With kid #2, and our current car hitting the "out of warranty" mark, I'm looking to move onto another vehicle this late-sprint/summer. So please give your opinions on what brand & model you think I should shoot for given my criteria.
My questions is similar to this
question, I'll provide a few points of interest and if you would be so kind please share your opinions. My mind has been edging towards a Subaru Outback for a while, but I want to be sure I'm not just jumping on a band-wagon when there are other choices that are just as good. I currently drive a non-hatchback Mazda 3, which has served me well, but Mrs. Z just had our kid #2 in Jan, and the current vehicle has become too small for even easy trips if we're both going anywhere.
Again, I'm open to makes and models outside of a Subaru Outback, so please offer what advice you have.
points of interest:
* I'm an outdoorsy guy, so I want a hatchback and AWD to make life a little easier
* two kids + stuff = need a backseat + trunk space that is worth it
* I live in Minneapolis, so snow driving is a key factor, though obviously not this year
* I would prefer a 25+ MPG rating
* automatic trans
I think that basically covers it. I haven't test-driven anything, nor have I visited a dealership. Sadly craigslist is out of the question for me, since we only have one car I need to trade it in towards the next one.