One thing that comes with three young children are three car seats, which equals a new vehicle for me! Currently I drive a Trail Blazer, but there is about 8" between my two car seats so a new vehicle is a must! The big question is WHAT. Personally I don't get too excited about cars these days and would just soon drive mine until it dies - however, we will have to make a change soon.
So the "van" word has been brought up many times by my husband who I think really wants to drive a van. I'm not a huge fan, but am trying to be open minded. Today we test drove a Toyota Sienna, so I got to feel it out a bit.
There are a few things about a mini van that are really attractive to me. I like the sliding doors a lot - have you ever walked out of a store to somebody parked 12 inches from you and tried to get your kid into their car seat -kinda sucks! Also, since we will have to use the third row, this access will be much easier. The other big thing I like about the van is the storage. I have concerns with getting strollers into a three row SUVS. As for style.....I don't love them!
We have been looking at a Toyota Sienna and the Honda Oddysey. Today I decided that I like the style of the Toyota a bit more than the Honda, so if we go van I am a bigger fan of the Toyota.
For SUVs we have been considering the Buick Enclave and the Chevrolet Traverse. Both are pretty similar inside with a third bench, the Enclave is a bit more on the premium side. I was initially leaning towards the Enclave, but after sitting in it today I think I like the Traverse more. Which is good because it is quite a bit cheaper.
I'm not a huge fan of the short front end of the van, it's a bit strange when driving. I'm sure you would get used to it. My biggest concern is driving in snow with the van - I'm not a big fan of driving in snow! But Keith doesn't think my car drives that well in snow either. We definitely have storage concerns with any SUV option. If we buy a Traverse, I'm sure we could find a used one for a decent price. If we go van, I think we will have to buy new. There aren't a ton of used ones for sale and the ones that are, aren't that great of a price for the miles.
MINI VAN LOVERS...
What do you love about your van? How does it handle in the snow? Any other brands you recommend?
Any other vehicles you recommend we look into? Do you have three car seats, is it easy to get kids in and out? How is the storage?