Minivan or SUV for a Family
Not even all that long ago, the choice between a minivan and a sport utility vehicle (SUV) for families was pretty straightforward. That decision pretty much boiled down to how many kids were in the family. If there were more than a couple of kids or you were going to be driving around their cousins and/or friends on a regular basis, you were pretty much shoehorned into getting a minivan. Conversely, if you had only one or two children and you lived a relatively quiet life without needing to drive around all sorts of other kids or people, an SUV was the way to go.
These days, though, the huge selection of SUVs on the market mean the choice between an SUV and a minivan is no longer an easy binary selection process. Minivans were once the vehicles that families would turn to for six or more seats while not taking up a huge amount of space on the road or in parking spots like oversized standard vans are so disliked for. SUVs, for the most part, sat about the same number of people as any other regular car, which generally topped out at 5. Things are not like that anymore.
In the modern comparison between SUVs and minivans, it is the wide array of choices as far as SUVs are concerned that has complicated the process. Minivans have gone relatively unchanged for decades now, including their shape and general utility – and this also applies to the ‘uncool’ stigma attached to these vehicles. On the other hand, SUVs now come in many different shapes and sizes, and they are usually considered to be attractive vehicles. Take, for instance, the Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class and the GLS SUV. The former seats five and is only marginally larger than a wagon or large sedan. The latter seats seven and has a huge cargo capacity at almost 94 cubic feet. Both, however, would likely be considered far more attractive than any minivan on the market by the majority of car shoppers. Mercedes Benz is widely known to be a high end luxury vehicle which has great quality of build and rarely breaks down. Still, the luxury providers often have more expensive car parts, compared to their American counterparts. Mercedes Benz Car Parts are no different, still there are alternatives to OEM like aftermarket Mercedes Benz Parts and accessories.
So, since the number of seats is somewhat irrelevant now, there are only a couple things that need to be considered when comparing SUVs and minivans. The first thing that most people look at is the price, and minivans are much more affordable than their SUV counterparts, especially if you are looking at used vehicles. After the price, the vehicles’ heights and minivans’ inclusion of sliding doors are where your preferences will come into play. Furthermore, SUVs are more likely to include 4WD, which is excellent for stability and handling in poor weather.
Still, families that still use car seats – especially when there is more than one car seat required – should stick with minivans. The sliding doors and lower height make getting the kids in and out of their chairs much easier. If this isn’t a concern for you, however, and you really want a vehicle you can show off and take some pride in aesthetically, an SUV is right up your alley.