Join the Car Talk Community!

Help us find a family-mobile

RSS
Dear Tom and Ray:


We are planning to purchase a family vehicle in the next three weeks. We are currently looking at the Subaru Legacy L wagon, Toyota Camry Deluxe wagon, and the Volvo 240DL wagon (all standard shift). We currently have two boys, ages 8 and 4, but plan to expand our family in the next two years. The important aspects of the new car must be: 1) affordability; 2) Safety; 3) reliability; 4) roominess: 5) low maintenance costs; 6) long life. We would appreciate a response to the three vehicles listed above and would like your recommendations.
Manuel and Lisa

RAY: For affordability, I'd get the Subaru.

TOM: For reliability, I'd get the Toyota.

RAY: For safety, I'd get the Volvo.

TOM: For roominess, I'd also get the Volvo.

RAY:: For low maintenance costs, I'd get anything but the Volvo.

TOM: And for long life, I'd eat right, get plenty of exercise, and above all, try to maintain your sense of humor.
Tags (Browse All)

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Login / Signup
Support for Car Talk is provided by:

Donate Your Car,
Support Your NPR Station

...and get a tax break!

Get Started

Find a Mechanic


Go



Submit


Rocket Fuel