David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
2/9/09 8:27 a.m.

We might not all know where babies come from, but we do know what they come with: a lot of stuff. By the time you add up the stroller, Pack ’n Play, diaper bag, juice boxes and educational toys, a 15-pound infant comes with nearly as much gear as a Marine Expeditionary Force.

When it comes time to move all that gear from place to place, the Marines have a lot of specialized equipment, ranging from Humvees up to transport ships. These days, most parents look for something that’s nearly military-strength as well: The SUV—love it or hate it—has become today’s child carrier of choice.

SUVs may be fine for urban war zones and snow-covered mountain passes, but they’re not well suited for our kinds of use. They’re just not the type of vehicles we’d gladly trade our Miatas and Mustangs for, even if the family is expanding.

Lots of enthusiasts face this common dilemma, and we often hear of their plights on our message board: Baby is on the way, and now a fun family hauler is needed. What to do?

The online replies to these questions range from genuine to comical. Yes, technically a baby does fit inside a Corvette, but it’s not a solution we can seriously recommend. A minivan goes well with children, but these top-heavy vehicles are shunned by motorsports groups. A parent who wants to keep at least a toe in the motorsports scene would need a second car if the first is a minivan. And when a good portion of your weekly paycheck is going to Pampers, it’s hard to justify that additional car payment.

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2/26/10 1:12 p.m.

Great idea for an article, but you left out a car that I would consider one of the top 3 contenders: the Mazdaspeed3. It's a surprisingly cavernous hatchback with plenty of room to seat a family of 4 or 5 comfortably while carrying lots of cargo, yet has gobs of torque and power and more than decent sporty potential on the track -- I ran in the high 1:49x range consistently at Laguna Seca in mine, which is nothing to sneeze at. Plus, they can easily be found used with very low miles for less than 20k!

3/6/10 9:54 p.m.

I had a altima se-r and went to few track days. When the potenzas was 20,000 miles I put some 245/40/18 Azenis, Motul brake fluid ,staineless lines, eibach springs and I was rocking. From 30 cars in the evnents I was 8-10 but remember that the first ones was ariel atoms. On monday I was a perfect daily driver. It's a whole package. Also the stock exhaust sound its crazy. Good car

Highway8 None
6/23/10 12:34 a.m.

Everytime I go to the track in my 07 RX8 I have to remove my kids car seats first. Its a true sports car with 4 doors, well sort of four doors. Disclamer: rear facing seats for 1 year and under children do not fit well. Forward facing seats fit great.

zoomin6 New Reader
10/26/10 9:27 p.m.

There are many cars available that didnt seem to get even mentioned. or even a nod for being unusual. for example why not a ford taurus SHO? they were stone reliable, fast, mass produced, and now cheap. or following my interests, an earlier ( 88-92 ) Mazda 626 gt turbo, or for added room, an 88-92 mazda 626 gt turbo hatchback ( with optional 4 wheel steering ).

joelvan None
11/13/10 7:14 p.m.

I think you sold the charger short on its track potential. anyone who reguliarly attends NASA-SE events knows of one that podium finishes Reguliarly in Time Trials it's also an old police cruiser

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