You know why people drive big cars now? Three reasons: 1. Ego,
2. Seatbelt Laws, 3. Carseats.
1. I think that people who drive SUVs to be cool are the antithesis of cool. For example, my friend's sister. Sarah and her girlfriend, Sarah (
) each drive Hummers. Sarah 1 has a black one, Sarah 2 has a white one. They neither have nor want kids. Not that there's any reason for a Hummer, anyway, but TWO?!! For a family of two? Come on!
2. My mom's family has 5 kids in it. Her uncle's has 6 kids. When she was growing up, when all 11 kids and both moms were going somewhere, you know what vehicle they took? The pickup truck. The kids in the bed, the moms and the littlest kids in the cab.
They don't even MAKE a station wagon with a third seat anymore. Volvo was the last company to make one, Buick was the last U.S. manufacturer. Those models have been out of production for about 10 years.
3. I drive a Bonneville (which is a great car, BTW). Theorhetically, it seats six people. This would work if we put a little, carseatless kid in the middle between DH and I. That is unsafe, so of course it does not work. With two car seats in the back, the Bonneville seats four, not six.
I was lusting after the Britaxes in Target the other day, and man are they HUGE. Our other car is a Toyota Corrola. We could only fit one Britax in the back of that, and probably no one else would fit back there once it was installed.
My friend, whose husband works for Ford, drives an Explorer with a third row seat. You know how many car seats we fit in that thing? Four. Plus room for two adults. In a Suburban you can fit six or seven car seats, plus room for at least two adults.
Before we have another child, DH and I are planning on buying a minivan. Not the gas guzzler that an SUV is, but a big car nonetheless. I know that SUVs were all kinds of stylish there for a decade, but people really do have legitimate reasons for buying big cars.
Or, for that matter, for shopping at Wal Mart.