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post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
hey folks, typing with one hand bacause kitty is passed out on the other s sorry about bad grammar.
ok, so i've been asking around but the more input i can get the better. i want to know if you love, like or hate your suv, any specific reasons, etc. i'm thinkin saturn vue or toyota rav4...got a giant dog so i'm looking for something that has fold down back seats. thanks!
post #2 of 17
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Originally Posted by MonaxLisa View Post
hey folks, typing with one hand bacause kitty is passed out on the other s sorry about bad grammar.
ok, so i've been asking around but the more input i can get the better. i want to know if you love, like or hate your suv, any specific reasons, etc. i'm thinkin saturn vue or toyota rav4...got a giant dog so i'm looking for something that has fold down back seats. thanks!
My sister has a rav4 and it is GREAT, we have managed to fit 3 dogs in it and it is a 2 door one (the dogs were: an australian terrier, a golden retriever and a rottie cross) and ourselves.
post #3 of 17
My friend Rush loves his Rav 4, too -- says it's the best car he's ever had, though for my taste, it sure rides rough.

My brother drove his Ford Explorer about 150,000 miles before finally smashing the front end. He said the thing was a tank -- loved it so much he went right out and bought another one!

I love Land Rovers, but I've never had one, and I hear they're not very reliable. Still... a girl can dream!
post #4 of 17
Okay, I'm going to add one you don't have...Honda Element. They may not be much to look at, but I love it! the seats fold flat, then up and out of the way, so you basically have a van. The floors are plastic, so it's easy to clean mud, you can fit a ton of stuff in it. I don't think it's technically an SUV, it's built on a car chassis, but it's roomy as heck!
post #5 of 17
Hubby has an 01 Chevy Blazer. Just the right amount of room. And not a bad gas hog. Plus it has 4x4 as well and thats a big plus for him.
post #6 of 17
I don't own one, but I love love love the Rav4..also take a look at the Honda CRV

Good luck buying!
post #7 of 17
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Originally Posted by clixpix View Post
Okay, I'm going to add one you don't have...Honda Element. They may not be much to look at, but I love it! the seats fold flat, then up and out of the way, so you basically have a van. The floors are plastic, so it's easy to clean mud, you can fit a ton of stuff in it. I don't think it's technically an SUV, it's built on a car chassis, but it's roomy as heck!

My friend has an Element and two small boys. She hoses it out on a regular basis. And is very glad that she can.
post #8 of 17
Why not consider a car that is more gas user friendly. there are plenty of roomy "cars" out there. Looks are deceiving, they have a ton of room on the inside, but give a smaller appearance.

If money is no object, maybe the enviorment and our dependency on foreign oil could persuade you to get something more economical, gas wise?
post #9 of 17
I drive a Saturn Vue and I hate it. Anyone want to trade?
post #10 of 17
I drive a Ford Explorer and it holds a HUGE amount of stuff and has fold down seats.

-Kristen
post #11 of 17
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Originally Posted by gailuvscats View Post
Why not consider a car that is more gas user friendly. there are plenty of roomy "cars" out there. Looks are deceiving, they have a ton of room on the inside, but give a smaller appearance.

If money is no object, maybe the enviorment and our dependency on foreign oil could persuade you to get something more economical, gas wise?
I agree. I wonder if these large gas guzzling vehicles aren't the real reason the North American car manufacturers are losing so much money and sales to the foreign cars. Eco-friendly folks are not buying into the bigger is better theory.
post #12 of 17
Thread Starter 
The Vue has a hybrid that looks sort of neat. No, I need an SUV, my dog is 150lbs and Ive got another one on the way. Plus we're moving cross country with six cats. Eek! That reminds me Id better read some moving with cats posts. Thanks for the suggestions, I'll put them on my list! (Ill check back later in case anyone else chimes in!: )
post #13 of 17
I have a Hyundai Tuscon which is amazing the back seats fold flat for plenty of storage in the back I moved half my apartment in my tuscon. Also if you don't want to put the seats flat you can put your dog in the hatch back and put up the headrests in the back seat to create a barrier so it can't get onto the appolstery
post #14 of 17
I have a Suzuki Grand Vitera (kinda mini-SUV). It's nice, still small enough that it doesn't feel like a boat, but can carry tons of stuff. I have the V6, and even it doesn't have enough power (many from my year have 4 cylinders... )

My roomie has a Chevy Equinox. Nice car. Good giddy-up-and-go. Too big for my tastes, though.
post #15 of 17
I have a Ford Escape. I love it, but as far as fitting a dog...I know I was able to fit 2 coolers, 4 chairs, a table, and some shopping bags of food in there for a tailgating cook-out which is probably equivalent to a 150# dog.

But it has fold down seats as well.

My BF has an older Nissan Pathfinder and it has Mega Space!
post #16 of 17
EEEK! I am so spoiled with my 30 miles per gallon!!!! I drive a mitsubishi eclipse. . . Spoiled! However my mom drives a rav 4 and she loves it. . . Good luck with the search!
post #17 of 17
If you are moving cross country, maybe you could rent something big for the trip, and then be more economical once you are settled.
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