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    We have a Forester and regret it big time. I love it, i love the look of it but there is no boot room. Once the pram is in there we cant do groceries. It will definitely not be ok for another child. Recently we got backed into and while it was being fixed we had an x-trail. LOVE!!! Soooo much room. We could fit our giant pram, dog and still do groceries etc! We are looking at trading in now.

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    I have a Mazda 6 wagon - it's not an SUV but a very sporty looking wagon. It's quite roomy without being huge and now that DD is a bit older it's easy for her to get in and out.

    I have the 2008 model and bought it last year with 30,000 on the odometer for $24,000. LOVE IT!

    My other choice was a Toyota Kluger but they are a whole lot more expensive

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    My brother and SIL have a captiva. They love it, but have a strider plus pram and it 'just' fits in the boot. Then there's not too much space for groceries. I had one of the series 1, and found the fuel economy to be quite bad... Hoping that has changed for series 2.

    Good luck! Picking the right car can be stressful.

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    I bought the a 2011 turbo forester when DD was born. Love the safety rating and how smooth it is but it is very small. DH took ownership of it last month so I could buy a mazda 6 hatch, twice the boot room.

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    I have a territory, had it 3.5 years now from new. We love it!!

    It has great boot space and with the extra height I find it soooo easy to get DS in and out of the car, don't have to lean in/down at all!!

    It's great for camping cos we can fit heaps in or just at xmas time carrying heaps of prezzies, food, drinks and DS!! I love driving it and haven't had one mechanical problem with the car. I love the new diesel territory and want to upgrade now, but can't justify yet cos this one is going so well and still got another 1.5 year warranty left!

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    We recently upgraded from a Golf to a Mazda 6 wagon, for the same reason. You don't need an SUV - just a bigger car. I recommend checking out the Mazda 6. We're loving it.

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    I have the Mazda CX9 and absolutely love it so I'd say the CX7 would be exactly the same just without the extra seats!!!
    But also someone mentioned a Jeep Patriot I loved my patriot we had the turbo diesel model and it was cheap to run and drove well.. I fit 2 carseats and a capsule in, was a tight fit but doable and had plenty of boot space..

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    I was thinking about cars too! Subscribing

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    Quote Originally Posted by lolz83 View Post
    Hi all, I have bub 1 due in early August and need to sell my lovely 2 door car and buy something more family friendly.

    I want something that will comfortably fit a rear facing carseat without having to have the front seat all the way forward! I really want a medium
    SUV for no more than $40k. I'm happy to go second hand, as long as its less than 2 years old.

    I'm looking at a Mazda CX7 and a Holden Captiva. I have been warned off the Nissan Dualis and Subaru forester as they are too small. Does anyone have the cars i like or any other suggestions?
    Why dont you look at a Rev 4? they are great for space and you could get one for under $40,000 they are also pretty cheap to service and Toyotas have a really good name.

    They look a lot smaller on the outside then in but the boot area is ginormous and so it the cabin.

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    I would steer well clear of the captiva, many mechanics I know refer to them as CRAPtivas!!!

    For that sorta money I would go Mazda CX-9, Ford Territory (would be a lot cheaper!) or Toyota Kluger


 

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