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minivan-totally uncool, ten thousand dollars cheaper than a comparable size/capacity suv, ten miles per gallon better fuel economy, much cheaper to insure.

suv-totally cool, ten thousand dollars more expensive than a comparable size/capacity minivan, ten miles per gallon worse fuel economy, more expensive to insure, could tow a boat. do you have a boat?

about the most expensive minivan tops out around $40k-a chrysler town and country with all wheel drive, limited package. carries seven people and a bunch of junk in reasonable comfort, leather, dvd player for the kiddies, and if you were foolish enough to pull anything with a chrysler co transmission, i think the owners manual talks about a max capacity of about 3500 pounds.

to get similar passenger capacity, you give up considerable ease of entry/exit, because even with a navigator/suburban sized beast, to get into the rear seat the middle seat passengers have to get out. a suburban with leather and a tv set and all the other googa will set you back (im obviously talking list price here, not what you can buy it for) about $50000.

now it should go without saying that you can get a suv with less content for less money, but you can get a minivan with less content for less money too. im just trying to point out how much more expensive the suv is than the minivan. a two wheel drive suburban with cloth interior and power windows and locks is around $38000. a two wheel drive dodge caravan with four doors and power amenities is around $28000.

besides, yukons and explorers are so common with the soccer mom set that they're rapidly losing the cool advantage anyway.

buy whatever you want. but buy it from someone you feel comfortable doing business with. dont even go in the office, dont let your car be appraised, dont talk numbers if you dont feel reasonably comfortable with the dealership and the salesman. why put yourself through that crap, and why waste a salesmans time when you could just as well be planting flowers in your garden. much better for your heart and blood pressure.
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