I’m driving a Pathfinder right, and while I ideally still need the 3rd row, it just doesn’t seem possible to find something of that size at a reasonable price right now. We’re a small in size large family (6 people, but I’m the tallest at 5’8 and I don’t expect the kids to get much taller than they are now). One of the kids is away at college so it’s really just 5 of us daily.
I’m looking at moving back to a sedan or compact SUV, but I’m worried about fitting 3 people across the back seat. My wife has a 2011 Sonata hybrid, and the kids do fit in there but it’s a little tight for longer drives.
I really don’t want to go to every car dealer in the area to look at the real world size, even if they had anything sitting on the lot to try. A lot of the reviewers I watch on YouTube climb in the back seat and show the legroom and headroom, but it’s normally just one person and hard to judge how wide the seats are.
I’m wondering if there are any sites out there that might focus on this info. I haven’t found anything in my searching so far, but maybe it’s how I’m wording my search. I know it’s kind of a weird request, so I was hoping someone here could help me out.
Just throwing an option out there - you “might” be able to find a few of the cars your looking for at a single Carmax lot. Whenever i’m narrowing down a wide array or looking for something in particular, i’ve found Carmax is a good place to check out a whole bunch of cars in a short period of time.
I’d love to get another hybrid, I’ve seen a few Ioniqs, Insights, and Niros available in my area at reasonable prices, but not sure how tight the rear seat would be. Also really like the new Tucson hybrid.
Consumer Reports online lets you compare 5-6 models side-by-side and it includes rear seat and 3rd row width and leg room. I use it constantly when I’m car shopping and think it’s well worth the annual cost. One other idea might be to look at 2-row SUVs like the Honda Passport or Atlas Cross Sport which have the same width as their 3rd row siblings but with a few inches cut off the tail.
I’d be happy to screen shot the dimensions of you want to give me a list of vehicles you’re considering. Passport seems to be leasing in the low $400s for base model, at least in my area and based on the (unconfirmed) RV and MF in the Edmunds lease calculator.
I’ve thought about electric/plug-in, but don’t think any of those will work. No charging available at my workplace, and my house is about 180 years old so I don’t know about getting a charger put in here.
Minivans might be harder to find than large SUVs. I tried to test drive a Pacifica Hybrid last week and couldn’t do it. Multiple dealers said we will call you if we get one in but they have been selling before they even arrive. Kia Carnival in all but the lowest trim levels is basically also MIA from dealer lots.
Even on a 120 volt outlet, most PHEVs will charge completely/almost completely if plugged in overnight.
In all seriousness, I would bet that the coffee pot and air fryer draw a lot more electricity than the charger would. Ever make a pot of coffee and fee the plug afterwards? It’s warm compared to plugging in your phone charger and checking it.