Looking for some minivan alternatives?
Growing up in the ’90s, I have a lot of memories of riding in my family’s Town and Country. It wasn’t too stylish, it had plenty of get up and go, and could ferry the whole family across the country. But, in terms of social status, the Minivan has been knocked off its pedestal as the king of the roads for the family by the SUV. Even now, with a new Pacifica, a van designed to functional and stylish, the stigma against the van is still as strong as ever. So, you ask, what do you buy instead? I have a few suggestions.
Do you have a smaller family and need car suggestions?
The definitive list of anti-minivans.
When you think of Honda, you think of reliability and affordability. That’s what makes the Pilot a great pick for the growing family. With three row seating and great handling, it means you don’t need to go for the Odyssey if you want a Honda for you and your kids. And with the latest in safety features, and a backup camera, getting around town will be safe and easy.
With the death of Saab the only standing Swedish automaker is Volvo, who has turned from the boxy reliable cars of the past, to luxury cars designed to keep you and your family safe, without sacrificing any performance. The XC90 is their flagship SUV and one of the best of the market. With an available all new model, and plenty of used XC90s and seating for up to seven this SUV is the sophisticated choice on the market.
Mazda has been on a roll lately, with the 3, 6, and new MX-5 all being reviewed favorably against their competition. The CX-3 is no different. The car is one of the best values for money in the crossover segment, with available all wheel drive, and enough options to make anyone happy. And did I mention it starts at less than twenty grand? For the smaller family there is nothing better right now.
When you picture an SUV in your head, I bet you anything it will be the Chevrolet Suburban. With a new model out, deals on the used market are abundant. And if you do choose the new model, you will be choosing an SUV with a great powertrain, spacious cargo area, and three rows. Chevy knows what they have with the Suburban brand, and always knock it out of the park. Post Bailout GM is a safe bet with a great dealer and service network.
With it’s unique styling, the Ford Flex is the bold choice of the brand’s lineup of SUVs and crossovers. With available Ecoboost engines the Flex is both powerful and comfortable. I love the retro look of the metal siding, and the car is a blast to drive. Either this or the new expedition are great choices for the Ford leaning family.
So there you have it, five cars that can free you from the social stigma of the Minivan, with choices that will make your friends and family all wanting to ride with you.
Patrick Hoffstetter is an autoblogger. Find him on Twitter at @PartyPat116