I suppose there will always be a place for minivans, but that doesn’t mean I would want to own or drive one. There will always be a place for garbage trucks, too.
My case against minivans is simply that they are bulky, unsafe, expensive, poor-handling gas-guzzlers that cater to the American desire to: a) make living rooms out of their cars, and/or b) haul a lot of unnecessary junk, including people.
Maybe, with $4.00 gas a reality and higher prices coming, those long, impossibly cozy, cross-country family trips—you know, with grandma and the dog included—will become a thing of the past.
Maybe the idea of buying a car to haul 4’x8’ sheets of plywood (for the few times a year you may actually need to do that) will finally collapse, along with the ego trip of buying big-box store stuff and doing your own pickup and delivery.
But first, Americans will have to look differently at their day-to-day transportation needs, and I admit that’s a tall order. Family needs come first, don’t they?
Just today, we drove down the street and found some of our neighbors were having a yard sale. We purchased the Little Tikes climb & slide cube. All we did was put down the seats in a 1-2-3 and literally slid the cube right into the van. No hassles and DS was able to stay right in his seat without anything coming near him. My in-laws were here for Easter and we drove around with them. It was so nice. We put one of the second row seats down and left the third row up so they were able to sit “limo style”. They were very comfortable in the back.
…I love the van. It is super comfie. We have a 6-disc changer and have the power to have DS watch a dvd in the back and listen to it with the wireless headphones while we listen to the radio. I love the fact that I can change the radio or adjust the volume by hitting a button on my steering wheel.
She and her hubby had “kicked around” (LOL) the idea of getting an Expedition or Suburban, but finally settled on the van, and they just love it. The year she wrote this was 2004, and not a lot in the American lifestyle has changed since then—except the economy.
Carmakers marketing minivans don’t have it as easy as they used to, and some, like Nissan with its 2011 Quest, have gone back to the tried-and-true sell of practicality. But fully optioned, the Quest comes with a nearly $48,000 MSRP, and that is pretty outrageous. Vans are better made now, and competition from crossovers and hatchbacks is getting stronger, although for many these aren’t acceptable alternatives.
I still hate minivans. Do you hate ’em too?