Originally Posted by BethSLP
I've always wondered why SUVs are so coveted by families. To me, they get about the same gas mileage as a minivan, which seems MUCH more useful to a family than an SUV. I don't know any families personally that need the power to go off-roading
I looked at both when looking for our "family car" (as I had a two door civic before). I just don't like wasting gas on capabilities I don't use (like the power/sport utility aspects).
Do you think the dork factor of a minivan is just so huge, that families prefer SUV? Its the only thing I can figure myself
Unless you live where there are lots of snow and ice maybe???
Not being snarky, just wondering.
My mother got a minivan when we were kids, because 3 kids didn't fit comfortably with the carseat in their old car . . . yada yada yada usual story. Anyway, we had a Dodge Carvan with a 4-cyl. engine. Sounds great for gas, huh? IT SUCKS to drive. I got to practice driving on it because it was the "old car" by the time I was 14. It can't go uphill with the a/c on, it feels like you will never get up to Interstate speed, it just doesn't have enough power. If you are going to get a car that is as big as a truck you need a truck-size engine.
And if you are going to get a gass guzzling engine you might as well skip the dork -factor too.
Her next car was a GMC Safari with the large 6-cyl, and now she drives a long-version Yukon. She says she'll never go back to a car again.
Me personally, I think trucks ride better than cars. I don't know what you guys are talking about, maybe my family has sucky cars. When I'm riding in a truck you hit a pothole and keep going. When I'm riding in a car I feel like the entire car just kinda bottoms out in the potholes. I feel like my arse is scraping the ground on every bump when I ride with DH.
I drive a Ford Ranger, which is "sister" to the Ford Explorer which the OP said she didn't like. I want to know what's not to like? This truck is shorter to the ground than a monster, I can easily get carseats, heavy stuff and my dog can get in and out without help and I'm only 5' tall. I have a big 6-cyl and it even gets decent gas milage!
If you said that the Ford Explorer is HUGE you must be thinking about the Excursion or one of the other full-sized Truck/SUVs because the Explorers are small like a Ranger or comperable to an S-10.