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Thinking about buying a truck

So my wife is pregnant with our second and I am starting to think we need more space but I don't want a minivan. What I am looking for is an mid size SUV with seating for 7 or 8 but not to huge.

Is there any website where I can get a list of vehicles sorted by capacity?

BTW just off the top of my head I like the way it looks my top candidate would be the Honda Pilot. Durango I might consider if I decide to buy used because I don't like the new one but the old design was pretty cool. Obviously I would avoid the 5.2L one.

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Well, there are a few sites that let you compare two side by side but I don't know if it will sort all of them by seating capacity. I think there could only be about half a dozen that offer 7 passenger seating though (in midsize form). Check these sites:

http://www.edmunds.com/new/type/suv/...ntent.num2.1.*

http://www.fueleconomy.gov/ (I checked this to see mpg for Jeep GC and Durango)

http://www.automobiles.com/reviews_t...ity%20Vehicles

BTW, minivans aren't that bad. They are more economical than SUV's in operation cost, initial cost, etc. Trucks and SUV's seem to hold their value longer if that is a concern.
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I like the Honda Pilot, and the similar Toyota Highlander. V6 models of both are very expensive though, for a car-based SUV. I think the '02-up Explorers are pretty nice, and have had no real problems or issues. Great deals out there on them too. Even the base model XLS can now be had with the 3rd row seat.
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This thread might be helpful somewhat. https://www.dodgeintrepid.net/forums/...threadid=32294

I say Pilot because having driven pretty much every fairly recent SUV on the market, I can say the Pilot would be my number 1 choice if my SUV had to be not German.
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Would you also consider maybe a Pacifica? I looked at a used '04 awd one with 11,000 miles on it at Dartmouth Dodge that was priced at $25,800. To me, it was not worth it, but I didn't hang around to see if they'd budge on the price. I really LOVED the interior of it. However, I'm a power junkie and the 3.5 just didn't move that tank quick enough for me. Too bad, because it seemed like a great family vehicle.
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Does a Pacifica have third row seating? I didn't think so but I also didn't think Explorers had that either.

Why are you guys saying the Pilot and Highlander are expensive if I go onto Edmunds an Explorer XLT is 32K. I can get a Pilot with the DVD entertainment and Navigation system for 32K
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Does a Pacifica have third row seating? I didn't think so but I also didn't think Explorers had that either.

Why are you guys saying the Pilot and Highlander are expensive if I go onto Edmunds an Explorer XLT is 32K. I can get a Pilot with the DVD entertainment and Navigation system for 32K
yes, there is a 3rd row. 4 buckets and a 3rd row bench.
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Can I overlook the ultradrive that's the question and I just don't know if I can do that. Other than that I like it same goes for the Chrylser minivan
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The Highlander is a nice vehicle, comparing the Pilot to it, they are basically the same, with each one having their own pluses. I would look at the Pacifica before either of those though.
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Pacifica or T&C. T&C or Caravan because if you want to haul some major crap, just fold all the seats down in the floor.

Allpar has a review of a Grandcaravan SXT, turns out to be a nice van. Yea I'm young but I actually like how Caravan's look. My boss has an 03 and loves it.

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do the magnums have a 3rd row seat option? then you can get get the new "chrysler look and feel" with a Hemi and 5 speed merc tranny.....
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No. No third row seat in the Magnum.
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When you factor in factory and dealer rebates, incentives etc. the Explorer is a good deal cheaper. Quirk Ford in Quincy sells XLT's for about $23,000 sometimes. Many other dealerships offer similar savings. The Pacifica has a 2 person bench in the rear.

Here's a link to QUIRK FORD new vehicles this weekend. These prices are no B.S. I've bought 2 vehicles from them, and the price was the price, except for tax/title/reg. fees. This week the XLT is under $22K.

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Just crossed my mind. By other boss has an 04 GMC Denali. It's pretty nice, AWD, everything in it, and 3 rows of seats. And it's the short one too, not the "suburban" one. Just a suggestion out of left feild.
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Pacifica or T&C. T&C or Caravan because if you want to haul some major crap, just fold all the seats down in the floor.
you can fold down all the rear seats in the pacifica flat, too
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