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decent MPG and 3 kid across backseat. #4683260
03/03/18 03:24 PM
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madRiver Offline OP
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Any suggestions for a car with decent MPG, built in last 5 years and can seat 3 daughters (4,10,12) across for next 6 years? Budget favorably under $20k but up $25k possible. We own also 3 row suv.

My wife currently drives a tired 2005 Legacy turbo Wagon that is tight for 3 girls and MPG is mediocre(23MPG) but is otherwise a blast to drive.

Re: decent MPG and 3 kid across backseat. [Re: madRiver] #4683267
03/03/18 03:33 PM
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Oshawa, Ontario Canada
JC1 Offline
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Toyota Solara?


2015 Grand Caravan SXT Plus 5w-20 PPPP/Fram Ultra Filter
1997 Honda Civic CX 5w-30 Shell Conventional/Fram Ultra Filter
Re: decent MPG and 3 kid across backseat. [Re: madRiver] #4683270
03/03/18 03:36 PM
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Virginia
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Virginia
I'll say the obvious choice, minivan.


2017 GMC Sierra SLT Z71 Crew Cab - His
2016 Toyota Highlander Limited - Hers
Re: decent MPG and 3 kid across backseat. [Re: madRiver] #4683277
03/03/18 03:48 PM
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The Midwest
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Consumers Reports gave the currant Chevy Impala good marks and for hauling 3 kids in the rear seat, it might make sense.
Dealers discount them nicely. http://www.byerschevy.com/VehicleSearchR...le-compare-cart


Wife: 15' Audi A4 quattro 6 speed manual
Me: 13' VW GTI 3 door 6 speed manual
Re: decent MPG and 3 kid across backseat. [Re: madRiver] #4683279
03/03/18 03:52 PM
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Cincinnati, OH, USA
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Mazda CX-5 would be a good choice.


06 Ram 3500 CTD 4X4(FG Venturi), 93 GMC C3500 6.2, 89 F-450 7.3, 98 XJ 4.0(XG8A), 05 xB(XG3600), 18 Transit 3.7, 03 Merc Grand Marquis 4.6 2V(XG2)
Re: decent MPG and 3 kid across backseat. [Re: madRiver] #4683281
03/03/18 03:55 PM
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Canada
addyguy Offline
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This is what minivans are built for.


2010 Kia Soul 2U - 2.0L I-4, auto; 132k miles.
M1 EP 10W-30; OEM Kia filter.
Re: decent MPG and 3 kid across backseat. [Re: madRiver] #4683287
03/03/18 04:00 PM
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Central Coast, Calif.
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My Ford Flex is a great car and seats 3 across but it gets the same MPG as your current car.


You get what you pay for...
So keep in mind how much you paid for this advice.
Re: decent MPG and 3 kid across backseat. [Re: madRiver] #4683334
03/03/18 05:02 PM
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Phoenix, AZ
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Slightly used Sonata for 1/2 your budget. Way bigger than Camry or Accord.


2015 Hyundai Sonata 2.4L 84k Mobil 1 AFE 0w30 & OEM
2000 Toyota Camry 2.2L 230k Valvoline 5w30 & Fram Ultra
1996 Jeep Cherokee 4.0L 147k Mobil 1 HM 10w40 & Fram Ultra
Re: decent MPG and 3 kid across backseat. [Re: madRiver] #4683340
03/03/18 05:06 PM
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Our 2011 Camry does three across the back seat. IIRC we went in with a tape measure to verify--we wanted it work with booster seats. I do recall test driving a '99 4Runner (for me) and ruling it out as the backseat was too narrow (and didn't have 3pt seatbelt in the middle!). I'd be more concerned with making sure no driveshaft hump (real or not).


2011 Toyota Camry, base, 2.5L/6MT, 163k, hers
2010 Toyota Tundra DC, 4.6L/6AT, 144k, ours
1999 Toyota Camry LE, 2.2L/4AT, 187k, his
Re: decent MPG and 3 kid across backseat. [Re: madRiver] #4683351
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Toronto, Canada
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The 2011+ Passats have one of the biggest back seats, with the most amount of front leg room in the class. The seat bottom is also quite flat, which is excellent for anchoring child seats.


2015 Dodge Grand Caravan-27k miles.
2006 Mazda 3-163k miles
Re: decent MPG and 3 kid across backseat. [Re: JC1] #4683360
03/03/18 05:32 PM
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Oshawa, Ontario Canada
JC1 Offline
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Originally Posted By: JC1
Toyota Solara?



I meant Avalon.


2015 Grand Caravan SXT Plus 5w-20 PPPP/Fram Ultra Filter
1997 Honda Civic CX 5w-30 Shell Conventional/Fram Ultra Filter
Re: decent MPG and 3 kid across backseat. [Re: KrisZ] #4683363
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Originally Posted By: KrisZ
The 2011+ Passats have one of the biggest back seats, with the most amount of front leg room in the class. The seat bottom is also quite flat, which is excellent for anchoring child seats.


Oh, that reminds me of something: be sure to test out the LATCH system. My VW had leather seats and getting the buckles (or whatever they were called) into the LATCH receivers seemed harder than other vehicles (deeply recessed, stiff cushions). YMMV, we managed, but we always griped.


2011 Toyota Camry, base, 2.5L/6MT, 163k, hers
2010 Toyota Tundra DC, 4.6L/6AT, 144k, ours
1999 Toyota Camry LE, 2.2L/4AT, 187k, his
Re: decent MPG and 3 kid across backseat. [Re: madRiver] #4683470
03/03/18 07:17 PM
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utah
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Accord, Sonata, Optima are all 73" wide and spacious. The Accord is great if you want stick shift, if not you have a pretty decent CVT but its still a CVT trans. Anything less than 73" wide is probably too small inside. CX-5 / 2018 Tiguan for example only 72" wide and probably not enough space.

Something like a Grand Caravan comes in at 79" wide but also has the extra row so that would be obviously be the most comfortable.


2016 Golf Wagon 5MT, 2014 Accord Sport 6MT, 2016 GMC 1500 SLT 6.2
Re: decent MPG and 3 kid across backseat. [Re: madRiver] #4683488
03/03/18 07:31 PM
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You can buy a Gen 8 Accord with decently low miles for way under 20K.
Plenty large enough back seat as well as pretty decent fuel economy.
Should be dead reliable as well, or at least the one we have has been.


17 Forester 12K MSS 0W-20
12 Accord LX 92K PP 5W-20
09 Forester 95K M1HM 10W-30
01 Focus ZX3 118K PP 5W-20
96 Accord LX 104K T5 10W-30
95 318i
Re: decent MPG and 3 kid across backseat. [Re: madRiver] #4683534
03/03/18 08:11 PM
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Kansas City, MO
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The LaCrosse eAssist in my sig has a cavernous back seat. My 3 kids have ample room - they're 21, 18, and 12, and their heights range from 5'4" to 5'10". I've averaged nearly 30 mpg in mixed driving over the 26k and 17 months I've had it. You can get them CPO off-lease for under $20k all day long.

The wife's 4-door '11 Accord isn't bad, either, and with the 4 cylinder, she sees 31-32 mpg most of the time.


'13 LaCrosse eAssist, 50000+ miles | Magnatec 5w30 & Fram EG
'11 Accord I4 Sedan, 95000+ miles | Mobil1 0w20 & Fram EG
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