5 Reasons a Minivan Might Belong in Your Driveway
As you head out car shopping, you have a wide variety of choices in vehicles. Today’s drivers can opt for anything from tiny European-style mini-cars to large and rugged SUVs. But one category of vehicle that rarely gets the attention it deserves is the minivan.
The minivan often gets a bad reputation. But, in reality, the minivan is a solid vehicle that has many uses and could really make your life easier. Why? Here are five reasons a minivan should be in your driveway.
Plenty of Space
Many people who want an SUV instead of a car or truck do so because they need the additional space. The good news is that minivans are very spacious. Most modern vans have seats that fold down completely — and even older models’ seats can usually be removed. The interior is also taller and doors are wider than SUVs so you can use all that space to easily haul everything from camping gear to furniture. SUVs provide plenty of seating, too, but space is particularly limited when all that seating is used. The vehicle also sits fairly high — better for tough driving conditions — so you have less height inside. Both situations make it harder for passengers versus the taller and lower minivan.
While SUVs have many similar qualities as a minivan, they do suffer when maneuvering around inside. Those shorter ceilings and narrower rows cause challenges if your vehicle is full of squirming kids or you need to add luggage or snacks where people can use it. On a long road trip, an SUV will feel more cramped more quickly than most vans.
Also, if you have little ones or older adults in your car often, both groups may find it hard to climb in and out of an SUV from the ground. But vans are often popular with grandparents who have developing mobility issues, both for lower ground clearance and large sliding doors.
Better Gas Mileage
In an era of constantly rising gas prices, just about everyone wants fuel efficiency. The most fuel-efficient vehicle you’ll find is likely to be a newer model of sedan. And many SUVs (especially older pre-owned ones) are much bigger energy hogs. But if you need the bigger vehicle, a minivan’s fuel efficiency will generally outpace comparably sized SUVs.
Do you need your vehicle to be as versatile as your life must be? Then a minivan is the right choice for you. You can add or remove seats, providing room for up to seven or eight people. Or you can fill the entire space with cargo. You can even tow trailers on the back of most models of van.
Modern minivans have sufficient power to remain comfortable on road trips, and a few models even come with all-wheel drive for winter.
Good Financial Value
Finally, you’ll save money when you opt for a minivan — generally both used and new models. Why? Simply put, they’re not as popular as most other vehicles — both larger and smaller — so you can get more for your money.
For the same set budget, you may be able to buy a newer model of van or get more upgrades than comparably priced SUVs considered more exciting. Similarly, you can get SUV features while paying closer to the price of a standard car.
Clearly, the humble minivan has a lot to offer. Whether you’re an individual on the go, a business that needs cargo space, or a family just trying to keep everyone happy, a minivan can give you what you need. At Roseville Automall, we have a large and ever-changing inventory of both new and used minivans alongside cars, trucks, and SUVs. Stop by today to check out our fleet.