We went to see a mid-size and ended up driving the XL version of the Yukon through the back parking lot at our local GMC/Buick dealership. My wife was scared that she’d hit something and not be able to maneuver the vehicle. That was far from the truth, as a good driver is able to adapt to what they are driving pretty quickly.
The Armada changed things for our search. The two of us didn’t think that we needed that much space in a vehicle. But your stance changes when you’re able to comfortably put car seats in and out of a car without having to play Jenga in the process.
THERE AIN’T NO ROOM FOR BORING, BUT THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE (Car seat in the back)
I love these commercials because I too ain’t got no room for boring. But The Muppets can’t put in another tether in the third row seating, which is only available in the middle seat of the back three. That means the car is out immediately. You could be one of those that just uses the seat belt and moves the seat to either side of the bench in the back but 1) I believe in using the technology created to keep my child safe, and 2) my wife felt carsick in the back. Now #2 could be because she’s in the third trimester. It could also be from the make of the vehicle and how the suspension rides.
UNFORTUNATELY GOING WHERE PLENTY HAVE (Begrudgingly) GONE BEFORE
Now when my wife and I were newly weds we made a pact. There was no blood taken or lambs sacrificed. We simply agreed that under no circumstance whatsoever would we ever, ever, ever ever ever ever ever, get a minivan.
We were naive. Very naive. And we have come to accept that.
Our first stop of this journey towards comfort and capacity sent was the Honda Pilot. A very capable vehicle. My parents have an older model, I’d say around 2000. It runs nice. No major repairs. Interior has held up well. It’s big but drives small.
THE SEARCH FOR A NEW NULLA RATIONE (Mode of Transportation)
We have searched high and low for a solution to our latest family dilemma. Now that we are expanding to three children, how in the world do we get all of those car seats comfortably into a vehicle that is NOT a minivan? Can we get enough storage capacity to take bags and our dog on long trips a few times a year? And it still not be a minivan?
So we’re having to alter from our current automobile situation since the family is expanding to a party of five. We’re going to need 3 car seats so that already limits our choices. Our choices started with the Pilot, QX60, MDX, Pathfinder, Highlander, Durango, Flex and Acadia. It shockingly did include two minivans but that has been squashed. Thank goodness.