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Family sedan with three car seats

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My brother (soon to have 3 kids) needs to lease a car for my sister-in-law's commute and the occassional family hauling. Lease for around $500 a month for 3 years. He does have a Pilot for heavy duty family hauling. I do not want to recommend him a large sedan as he also wants to have some fun. He currently leases a BMW 3 series. Are there midsize sedans out there which can fit three car seas at the back? They are as big as large sedans these days.

I agree, a sedan is not a good idea, but he wants one.

By the way, he is brand conscious.

Priorities: Fuel economy / Handling / Safety & braking / Rear seat room & comfort / Brand reputation & image

Preferred Bodystyle(s): Sedan

Car Needs: Daily commuter / Family transporter / Fun toy

Primary Driver(s): Short driver

Need minimum of 5 seats

Will consider new cars only

Maximum price: US $ 500

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Response from tirthankar_b

10:43 am March 31, 2014

Answering my own question:) I am leaning towards Ford Fusion and Mazda 6. Lot of safety gadgets, any opinion?


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Ford Fusion
Mazda Mazda6

Response from Member3098

11:00 am March 31, 2014

Response from twainpeare

11:12 am March 31, 2014

I have a Nissan Altima and we have 3 young kids.

While we mostly use our Mini-van for long trips and hauling the children around, I have found the Altima's backseat handled the 3 car seats more than adequately. Obviously head room is a bit of a problem trying to squeeze kids in but you'll run into that issue with all sedans. Getting access to the middle seat is also a bit difficult but we always put our oldest there since she can buckle and get herself into her seat without intervention. Now that our two oldest can use booster seats, there really is ample room for 2 boosters and a regular (front-facing now) car seat. I enjoy the Altima's driving experience so I think it's a good combination of utility and driving.


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Nissan Altima

Response from mkaresh

11:15 am March 31, 2014

If he's brand conscious, will he consider a Ford or a Mazda?

$500 can lease quite a bit of car. A BMW 3-Series Gran Turismo (review) seems to often be my answer lately. It's considerably roomier than the regular 3-Series, for the same price. It also has a higher driving position than a regular 3, which is good for drivers well under six feet tall. It's not a sedan, but it's not a wagon or a crossover, either.


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BMW 3-Series Gran Turismo

Response from Member6031

4:41 pm March 31, 2014

Coming up later in 2014 will be the new 2015 Subaru Legacy. It is taking a big step up in the technology and safety features department including their EyeSight technology which offers front collision brake assist, lane departure warning, blind spot warning, backup camera, rear cross traffic alerts, etc. It will also feature a 2.5 liter 4-cyl engine that will be able to make 28/36mpg mated to a continuosly variable transmission. Not to mention Subaru's standard AWD system with a revision of their vehicle dynamics control called Active Torque Vectoring which was also put into the new 2015 WRX/STi to help with keeping the car very neutral in corners.

I can fit my three children in the back of my 2010 Legacy (Rear-facing, booster seat, high-back booster), with no problems and I'm pretty tall (6'4").


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Subaru Legacy

Response from mkaresh

8:05 am April 4, 2014

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