One question that almost always pops up when a family is about to expand, what type of car do you have/like/want. I see it all the time on personal Facebook pages and in groups. I know I have thought about it, asked and answered these posts. Test drives, car rentals are just some ways to figure out what fits best for your family… as an truck/SUV family, I have had ideas, but feel like I have outgrown my current and need something bigger …
I began to write this on our way back from a week away in Delaware/Maryland area with the family at 4:30am so we can beat traffic back to NY and still have the full 4th of July with kids at home. Have you even taken a road trip? If not, word of advice start when kids are going to be napping or going to bed or leave in middle of night while sleeping. I am blessed (not trying to brag there are many things they still do not do) with great sleepers I can move around- tonight was out of car to couch while we clean and packed rental house at midnight and then back into car at 2:15a when we left, they have now been sleeping since 11:30pm after a night of go-karting.
This trip is our third with kids to Bayside but we have done Jersey Shore and Disney World in 2013. All past trips have taken place in my Honda Pilot which I do love but need bigger. (Really I need two cars, a large SUV and a commuter car for work locally). I drive daily A LOT, you know how oil changes are 3 months or 3,000 miles I do that In a month to month and half. I often think about going into race car driving but not track, I need i95 real driving or maybe I am still on a high of kicking butt in go-karts tonight and going fast and winning even in 5in wedges. Moms rule right? My kids were cheering on thinking I was the coolest mom ever!
Okay back to cars… I really want a Suburban but Tim thinks a Tahoe will do. We only have the two kids and 2 dogs, 2 ducks, 2 chickens, 2 fish and added 2 hermit crabs this week. What happens if I need to transport the fish I need more room right? Just kidding—maybe! We had the chance as a family to use a 2015 Chevy Tahoe LTZ. I am in love!! Can someone lend me $70k now please?! I mean I will trade a kid (joking only because I need the excuse of 2 kids for the vehicle to begin with!) This model has 3 rows with second row captain chairs which are awesome and have a button inside that folds down with one push and up with second making access to back row super accessible for the kids to get back there without climbing I everything. Not just kids but makes it easy for the adults too, we went out one night mini golfing and between the kids in the back row with adult and then another 4 adults in front, we were comfy and ready to roll. easy in and out. Although a bench would be nice and having the option for that 8th person, for the infrequent times the 8th person would be in the car the captain chairs are worth it for all the times they are not.
Features to mention: vibrating seats to warn you when cars or objects were too close on the side/front/back of car while driving and parking. Phone call notification across the dash and screen, XM song notification so if you are waiting for a song to come on it will let you know if it is starting to play on a different station. READY FOR THIS ONE…. WIFI in the car, although we did not have the option to use it during the week due to the plan, just the option and mere mention to my kids about WIFI in the car lead to “OMG AWESOME YOUTUBE EVERYWHERE” yes they shouted this. At 5 years old and almost 4, WIFI is a very important part of their life. Heated and air-conditioned seats, USB ports (too many to count), storage seemed to be everywhere you turned from the front to the back. Cannot forget the other two most important things during the trip: a Bose speakers which Tim and I rocked out to music from when we were just friends and wireless speakers for the DVD player. I love the feature that we could listen to music at the same time the kids were watching a movie. The kids didn’t want to get out of the car when we got to places or would ask to sit and finish a movie while I read. Who knew you could have a party in the car.
I was happy to use and really feel out the car throughout vacation, in October we tested the Tahoe out on a mom/kid trip where we had 7 people in the car for 3 days, it seemed much smaller then when we packed it up with everyones stuff, although the trunk with 3rd row up is still small to me, with only 2 kids in it daily, we have options to keep one part of trunk down and ample storage throughout the car, I don’t feel this is worrisome anymore. Gas mileage was typical of an SUV or truck, so there was no surprise, it averaged 17-20mph highway/city throughout trip.
Disclosure: I received a Tahoe to drive on our vacation. No other compensation was exchanged. As always all opinions are my own and 100% honest.