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#1 Cocolatte

Posted 30 December 2012 - 12:11 PM

In 2011 we upgraded from a Toyota Rav 4 to a Mazda Cx-9,  as I was pregnant with DD2. We have found the CX-9 to be too big!  It seems really wide in car parks and it's a struggle to get the girls out of the car when in a parking space.
The measurements on the Mazda website show it is very long and wide.........
So basically I need to make a list of cars we can look at that are slightly smaller but still an SUV.....
I'm trying to work out which cars are '' between' a Rav and a CX9.
We don't need a 7 seater.
Any opinions on good/not so good cars?
Thanks for your help!

#2 Gumbette

Posted 30 December 2012 - 12:15 PM

A Toyota Kluger, Subaru Forester, or a Volvo XC60?

#3 fooiesmum

Posted 30 December 2012 - 12:25 PM

We have a Kluger, it's pretty wide also - I'm very good at finding a park so that at least the driver can get in/out and I can slide my DD out the drivers side if necessary.

#4 BJBubbles

Posted 30 December 2012 - 12:31 PM

We have a CX-7 and love it! Not too big at all.

But, they don't make them anymore! They replaced them with the CX5 - is that an option? Not sure how it compares to the rav  4 though...

Edited by BJBubbles, 30 December 2012 - 12:31 PM.

#5 Feraldadathome

Posted 30 December 2012 - 12:42 PM

Nissan X-Trail or Dualis+2? Mitsubishi Outlander? CX5 should def be an option (although be careful about the diesels - at least ask about the oil use issue.

#6 *Lena*

Posted 30 December 2012 - 12:56 PM

Mitsubishi grandis, Honda odysse

#7 anotherid

Posted 30 December 2012 - 12:58 PM

A Mazda CX-5. Get the diesel, not the petrol.

#8 jules77

Posted 30 December 2012 - 01:03 PM

Love my Subaru Forester XT  biggrin.gif

Not big at all, comfortably seats 5 or 4 with 2 big car seats in the back, is a dream to drive and park.

#9 vswannie

Posted 30 December 2012 - 01:04 PM

We just got a Mazda cx5 as we're expecting our second bub, and I LOVE LOVE LOVE it. Highly recommend. Fits two car seats fine - a third might be a bit tight but would be ok if it was a booster seat rather than a full carseat. Doesn't fell huge to drive, has a reversing camera and easy to park. Can't say enough good things about it (and no, I don't work for Mazda!) rolleyes.gif

#10 liveworkplay

Posted 30 December 2012 - 01:56 PM

Why do you need a SUV?

We have a Mazda6 with 3 kids. Great car, lots of boot space and roomy inside (can fit 3 tethered seats across the back) but standard sedan size.

If I were to get a SUV I would go with the Honda Odysee. It seems the most "car like" of them all.

#11 Shellby

Posted 30 December 2012 - 05:19 PM

Not sure if you looking new or not, I have the old Kluger which is narrower than the new ones. I find it's actually more narrow than my old sedan I use to drive. I don't have any issues with car spots and have reversing senors so very easy to park and reverse.

I have also had 2 full boosters and a baby capsule across the middle so it should hold 3 car seats fine for the future. Also you can get it in 5 or 7 seater.

#12 ~She~

Posted 30 December 2012 - 05:24 PM

I can't say I've compared the measurements to a cx-9 but I love our Honda CRV - roomy inside, but doesn't feel big and awkward to park at all original.gif

#13 ~Perplexity~

Posted 30 December 2012 - 06:14 PM

Mazda CX7, Captiva 5, Honda CRV are all ones we looked at.  Ended up getting the Captiva 2012 7 seater and love it.

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