With GM and Chrysler having serious financial difficulties and the car market sales going down from months to months, the price of new cars have been dropping faster than the market 😉
I have been tired of my car (Mazda Protégé 5) for about a year now but I was keeping it since it was paid and it drives well. I actually have nothing but good words for Mazda cars actually. My car is a 2002 and I never had any major problems with it (and God knows how I kicked her the first two years… I was young and didn’t have kids!).
But now that we are thinking of having a third little angle, a car seems too small to pack 3 kids (and their awfully huge seats!) in the back. This is why I am going for SUV’s car hunt. I know, I should get myself a minivan and everybody will be comfortable. But I just hate minivans 😉 I guess I am just not ready yet for a full family car!
So I am currently looking for 3 SUV’s (I had the Lexus 400RXh as a fourth choice but there is no room for 3 kids and a Lexus at the same time in my budget…).
This is probably my favourite in term of look. I really like the design both from inside and outside. It is quite comfortable and I heard good things about the V6 AWD model. The great thing about Mazda is that you can fully equip the car (heated leather seat, V6, AWD, sunroof, etc) and it doesn’t cost much (you get it below 40K CDN dollar with taxes and everything else). I also like the fact that I can get 84 months financing with low interest rate (2.9%). I don’t plan to pay it over 7 years, but I rather keep my required payment lower in case of financial trouble. If we are going to have a third child, it is definitely not the right timing to get $800/month payments for a car! The major negative point is that I don’t know if 2 baby seats and a child seat would fit on the same row… I will have to try it out at the dealer!
This one is a little bit more expansive than the Tribute (and they don’t offer financing for more than 60 months). However, Toyota has proven that they can make quality cars that last. My wife once had a corolla and she sold it when it reached 325,000 kilometres and the car was still running smoothly! The most important point of the Toyota Rav4 is that there is an option of adding a third row in the back of the SUV. You obviously have to sacrifice your trunk space, you are able to get enough space for everyone. In fact, it is just a matter 2 years until Amy can sit on a child seat instead of a baby seat. Since we are not going to have our 3rd one before 10 months at least, we could use that third row in the meantime.
This one looks to be a great combination of the Mazda Tribute and the Toyota Rav4: It offers low rate long term financing (2.9% over 84 months) and it also offers the third row options. While the Outlander is probably the cheapest of the three, the third row looks kind of cheap (those are not “stow-and-go bucket seat”). So I wonder if William would really be comfortable. On the other side, it is only for a short period of time.
I have yet to try the three of them (I only look on the internet and sit in the Mazda Tribute while doing my oil change). I guess that playing with my baby seats and driving them will help me making the right choice. Do you have any other suggestions or thoughts about these SUV’s or other that I didn’t think of?
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