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Old 01-05-2013, 08:09 PM   #21
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We have a minivan and 2 kids, though we have another baby on the way. I love it. I will never go back until we don't have to haul stuff. I can fit all (soon to be) 3 kids, 2-3 passengers, and 2 full size strollers.

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Old 01-05-2013, 08:11 PM   #22
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Re: Family of 4 and a minivan-too much space?

The sliding doors on the key fob are awesome. I can open the doors from inside the house, pick up my load of crap, and walk outside to put it all in the car.

Also, you don't have to worry about your kids dinging someone else's car in a parking lot, either.
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Old 01-05-2013, 08:27 PM   #23
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Re: Family of 4 and a minivan-too much space?

We got our first van with just one kid and one on the way. We rented through a friend and wound up giving it back. When I had the 2 we bought our first van outright. We have 4 now so it is a must, but I will never go back. We are actually talking about upgrading to a 12 or 15 passenger Nissan. Not sure if we will because I like the thought of being out of debt in the next month.
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Old 01-05-2013, 08:33 PM   #24
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We had a minivan with one child!! LOL I was also a nanny at the time, though, and frequently transported 3 children in it. A lady ran into it and totaled it, and insurance wouldn't pay enough to buy another one. We are currently looking for another one b/c we want a vehicle that can transport larger items. It will also help me get a nanny job caring for more children, as I can only fit two carseats in my current car (Dodge Stratus).
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I have ONE kid and a mini van and love it.

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If it makes you feel any better, we have a Navigator with the third row taken out just so we have enough room for strollers and Costco trips. I would rather have ample space than not enough space any day!!
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I know a ton of families with two kids and have a minivan

We actually brought our van right after DD was born. We knew we wanted more and figured we'd just upgrade then. We love it... even with two kids

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Old 01-06-2013, 06:32 AM   #28
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I have 2 kids and would LOVE that space!
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We don't have a dog and don't see ourselves as a minivan family. We are more of a hatchback/roof rack family of 4. But I would never wonder why a family of 4 would want a minivan. Lots of room in there.
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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.
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