Momma Mobile

4.29.2011

When Jesse and I moved we sold both of our cars and bought an old Toyota 4-Runner. We knew we didn’t want to take anything nice to Africa because it would only be destroyed by the end of our tour.

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Luckily, the 4 Runner has held up and has actually been a really great car. In fact we’ve liked it so much that we will probably keep it for Jesse to drive to and from work when we return to the States.

That being said, we’re going to have to buy another car when we get back. It will be our primary vehicle so we want something reliable and nice. Since we’ll have a little one in tow, we also want something roomy and safe. In essence, we need a Momma Mobile. Smile At this point we’re thinking about getting an SUV.

Even though we have plenty of time before we have to start thinking about it, I’ve already started my research. Here are a few things that are on my list of wants:

  • leather interior (it’s so much easier to clean)
  • 3rd row seating
  • built in DVD players in the back (we need entertainment for the kiddo)
  • decent gas mileage
  • good warranty

So far these are my favorites:

 Toyota Highlander

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 Toyota 4-Runner

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Acura MDX

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Volvo XC90

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Lexus GX

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As you can see, these are all 2011 models. We won’t be buying a brand new car so 2011s will be perfect when we’re finally back in 2013. Some of these cars are probably out of the range of what we’re willing to spend and our tastes will have probably changed by then, but it sure is fun to look and dream.

All you SUV owners out there: What do you drive? I’d love opinions/recommendations. (Yes I know I have tons of time to think about it but remember what I said about being indecisive….) Winking smile

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Lauren said...

Hmm, so I just got a Mazda CX-7. I wanted a smaller sized SUV. All the ones you've shown look great, hard to decide, but I definitely agree that an SUV is the easiest, especially putting a carseat or a kid in it! Good luck!

Rebekah said...

That's fun to think about! I know that when the time comes, you'll find the perfect car for you!

Brittney Galloway said...

FUN! The MDX is AMAZING! If we ever had enough funds for a car like that, it is just what we'd get.My mother in law has had one since 2003 (I think,) and it still looks just as nice as the day she bought it, runs perfectly, and is the smoothest thing to drive! LOVE it!

Amy Young said...

Love the Acura... but as for some of our friends with kidos, I hear rave reviews about the Acadia

the workaholic momma said...

So fun to think about:) We have an Expedition which has TONS of room but is pretty tough on gas mileage:) My parents always owned Acuras when I was growing up and they are just great vehicles - they never had any big problems and drove these cars until they had 170k+ miles. I do love the 4 Runners though...and they are also very reliable. You've highlighted soooo many good ones - good luck - I don't think you could go wrong with any of these:)

Anonymous said...

hey tami its ashley commenting again. i just bought a honda pilot and it has all those qualities that your desiring. i traded our toyota in and i thought i was not goint to be as happy with the honda but I love it very comfortable and plenty of space.

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