Is there any alternative to an SUV or minivan?
November 25, 2012 7:47 AM Subscribe
Fuel efficient car for dog and future baby?
posted by wannabecounselor to shopping (15 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
We're two adults (one 6'2") with a 40lb dog and trying for a mini-human. We have a 13-year old car in ok shape that averages ~22MPG that we'd like to replace within the next year. We're finding there's virtually nothing in the US market that gives us what we want - better than 22MPG, with three rows of seating, (the back row can be tiny for the dog but usable for occasional human), and doesn't look like a minivan (the Mazda5 is out) or a giant SUV. The Kia Rondo seemed to fit the bill except the gas mileage issue, and they don't make it anymore. I'd love a slightly stretched-out Toyota Matrix with a third row. We recently visited Japan and were drooling over allll the cars they seem to have that fit these requirements, NONE of which are available here.
We'd like to stay in the used, 10k-15k range, but if there is the "perfect" car coming out for 2013, we maaaybe would consider it.
Seeking any and all advice, and what cars people with a dog and a baby like most.