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Old 01-08-2014, 02:49 PM
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Inspired by the other car searches in the venting thread and the fact that my current car (no matter how much I love it) is a money pit.

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- Under $12,000
- 18+ mpg in the city
- Reasonably sized back seat. I would prefer that the passenger seat not have to be crammed all the way forward because of the carseat in the back, but I accept that may not be possible.
- Cargo space that can fit one (but preferably two) medium plastic kennel(s)

4WD is a definite perk but I can survive without it.

I'm open to most anything - I like SUV type vehicles but my mpg req & price is going to rule out a lot of them.
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Old 01-08-2014, 03:56 PM
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An older RAV4 might work for what you need - I love mine and the mpgs are averaging around 27mpg in combo driving. I fit two 36" crates behind the rear seat (with some finagling) so your mediums should be easy peasy.

Depending on how long your crates are, a Subaru Outback might also meet your needs, though again, it may need to be a few years old to get below your price point. I loved my Impreza, but it won't hold two crates and a child seat, especially the newer models.
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Old 01-08-2014, 03:58 PM
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I paid $11k last year for a 2006 Mazda 3 with 82,000 miles. It's also the hatchback which are a little more expensive but are my preference. It's had one owner and is a really nice car.
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I just realized, did you mean cargo area holding folded crates or crates with dogs in them?
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I paid $11k last year for a 2006 Mazda 3 with 82,000 miles. It's also the hatchback which are a little more expensive but are my preference. It's had one owner and is a really nice car.
I've been eyeballing the Mazdas! Do the hatchbacks have room for a crate?

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I just realized, did you mean cargo area holding folded crates or crates with dogs in them?
Crate with dog! I much prefer them to be crated, especially now that there's an incredibly lickable baby occupying the back seat. I was looking at the Ravs too actually (because of you lol), I'm not a huge fan of how...bloaty they look but I might have to get over it. They do seem like nice reliable vehicles.
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An older CRV would also be a good option - the new ones have weird sloped corners in the cargo area.

I think a Ford Escape might work as well, though the mpgs might be on the low side.
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Old 01-08-2014, 04:38 PM
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And I did like the Kia Sorento, though I ended up with the RAV because the RAV has a better reliability history and I put about 36k miles on my vehicle every year. lol
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I've been eyeballing the Mazdas! Do the hatchbacks have room for a crate?
Yes, and we can test it out with mine if you'd like. I have some CPOs on the lot right now that will fit the bill decently well. Example: http://www.groovemazda.com/certified...fced689f38.htm

Mazda3s are freaking amazing.

Ravs are another nice car, but only one with a previously built transmission. Or a manual transmission. Ask Zoom about it. CRVs are their direct competitor - nice cars, over all very reliable, good choice. I'd also look at a Forester or two with Zoom: http://www.grooveauto.com/used/Subar...1490d21257.htm I feel like a legacy wagon would work, too. TONS of rear seat room and cargo room. http://www.grooveauto.com/used/Subar...14e5f69e93.htm

I'm going to throw this out there. Mazda6, previous generation, hatchback. http://www.grooveauto.com/used/Mazda...00e9f6adaa.htm This particular one is finance-able just in case that's a concern, and a hatchback so you have tons of space. If you like the 3 but are concerned about space, this will alleviate that immediately. Also it's really nice and I like driving it, so someone from chaz needs to buy it.

Are you open to compact cars (think Yaris, Versa, etc)? You can get a nearly new, rather nice compact hatch for 12.
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I drive a 2010 VW GTI. It's cute and sporty. The back seats can lay down for extra storage. what I have done is leave Chloe's seat up (obviously) When she is with me and lay down the two seats next to her and that allows me to fit a medium dog crate with dog in it beside her in the back. It definitely wouldn't do 2 crates but man that car has so much more room inside than you would ever think from looking at the outside. I love that it has the option to fold the back seats down. And it's a turbo so it gets good mileage.
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I thought you really lost your car. It happened to Hyia and I once, it was horrible. Good luck with your shopping.
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