In my mind this blog is not just a one-way street, where I post what I am thinking from day to day, but also a place where I may solicit advice or perspective from you, my readers. I can dig my heels in on my thoughts and opinions, but I want to open my mind to be changed about things that I failed to see from the other side. This will be the first, of many, of this type of post, and I think I will be calling this one “The Minivan Contraption.”
Back in 2006, our Ford Expedition had its transmission completely crap out, and it just made sense at this point to buy a new car. And here is where I really stepped in it, I thought a minivan would be the perfect vehicle for our family. A little bit of context, we had 4 children at the time with a fifth on the way, along with a mortgage, credit card debt, among all of the other responsibilities that come with a large family.
I never realized how much people hate minivans, apparently minivans are the chariot of the devil, or something. I think there must have been roving bands of soccer moms just terrorizing neighborhoods with snacks and drinks. Because somehow soccer moms and minivans go hand in hand, and no one wants to be associated with soccer moms. Were these moms hosting soccer games in everyone’s front yards?
But I digress, I made the suggestion of a minivan, and my thinking was as follows:
- Wife is pregnant, with kids aged 11, 9, 4, and 1 and minivans are low to the ground, so getting them in and out will be easy.
- Minivan fully loaded costs as much a base model Nissan Armada or Toyota Sequoia (my wife’s preferred vehicles).
- The gas mileage is about 10 to 15 miles more per gallon.
- While the third row is up the trunk space is amazing (you can get 2 weeks’ worth of luggage for 7 people in there).
- And the most important, the 11 and 9-year-old will be sitting in the third row and minivans in 2007 were way more comfortable than any SUV where you get the total exhilaration of having your knees in your chin while the car goes over every bump imaginable.
Now I did ask for a different perspective on this and the only answer I ever got is, “I don’t want to be a soccer mom. Needless to say, we ended up with the minivan, and my wife drove it until I wrecked my Honda Civic in 2010 and I have had the Odyssey ever since. This car is damn near bulletproof, and I love it, when I am done with it is going only to the crusher. I went to the extent of re-painting it, re-upholstering it, and upgrading the sound system. Honestly, for a sound system, this Odyssey is excellent for balancing the sound evenly around the car, and you can centralize the sub-woofer in the middle of the middle row.
But help me out, in the comments below, please let me know why there is so much hate for minivans, they just seem like a really practical car.