This is my first post here - hope it works! We have 2 kids, 4 yrs and 2 yrs. Our 4 year old has cerebral palsy that affects her mobility and she uses a small, lightweight walker to get around. There is a chance she’ll need a power wheelchair, but at this point, it’s looking hopeful that she won’t need it. We currently have a VW Golf TDI that we run on 100% recycled biodiesel (yes, we’re cyclist hippies at heart ;-), and an Audi Allroad station wagon. Unfortunately, we are having trouble getting our daughter in and out of these cars. It’s killing my back to lift her out of her walker and try to fold her and wedge her into her carseat and she’s tall enough now that we’re liable to bonk her head or hips or feet getting her in. SO, I’m looking for something that will be easy to get her in and out of and eventually that she could climb in & out of as independently as possible. My top priorities are reliability and the right kind of space. I need to get her walker in the back and potentially add a ramp and have space for a small wheelchair in the back. She’ll likely use a step to get in and out. She and her sister really like to sit beside each other so they can play.
Minivan? SUV / Cross over thingy? (I don’t even really know what these mean and my hippie cyclist heart shudders at the thought - but sweet kiddo’s needs come first!)
Some friends have mentioned: Mazda 5, Subaru Forester, VW Eurovan (I know they’re older, but darn, a VW camper would be groovy!), and VW Routan van.
I also live in the city and need to be able to parallel park this sucker on a daily basis. We love the mountains and go up to the snow often, so I’m happy if it’s also good in snow - but that’s not 100% necessary because we’ll still have the Allroad for mountain trips.
Any ideas would be very much appreciated!