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#1

I am looking for a fun, sporty mom of one vehicle - any suggestions? I have a Miata, which I love, but it really does not work with the baby. I am not a fan of station wagons or family vans. Really like the Infiniti FX35 - just not its price tag.


#2

Mazdaspeed3? Or, for better mpgs, Mazda 3? Or VW GTI?


#3

Wow. It’s going to be hard to get driving satisfaction moving from a Miata to a mommobile.

Altima perhaps?

Stp by the bookstore and pick up a Consumer Reports New Car Buyers’ Guide. That’ll show all the options out there, provide some good information, and you can test drive the ones that look good.


#4

For about 10 grand less than an FX35, you can get a Mazda CX-7 GT, which will be fun to drive. I’ve had one almost a year now and have loved every trip I make in it. Both AWD versions get about the same fuel mileage. I imagine the FX35 takes 91 octane, and I know the CX-7 turbo does, so that’s food for thought. Though there is a non-turbo version that’ll net a bit better economy and will run on 87.


#5

The Nissan Murano is similar to the FX35. Infiniti is the upscale version of Nissan. Have you looked at the Murano? The Murano S starts under #30,000. Be sure to give it a thorough test drive. Some folks aren’t pleased with the CVT transmission. But you might like it.

Another possibility is the Mini Countryman. There is a review in this weekend’s USA
Today. The Countryman S starts at $25,000 and the S ALL4 is about $27,000 to start. The reviewer liked its handling and room a lot.