I want a minivan. There, I’ve said it. It’s now out there in the public record, and I can’t take it back. Prior to having children, I never really understood the need for a Zamboni-sized vehicle. But I gave up on looking cool six years ago when I purchased a VW station wagon. I’m just one minivan shy of throwing in the towel, purchasing some mom jeans, and donning a holiday sweater.
It’s not that I need a huge car. 95% of the time there are only 3 humans in my vehicle. I’m sure the heavy-duty carpool days are ahead, but it’s rare that I need more than 3 car seats in my car at a time. My desire for a minivan comes down to these simple words: Automatic Opening Doors. Pathetic, I know, but I really think this amazing feature would significantly change my life. First, we live on a hillside, and our driveway is ridiculously slanted. I’m just waiting for one of my children to pull on a door while climbing in and cut off a limb. Second, I circle my car at least 3 times every time we get in or out, letting one child in, buckling another, handing a toy/book/cup to the first again, etc. This frustrates me. So, I want a minivan.
However, as a mom who truly is trying to have less of a negative impact on the environment, I’m committed to purchasing a hybrid vehicle for my next car. I feel guilty on almost every car trip I take these days, that I’m just sucking the clean air out of the sky with my 20-something-MPG VW. Nevermind that I might as well be throwing $10 bills out the window while driving down I-40 given current gas prices.
So what is an environmental-wannabe mom to do? Rumor has it that Honda is coming out with a hybrid Odyssey in the next few years. Rumor also has it that it will sell for roughly $40,000. And rumor has it the Kersh family will not be purchasing this van. A hybrid SUV with a third row helps with the guilt factor, but doesn’t include my required feature of automatic opening doors.
So I’m stuck in neutral. I’m open to your ideas. Please feel free to post comments and thoughts. Perhaps we’ll start a grassroots movement that will influence Detroit. Or maybe you’ll just tell me to suck it up, level my driveway and keep on walking around my car.