Let me start by posing the question “Why do some mommies and daddies feel like after having a child, their cool factor needs to disappear?” Is there a chemical reaction that occurs in the delivery room that causes parents to lose it? Even worse, at what point does a young parent or future parent decide that buying a minivan is a good idea? My second question is why? Is it functionality, comfort, safety? Sure a minivan provides automatic opening doors but I'm pretty certain the small disclaimer at the bottom of the window sticker reads, "WARNING! WILL DRAIN TESTOSTERONE". Although inappropriate, I want to assume the role of the elementary school bully and run up to those geeky dads and give them a wedgie. I also find it important to add that no woman looks snazzy in her's either.
I am all about functionality and features that make life easier, but at a price. Velcro sneakers, pocket protectors and the illicit man purse I like to mention so often all provide great functionality. To me, all of them as well as minivans are just too much of a sacrifice.
I looked into the pricing of minivans (online because I would never step into a dealership to check them out) and did notice that they are more affordable than some comparable SUVs. If that's your main reason for switching over to the dark side then I have a suggestion for you. It seems the top of the line minivan model is the Honda Odyssey, coming in at around $30k. Why not check out the Jeep Commander? Comparable price, just as much comfort, safe, 3rd row of seats, the lifesaving dvd player and a fully acceptable cool factor, well at least from this Dude's View.