Whether you have one child or several children under your roof, you no doubt either drive a big family car or are considering upgrading to a larger model. Many families who own a four or five-passenger vehicle are considering upgrading to a larger vehicle with extra storage space and room for additional passengers. The fact is that regardless of the size of vehicle you own, there just never seems to be enough space in the car for your crew, your gear and more. Upgrading to a roomier vehicle seems to be the solution. However, before you consider buying a larger car, there are a few downsides you should consider.
The Cost: While there are a handful of more affordable models of SUVs and mini-vans, most larger vehicles that offer seating for either seven or eight passengers are more expensive than models designed for four or five passengers. Unless you pay cash for your purchase, this extra cash will create a higher monthly payment that will affect your budget for years to come.
The Trade-Off With Storage Space: Only a handful of vehicles that offer passenger seating for seven or eight people also offer ample storage. Many models that offer a third row of seating require you to give up valuable storage space in your trunk. Some people simply want a third row of seating so they can bring a friend along with them from time to time. However, if you need both passenger seating and storage space, such as for hauling a big group across the country, your vehicle options are very limited.
The Gas: The fuel efficiency of many larger vehicles is rather disturbing in comparison to the efficiency of four and five-passenger sedans. Some SUVs and mini-vans are touted as having hybrid technology or some other feature that can warm your heart. However, when you compare fuel economy ratings for different models side by side, you will see that most larger vehicles have only a fraction of the fuel economy that smaller vehicles offer. This will affect your family’s budget significantly on a monthly basis.
Maneuverability: Consider the scenario of having your large SUV loaded with screaming kids, and you are trying to maneuver the vehicle into a tight parking space, through a crowded school parking lot or some other space. Larger vehicles simply do not handle as well as smaller vehicles. You may need extra patience and focus in order to maneuver a larger vehicle, and your parking options may be severely limited.
Taxi Service: You may be considering getting a larger vehicle in part so that you can tote your kids’ friends around with greater convenience. However, consider for a moment if this is really what you to commit yourself to for the next few years. People will see that you have ample seating in your car, and your vehicle will turn into the local taxi service. You have the space, so why wouldn’t other parents assume you can help with transportation?
The fact is that some families physically need a larger vehicle, but for other families, there is a choice. Consider these points carefully as you make a decision that is best for your family.
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