I drive a minivan. I know, right? Yes, I really did say that outloud. Yes, I am embarrassed… slightly, but not nearly as much as you would think. I know that typically those in minivan club treat it like fight club–nobody talks about it. But, did you know that George Clooney drives a minivan? Yep.
My friend George stated that “After a while, you just want transportation, and things like cool cars or motorcycles are all about getting attention. I get all the attention I could ever need, so I kind of like being in a minivan and people not paying so much attention me”.
Being a celebrity is kind of like being a mom, right? I mean we never get a break from tiny attention-seeking and attention-giving fans…so, I’ll stick to my use of that comparison here.
Truth be told, I never thought I would ever buy a minivan. The connotation alone that goes along with a minivan was reason enough not to want one. A minivan would mean that I am old, mature and boring. A minivan would mean that I am the opposite of those adventurous and “cool” people that by SUVs and crossovers.
All my preconceived notions went out the motorized sliding side doors when I signed my contract to purchase my Chrysler Town and Country S back in early 2016. With three children to haul around, here are the reasons I purchased my minivan:
— It is so spacious. More space = comfortable.
— In-car entertainment. My Town and Country S Model has dual tv/dvds.
— Low ground clearance = easy for the kiddies to get in and out of.
— Motorized sliding doors. SO. AMAZING. You hit a button and they open or close at your will. (Just be careful because mom-mode has me forget to close my sliding doors on many occasions).
— Flat-fold seating.
–Bucket Seats. Yes! These “captains chairs” help to provide separation for arguing siblings.
— Standard third row. (Some van models, like mine, allow for your third row to flip and become tailgating seats facing out from the trunk).
— Tri-zone climate control
— Gets better gas mileage than an SUV.
— Lots of safety features (model specific)
— Tons of room for cargo.
— Most are affordable.
Let me tell you, minivan = mega fun — for you and the kiddies…most of the time. And, it is not your forever car. In a couple of years you can trade up for that fancy SUV you’ve been dying for.
I’m just saying — you should never judge a mom by her car. I’m still cool and I’m still a bad***.
I am just a practical bad***.