November 11, 2007

PUT THE FEAR IN THE DEER:

Best Family Haulers–That Aren't Minivans (Rick Newman, 3/9/07, US News)

It's the era of sexy moms and alternadads, and now the automakers want to do their part to make sure parents don't feel frumpy. For nearly two decades, the ungainly minivan, with its cavernous seating and multiple cupholders, was the only real option for families with kids, pets, gear, and places to go. But don't look now–there's been a minivan-ishing act going on. Since peaking in 1995 at 8.5 percent, minivans' share of the U.S. car market has dipped below 6 percent, according to Power Information Network. And it's likely to keep falling.

One big reason: a flotilla of new models that have many minivan features–including a standard or optional third-row seat that raises capacity to six, seven, or more–but a lot more curb appeal.


Sorry, but the family hauling argument begins and ends with the Chevy Suburban. It fits 9 without any trouble and actually has room for luggage if you go on a trip.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 11, 2007 6:57 AM
Comments

My folks' last station wagon was a '76 Grand Torino. Now there was a tank.

"She's a squirrel crushing, deer smacking, driving machine!"

Posted by: Mikey at November 11, 2007 1:26 PM

At something like 3 gallons per mile.

Posted by: Gideon at November 11, 2007 4:56 PM

We have a Mazda 5, which is a miniaturized minivan. Third row seating, decent-sized cargo bay, good gas mileage, and not bad on twisty back roads.

Posted by: Mike Morley at November 12, 2007 9:24 AM
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