Tuesday, April 06, 2010

so what's your take on mini vans?

with our pending move away from the city
i fear it's time to fully embrace the suburbian lifestyle with the purchase of a mini van.
i'm a little hesitant to make this move but alas i think the reality of
affordable, practicle transportation demands it.
any suggestions?

thanks!

13 comments:

MaryClaire said...

i totally had to humble myself before we got the minivan, and brian and i both tried to talk ourselves out of it and into the much more expensive and less convenient suv, but alas...we got a minivan. and, i have NEVER loved a car more. it may not look glamorous on the outside, and people often don't want to let me over in front of them on the freeway, but the inside and all of it's bells and whistles that make my life SO much easier are completely and totally worth it!

cori said...

buy one. toyota for sure. you will be so happy.

plus. while your here you can pick up some of my

kids and throw them in there too!

we will only buy toyota. and you can pack so much

into them. camping, beach stuff, baby gear etc.

then when your parents and family come you can

take them.

i have already told brandon..."we need a bigger car

atticus and beckett"...

Kara Camille said...

Go for it--there's nothing to be ashamed of. You're a mom and it's definitely the most practical, smartest, and convenient move. You'll make a minivan look good--I can see it already!

Jamie said...

go for an suv... I want a Pilot!

Amy D. said...

You know how I love my Odyssey. I was just at the dealership today getting my oil changed and was DROOLING over the new ones. Seriously embarrassing. And you won't be sad if you can afford it to put in the DVD player..just sayin. WELL WORTH IT FOR ROAD TRIPS>

Amy D. said...

The new Sienna commercials are HILARIOUS though and it looks great too. I would check those both out.

Julia said...

I'm super prideful. The only reason we bought ours was because we could not afford a car payment when paul was in the academy. Honestly though, the hardest part is coming to terms with the idea of being a minivan driver, the actual "doing" is easy. You definitely don't feel cool driving it though. I feel old and outdated in mine. Silly, I know. Also, Paul doesn't like driving it because of the lack of legroom with a rear facing carseat behind him. He didn't have that problem with our Tahoe. I figure I'll drive the MV for another year, but ideally I would like to purchase a Chevy Traverse or an Acura MDX.

Why the desire for an MV now with just 2 kiddos?

THE SWITZERS said...

It is a must!! Go for it! They look a little lame but you don't have to look at yourself so it doesn't matter! I LOVE mine, and it makes my life easier! We have a Honda Odyssey and it was the best thing we ever did!! Good luck

An Ordinary Mom said...

We adore our Honda Odyssey :) !! I will send you an email with all the research I did.

Turley Family said...

Pretty much everyone I know who has more than two kids owns an Odyssey. In addition, I have a conspiracy theory about how the government now has ownership in American-made cars and suddenly there are "widespread" problems with the best cars on the market (Honda/Toyota). Well, I love my Highlander (and I would trade it in for a Sienna, if Bob would let me). Asian cars are the best! Don't let anyone tell you differently :) Take the discounts on the good cars while they last before anyone finds out about the conspiracy ;) (Bob would die if he knew I was actually writing this...conspiracy, blah!)

Crazy Lady said...

i have a sienna. love it and one day it will have flames and spinners you mark my words.

i don't understand people's hangup. mini vans are pimp. had mine at 26...jason was 29. its the party car. ours holds 8

Nikki said...

We just had this same dilemma and narrowed it down to a Tahoe or minivan. Logic won out and we got what we "needed" and it was the minivan. Can I tell you how easy it is for little kids with short legs to get in closer to ground level???!!! Sliding doors are a dream when hands are full with stuff or children. The kids LOVE it so hey, that makes it worth it. I NEVER thought we'd ever admit to it but the minivan has worked out great. Oh, and Jake feels totally manly when he's driving it so it's all good :) *wink*wink* The dealers were lame though (and we went to a lot) even in this economy and we ended up buying used from a private seller which worked out. Good luck!

Julie Miller said...

If you have not seen this yet. I think you should! Good luck!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HEFE3B0Rje0&feature=player_embedded