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Old 08-16-2018, 02:10 PM   #31
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In my experience Nissan has made really bad seat selections for the last ~ 15 years. Every single one I've been in has been horrifically uncomfortable. Granted seat comfort is dependent on body size/shape and is ultimately very personal, but ...
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Old 08-16-2018, 05:00 PM   #32
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I think that's perfectly cromulent
Yet not cromulent enough to assuage your concerns of having to subsequently embiggen.
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Old 08-16-2018, 05:14 PM   #33
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I am a big fan of owning a large vehicle and a smaller one. It doesn't sound like your home or life would benefit frequently from owning a truck, but I've thoroughly enjoyed mine to the point where I've owned it longer than any other vehicle in my history. It's nice to have a "dirty" cargo area.

Other alternative: Two weeks ago I rented a Caravan when we had family visiting from Korea. I was a little annoyed that I couldn't find one with a second-row bench, as I would really have liked the ability to haul eight people as opposed to seven, but otherwise I was impressed. Plenty of space for passengers, reasonable cargo area (although, logically/ironically, the more people you carry, the less space you have for their stuff), reasonable dynamics. I'd look at the Pacifica though.

Finally, the SUV/crossover solution. I like the Tahoe/Suburban but it may be overkill if you don't intend to use it much. Vehicles that slot one tier lower in size have evolved into solid choices all around -- unibody construction, comfortable enough for daily use, big enough for the average family to go wherever they need. I'm thinking Explorer-ish vehicles. If you can get over the abject anti-hipness of owning a (gasp) SUV, you might find them to be perfect for what you want.
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Old 08-17-2018, 01:24 PM   #34
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So, um, what are the specs on your Golf R, Josh? And, is it going to go on the market?
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Old 08-17-2018, 03:32 PM   #35
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Haven't you for years promoted the merits of various Ford EcoBoost SUV things (Edge, Flex, etc, I can't keep those things straight)? Sounds like it's time to put your money where your mouth is At least they'll (probably) be cheap to own and operate.
This. Get a Ford Flex.

Cheap. Third row. Reliable.

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“Can it transport 3 kids,* 2 adults, and luggage 4 hours to the beach?”
Yes.

We love ours. I know, I know... Looks like a box/ass/etc... It's very polarizing. But practical.
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Old 08-17-2018, 04:05 PM   #36
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This. Get a Ford Flex.

Cheap. Third row. Reliable.



Yes.

We love ours. I know, I know... Looks like a box/ass/etc... It's very polarizing. But practical.
I believe JST suggested the Flex to me more than once when looking for such a vehicle. We don't have one for stupid reasons, not because it isn't a near perfect vehicle for what it does well.
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Old 08-17-2018, 05:03 PM   #37
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has anyone test driven the honda accord 6MT? actually seems like it could be a option for my situation but guessing it does not drive that sporty.
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Old 08-17-2018, 05:10 PM   #38
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So, um, what are the specs on your Golf R, Josh? And, is it going to go on the market?
2017 Golf R, just over 10K miles, Tornado Red. Has the DCC/ACC package, which was an option when I bought but I think is standard now.

I don't think it's really on the market for a while, though.
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Old 08-17-2018, 06:47 PM   #39
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My advice: Stang, the dark green Bullitt edition GT. Let the kids squish in the back.
A) I laughed when I read this

B) Ironically enough, the day I test drove the Tesla I first drove a Mustang GT.

Do not want.

I had a whole route planned, hopping from one dealer to the next - Mustang GT, Tesla Model 3, Miata, Camaro SS. But after the Tesla I went straight home. I was done.
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