We are 4 and have a minivan. Want to know a secret? I bought the minivan before I ever even had kids in mind. They drive nice, plenty roomy, better gas mileage than I got with my SUV and was a great road trip vehicle with friends.
As for family life. It is awesome. I have the stow and go seats so I put one middle seat down. My 9 month old is RFing in the other middle seat and my 3 year old on the back bench. I still have the cargo trunk area in the back for stroller and other stuff but put my groceries on the floor behind me. It has electronic doors that are easy open from my key, middle windows open and lots of storage. I adore it and would never get a different type of car.
Mommy to Fiona 12/09 and new baby Layla 3/12 a HBAC!