We are NOT getting a minivan!!! I repeat, we are NOT getting a minivan!
We have needed a new second car for quite some time now. We had consigned ourselves to the fact that really, everything we used our vehicle for, the fact that we have a big dog plus a kid, and we’d like to have another kid sometime in the future, that really we needed a minivan to make our lives easier. Plus, they got great gas mileage compared to our gas guzzling SUV. So today, off we went, in search of the right (sigh) minivan. We LOVED the Honda Odyssey. This is THE BEST minivan if you must get one. Super plush, tons of storage, super easy to maneuver the seat configurations. If we got one, this is what we would have bought.
We hated the Chrysler Town & Country. It’s a cheap piece of shit. Period. Oh, and their sales people were nuts. The first woman told us four times in the first two minutes “I’m Patti” in the middle of spastic semi-sentences. Uh, yeah, lady, you told us already… (cuckoo!)
We were disappointed by the Toyota Sienna. For the larger price tag, you actually got less options than you did with the Honda Odyssey, plus it just wasn’t as plush and comfy as the Odyssey.
And then, after our Sienna disappointment, we saw it: one of the brand new Toyota SUVs. I never would have thought about this as an option because I could only think of the old version of this particular vehicle–small, compact, crappy. The new ones: AWESOME. LOVE IT. Cheaper than a minivan and get this–better gas mileage! And it’s an SUV, for goodness’ sake! It’s also awesomely configured for shorter drivers (aka, me) super comfortable and even more leg room in the back seat than our current SUV. Great cargo room. Drives smoothly. So today, I drove home happy. And NOT in a minivan. Someday we may get one and that will be fine, but not today.
BTW, today also marks the first day that Boo broke a dish at a restaurant. Oops. They were super nice and we tipped VERY well, but still: we were “those” people at the restaurant today. Other than the broken dish, he was fine.
UPDATE NOTE: I’m not totally dissing minivans, mind you. I once drove a Dodge Caravan for work since I was a traveling rep. It was awesome and my friends to this day still talk about how great it was that we could fit all of us in one van. I just don’t think that at this time in my life we are in need of one, and just can’t see myself driving one right now.