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May 24th, 2014, 09:35 PM
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I hate car shopping.

So I'm looking at an Altima. I've had Nissans and they've always done me well, so not gonna tweak that. But I found they have crossover that starts in the same price range. A friend of mine got it, the Rogue Select, and she's loving the height because she is finding it easier to get her two year old in and out easier. We'd be losing some gas efficiency, but possibly gaining space and the height.

Anyone find the height a big difference in day to day ease? They both seat 5, so it's not gaining a full row of seating, but likely cargo and back seat room.

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May 25th, 2014, 07:07 AM
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We have a crossover, a Traverse. It can seat 8 with a small cargo area, or it can seat 5 with a large cargo area. We really like it, and it is a lot easier with the extra room since we have three kids. Sometimes we have to crawl in the back to do stuff. We had a big car before, a Buick, and our new one is just a little roomier than that one. Well, minus the extra seats.

If we just had the two girls still, we would have gone with a car. Even now we can still put all the girls on one row, but we're thinking about a few years from now. We keep vehicles till we run them into the ground so it will be 10+ years before we change this one.
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May 25th, 2014, 09:19 AM
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Looking forward to reading the responses, and your decision!

We have a MINI Countryman (4 door MINI), and while it's "okay" for a family of 3, it's gonna have to go whenever we have a second kid. I have been waffling about whether to get a car or a crossover. One of my main complaints right now is that I have zero trunk space, so I had been leaning towards a car, possibly a Ford Taurus. But it sounds like the crossovers have a lot of cargo space? I haven't ever really looked at one in person, so obviously I will need to test drive vehicles and all that beforehand. Just thinking ahead for when we have to make this decision down the road!

Good luck in your decision!

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May 27th, 2014, 05:53 AM
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I decided on the Altima. Arwen, your response helped me decide, so thanks. I too keep cars awhile and while the Rogue Select would be fine for now, if we had another baby, we'd want that third row of seating for anytime we had SO's older two kids with us. That wasn't in the budget right now, and a baby would be a little bit off at the earliest, so there wasn't much to gain by getting the Rogue. In a year or two we will know if we're going to have another and get the vehicle that makes sense then.

I'm liking the Altima. It's got so much more room than my Versa. We sat SO in the bank with Logan in the middle and he had plenty of legroom and hip room. (He's 6'2".) We got a couple upgrades like the backup camera and remote start - I will use the heck out of that this summer with Logan and the Florida heat. The trunk is a great size, several bodies big. The seats have an easy 60/40 split for more cargo space.

We had a bit of a Bad Luck Brian moment coming home: Buys new car, gets stuck in a hailstorm on the way home. In 91° Florida heat. I think Logi learned some new and colorful words on that trip. Fortunately it was OK and no damage to either car. I think I would've just had a hissy fit if it had left a mark. Of all things.
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May 28th, 2014, 06:41 AM
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Oh no about the hail storm, but the new altima sounds great. I hope that you guys continue to love it.

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