I currently drive a Honda CRV, which seats five. It's reliable, has good resale value and fuel economy, and has been a good enough size for kids in various car seats over the years -- the back facing, the front facing, and the boosters.
But as kids outgrow car seats, they grow stuff. I used to think of a diaper bag as "stuff," but it was really just a compact tote with cheerios spilling out.
Now "stuff" means two bulging backpacks. Two kid bikes (since the big bikes are hanging off the back). An assortment of just-in-case jackets, hats, sunscreen, socks, and, even now, cheerios. Sure, we no longer buy Costco-sized diapers and wipes; instead we buy family-sized juice, cereal, chicken nuggets, toilet paper. (And, for me, Costco cases of wine.)
The kids have also gained friends. So the next time we get a car, it will need to have a third row of seats.
And, because we had it written into our wedding vows, it cannot be a minivan. Or a van of any type.
With my affinity for Honda, I am leaning toward a Pilot. A Toyota Highlander is also in the running.
But this is such a big decision -- one we make only once a decade -- that I wanted to check in with you savvy peoples.
Talk to me.
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