In a fickle economy and stricter standards in the auto industry, consumers have not yet fallen victim to all the eco-friendly vehicles and fuel-efficient alternatives that are available.
The main reason being is the fact that most families have at least four people to accommodate when it comes to traveling or transporting their family to different functions. The popularity of third row seating vehicles is taking over the more environmental conscious buyer. Here’s a few of these third row seating vehicles that rated highly for 2010 with each one coming under the $25K price tag.
The Kia Sedona has been the most affordable and practical of the minivans for 2010 and offers a short and long wheelbase version with a difference of maybe $2,000 for either. The long wheelbase version is able to make the third row seating fold down to the floor flat. It doesn’t have the most original of designs since it does look like a Dodge Caravan but offers a lot of room for passengers and a wide area for hauling items.
Another Kia worth mentioning is the Rondo. A rather odd-shaped vehicle that once you see it from the outside, wouldn’t think that this had any third row seating whatsoever. It’s not a minivan, which will make some moms and dads happy but it’s not exactly a crossover either since it has a tallness to it. It offers rear hinged doors and makes it easy for getting in and out of driveways. As for tight spaces downtown, this could be problematic depending on your driving skills.
The Toyota Rav4 is another vehicle that has been popular amongst families and even college students that have to carpool on a weekly basis. For about a $1,000 extra you can get within an in base four-cylinder, front-wheel drive and a third-row seat option. It is decently roomy and has good fuel economy for those living in urban areas.
The Mazda5 offers fuel-efficiency, maneuverability and lots of room for families. One of the only models that offers manual transmission, the Mazda5 offers excellent handling, sliding side doors that open easily without power assistance and customers said it had a “small car” feel to it when driving. It’s overall ratings weren’t great but nothing to be alarmed at since it excels in performance and overall satisfaction.
One of the most popular by far is the Dodge Grand Caravan. It’s claim to fame is the “Stow ‘n’ Go” seating. The SE model also offers this unique capability. It combines a second row that folds flat with a third row that folds completely flat into the floor. If you don’t mind spending a few extra dollars, other options available are things like a backseat TV, heated seats in the second row and the Swivel ‘n’ Go system (second-row seats are able to turn 180 degrees toward the third row allowing for easy in and out for the passengers as well as ease of communication with everyone present in the vehicle).