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#1 ~Nic~

Posted 02 February 2013 - 04:59 PM

Looking at getting a new car in the next month or two, but no idea what to get. DH keeps talking about a diesel Toyota Hilux, but I am thinking it's going to be just out of the price range, and I really don't want to go over budget. He isn't interested in any of the other dual cab ute options (Triton / Navara etc), but would be willing to go for a Hilux that is a couple of years old instead of brand new. We do need something with a large boot area as we scuba dive and the gear and tanks take up a lot of space - we have a Falcon XR6 which has a pretty big boot and we wouldn't want too much smaller. I like the look of things like the Ford Territory / Subaru Forrester / Huyandi Santa Fe type of shape (SUV), but the boot probably isn't as big as we need. FTR, it will be DH's car, so it has to be something he likes. He also likes things like the Pajero, but that just seems too big to me.

We have three kids - DS1 doesn't use a car seat anymore, DS2 will be out of his probably by the end of the year if he keeps growing at this rate and DS3 still has a good 4 years left in his.

So, any suggestions for either a new car, or up to about a 2010 model for less than $35K - $40K.

#2 bakesgirls

Posted 02 February 2013 - 05:05 PM

We had a 2011 Toyota Hilux 4WD and it was great. We didn't have the cabin on the back though, so I can't comment on size. The inside though gets a bit small for fitting 3 kids in the back. We recently got a Toyota Kluger when we traded in the Hilux. Fantastic car. Heaps of room in the boot-heaps (with the 3rd row folded down). You also have the option of folding the third row out to make it a 7 seat car if you want.

#3 Illiterati

Posted 02 February 2013 - 05:08 PM

Doesn't the hilux have just a lap seat belt for the centre back seat?


#4 ~Nic~

Posted 02 February 2013 - 05:11 PM

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Doesn't the hilux have just a lap seat belt for the centre back seat?


Bugger... hadn't even thought of that. I just assumed that all newer cars had a proper seat belt??? If it's only got a lap belt it's off the list... DH is not going to be happy...



#5 threetimesblessed

Posted 02 February 2013 - 05:13 PM

We have just bought our 2nd Territory.
The 3 children fit across the back comfortably.
The boot space is big enough for my large pram and groceries.

#6 2girlsraising2boys

Posted 02 February 2013 - 05:26 PM

Toyota Pruis V.

Doesn't have a lot of guts but is great to drive.

Moveable middle row for either extra leg space or extra boot space.
I has 7 seats if you need to take extra passengers. You can also configure 2 in the middle row and one in the back and have the length of the car as boot space for long items.

huge boot even with the centre row all the way back.

New onroad for about $37,000

The best bit is that it cost less than $50 to fill (premium fuel) and I get 850km city driving to a tank


Edited by 2girlsraising2boys, 02 February 2013 - 05:28 PM.


#7 Custard

Posted 02 February 2013 - 05:46 PM

I think the Honda Odyssey is about $40,000 and it can seat 7. Or you can fold down the back row and have a huge boot space. It's a station wagon shape though, not SUV.

#8 bakesgirls

Posted 02 February 2013 - 05:48 PM

QUOTE (2girlsraising2boys @ 02/02/2013, 05:26 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Toyota Pruis V.

Doesn't have a lot of guts but is great to drive.

Moveable middle row for either extra leg space or extra boot space.
I has 7 seats if you need to take extra passengers. You can also configure 2 in the middle row and one in the back and have the length of the car as boot space for long items.

huge boot even with the centre row all the way back.

New onroad for about $37,000

The best bit is that it cost less than $50 to fill (premium fuel) and I get 850km city driving to a tank


I just had a look at this online after reading your post. Very nice! I'd certainly consider it original.gif

#9 elizabethany

Posted 02 February 2013 - 05:55 PM

I have a gas falcon wagon, they stopped making them in 2009, but you can get them second hand for about 20k.

Giant boot space, good fuel economy, easily fits three kids.

I also have a subaru outback (2011), and I was disappointed about the size of the boot compared to the Ford.  It is not tiny, but not huge either.

#10 my4beautifulboys

Posted 02 February 2013 - 05:58 PM

We are a family of 5 and we have a Vw Multivan, we bought it new last year for $45,000, but we love it its great to travel in and has plenty of boot/luggage space. Good luck in deciding.

#11 jess1980

Posted 02 February 2013 - 06:06 PM

I have a family of 6 (twins are 5 months) we needed a big boot for a twin pram so we bought a second hand Kia grabs carnival for 20k specifically as it has a deep boot we've already done a few trips and it fits clothes for a week, 2 portacots and the pram comfortably in the boot

#12 Pearson

Posted 02 February 2013 - 06:07 PM

Seriously - DH was set on a Toyota Hilux too when we bought our Rodeo.  The Rodeo offered more for us (you pay for the name with the Toyota) for the money, and better visibility for me (to reverse and park etc)  I dont think we could fit 2 car seats across, but have fit 2 teenage boys and a convertible car seat in the back.  

We have a tonneau cover, only because the visibility would be greatly reduced by a canopy, and until it is not our main car (other car does not have a car seat in it, and too hard to swap out) it will stay that way until we have anothe car for me to drive.



#13 ~ky~

Posted 03 February 2013 - 03:11 AM

We have a mitsubishi outlander and it is fantastic! It comfortably fits my two older kids either side of the baby's carseat and it has a massive boot. We have the 2WD 5 seat model but it can be bought in a 7 seat option and also 4wd. We have a 2011 model - I like it better than the moew recent model.




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