So now that Number 3 is coming, we are looking for a car. A big car. I’d tried to avoid considering a giant SUV but it look to be unavoidable if you want both a third row to throw people as well as any kind of storage in the back. To get a quick look at all options all at once, Dude, Little Dude and myself all went to the Houston car show this past weekend.
Initial contenders were the Chevy Tahoe, Ford Explorer and Toyota Sequoia. Ford immediately ruled out by its tiny third row and inability to fit anything larger than a wallet in the back while the 3rd row is up. No, I’m not considering the Expedition. I was only interested in the Explorer b/c of its redesign. The Expedition body hasn’t changed in what? 10-12 years for the most part. It is a completely uninspiring car.
Chevy Tahoe, good third row but again, if it’s up you can’t put anything in the back. We like our car trips so storage with the third row in use is a priority. Whatever car we get has to be able to fit at a minimum three medium suitcases, a pack n play and 1-2 strollers into the back. So we’ve driven a Tahoe before and a family member has one. it’s nice but so big feeling. It’s kind of on the back burner. No, not considering the Suburban- it’s just too big. I have to drive this and as the Dude points out, I’d never be able to get in and out of a parking lot in that thing.
The Sequoia was nice looking in and out but honestly I don’t want to pay that much for a nicely outfitted one. What’s up Toyota? When did your cars get so expensive?! Barely any storage when back row is up too, so it’s basically disqualified for that.
The unexpected dark horse entry turned out to be the Nissan Armada. True the body style is awful, but the interior is done well and the price point is better than some of the comparable vehicles we looked at and storage was decent. It is based on a truck chassis, which can only mean it rides like crap (especially when compared to a sedan or a smaller SUV), but we can’t have everything can we? You’d better appreciate this No. 3.