To bring babies home from the hospital the only things you really truly need are car seats and a car to transport them. We are pretty well set on what car seat we want, but we don't own a car that will fit one car seat, let alone two!
Debs, our sporty little Volkswagen Eos convertible, only has two doors and a tiny little back seat. No rear facing car seat can sit there. Old Betsy, our old but reliable Saturn, has three doors but still a tiny little back seat that can't handle a rear facing seat (although she has held a forward facing convertible seat before). When we first started talking about a new car we were still trying to conceive. Debs was having electrical issues and her warranty was almost up so we started looking to replace her. We decided we wanted a small crossover SUV. We looked at the Infiniti FX, the Cadillac SRX, the Ford Edge, and many others. We briefly looked at a few of the larger crossovers, but felt like a third row was excessive for our little family. That was, until we saw the Infiniti JX which we both loved. Sadly, the JX is brand new this year so no older models or huge dealer incentives to help with pricing.
When we learned we are having twins, our needs list for a car changed. All of a sudden, a third row wasn't excessive. Instead, it is necessary so I can sit in it to be with the babies during longer car trips. Here is a list of what we are looking for in a car:
- Third Row Seating
- Easy Access to Third Row (I'll need to be climbing back there so I can see the babies on longer car rides)
- Movable Second Row (to ensure rear facers fit well)
- Ample Cargo Space (for a big double stroller and all of the other THINGS we need)
- LATCH system
- Rear View Camera
- Heated Seats (we were spoiled by Debs and yes this is now a need)
- Power Liftgate
- Remote Entry
- Push Button Ignition
- Navigation (I know my phone has this, but I would rather never have to look at my phone with the babies in the car)
- Air Conditioned Seats (I'm not a fan of the just peed my pants sensation of air conditioned seats, but Casey is)
- Good Gas Mileage
- Infiniti JX -- if price wasn't a consideration this is easily our first choice
- Buick Enclave -- a close second choice
- Mazda CX-9 -- we've never seen this in person but it looks like it has everything we want
- GMC Acadia -- similar to the Enclave but a step down in trim level; might be cheaper?
Chevrolet Traverse-- no power liftgate available
- Hyundai Veracruz
- Kia Sorrento
- Toyota Highlander -- This is considered a crossover but Casey and I both think of this as a full SUV. Maybe we need to give it another shot?
- Honda Pilot -- We like the Pilot, but think the price is high compared to others on our list. Going to contact a dealership and see what types of offers they are running.
What information am I not collecting that as a first time Mom I should be thinking about? What information specifc to twins should I be thinking about? Do you have one of these cars and love it? Hate it? I really want to hear from you!