We’re setting out to answer the question: Who wins in the battle of minivan vs. SUV?
Here’s what you need to know about the perks of driving a swagger wagon – er, van.
5 Benefits to Being a Minivan Mom
1. Minivans save on gas.
Pass on the gas guzzlers! A minivan’s lighter body and smaller engine mean that a van can sip fuel when an SUV can’t. A van like new Ford Transit Connect is rated at 19 mpg city and 27 mpg highway. (An SUV like the Chevy Tahoe is rated at 16 mpg city and 23 mpg highway. You be the judge!)
2. Minivans have more seating than SUVs.
Minivans are made to haul people — SUVs are made to haul stuff. A family of seven can easily fit in a minivan with space for everyone, but in an SUV, third-row seating is often treated as an afterthought, resulting in cramped, unhappy passengers. Some minivans even offer seating for eight passengers.
3. Minivans boast impressive storage.
As moms, storage is music to our ears — and minivans have a ton of it. Most modern minivans offer lay-flat seats and compartments to stash and go. Compared to SUVs, many modern minivans boast more cargo volume.
A new Chevrolet Tahoe only has 15.3 cubic feet of cargo volume — the new Chrysler Pacifica has almost double that at 32.3 cubic feet. (And, the gap gets even bigger when you fold the seats down: The Pacifica offers a whopping 140.5 cubic feet! You can haul some serious stuff in there!)
4. Minivans are affordable.
Choosing a minivan for your family is a budget-friendly vehicle option. Compared with an SUV, a minivan typically has better options and lower starting prices. A mid-range Chrysler Pacifica starts at around $34,000 — a similarly-optioned Chevrolet Tahoe starts at nearly $54,000.
5. Minivans are super safe.
No mom wants to gamble with safety. While vehicles have been getting safer and safer throughout the years, some are still better choices than other. Minivans routinely achieve five-star ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Most brand-new SUVs get four out of five stars. Minivans are made to keep you and your family safe. SUVs are made to drive over rocks — what would you like your car built for?
Next time your family is looking to purchase a new vehicle, put a minivan on the list!
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