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Old 02-29-2012, 11:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Looking to purchase a new vehicle (requirements: 30 cubic feet cargo, 30 mpg minimum)

So the wife and I are planning for another kid and apparently the Mini Clubman isn't big enough for our expanding family. She wants to be able to put the dog and a stroller in the back; so I set the guidline as 30 cubic feet in a bluff body vehicle. And I successfully mandated that we need to buy a vehicle that gets at least 30 MPG.

So I have basically narrowed it down to three options so far; 2013 Ford Escape with the 1.6L ecoboost, a 2013 Mazda CX-5, or a new/used VW Jetta Sportwagon TDI. I have heard rumors that Mazda might be releasing a 2.2L diesel for 2013, but haven't seen more than smoke and mirrors for a US diesel. My wife hates wagons, so the VW is the Ron Paul of this race.

Anybody have some good input about which would be better? Have a missed a vehicle in my search?


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