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Old 06-27-2012, 01:35 PM
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Default Ugh...Vehicle advice

I'm looking at getting a "new" car (new to me). I have no freakin' clue what to get! I want the absolute best gas mileage that I can get (commute an hour each way to work) that can also fit my three dogs, in crates (aka must have seats that fold flat), and will live FOREVER with minimal issues. Easy, right? LOL Any ideas on what the smallest car/best gas mileage that can fit my three.

Kastle - has to be in a 36" SUV or regular crate
Limit - most likely will fit in a 30" regular crate but I have two 36" SUV crates already so if I could utilize those two that would be neat but not mandatory
Eden - 24" crate

I plan on hauling all of said crates to dealership to officially test before I buy BUT I would really like to narrow down my options so I'm not trying them in 100 million different cars because it's 100 degrees here and that sounds miserable. I hate car shopping.

So far on my list (years are based on price/reviews):
2009/2010 Toyota Matrix/Pontiac Vibe
2010 Chevy HHR
2006 and up Subaru Forester or Outback
2009/2010 Scion xD
2009/2010 Honda Fit

Help me! I'm going crazy trying to just narrow down to a couple so I can go look at them.
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Old 06-27-2012, 01:51 PM
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When Ryan was trying to convince me that getting a Passat wagon was a fantastic idea he brought one to my work and we started loading crates into it. I honestly don't remember how many crates we fit in it, but I took the biggest ones that we had on the shelves and there was so much room.

His is a 2006 and I love it. There are so many awesome little gadgets in that thing, and I hope it is still around when we have our OES.

This place has some cargo space pictures:
http://www.familycar.com/RoadTests/V...s2006Wagon.htm

Those back seats can fold flat, though they aren't in this picture:
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Old 06-27-2012, 03:29 PM
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The Fit probably won't fit all those crates.

Here is mine with 2 crates... an intermediate sized Ruff Tough Kennel and 36" Midwest icrate. I also have to scoot the passenger seat forward a bit.

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Old 06-27-2012, 04:12 PM
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I'm having a hard time picturing all of those fitting in a Matrix as well. I originally was planning to purchase one of those (wound up getting a killer deal on a very slightly used Rav-4 while I was there instead), and Meg's crate alone was a bit of a tough fit. It's been a while, so maybe it wasn't as tight as I thought, but that is what I remember.

I adore my Rav-4, although the thing I loved best about the Matrix was how incredibly quiet it was. The Rav-4 is a bit noisier.
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Old 06-27-2012, 04:22 PM
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I think the HHR, Outback, and the Scion are going to be your best bet... you might be interested in the Scion xB too, it's older so you could get a better deal if you can find one that isn't super high mileage on the odometer. I still remember YEARS ago when a friend picked me up from the airport, and I sat in the back of that thing staring around, and she finally said "So what do you think?" and my response was "YOU COULD FIT SO MANY DOG CRATES IN HERE!" hahaha.
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Old 06-27-2012, 04:23 PM
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I'm not exactly sure when it comes to crate space as I don't use a crate in the car, but I LOVEEEE my Jeep Patriot. I have a 2010 and it's small but it still seems to have a lot of space. It drives like a car too which I love.

But we easily fit 4 dogs into my car when we went to the Chaz meet up. The Rottie I used to watch had PLENTY of space in the back too. And yes all my seats fold down.

But, worth looking into it. I love my Jeep.
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Old 06-27-2012, 04:34 PM
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Subaru Outback is wide and tall enough for 2 36" SUV crate side by side and could put something else sideways in front of them BUT the seats don't fold 100% flat so you'd probably have to put in a small platform.
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My parents' Outback has fold flat seats - it's a 2000 though so maybe that changed when they did the redesign a few years back?
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Old 06-27-2012, 05:19 PM
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2010-2012 outbacks are very different
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Yea they revamped the hatches too! So annoying because the extra slope on all the new designs made the cargo area less flexible.
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