2018 Subaru Outback


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I'm looking for a new car and possibly new car seats.

Current situation:
Acura TSX (2006)
4 year old FF in Clek Fllo
2 year old RF in Cosco Scenera NEXT
Also have a Cybex Aton and Evenflo Tribute LX
Third child on the way

What we're looking for:
Station wagon, crossover or compact/medium SUV (no minivan or large SUV) - prefer something rugged as I don't want to baby the car and worry about dings and scratches too much as we live in NYC
Budget: 20-40k ideally, for new/used but will consider premium vehicles up to 60-70k, but then would probably look to buy those used.
Need to fit three seats across, ages 5, 3 and newborn
Safety is a top concern
Reliability is a top concern (last thing I want to deal with is constant recalls, replacements, visits to the shop, etc. My Acura mainly consumes gas and oil and standard maintenance after 150k+ miles over 10 years)
Decent cargo space
Plan to use the car 10+ years, might swap for larger Crossover or SUV in the future specially if there are more hybrid options available
Nice to haves: 200+ hp engine, hybrid
I don't think we need or want a third row option

What are my best options for cars and carseats?

So far I've come up with:
Subaru Outback - concerned about oil leak issues, and possibly CVT issues
Mazda CX-5
Toyota RAV4
Honda CR-V
Acura RDX
Volvo, Lexus, Audi, BMW, Mercedes crossover and wagon options - concerned about reliability and ongoing maintenance costs with some of these, ability to fit three carseats in a row, price

Open to any carseat combination regardless of price.

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I'll defer to folks who have knowledge of the latest models of the Rav4, but unless they've changed the seatbelt alignment, you can't fit three across in the second row due to overlapping seatbelts.

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