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When Adam was born we had two cars. My husbands Kia was pretty old and started having issues. Then I was given a 1999 Toyota Corolla for work. Not long after the Kia died and we were down to one car. The Toyota started having major issues right before we would bring Henry home from the hospital. During my hospital stay my husband told me that the car had a gas leak among other problems. He went to the dealership because he knew it was time for us to get a near car. He came home with a Chevy Cruise. It wasn’t easy with the car seats because my husband was tall and needed the seat to be further back. I want to share out story so you don’t make the same mistake. We tried to make it work, but it didn’t. We went back to the dealership and exchanged it for a Chevy Equinox.
Right now a car identical to ours is for sale on Cars.com here. If you are looking for a family car I highly recommened this car because we are so happy with our car.
We love our back seats! Lots of room for the kids to stretch their legs and plenty of room for my 6’1″ husband to put his seat back without making it uncomfortable for five-year-old Adam who sits behind him.
We also love the cruise control, heated seats, onstar and the fact that we can have wifi installed in the car for long road trips. Heated seats are awesome for the winters here in Chicago.
The back seat is pretty big and has plenty of room for when we travel all over the place. It also can fit a lot of groceries. My husband built a train layout in our basement and the back seats move forward so there was plenty of room for him to put the wood in the car and still shut the back door. Also perfect for when you need to get something from Ikea. The only drawback is only one kid can go with him, so we can’t make runs like that together as a family, but it is not that big of a deal. Overall we have been extremely happy with our Chevy Equinox.
It wasn’t as easy as just exchanging it though for the Cruise though. The value or the Cruise went down right after we drove it off the lot. We lost a lot of money in the end, so these are my top 5 tips for looking for the perfect family car, so you don’t mess up like we did.
- Ask your friends and family with kids what kind of car they have and how they like it.
- Bring your car seats and kids to the dealership so you can get a realistic idea of how it will work.
- If you are a new parent feel free to stop at the Fire Station so they can insure you did it right. You can also read about Car Seat safety at Cars.com
- Read lots of reviews. My husband was on the phone looking at reviews for days before we found the perfect car after the Cruise mishap. Cars.com is the perfect place to browse and check reviews on several makes and models in your area.
- Pay the extra money for the DVD player system. Trust me. It has made road trips a lot easier with two kids ages 3 and 5.
I am actually in the market for another car as we speak. I really need something that I can use to take my son to school in the winter because it is crazy cold and a car I can run errands in while my husband is as work. When looking at Cars.com for a used car I found that it was easy to browse for a car that would fit my needs. These are my dreams cars.
The Volkswagen Bettle.
At this time I am just browsing and saving money, but their website has tons of makes and models to choose from. What your dream car? Have you found the perfect family car yet?