|Quote, originally posted by IHateSpeedBumps »|
|It comes down to what they want to see themselves in and how they want to been seen by their peers.|
your family's pretty insecure to consider what others think of you over whats good for you.
Judging by th OP's photo, its a great inconvenience to "search" for anything when you're traveling like a packrat, esp when you have infants who don't know the concept of "waiting." I want room for a stroller, buggy, blankets, diapers, food, etc w/o having to move anything to get at it. With a car, you can mount the seat on one of 2 or 3 places in the back seat & you can carry only 2 kids @ a time ( can't travel with another couple with a kid. With 3 row of seats, 2 familes with infants can travel together, not to mention the luggage that wouldn't fit in a car with 2 kids & 2 adults & 2 strollers. Regarding safety, I rarely see vans or SUV's after an accident where the intrusion went into the middle seat areas of the 2nd or 3rd row seats. I see many impacts to sedans & wagons in the rear door/ quarter panel areas with severe intrusions into the rear seat areas.
It really was a no brainer for me to get a minivan: lower floor & more usable space & car like handling versus an SUV. Twice the seats & cargo space with very similar handlling and efficiency of a midsize sedan with similar power.
for commuting w/o the infant, we have a MINI (gets 40mpgs on the fwy).
To the OP: our trunk looked like that even when we had an X3. With the minivan, no need to worry about what to take, how to cram everything in. For longer trips, reclining middle seats (mommy can sleep next to the baby on the trip so daddy can sleep @ the destination!!) Once again, the best thing is: you can travel with another couple & infant. Another thing, the Ody gets better hwy mileage than the X3.
Modified by snb3 at 12:01 PM 5-1-2010
Modified by snb3 at 12:35 PM 5-1-2010