Well it is time for the van de Geyn clan to get some new wheels. At this point the front runner is the Mazda5 which, FYI, is NOT a minivan. Sure it does have sliding doors, three rows of seats and room for six people. (I’m a car guy, and a car guy can’t drive a minivan.) Technically it’s a micro van and I think it makes sense for us.
There’s a list of cars I’d love to buy but the problem (and it’s not Lisa) is that every regular car automatically becomes a two-seater when you install two child seats in the back. There’s no way I’m going to take the kids’ seats in and out of the car all the time, and we need something that can accommodate the four of us and groceries, or the four of us and a grandmother.
I read an article recently in European Car magazine where one of the editors, in an effort to avoid the minivan trap to tote around his three kids, bought a used Mercedes 600 sedan and found a car seat manufacturer that made seats narrow enough to install three across the back. The man is a genius, but I digress.
What do you drive? What makes sense for a family of four or five? (P.S. Lisa: I’m not saying we’re going to be a family of five…don’t get too excited.)