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Family growing - suggest a decent 3-row SUV

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Family growing - suggest a decent 3-row SUV

Looking to buy a decent 3-row SUV. My requirements are as below:
  1. The budget is approx. 45k.
  2. This would be my primary Car. Expecting to drive it approximately 15000 kms/year (on weekdays I might only drive it to Go station parking, take kids to few classes, etc. and on weekend for social visits in and around GTA).
  3. Planning to keep this Car for atleast 8+ years. So can go for either finance or lease, whichever is cheaper for long term.
  4. I might not need the 3rd row on a regular basis but need it occasionally.
  5. Love 2020 Highlander, however, the cost seems higher. So considering Subaru Ascent, Kia Sorento or SantaFe-XL too.

Planning to buy in May. Kindly suggest your feedback!
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with the way the economy is right now you can probably get a highlander for 45k
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Not a fan of the Toyota Highlander, anymore the interior is mediocre.

I'll take the Mazda CX-9 over it.

*edit. Wait, the 2020 has been re-designed? LOL Looks like they made some changes...

I wished they would get the Triptronic right. It's a DF system.
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How many offspring did you sire?

We went with a minivan and loved it, apart from the look :) Got rid of when kids got a bit older. Still miss it sometimes, could fit a full sheet of drywall/plywood in the back lol.

Search this forum as this topic has been discussed before. You may find something helpful.
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new 2019 highlander if you don't mind that is one year old car. low rate 0-0.49% with discount around 1000 or more.
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bembol wrote: Not a fan of the Toyota Highlander, anymore the interior is mediocre.

I'll take the Mazda CX-9 over it.

*edit. Wait, the 2020 has been re-designed? LOL Looks like they made some changes...

I wished they would get the Triptronic right. It's a DF system.
I have sat in the 2020 CX-9 and me being 6"2 I cant even fit in the seccond row.
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Only buy a new Toyota if you have a garage, otherwise kiss it goodbye.
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telleride or pallisade?
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hesp wrote: telleride or pallisade?
Same shit. Buy whichever is cheaper.
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Best option for a family is a minivan (Pacifica Hybrid)......unless you're planning on off-roading or towing something large. Sounds like driving around the GTA, you're NOT going off-roading.
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Wait for the new Pilot maybe. Hopefully Honda fixed all the issues.
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What about new Atlas 2021 7 seaters 2 litre Turbo? It is bigger and even for third row and fuel efficient from turbo engine. Thumbs Up Sign
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Custom 8-seat GTR van. Will cost a few thou more but you will be the coolest dad on the block. The kids will never be late for school.

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i had a highlander; 3rd row was so tight; its only good for kids on very short trips. Otherwise go with a minivan. We did have an Odyssey before and that thing was awesome for hauling ppl and excellent for road trips
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Kia Sorento is okay, 7 seats and 3rd is ok too for occasional drive, but getting in is a bit of difficult.
Having 2018 model and love it.

VW Atlas is the right size for 3 rows, and getting into 3rd row take just few seconds, lots of cargo space; cost around 10k more than Sorento.

Mazda CX-9 is a real beauty, and solid ride, good engine, but mediocre 3rd row space, and heard it cost is more to maintenance.

Toyota Highlander is hot, good engine, keep resale value, but just seat in 3rd row and it tells you all.

Get the minivan, if you only care for practicality, sell later and get then what you will need then!
We were torn between Sorento and Sedona, but my better half decided to get AWD, than space, practicality.
Sedona is a kind of minivan that its front seat is made as it is a SUV, kind of cool.
My vote: (based on practicality)
1-- Atlas
2-- CX-9 or Sorento
3-- Highlander
4-- Minivans

If you plan for a bigger family in a near future, the ford transit passenger van is a nice option, but not for daily driving (driving one at my work now, and really love it).
If I had to buy now, I would take a lowest model with 3 rows.

Toyota Sequoia is a huge SUV, but very practical and easy to get in/out of 3rd row + plenty of cargo behind.
Expensive, fuel eater, but very easy to drive, and 3 row is for 3 adult people.

True 3 row seating for adult are Ford expedition and Lincoln ??,
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EP32k2 wrote: Only buy a new Toyota if you have a garage, otherwise kiss it goodbye.
why
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REALBAUCE wrote: why
As for the top 10 stolen vehicles in Canada, here's the list from IBC:
Ford 350SD AWD 2005.
Ford 350SD AWD 2004.
Ford 250SD AWD 2006.
Ford 350SD AWD 2003.
Lexus RX350/RX350L/RX450h/RX450hL 4DR AWD 2018.
Ford F250 SD 4WD 2005.
Ford F350 SD 4AWD 2002.
Honda Civic Si 2DR Coupe 1998.

Take note that it is the only modern car in the list. Really speaks as to how shitty Toyota's "security" is on the car. Might as well just leave the keys in the car.

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