I'm going to be in need of a new car soon since my '98 Cavalier is starting to really flake out. The problem? I have NO idea what to buy. A couple of things: - I don't much care for sedans though I'm willing to consider one if necessary. I wouldn't mind a BMW 3 series or Jetta, though. - I'm a truck person, really, and have wanted an F-150 for a long time. But am willing to consider other trucks if they are a better value or more reliable. - My husband and I are trying to have a little one. The biggest rule is that anything I get must accomodate a carseat safely. I don't like the 4-door trucks, though. I think this pretty much rules out trucks for me. And for cars, I've heard the BMW and Jetta are too small in the back. Anybody have personal experience with this? - SUVs, the obvious choice. I do like the Explorer but somehow feel it's overpriced. In fact a lot of SUVs seem to be. I don't want anything big like an Expedition, something Explorer-size would be nice. How is the Chevy Equinox? It's new so I couldn't find much (besides dealer propoganda) about it. - Price. I'd like it to be under 30K, but obviously the cheaper the better. I'm not interested in the super-deluxe package or anything like that and am willing to take a base model. My only requirement is tilt wheel. I'm only 5'0" so height adjustable seats would be nice, but I can make do by sitting on a pillow (which I do in my current car). Oh, and cruise control definitely. Anything else is just extra. - Safety. I want it to be fairly safe. I don't want anything that got miserable scores on the crash tests. I'm already in a death-box and would like something a little meatier. Any suggestions or advice? I haven't actually test driven any of these yet so that's the next step. I just want to be semi-intelligent about the offerings before I step foot in a dealership.