Let’s just say you’re in the car-buying market for a vehicle that can schlep more than a few people around. And let’s just say that maybe some of those people are little, like kid size, but you are the last person in the world to hitch up your mom jeans and buy a mini-van. No big, here in the new millennium, we have all kinds of cross-overs in various price ranges that have the resume of a mini-van, with the body of a hot rod. Allow me to introduce you to 5 of the Brad Pitt’s of mini-van alternatives:
- Honda Odyssey – You may have seen one of the hilarious Odyssey commercials, but screaming guitar isn’t really needed to emphasize the cool factor of this swagger wagon. With a rear entertainment system, a V6 that gets 28 mpg on the highway, and a suggested starting price of $27,800, the Odyssey is definitely proving its mettle.
- Buick Enclave – When they say “sculpted design,” they are not kidding. This is not your grandma’s Buick. This Buick apparently just left the gym and still has its shirt off, and there is no way anyone will believe you are carting around the T-ball team in this rugged luxury vehicle. Starting at around $35,615, it runs you about as much as your in-state Bachelor’s degree and looks way better in your driveway.
- Ford Flex – I hadn’t had the chance to peep this car until recently, and when I did, I was fully surprised at what I found. I typically think of Fords as having more of an Americana body style, but this hot piece of metal is just as avant and modernist as you like. Your tastes will look refined, even on your way to that laser tag birthday party. The base price of $32,699 means this collector’s edition is meant for everyone.
- Jetta SportWagen – Jetta must mean “sporty” in German, because when I look at these cars, I think agile and adorable. It looks like a vehicle that takes you to yoga, the organic market, and volunteers at the animal shelter while you think it’s just chillin’ in your driveway. Its $19,995 price tag makes it the most affordable of the bunch, and its list of abilities makes it the envy of the whole neighborhood.
- BMW X5 – The paint on BMWs must have some sort of classy scent stirred right into them, because whenever you see one, you cannot help but imagine the person driving attending symphonies and browsing through rare book collections. This car manages to look sophisticated and substantive, like it could 4-wheel it up a mountain without getting its Monolos dirty. That well-known BMW mystique will cost you, though – this is my priciest pick at $46,300.
So, if you’re in the car-buying market for a ride that seats all your little feet, but that you can take out on a Saturday night, I suggest you check out these 5. And let me know what you think!