I need a new car…

Even though I live in Manhattan, there are family members that don’t and when I leave the island with child in toe, I definitely need an SUV. Anyone who has had to take a Bug-a-boo apart in NYC traffic can attest to that. So, as un-PC as it is, I am in the market for a mid-sized SUV. I feel that since I only use my car about once a week(and walk everywhere otherwise), I am entitled to some carbon imprinting when I do.

Here are some of the mommy-mobiles I’m considering:

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porsche_cayenne Cadillac Escalade cadillac_escalade Range Rover Sport Picture 4 Jeep Commander jeep_commander BMW X5

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  1. Sarah says:

    Pretty good post. I just found your blog and wanted to say

    that I’ve really liked reading your posts. Any way

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  2. My husband and I had a very scary accident 3 years ago in my teeny tiny 2 seater, air bags blown, windshield blown, the whole deal. nobody seriously injured amazingly, but I did find out (from an unrelated MRI 8 months later) that I broke my sternum…just to give you an idea of how scarry it was. So since it was his fault (no other cars) and my car he totaled, he let me pick the replacement. For safety, and the fact that we bounce between 2 houses 5 hours away nearly every week, I was ready for a bigger footprint myself. And with his guilty conscious and more than reasonable budget, I could have picked any of the above and looked/drove several of them. Then my carbon guilty concsious got to me and I decided we needed to go hybrid if going big. And I came very close to the Lexus Hybrid (it was the smoothest ride of them all, by far). But then someone ran a red light right in front of me in the rental, and I went rushing back into the caddilac dealership…decided no matter what, I wanted that Onstar system. I know BMW and Mercedes maybe? have their own version of that system. I’ll just say, 3 years now…and I use that onstar ALL THE TIME. Literally, it’s like air conditioning to me now, cannot imagine life without it. Nav system smav system…give me a live person!! It’s truly, an amazing thing. Although, we live in a very crowded urban plot also (capitol hill, washington, dc)..and for parking and gas guzzle purposes, I opted for the smaller caddilac SRX. I love it. I can not imagine how I could possibly miss the extra (internal) size that the full Escalade has. You would NOT believe the massive furniture pieces that thing has hauled. Awesome car. Hasn’t given me a minute of trouble. With a baby…..I wouldn’t dare get a car without an onstar or similar system.

  3. melanie says:

    I have a Lexus RX500 and I LOVE it! I know it’s not on your list but you may want to test drive one. They’re fantastic! The RX10 is the newest model and is gorgeous and also available in a hybrid. My gas mileage averages about 21mpg which isn’t much worse than a sedan. In my opinion it’s a SUV you don’t have to feel guilty about driving. Good luck with your hunt!

  4. Nicole Cohen says:

    Wow, thanks for the advice! I will definitely look into both those options. Living in the city, I find that I really only use the car to leave it, so I need something that can carry a lot of stuff! Now with a baby, I am constantly borrowing other people’s SUV’s to haul furniture, strollers, basinets, etc. from Brooklyn, where my parent’s live (and where I store all the crap I don’t have room for in my apt) to my city apartment!

    With children safety is a huge priority, so I definitely need something with an On-star type system. And a TV.

  5. same here … except we have 2 large dogs instead of babies but same suv requirements!!! we have a Jeep Grand Cherokee and we LOVE it … holds a ton + is super comfortable + doesn’t cost a fortune oh and the new 2011 is GORGEOUS http://www.jeep.com/en/2011/grand_cherokee/ we also considered the Volvo XC90 http://www.volvocars.com/us/all-cars/volvo-xc90/Pages/default.aspx which has third row seating.

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