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#2 of 149 Re: Cars for Moms - comments, concerns and wants! [KarenS]
Nov 18, 2004 (12:08 pm)
I wanted to rank the following needs but couldn't. They're all important to me:
Decent gas mileage
Sporty good looks
Smooth, road-hugging ride
Front wheel drive
Pep for highway merging
Comfortable seating for 4-5
Cargo room/room for dogs
Excellent sound system
I found all these (and more) in my 2004 Mazda6 Sport Wagon. It's a terrific car.
#3 of 149 Safety and Room
Nov 18, 2004 (1:37 pm)
After having my first child I realized how much I need out of a car..
I need baby in a safe but close position.
I need space for all her stuff.. stroller, car seat.. with room for other passengers too.
I would like a minivan, because the doors slide to the side instead of opening out, I take a while buckling and unbuckling her out of the seat in parking lots and I do not want to ding other cars or mine with the door wide open.
I want some sort of distraction for her, like for her to watch her Wiggles DVD.
I love the idea of power doors/back door on a mini van, so when I have my hands full with her and purchases I can open car very easily..
MOM's really need alot out of their vehicles...
#4 of 149 Ah...
Nov 18, 2004 (1:41 pm)
...what would we do without the Wiggles?
#5 of 149 How many baby seats can you fit?
Nov 20, 2004 (8:32 am)
I am looking for a wagon or sedan that will hold three baby seats. My Crown Vic works but not the Protege5. Has anyone tried to fit three into the Mazda 6 wagon? Also, in a three row vehicle like the Freestyle or XC90, can one put two baby seats in the second row and still reach the third row? The both have nifty slide/fold second rows but I don't see how it could work with a baby seat installed! Thanks for any feedback.
#7 of 149 Re: How many baby seats can you fit? [hampton]
by Kirstie@Edmunds HOST
Dec 06, 2004 (6:51 am)
THREE baby seats? Wow, what a challenge! I don't know of any vehicle that currently perfectly fits your situation. Many of the vehicles that have slide/fold down 2nd row seating won't work with the seats installed. Your best bet seems to be to get a vehicle that has 2nd-row split seats so that there's at least a "center aisle" to the 3rd row. Minivan is an obvious choice, but not everyone wants a minivan.
You might check out these discussions:
Mazda6 Wagon (2004)
Malibu MAXX vs Mazda 6 hatch/wagon vs Outback
The comparsion topic might give you ideas about other vehicles to suit your needs.
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#8 of 149 Re: How many baby seats can you fit? [hampton]
by KCRam@Edmunds HOST
Dec 06, 2004 (8:22 pm)
The only vehicles I can think of that would match the seat space of your Crown Vic would be trucks of similar width... Ford Expedition/F150 SuperCrew, Chevy Tahoe/Avalanche.
Most 3-row crossovers require that the second seat tilt, fold, or slide to get to the third row. Even if a child seat fits in the third robew, the issue of getting back there may be too large a hurdle unless you want to load/unload that child in from the rear hatch over the seatback.
Most car specification listings will tell you how many LATCH fittings they have, and I would probably use that as a guide, regardless of how many passengers the car says it can seat. The Mazda6 seats 3 in the rear, but only has 2 LATCH positions.
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#9 of 149 Re: How many baby seats can you fit? [hampton]
Dec 16, 2004 (12:52 pm)
I would not use LATCH as a guide to judge baby seat capability. The goverment only requires LATCH in two rear seats, not three. Usually, the middle seat doesn't have LATCH attachments, but can sometimes still fit a baby seat.
A really good bet is the Volvo XC90. You shouldn't have a problem there, and the middle seat has a built-in booster seat, meaning you wont have to try to cram three huge pieces of plastic across. It's also a great car in general.
A friend of mine also got three across in the Acura MDX, but honestly, I don't see how she did it. A lot depends on the width of your child seat, which can vary more often than you'd think.
Let us know what you decided!
Dec 16, 2004 (1:31 pm)
Moms\Women love the Lexus RX. My wife isnt even a mom and she loves it. Another good choice is the Acura MDX, but get a used one.
#11 of 149 Now for something different:
Dec 16, 2004 (7:13 pm)
My wife is currently using our '04 GMC Sierra 2500HD Crew Cab as her family truckster. She says she likes it It replaced a '99 Explorer XLT AWD, which did alot of things, just nothing particularly well. That in turn had replaced a '95 Jetta GLX, which was the family car around when we had our two kids.
With two off-spring now 7 and 8, we didn't need the third seat, and wanted "dirty" cargo space, which the pick-up provides with a cap on the bed. Incrementally longer than a Burb/Yukon, but less money for a heavier duty truck. Only beef is sometimes parking can be a pain, but that's life with a full-size truck.