I have been told by several people that when I had a baby I would want an SUV. These people obviously don't know me very well. I have seen it happen several times though. A couple has a nice sedan and the minute a baby is born they decide they need something taller and something that can hold more stuff. I was told it would be too difficult to put the baby in the seat since a sedan is shorter and you can't fit everything you need for a baby in a sedan.
I drive a Prius. I love my Prius, and I can't really see myself driving anything else. It is a nice sedan with a hatchback and Smartkey! My Prius fits absolutely everything I have needed for Natali so far. Of course, we don't go on long trips in the car, but we do drive to the airport with suitcases a lot. We can fit everything we need for these trips in the Prius without a problem. We do pack as lightly as possible, but I am of the opinion that most people overpack anyway. As far as the height problem goes, I will admit it would be easier to put Natali in the car and take her out if the car was taller. Darren drives a Mazda 5 and it is much taller and much easier to get Natali in and out of. However, this reason alone is not enough to make me want something taller when I would have to compromise so much of what I love about my Prius to get something taller. I am not a lazy person, so I will just deal with it. In addition to the excellent gas mileage and the hatchback, my Prius comes with the Smartkey. This is the best car feature ever, and I will never again drive a car that doesn't have this. I never have to remove my key from my purse. The car senses the key in my purse and the doors automatically unlock and I just have to push the button on the door to unlock it. I also just have to push a button to turn the car on. It's amazing technology! It is really nice to have when I have my hands full with Natali too. I absolutely hate fishing around in my purse for keys.
Darren is up for a new car early next year. He is a huge car fan and is really struggling with what to get. I think his car is perfect for us, but not something I would want to drive on a daily basis. It has been great over these last few years though, and is really practical with the baby. I don't think he will keep it though. He gets new car fever and can't get over it. That's fine. It's his thing. He can get a new car if he wants one. I am perfectly happy keeping my Prius for a few more years. It only has 80,000 miles on it right now and I've had it for 5 years.
We are planning a trip to the LA auto show at the end of November, and then the Detroit auto show in January (I think). Toyota is supposed to introduce a new Prius model at the Detroit show which has me very intrigued. It's going to be a bigger version of my current car. If it ends up looking like I think it will, I will have to seriously consider it for my next car purchase. :)