Re: Family of 4 and a minivan-too much space?
I'm going to be the sort of dissenting voice and say I have two kids and wouldn't drive a minivan. But I'm not super comfortable driving something that big. We got a Mazda 5 which has a third row, sliding doors and captains chairs but feels way more like you're driving a larger hatchback. We've been very happy with the amount of room for carpooling/visiting family, vacations and day to day travel. I can fit a britax blink in the back with the third row up and I managed to fit three adults, a ten year old and my two in carseats for a very overpacked beach trip (think multiple folding chairs, coolers and an umbrella). At some point we may get a rooftop carrier but it's not necessary right now.
All this is just to say, if you're not sure you need a full size minivan, it's worth considering.
Alison, mama to my boys: KidA (12/07) and KidO(06/10)