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Have you thought about a Santa Fe Sport? One issue we have with our Tucson centers on the rear facing car seat and room for front passenger. I believe you'll have that problem with any vehicle in this class, which is why we added a Santa Fe to our fleet.
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Have you thought about a Santa Fe Sport? One issue we have with our Tucson centers on the rear facing car seat and room for front passenger. I believe you'll have that problem with any vehicle in this class, which is why we added a Santa Fe to our fleet.
I have a 18 month old recently gone up to a rear facing seat good for up to age 4. I can still sit in comfortably front of him (I'm 6ft 4in). It's the MaxiCosi 2-Way Pearl for reference. Can't help thinking your child seat must be huge!!

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Impressive, it's hard for me to imagine a 6'4" sitting in front of a rear facing car seat. Will need to check out for next grand child. We've used 2 different ones and had the same issue on both and I'm only 5'10".
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Have you thought about a Santa Fe Sport? One issue we have with our Tucson centers on the rear facing car seat and room for front passenger. I believe you'll have that problem with any vehicle in this class, which is why we added a Santa Fe to our fleet.
This seems odd to me. Admittedly its been over 10 years since I've used a rear facing seat but at that time I used them in cars with less rear leg room than a Tucson without a problem (one was an old Focus Wagon). I am 6'1".
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With two I've used, I had to move the seat up enough that I felt like I was sitting on the steering wheel. Since the back of the seat should not touch the car seat, it was an uncomfortable driving position. I will say that when I put that same seat in my Santa Fe there's no problem, that's why I suggested the OP to check one out.
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Have you thought about a Santa Fe Sport? One issue we have with our Tucson centers on the rear facing car seat and room for front passenger. I believe you'll have that problem with any vehicle in this class, which is why we added a Santa Fe to our fleet.
I had a little bit of an issue putting the car seat (Chicco Keyfit 30) behind my seat so I ended up putting it behind the passenger. It's crazy how much space the rear facing car seat takes up. Sitting back there without a car seat and there is plenty of room on both sides. It seems to be working out well as my wife has enough space up front. I probably could have squeezed it in behind me but didn't want to adjust my seat to make it uncomfortable driving.

I did think about the SFS, but she would rather have a smaller SUV for gas mileage, parking, etc. I could drive the bigger one and give her my Tucson but I would rather drive the Tucson since I'm going back and forth to work every day.

The good news is that I got her Cruze sold yesterday. Well I got a $200 deposit and he is giving me the rest in a couple days once he gets it from the bank. So, the decision time had sped up a little bit. I got $2,2000 more than the highest trade in value we received from 3 different quotes. So its a net savings of around $1,700 if you factor in the increase in sales tax once we purchase something.

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If you only have 1 carseat, you can just put them in the middle of the back seat. That's what I did in my subaru impreza, both front seats in their normal position, though no option to recline. You would only have to do this for about 14 months. All of the papers say to keep them rear facing for as long as you can up to 24 months. So I bought the graco 40 lbs carseat carrier, but at 14 months my son was already looking too tall for it. He was also throwing a fit on any trips more than 30 minutes. It's just not feasible to keep them in the rear carrier style for more than that. Don't wast your money on the graco 40, stick with 30lbs. Then at 14 months switch them to the more upright, rear/front facing seats, which should fit just fine in most cars. You can still have them rear facing, but they'll be more upright.

The sante fe is a good midsize option with a 4 cylinder and decent fuel economy, so is the Nissan Murano, though it's a 6 cylinder. You would have to decrease your trim level to stay under budget. Great for carseats and extra room. The mazda cx9 would be great for when the grandparents visit, it has an awesome 2.5 turbo that returns decent fuel economy. Though, you would have to get the base model.

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For smaller SUV, you could always try one of the new Nissan Rogue Sports (import of the Nissan QashQai "Cashcow"). Don't know much about it other than that is considered a competitor to the Tucson in overseas markets, but it is a tad smaller than a Tucson, but still larger than an HR-V. Like I said I don't know much about it, but it may be worth a bit of research.

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Just got a 2017 Tucson Limited with Ultimate package and am thinking how great it would have been to have the power folding side mirrors (super helpful) and a heated steering wheel, extra AC adapter for the back seat.

Trying not keep thinking that I should have gotten the Kia Sportage......
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Just got a 2017 Tucson Limited with Ultimate package and am thinking how great it would have been to have the power folding side mirrors (super helpful) and a heated steering wheel, extra AC adapter for the back seat.

Trying not keep thinking that I should have gotten the Kia Sportage......
I agree! And (for my personal taste, anyway) the chrome molding on the belt line under the windows.

BUT!!! The Sportage doesn't get the fuel mileage or have the 1.6L Turbo engine and DCT. It was a tough choice for me at the time. And every time I see a new Sportage, I wonder if I would have been happier with it. Oh well.

We just took a 200 mile round trip with 4 adults on board in 100+ degree temperatures and traveling at 75-80 MPH, and returned 32.3 mpg! Bet I would not have even been close in the Sportage.
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