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#4683260 - 03/03/18 02:24 PM decent MPG and 3 kid across backseat.
madRiver Offline


Registered: 07/11/15
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Loc: New England
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.

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#4683267 - 03/03/18 02:33 PM Re: decent MPG and 3 kid across backseat. [Re: madRiver]
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Registered: 11/29/08
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Loc: Oshawa, Ontario Canada
Toyota Solara?
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#4683270 - 03/03/18 02:36 PM Re: decent MPG and 3 kid across backseat. [Re: madRiver]
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Registered: 03/12/13
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Loc: Virginia
I'll say the obvious choice, minivan.
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#4683277 - 03/03/18 02:48 PM Re: decent MPG and 3 kid across backseat. [Re: madRiver]
skyactiv Offline


Registered: 03/02/13
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Loc: The Midwest
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
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#4683279 - 03/03/18 02:52 PM Re: decent MPG and 3 kid across backseat. [Re: madRiver]
bullwinkle Offline


Registered: 10/09/04
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Loc: Cincinnati, OH, USA
Mazda CX-5 would be a good choice.
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#4683281 - 03/03/18 02:55 PM Re: decent MPG and 3 kid across backseat. [Re: madRiver]
addyguy Offline


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This is what minivans are built for.
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#4683287 - 03/03/18 03:00 PM Re: decent MPG and 3 kid across backseat. [Re: madRiver]
tom slick Offline


Registered: 05/26/03
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Loc: Central Coast, Calif.
My Ford Flex is a great car and seats 3 across but it gets the same MPG as your current car.
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#4683334 - 03/03/18 04:02 PM Re: decent MPG and 3 kid across backseat. [Re: madRiver]
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Registered: 02/19/13
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Loc: Phoenix, AZ
Slightly used Sonata for 1/2 your budget. Way bigger than Camry or Accord.
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#4683340 - 03/03/18 04:06 PM Re: decent MPG and 3 kid across backseat. [Re: madRiver]
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Registered: 11/09/08
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Loc: NH
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).
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#4683351 - 03/03/18 04:18 PM Re: decent MPG and 3 kid across backseat. [Re: madRiver]
KrisZ Offline


Registered: 12/23/06
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Loc: Toronto, Canada
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.
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#4683360 - 03/03/18 04:32 PM Re: decent MPG and 3 kid across backseat. [Re: JC1]
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Registered: 11/29/08
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Originally Posted By: JC1
Toyota Solara?



I meant Avalon.
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#4683363 - 03/03/18 04:35 PM Re: decent MPG and 3 kid across backseat. [Re: KrisZ]
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Registered: 11/09/08
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Loc: NH
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.
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#4683470 - 03/03/18 06:17 PM Re: decent MPG and 3 kid across backseat. [Re: madRiver]
dareo Offline


Registered: 10/17/07
Posts: 1448
Loc: utah
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.
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#4683488 - 03/03/18 06:31 PM Re: decent MPG and 3 kid across backseat. [Re: madRiver]
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Registered: 09/25/09
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Loc: OH
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.
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#4683534 - 03/03/18 07:11 PM Re: decent MPG and 3 kid across backseat. [Re: madRiver]
yesthatsteve Offline


Registered: 06/27/11
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Loc: Kansas City, MO
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.
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