It seems like buying a minivan is viewed as a kind of a death knell for parents individuality… or something?
I kind of get it. Before having kids, my dream car – which I owned! – was a sporty bright red Mazda Miata soft top convertible. I zipped around in this adorable piece of machinery when I met my husband, when we went on our first dates, when we got married, and into our newlywed years.
My husbands car got totaled while we were engaged, so we entered marriage as a one car couple, and that one car was my lovely little Miata. Then I got pregnant. And OH BOY!! (For those of you who don’t know, a Miata only seats two.. and that, veeeeeeery tightly.)
A new car was an essential. With only one child at that time, we opted for the “in between” car… ya know, the one that moms pick to avoid going full mini van? We got an SUV. A Ford Escape to be exact. Not a bad car if you only have one kiddo!
Well, fast forward a few years and HEY, I now have THREE kids! Suddenly that minivan didn’t look so fugly. It looked huge, awesome, heavenly, roomy, amazing… the best things since the invention of the wheel!
Long story short, with our home refinance in September of 2017 we plunged right on in and bought a Chrysler Town and Country.
And guess what? It kind of is all those amazing things, and more! I am frikkin in love with our minivan. Here’s why:
The Magic Sliding Doors That Do Your Bidding
You hit a button. And the doors (and rear trunk!) open or close. All on their own. Omigod, say what?!?!?
With automatic sliding doors on both sides of the vehicle, you can choose one of the other for loading kids, groceries, or heck, just open both and run through like some kind of Warner Brothers cartoon character forging wide path through solid metal. It is that frikkin’ roomy.
No more whacking neighboring cars while fighting to get infant car seats in and out. No more strategically loading the kids like some kind of fleshy puzzle piece, “No, honey, YOU have to go first, then sister, then….” If someone parks too close to you at the mall, you can still slink into your van. It. Is. Amazing!
The sliding doors combined with the lower ride-height also means that your kiddos can get in and out of the van on their own a lot easier than with a taller SUV.
The Magic Disappearing Captain’s Chairs
Most minivans will give you the option of getting “captain’s chairs” for the second row seat. Our Chrysler Town and Country has second row captains chairs that collapse down into the floor and seal up to smooth, flat carpet giving you a frikkin’ ROOMS worth of floor space. I say this is a must-have feature.
We can (and already have!) hauled large pieces of furniture with this awesome chair-less space. And once we were done using it, POP those seats back up and go your merry way. No joke.
The seats are also so roomy that it provides a good “separation zone” for kids. No more “Mom, she’s touching me” shouting ad nauseam while driving?
SO. MANY. CUP. HOLDERS.
They are EVERYWHERE. Nuff said.
Minivans Are Not “Un-Cool”… They Are The New Cool!
I don’t get the whole, “I won’t be cool anymore if I drive a minivan” mindset. Seriously, with motherhood trending in our culture recently, I say mini-vans are the new cool. They are the anti-cool that video game playing was a decade ago. Suddenly it started trending and BAM, everyone wanted to be a video game geek, because being “uncool” was suddenly chic and cool.
But here’s the deal, minivans are meant for one type of person, parents. Parents with small kids. And c’mon, is that such a bad thing? Embrace it. Trick that bad boy out with fun DVDs for the built in entertainment center, stock up your thousandy and one storage modules with fun car games and pampering doodads. Make it another living space – cuz it kind of it! But don’t treat it like some embarrassment. They really aren’t all that bad!