So since we are increasing one in our crew we are looking for a better van than my 03 Windstar. I dropped off Mia and Damien and we took Alex and Dominic with us because when I was a kid I was always giddy when my mom and dad brought me along. I knew it'd be fun for them. First, I can fit 5 in the back of the Windstar, however there is no middle 3 point belt for Alex, just a lap and I am not cool with that. I totally believe the crash tests showing an impact could break a kid in half at the waist. So mainly that is why we are looking again before the baby arrives. Our van will be 5 yrs in September.
I wanted to try out the Honda Odyssey first because of the neat feature that it's actually 6 passengers in the back. It had DVD with wireless headphones, back up camera, seats that fold flat in the floor, 6 disc changer, doors that open with the remote, that feature where the door goes backwards if it senses something and that's a huge deal with little ones if you've ever had a kid smash a finger in a van door. (cringes on vivid reminder of Dominic smashing one) I was so amazed by the room and the dealer told us that it actually had more room than the Honda Pilot which some think is bigger since it's a SUV. You could seriously put 6 adults in the back if you needed to. The dealer sat in the 2nd row with the kids as he told them all the cool kiddie features. They were so in love with this blue van and Dominic must have said "sweet!" and "Cool mommy!" a good hundred times. So it was sad when we had to leave it (pouting from Dominic)but the dealer knew I needed to check all vans before settling on one.
Now we had planned on buying a Suburban, BUT I am not ready for the gas. When we take our 01 Dodge Ram out and I put my foot down to pass someone, I WATCH the gas gauge drop a tiny bit. If I can fit just as many in a minivan which gets a huge difference on gas mileage, I think I am going to just go that route again. I think it's going to cost less money and be better for us in the long run. Test Drive 2 will be this afternoon with a Dodge Grand Caravan Swivel and Go (the one with the table) Hopefully we can go find a Sienna at Toyota to try out as well.