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Hello everyone,

So I don't own an XB yet, but in the last few weeks I made up my mind that it would be my next car. I've been wanting to go look at one at a dealership, and today I finally the convinced the wife to go with me. My wife has been complaining that our 2007 Impala is too small for us and our two kids (a four year old and six month old), so I was hoping she would like the size of the XB and bless off on it.

Well, as soon as my wife opened the door and peaked in she said "too small", and that was pretty much the end of it. I looked in and while it did seem a little smaller than I thought it would, it wasn't that small. It looked a little like the seats were back as far as they could go which might have made the second row look small, but maybe I was just having wishful thinking.

So, my question is for those who have kids, is the XB a good family car for a family of four? Better yet, does anyone have pictures of their family in the car that could show how 'roomy' it is?

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The cargo capacity of the xB is a little small, but the passenger area is HUGE. Tell your wife some cities are using xBs as taxicabs. One HVAC company switched over from full size vans to xBs and while some compromises were made, they were able to got a lot of gear inside and on the roof to justify the savings in ga$ money.

Everytime I drive my co-workers to our local In and Out, they comment on how much room there is in my xB.

Maybe your wife is biased and put off by the exterior styling? An xB is a bit different than your typical sedan. However it offers a great value for your money!

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I know it's a great value, which is why I want one! It also helps that I like how they look, handle, perform, etc.
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Suggestion: bring your 2 child seats to any car you are considering, strap them in, and see how they fit. That's what I did in 2000 when deciding between a Camry and an Accord. The Camry won because it has a little more shoulder room.

A black interior tends to look smaller than one in a lighter color.

The xB is boxy outside but that means it's also very roomy inside!

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YES!

Since buying the B, my family of 4 has expanded to 5-> 1 age 2 and the others at 8 and 9. When we travel, we use the B, rather than my wife's Dodge Grand Caravan.
Last summer, we went to the beach, for a week (4 hour drive), in the B. On the roof, we had 4 bodyboards and used the cargo box (bought last summer) for the baby bed, towels, and random food. Last year, we just used the basket for the baby bed and towels.
For weekend trips, we almost NEVER use the roof box. Though, use the rack for bikes. The (rather massive, even when folded) three-wheel stroller can either go in the back or on the roof, depending on how much we think we will need.

W/ 4, there is enough room inside, unless you pack WAY too much. We used the B w/o a roof rack for 2.5 YEARS as our main family trip vehicle-> preferring it OVER the van. The xB is more comfortable and rides better. The interior is roomy in the back, as well as the front.
I don't really use the roof rack for family trips near as much as I expected- as it all usually fits w/o needing it. And that is with FIVE! We use the roof box (and earlier a roof bag, which replaced using a tarp wrapped around stuff) only on extended trips, which we tend to overpack for.
Heck, last year, we went to my parents house for CHRISTMAS in the xB and managed to fit all the "loot" INSIDE the B, with not much on the roof. We plan to use it again this year for that trip.

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Tartan, thanks for the specifics! Hopefully with all this information I can sway the wife.
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If you want specific info, PM me. I can address them.

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Tartan, do you have pics with the roof box on?
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No.
But, I can take one. The Yakima Skybox 12 fits on top WITH and next to the Basketcase, so both can be used at the same time.

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I know it's a great value, which is why I want one! It also helps that I like how they look, handle, perform, etc.
Take your wife to Ford and look at the Flex. It's bigger,but costs ~$9k more,has a v6 and only gets ~16mpg. vs 24mpg. Or how 'bout hitting Honda and looking at the Pilot. Again,a lot more $ and not as good mileage. I think in the end, she will see how much of a value the xB is.

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