I have a 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander & I love it! It's very fuel efficient, I get about 700kms+ to a 55L tank & I city drive. It's got a great boot space too. I think it comes in 5 or 7 seats but I just have the 5 version. Plenty room in the back compared to the ix35 which my folks have. I thoroughly recommend it!
My SIL has 3 kids & she loves her 7 seat Dodge Journey. I do like the look of them! Not sure how it goes for fuel, but one downside is that as it's American it can be hard (& expensive) to get parts & service should you ever need to.
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25-10-2014 12:37 #11
25-10-2014 12:48 #12
How long are you looking at having it for and how big will the kids be by then? If you're looking at having it for 10+ years then get a few friends to meet you when you test drive it and put three adults into the back seat.
Australia seems to be veering () away from the larger family vehicles of the past and more towards SUVs, people movers and play 4WDs. If Holden was still selling their old-style commodore stationwagons I would have suggested one of those as they have a lot of room but also a great boot space to throw the kids' bikes in or for travelling.
We have a tank (Cruiser) which I'm slowly getting used to. They are great for size but not so good as an about-town car - particularly for carpark sizes and height restrictions in shopping centres.
Do you have a preference for what sort of a car you like to drive? DH and I aren't people-mover type of people, but will probably end up with one when our other car dies as they seem to be the most practical to complement our other car.
Look at fuel cost, fixing costs including how much parts are, size in the back seat - especially if you and your DH are tall. Boot space for fitting everything in. Ease of the kids getting in and out. Height/width and whether the kids can all enter from the kerb side of the road. Check out reputation and any recalls that may exist on different cars at the moment as there have been a few. Look at resale and see what is keeping its value - generally those cars tend to last the longest. What will be able to enter and exit your driveway and garage. Would sliding doors be more practical? If you want to save a little money and Dh is able to do the oil changes then make sure he doesn't need any specialised equipment/expensive tools to do so.
As far as specific cars go I haven't been looking too much and there seems to have been a big shift in the market since Holden and Ford has changed their range.
25-10-2014 12:58 #13
We have a Nissan pathfinder with 7 seats and I love it. With the 7 seats up I can still fit a double pram in the boot space. With the 2 seats in the boot down (they fold flat too which is great) there is a massive amount of space (I fit 2 smart trikes in easily). I only have the 2 kids but with their 2 car seats in I think there is still enough room for someone to sit in the 3rd seat. We have a diesel and it's pretty good on fuel. Nice car to drive too.
25-10-2014 13:01 #14
Definitely look at the x-trail. They're a great size and pretty good on fuel. That's what we were going to get before having 3 kids was no longer an option.
We had similar criteria to you and some other cars on our short list were:
Mazda CX7 or CX9
Most of these were omitted because of fuel consumption.
25-10-2014 13:21 #15
Mazda CX7's and CX9's are huge fuel guzzlers. I have a friend trying to sell hers at the moment cos they cant afford the massive fuel bill.
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25-10-2014 13:28 #16
Territory Diesel. Biggest span across the back seats and plenty of leg room.
25-10-2014 13:43 #17
Toyota Prius V gets my vote. Amazing fuel economy for a car that size and a lot cheaper to buy than other large cars like mazda 9 or kia carnival..
25-10-2014 13:53 #18Senior Member
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Sorry I should clarify, I didn't mean it's bad on fuel just that the one we choose was better.
I was very impressed with the xtrail, if your budget can stretch (or you could get a demo) I would def put it on your short list)
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25-10-2014 14:45 #19
Went looked at the prius v.
Drive away $40,512
They said its way too soon for second hand cars and they'll be rare cause the car is so good.
25-10-2014 15:10 #20
Sorry to jump but we are looking into trading our car next year so I just went to look at the Prius V. Is it a little car, a cx9 sized car or a commodore sized car? The pictures aren't really making it clear.
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