M. asks from Maineville, OH on May 24, 2009
7/8 Person SUV Purchase! Advise PLEASE!
We are thinking of buying a large SUV (I guess one that would seat 7 or 8) and I'm wondering if anyone has any recommendations. I have three kids, all in boosters or carseats so I need space. I know that I want the second row to have captains seats, like my Toyota Sienna. I'm going to look at the Nissan Armada, GMC Yukon, and Toyota Sequoia. Any advise on these SUVs or others that you like or dislike would be greatly appreciated! This is a big purchase and I want to make the right decision!
Thanks so much!!!!
D.B. answers from Columbus on May 25, 2009
Take a look at the Honda Pilot i have one bc i have twins and a 5 yr old and they are all in carseats it seats 8 and has floor room the greats SUV in have ever wanted You can put 3 in the front 3 in the back or put 1 big seat down for a stroller or you can put down the little back seat I have used my Pilot for just about everything you can think of.
Hope this helps GOOD LUCK
B.B. answers from Indianapolis on May 26, 2009
We recently got a Cadillac SDX with the 3rd row seating. It's really nice, although we haven't had the opportunity to use the 3rd row seating yet.
There are lots of places that have specials now - I heard one that's offering DVD systems in the cars now (Dodge?).
I know someone with a big Nissan, and she really likes it. Toyota's are great cars, and I admit, of the 3 you listed, I'd probably lean towards that, but it couldn't hurt to go look at all three and go with whoever gives you the best deal. (Just stay away from Tutweiler Cadillac!)
L.S. answers from Columbus on May 25, 2009
I just bought a Chevy Traverse and love it. It has all the features you are looking for. The GMC Acadia, Buick Enclave and Saturn Outlook all have the same body as the Traverse so one of those might be a good option too. Good luck!
S.D. answers from Indianapolis on May 25, 2009
We prefer our Freestyle to vans and full-SUVs. It drives like a large car instead of a truck, but has the room for 7 passengers while easily folding down when 5 or less are riding.
L.D. answers from Cleveland on May 25, 2009
I know this is not what you asked for, but why switch from a mini-van to an SUV? In my opinion, SUVs are not as versatile and cost more. I have a Dodge Grand Caravan and love the flexiblity it offers. All the seats, even the captains chairs fold easily into the floor. What an awesome invention.
Check it out.
My 2 cents,
A.J. answers from Cincinnati on June 01, 2009
July of 2008 we purchased a Saturn Outlook. (it has the captain seats) WE LOVE IT!!!! My husband is a picky person when it comes to buying cars -- he is the auto industry.
We looked at Toyota, Honda etc for a SUV. The Outlook is comfortable, roomy, quiet, drives great, the 3rd row folds down for more space (either the whole row or half), and we cannot say a bad thing about it. Ours came with the DVD option, nice for my little one.
Good luck! Enjoy driving your new SUV
A.H. answers from Dayton on May 25, 2009
I have 3 girls - the twins are 4 and the baby is 2 -- all in carseats. We just bought a Ford Expedition EL and LOVE it. --- Make sure you check out the EL version -- it is the extended length. I hated the regular expedition because it was tight in the second row and had no space behind the second row for groceries. The EL has more leg room and has tons of space behind the second row of seats and even has a shelf that can be up or folds down. I can't say enough about this vehical - it started being made in 2008 so if you are looking for an older version this would not work for you . It seats 8 people comfortable with room for storage and groceries in the back behind the second row of seats- there is about 2 or more feet behing the second row - I am not kidding. Check it out we love it!!!!
M.M. answers from Fort Wayne on May 25, 2009
OK well my suggestion would be the CHEVROLET Traverse.. LOVE the SUV PLUS you will be keeping the money in US to help OUR economy which is what is needed..... Outlooks are nice as well... Whatever you get PLEASE BUY American. lol A girlfriend of mine had the Pathfinder and traded it off for her Traverse and she said she wishes they had the Traverse out when she got the Pathfinder b/c Traverse is WAY better and drives smooth. I told her she made a VERY wish choice on the Traverse PLUS her mom traded her HONDA off for a Traverse as well SO I have to thank them BOTH for buying American lol.. YES I am into American b/c right now my hubby is laid off for 11 wks from GM so ANY help buying American is GREAT lol...
S.M. answers from Columbus on May 25, 2009
My husband and I test drove a Mercury Mountaineer, and we really liked it. It has more seating than a minivan, I think it might have seated 10? It was very easy to drive, and the used ones we saw were in great shape. The only downside is that they have pretty bad gas mileage, but I guess that's to be expected with something that large.