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Old 12-26-2007, 12:20 PM   #1
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I need a new car --- What should I get?

So now that Mrs. Utoo and I have a baby, we need a second car. What to get? We have a 2006 Prius and I love it and am more than happy to get a second one, though Mrs. Utoo thinks we need a little more space considering that we're planning on adding more babies to the pile later on (we were filled to the brim with bags and presents on the drive to my parents' for Christmas, and that's just with one!). I'm vehemently against minivans, etc. (come on, I'm a guy), and am at a loss for what else to get.

Thoughts? What do you have? Do you love it or hate it?
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Maserati, beautiful vehicle

Get a nice 7 seater car that isnt a mini-van.
We drive a Zafira, very roomy
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Old 12-26-2007, 12:34 PM   #3
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http://www.toyota.com/rav4/index.html
http://automobiles.honda.com/cr-v/
http://automobiles.honda.com/fit/
http://www.nissanusa.com/versa/index.html
http://www.vw.com/passatwagon/en/us/
http://www.dodge.com/en/2008/caliber/
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I have a Pontiac Grand Prix. It's roomy without being too big, and it gets pretty good gas mileage, usually between 20 and 25 MPG. It's the third Grand Prix I've had, and my parents have one as well. Obviously, we think it's a great car.
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Toyota Camry.
Period.
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Acura. If you want a 5-seater car, go for the TL (or RL if you can afford it). If not, their MDX SUVs are great and you can get the smaller version (RDX) which will probably do for now.
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Honda Pilot?
Scion XB?
Honda Element? (if you can live with the suicide doors)

I've never owned anything but Hondas and adore them.
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If you're looking to stay green, this is a pretty good web site to look at http://www.greenercars.org/highlights.htm

As a sidenote, I grew up in a family of 4 + dog. My parents didn't get an SUV until my brother went to college (they rented one to help me on my first move to college and found it convenient). My family were Honda and Toyota loyalists. Each of our cars have lasted us for a long time and have been very reliable through the years. Even with frequent travels to Indiana, we did just great in our sedans.

Good luck and let us know what you get!
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PT Cruiser ... I LOVE mine. It's roomy, safe ... it's perfect.
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Utoo, what's your budget?
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I drive a station wagon. It's spacy and isn't as unhip as the minivan.
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We have a Honda Odyssey before it became a real "van" in '99. It's like an elevated station wagon of sorts. Seats fold down for more room, etc. I guess it all depends on your budget...
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Utoo, what's your budget?

Well, we've only just started to think about it, so we haven't decided if we want to go with new, used, or a lease. I've never leased before and can't say I'm a terribly huge fan. Ideally, used would make sense as it'd be cheaper. However, it seems like for anything I've looked at, I have to spend at least $12-15K for a used car if I want under 75K miles. At that point, I feel like I may as well drop a few grand more and get something new. If we went for new, I'd like it to be $20K or under. I know that limits a lot, but I really feel like the Prius is the only thing worth more than that (no one else touches the mileage, the packages offer a ton of features, and I don't really feel like a little more space is worth $8-10K more), it's just not quite big enough for us to get a second one.
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