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Looking for a new car

We need to get a new car in the next few months to accommodate our expected arrival. We will need something with 3 rows of seats, but I would prefer something not too big (IS that possible?) I have been looking most seriously at the Toyota Rav4. Does anyone have one of these? Do you like it? Any other recommendations?

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Asked by kd36 at 12:44 PM on Nov. 20, 2008 in Shopping

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  • I drove one on a business trip. they seem kind of cheap made to me


    Answer by Anonymous at 12:53 PM on Nov. 20, 2008

  • I found it to be tight and rough riding.....that was a test-drive.

    Answer by EireLass at 12:57 PM on Nov. 20, 2008

  • I have a Chrysler Pacifica. It has 3 rows. It's very comfortable. I traded in a Cadillac and Explorer for this. I needed the room of an SUV (I have 3 dogs), but I didn't want to lose my comfort.

    Answer by EireLass at 12:58 PM on Nov. 20, 2008

  • Have you looked at the Mazda5? I've seriously been considering this myself. It's tiny and still has a third row (mostly suitable for kids) -- it gets great gas mileage 21/27 mpg - they call it a European style Minivan. It's rated as "lowest true cost to own" by -- They start around 18k and decked out with leather and lots of features its still under 25k. (No I don't work for Mazda.. hehe) Like I said, I've really been debating this one for our family too.

    I thought it would be a great vehicle to have for a while, and then maybe get a full-sized minivan and pass that one on to my husband.  It's sporty but still fits all the kids and gets great gas milage - win/win!


    Answer by Serafyna at 2:52 PM on Nov. 20, 2008

  • Something you should consider -- rent the car you're thinking about buying if you can. It makes a HUGE difference to use it for "real" life. Verses driving it on the dealership lot. Put the car seats in it and really see what life would be like. I had been considering a Ford Escape or my Saturn Vue.. and the Escape felt SO small inside compared to the Vue. I love my Vue, we're just outgrowing it.

    Answer by Serafyna at 2:54 PM on Nov. 20, 2008

  • THere are several ones out there. Are you shopping for comfort or price. THis makes a difference. Right now most of them, car makers have good deals right now. You can buy at employee pricing & rebates, & zero inerest. SHop around, the best time to buy is at the end of the month, When they are trying to make there quota..Good Luck

    Answer by Tinkerbell3396 at 10:25 PM on Nov. 20, 2008

  • Me and my husband have 5 cars between us and some are not so good for big families and some are:

    Chrysler Grand Voyager
    Lexus GX 09 - Our new car
    Suzuki Swift - Present from him to me
    Ford Kuga - NEW
    BMW convertable - Present from me to him

    as you can tell my husband is car mad.

    Answer by happytohelp at 2:32 PM on Nov. 22, 2008

  • I have the Toyota Rav 4 and LOVE IT! It is the best car I have ever owned!! I would love to have the new highlander just because it is bigger. but I love the quality it is excellent!!

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:45 AM on Dec. 9, 2008

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