January 10, 2011 at 6:00 pm in INFORUM
When I bought a minivan this past summer, I felt as though I had sold a little piece of my soul. Continue Reading
Tags: columns, families, family, Life, mary jo hotzler, Parenting Perspectives 16 Comments »
I may not be a mom but I am a dad and for sure hell will freeze over before I get a minivan. However I do have a SUV and recently got my wife a SUV to replace her lil sporty car to travel with the child. She loves it.
We both get the same mileage as a minivan but we are both in 4X4′s and are a bit higher up so that we can get home and to work when we need to no matter the snow on the ground.
Now I’m not talking the big suburbans, escalades, Yukons. No I am talking about the mini(as they were known back then but now more midsize) Chevy blazers.
Now where these know as the safest vehicles back in the day probably not. But you know what, they drive well get us thru the snow and dont cost us an arm and a leg to drive or insure. But I do want to point out that safety relies on the driver of the vehicle and them being aware of there environment and how the car will handle bad situations.
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I’m glad you like your Blazers, but make no mistake, they were some of the poorest rated and least safe vehicles of their time. And they are much smaller than a minivan, as in less than half the interior space.
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Pete – do you have a link to a story to back-up your statement? How can you make that statement without knowing to which Blazer the commenter is referring, an S10 Blazer or a full-size Blazer?
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Because the commenter said “mini” Blazer, which can reasonably be assumed is not full size.
My statement is easily backed up by doing basic research. Check IIHS crash tests, fatality rates, and magazine reviews.
Here’s a start for you:
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I was referring to the s-series blazer. And yes alot of them got a bad wrap due to roll over and many other issues. But most of that came about in the early years. They progressively got better in the 90′s. But another fact is the ford exploader, but that safety rating is way worse then the blazer due to ford actually put in the owners manuals to deflate the tires for a softer ride that lead to the Firestone recall. but thats another story all together.
I like my lil SUV’s, they have just enough space for me to carry my winter supplies as well as carry 5 passengers. They also get me thru the mess on city streets and on the county roads.
We nearly bought a Chevy minivan a couple years ago but through a misfortune were able to wait a bit longer to buy one. This gave me time to hunt down the perfect Chrysler Pacifica crossover- which we love! (Seats 6 WITH cargo space) However, if you have more than two children in car seats, you will being going back out minivan shopping. They are, to me, a necessary part of parenting. What I don’t get are the people that own minivans with only 1 or 2 children. 2 babies I can see though, because babies come with a lot of gear! My neighbor has two mini-vans and no kids, she just likes the cargo space.
I can get 2 in both of ours well in the back seat. However my vehicle does allow a carseat in the front as per owners manual and the safety checkpoints that do inspections for you as a parent. I have only had to do that twice as i needed the cargo room with the rear seats down.
however if needed a larger vehicle for more kids i would go a full size SUV in that case or even find a used Trailblazer XLT with the 3rd row seating.
Myself i would alway stay clear of a minivan.
When my brother and I moved out of the house and went to college, my parents almost immediately bought a minivan. Then they bought a larger house.
Has this happened to anybody else, or are my parents as weird as I tease them about being?
Thats cause they had more money and were not spending it on you. LOL. I see that alot these days.
Yeah, my freshman year of college I spent my spring break moving my parents into a bigger house.
I’m single and no kids, yet I considered buying a van because the price was right. Guess I just like having an abundance of cargo space (My Tahoe is packed full of stuff I probably don’t need).
Now that they have more money they need more room to put the stuff in that they buy That or they are pre-planning for Grandkids!
In my mind, minivans are much cooler than the overgrown station wagons people call SUVs (and crossovers) these days.
I regularly get 25-26 MPG with my minivan (and have gotten over 28 on occasion) and it has twice the space of any SUV in the same price range. It has great crash test scores and has handled all the bad weather just fine. It actually handles most winter weather conditions better than my 4X4 truck.
I’m very disappointed that Ford and GM both abandoned the minivan market. That leaves Chrysler as the only domestic choice left, and their looks and smallish stow&go seats are not for everybody.
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“It actually handles most winter weather conditions better than my 4X4 truck.”
Riiiiight. Do you even know how to use the four-wheel drive?
Yes, I do know how to use four-wheel drive.
Do you understand that a 5,000 pound pickup with a high center of gravity and pronounced weight bias in the front may not stop or handle as well as a 4,000 pound van?
Or are you one of THOSE people who think four-wheel drive allows you to defy the laws of physics just because it can accelerate in slippery conditions faster?
The only thing the truck is better at in the winter is straight line acceleration and deep snow. And if the snow is deep enough that the van can’t handle it adequately, it’s too deep to be out driving in the first place.
There’s the perception of people like you, and then there’s reality.
There is a big difference in the 4×4′s to lil cars/minivans. 4×4 you can’t drive faster then 55 in 4wd. Well thats what I’ve alwasy known. But if your so used to your mini van driving then yeah your pickup will be alot trickier to drive when you have to drive it.
I myself don’t drive fwd cars nor have I owned one(wife has one but I dont drive it). I’ve always been in rwd till I bough my first 4×4 in 2000 and then have driven that every winter. But then again I have A/T tires that are mainly off road style so I get thru more then the average 4×4′s with the highway tread tires that are P rated not LT rated.
The minivan just handles better, period. Not only compared to my pickup, but compared to my last 2 mid-size 4×4 truck-based SUVs. It’s not a matter of being used to it. I actually drive the truck more than the van.
The pickup is certainly capable in winter conditions. But it doesn’t handle better. The van is more sure-footed going around corners, easier to correct when you start sliding, and also stops quite a bit better.
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