Best car that is extremely practical - for a new dad

on a cost/benefit analysis....whats the best car for a new dad who prefers to save money, but also wants all the features?

i want a minivan...but the wife wants something "fun" whatever that means...

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Aug 27, 2020 - 11:26pm

Acura?

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

Aug 28, 2020 - 12:10am

Tesla is pretty classy

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Aug 28, 2020 - 1:08am

BMW X3M & X4M Comps are leasing extremely well these days.

One of the best overall packages, especially from a cost/benefit analysis point of view.

Also- you don't want a minivan. Life is too short for minivans.

thots & prayers

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Aug 28, 2020 - 1:36am

Most practical - 2-3 year old Honda CRV. ~$20K

Still practical but more a little more fun/expensiveΒ - 2-3 year old Acura MDX. ~$30K

Fun but gets the job done - Model X. ~$90K

I've had to drive in all of the above and they are all fine choices. If I had a kid, I'd probably go with the MDX. Lotta features packed in for a fair price.

Aug 28, 2020 - 2:18am

I've always found the best deals on cars to be lease takeovers.Β 

Idiot leases a $$$ car and eats the big loss up front, then realizes they can't afford it and you take over the lease. Obviously this depends on a few factors but maybe worth looking into.Β 

If you like having a newish car and not worrying about maintenance etc, then this is nice too.

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Aug 28, 2020 - 12:04pm

SB'd....Understated advice. My friend took over a 2 yr lease transfer on a 2018 BMW M3 ZCP. 95K MSRP........previous owner gave him a $12,000 incentive to takeover the lease ( which was about a 10 months worth of payments).Β 
There are an insane amount of deals out there if you keep your eyes peeled.

thots & prayers

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Aug 28, 2020 - 6:31pm

Any specific strategy for finding good lease takeover deals? I've never considered this before but sounds reasonable.

I'm totally fine with changing cars all the time, I really don't do anything personal to cars besides get into accidents with them.

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Aug 28, 2020 - 7:20pm

Hmm I've had good luck on Craigslist and a few friends. It's how I got my first "nice" car. Depends a lot on where you live too I think/
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Oct 6, 2020 - 11:11am

do you have any experience using the lease trader or swapalease websites? They seem to have a number of legitimate leads but you need to pay a monthly subscription

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Aug 28, 2020 - 2:29am

Honda Odyssey will meet all of your needs. Now if you believe the term 'happy wife happy life,' I'd sayΒ a Mercedes GLE 63 Coupe AMG.Β 

"Full speed ahead, damn the torpedoes." -U.S. Navy General Farragut
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Aug 28, 2020 - 10:17am

Not sure what the budget is but varying by price range, ill add a few to the list from above: Honda CR-V, Acura MDX, Infiniti QX60, BMW X5, Mercedes GLC, then probably Porsche Cayenne/Macan area. A less sexier option and boring answer, is the Volvo XC60. They definitely arent the sexiest cars on the road but Volvos are built like fking tanks in case youre concerned about safety as a new dad.

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Aug 29, 2020 - 11:06am

and the hybrid model gets over 40mpg... plus it looks pretty nice!

Aug 28, 2020 - 2:05pm

Doug DeMuro chose the Kia Stinger, which I agree is an amazing option. I'd also say the Tesla Model Y and the Kia Telluride. The Tesla Model 3 SR+ (which is like $38,000) may be the best vehicle for the price that you can buy right now, but it isn't everyone's cup of tea. Note on the Telluride--it's so popular that Kia dealerships are bumping the price well above MSRP, which is the only reason I would put it a notch below the Model 3; however, the Telluride is a siiiick SUV at a siiick price and it looks really good.

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Aug 29, 2020 - 2:50am

you broke it dude

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"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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Aug 29, 2020 - 2:50am

Are you also a fan of the PontiacΒ Aztek?

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

Aug 29, 2020 - 10:26am

If you want practical and fun for a decent price, check out the new line of Ford Broncos, great interior pretty zippy engine and its an SUV. If you don't like SUVs, Tesle Model S or Model 3 depending on budget

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Aug 30, 2020 - 10:28am

Acura MDX or the 4Runner. Both should last quite a while. A buddy has a 2015 4 Runner with 132k miles and counting he purchased brand new in late 2014. Best car he's owned according to him.

Aug 30, 2020 - 1:37pm

Very disappointed no one has said Mazda CX-5/7 yet. Mazda makes really good cars for the money, and they are definitely not a bore to drive. I drove my buddy's fully loaded Range Rover Velar and then my mothers basic CX-5 and the Mazda is leaps beyond in terms of driving quality (pedal feel, brake linearity, transmission shifts, steering quickness, etc.). Obviously the interior wasn't the same, but if you're looking for something that's practical, has lots of space and exciting to drive, go with a Mazda.Β 

Aug 31, 2020 - 12:05am

Honda Odyssey or Toyota Sienna (just refreshed this model year 2021). Trust me, everyone recommending SUVs doesn't have a baby/toddler. Having the vehicle low to the ground as well as sliding doors, 3 rows with folding / removable seats, etc. is so much more convenient than an SUV. It's so convenient to put the baby in/out of the car as well as pack a bunch of stuff in a van. Just make sure you get the leather seats upgrade to make it easy to clean. If you're really balling you can get the high end version with the vacuum cleaner which is great for Cheerios and other messes.

Be excellent to each other, and party on, dudes.
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Aug 31, 2020 - 4:59pm

no idea why anyone would MS this?Β  I have a CR-V...because NYC and I street park.Β  I'm tall so the SUV is easier to buckle the car seats, I don't have to bend down that much.Β  But, I leased it for 3 years, because who will know what type of car I will need in 3 years(2 years left).Β  The MPG and compact, yet VERY roomy driver side and passenger side, not to mention room for car seats, was what won me over.Β Β 

Just an FYI, anyone who said the Rav 4....they don't have the same child legroom for the car seats so you will be driving on top of the windshield.

But to your mini-van point, just saw friends who have 4 kids, and this is the way they go with a Honda mini-van.Β  It is versitile and easy for daily life.

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