Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Oh No, We're a Minivan Family

We're taking a road trip next week, and that means renting a car that can fit a family of five — including three car seats.


I would prefer to get a sedan because of the gas mileage, but there's a pretty short list of cars that can fit three child seats.

The Kicking Tires blog, part of Cars.com, has a tally of non-minivans that can handle the task:
2013 Chrysler 300
2013 Nissan Armada
2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee
2013 Land Rover Range Rover
2013 Lexus GX 460
2013 Ford F-150 XLT SuperCrew Cab
2013 Chevrolet Impala
2012 GMC Yukon XL
2013 Toyota Land Cruiser
2012 Honda Pilot
2012 Land Rover LR4
2012 Mercedes-Benz M-Class
2011 Chrysler 300 and 300C
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee
2011 Land Rover LR4
2011 Nissan Murano
Of the 16 vehicles listed, 12 are SUVs and one is a pickup truck. The only car options are versions of the Chrysler 300 and the Chevrolet Impala. (That doesn't give you a lot of choice, but it is a win for domestic manufacturing.)

Life was certainly easier for my parents, who just had to toss the three of us — and the dog — into the back of the car, where we would all wriggle around like live bait. (No car seats needed!)

That's not an option these days. So it's easy to see why families go the route of a minivan, which typically fits three car seats with ease and tends to get better fuel economy than a similarly sized SUV.

That's what we're getting for this trip. And while there's definitely a stigma against minivan drivers, I have the peace of mind of knowing I'm just renting this puppy.

When the vacation is over I can go back to my normal routine: pissing off everyone on the subway with my giant stroller.