In our past two articles, we’ve reviewed the similarities that both minivans and SUVs have to offer, as well as some of the differences that minivans bring to the table. However, regardless of the level of practicality that may exist in that of a minivan, there’s one issue that lots of folks just can’t get over – the image.
There’s a definite segment of the population who don’t like minivans because they scream “soccer mom”. Fortunately, those folks have other options…specifically, an SUV.
SUV’s ride higher than minivans, which mean they often allow for a better view out. And, depending on the type, an SUV can seat just as many as a minivan. Many SUV’s also offer “stadium seating”, which allows the passengers in the third row to see over those in the second row.
They can also pack a lot of power. Full-sized SUV’s have a higher tow rating than minivans, which means that towing a boat for a family trip to the lake is a totally “do-able” task. Plus, they’re large and roomy, which is great for older kids. Another benefit is four-wheel drive, which is great for tackling bad weather and/or unpaved roads.
There are roughly 65 modles of SUV’s on the market, which means that there’s a little something for everyone. Unlike minivans, SUV’s come in all sizes (compact, midsize, full size…and gigantic) and configurations, too. Which means that if you’re looking for two-rows or three-rows (of seating), truck-based or car-based, two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive, or luxury vs bare bones, you’ll probably find your “perfect match”.
In the end, though, it’s all about what suits you best. If hauling cargo and people are your main concerns, then a minivan may just be the perfect vehicle for you. And, if transporting teens, towing boats, and driving through mud and snow are things on your daily “to do” list, then an SUV may fit your lifestyle better.
However, being able to make an informed decision will be your best choice – happy shopping!