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Time to let go of my 2001 Civic coupe and get a family car.

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I have had my 2001 Civic since new. I have a daughter that will be inheriting it at the end of the year. I have a 15 year old, wife, 18 month old and a dog. I need a car I can take them all in on mid to long distance trips. I've looked at the Subaru Outback and Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen as being options. I hate tall SUVs. They don't drive well, are visibility nightmares, guzzle gas and rarely, if ever, go off road. I like a car that handles well and gets decent mileage. Some offroadability is something I'm considering, too. I'm thinking the choices above are the best for me. What do you think? Am I missing any options? Is the new Nissan Rogue with AWD a good choice?

Priorities: Exterior styling / Fuel economy / Reliability & durability / Handling / Rear seat room & comfort

Preferred Bodystyle(s): Wagon

Car Needs: Daily commuter / Family transporter / Long trips / Off-roader

Primary Driver(s): Tall driver

Need minimum of 5 seats

Will consider both new and used cars
Maximum mileage: 5000
Maximum age: 1 years

Maximum price: US $ 28000

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Response from Member4862

1:58 am January 24, 2015

If reliability is important for you I would recommend a Honda Odyssey or Honda Pilot

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Honda Odyssey
Honda Pilot

Response from mkaresh

1:01 pm January 25, 2015

I agree that the two you list are your best options. The very impressive new VW (arriving in March?) for on-road handling, the Subaru if you really want some off-road ability.

I liked some things about the Rogue, but handling isn't a strength. It is definitely a crossover rather than a wagon. I'd prefer the Mazda CX-5 or Subaru Forester among crossovers.

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Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI
Subaru Outback
Mazda CX-5

Response from Member31

9:07 am January 26, 2015

Yeah, no to the Honda Odyssey "mini" van or a Pilot. Those aren't even on my radar. I'm a dad, not dead. I do not like large vehicles or ones that handle like recalcitrant mules. Michael, however, thank you for the recommendations. I am a huge fan of the GTI, but the wifey thinks it makes me look like I'm going through a mid-life crisis. She knows nothing about cars, mind you. If that were the case, I'd be getting something far more crisis like. The Subaru or VW are still in the running. I will consider the CX5, though. Thanks for that.

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Response from mkaresh

10:46 am January 26, 2015

Sounds like the photo is misleading--we don't have the Golf and GTI as separate models in the database. I was agreeing with your suggestion of the Golf SportWagen, not suggesting the GTI.

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Response from mwcten

10:03 pm January 29, 2015

I don't know about your specific situation, but would it make sense to just get two vehicles? To me it sounds like a $17k new Honda Fit would do all of your non-off-road stuff with enough money to spare to get a nice $6k classic Jeep (25 years old+low miles a year = cheap insurance) to do whatever offroad tooling around you want to do. The Fit has 20 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seat; maybe that would work for your dog? For more space a Mazda 5 would let you seat 4 with about 40 cubic feet behind the 2nd row seating if you take out the 3rd row.

Also, you may be improving your future peace of mind to not take a $28k vehicle off-roading. Either you end up babying your vehicle (in which case you didn't need the off road capabilities in the first place) or you run the risk of scraping or denting (or worse) a very expensive piece of machinery. To me, beating a cheap vehicle like a rented mule and pushing it to its limits is fun; being liable for taking care of an expensive vehicle is not.

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Honda Fit
Jeep Wrangler
Mazda Mazda5

Response from Member31

6:02 am January 30, 2015

Great suggestions. Really doesn't fit (haha) my needs. The fit is too small with a family of four, a dog and all our gear. Moreover, it's just a bit dorky fir me. Our off reading will be limited to mountain roads and trails. Nothing too awful. I think the Outback may be the answer for that. However, an AWD Golf Sportwagen may be in the running if they make it.

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