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    Vehicle for wheelchair and service dog

    My husband and I are beginning our search for our next vehicle, and I am hoping for some input on what might be best for us. Our family is me, my husband, our child V, and our Chihuahua. V is riding FF harnessed and will transition to a booster in a couple years. I will be receiving a custom folding manual wheelchair in the next couple month. I have applied for a service dog through a program as well. The dog will not be matched with me for another couple years, but will likely be a Labrador retriever or similar breed or mix.

    So we need to fit: two adults, one child in a FF seat and later booster, one folding manual wheelchair, one large dog, and one tiny dog. And still have room for groceries, luggage, etc.

    Vehicles we are considering right now:
    2017+ Chrysler Pacifica (preferably hybrid) with SafetyTec
    2018+ Honda Odyssey with Honda Sensing
    2017+ Toyota Sienna with Safety Sense and added safety features
    used Tesla Model S (husband's dearest desire, but probably not practical in my view)

    Budget: about $30k if we keep our Corolla for the next 18 months until the lease is up, about $40k if we can get out of the lease or manage with the Corolla for the next 18 months.

    We have only test driven a new hybrid Pacifica. I need something with a smooth ride as I am very sensitive and don't want to cringe every time we go over a bump. I appreciate any insight y'all can give me!
    Last edited by MelodyoftheForest; 03-09-2019 at 03:51 PM.
    -Reta
    Former CPST
    Mom of V, born 6/2014, FF in a Pioneer, Boulevard G4, and SureRide
    G dog, rescued 6/2016, in a belted SturdiBag

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