We have finally started the REAL hunt for a car with a third row.
We started by hitting the Volvo dealership in Stamford. To be honest, I have so many friends with Volvo XC90s that I thought this was going to be "the one". I think, If you have kids under 8 this is a great car. It's a small SUV (which makes the jump from a sporty car much more palatable) and it offers additional seating for toddler play dates. But, Mr. D and I are looking for a car that I'll have for the next 5 years when my oldest will be a 6th grader and my youngest will be in 3rd grade. At which point, my kids won't be under 4 foot, they'll probably be closer to 5'5"-- making the third row not even usable. It's kind of like asking my 8 year old to sit in the backseat of my old Alfa Romeo!
Next up was the Toyota dealership. We had three cars to look at there-- The Land Cruiser, The Sequoia, and the Highlander. For starters, there were no Land Cruisers available new or used. Word of the Darien street is that you almost can't even find one of these to even test drive. After talking to the sales guy, the LC is a great truck for serious off roading types-- you can adjust the height of the vehicle, move from 2 wheel to 4 wheel drive, etc. BUT, for your average driver (like me), it really isn't much more than a status statement. Who knew that a Toyota was a status statement-- not me!
Next weekend is Mercedes GL and Land Rover LR4!