most other brands but is very roomy and quite well designed. Otherwise, maybe a car-based utility vehicle with front drive and 3 rows of seats, like the newly revamped Toyota RAV4.

    Bookmark   July 9, 2006 at 11:50AM
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jasper_60103

Love my Honda Odyssey. Room for 6 passengers and gets decent gas mileage. Even used, they're no bargain though.

A guy at a restaurant was asking me about mine, which is a 2000. I think he wanted to make offer.

    Bookmark   July 10, 2006 at 1:37PM
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daddio2

Check out the Ford 500's. We bought a 2005 and we love it. Tons of interior room plus an enormous trunk. We have the all wheel drive and we are quite happy.

    Bookmark   August 14, 2006 at 6:58PM
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jemdandy

You have two children ages 1 and 5 plus you need space for 3 adults. To be legal in my state, your vehicle must accomodate 2 child seats plus 3 adults.

    Bookmark   August 14, 2006 at 11:36PM
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