I may be ridiculed for the next year about this, but I have to come clean. I love minivans. I'm a dying breed since industry trends show minivan sales in 2008 only represented 4% of the US market down from over 6% in 2004. And three of the nine OEMs that sold minivans over the past 5 years have exited the segment.
I don't own one (yet), but I think they are a family's best friend. If it weren't for an early turn in on a lease and a great deal on a Chevrolet Traverse, I'd be sitting pretty in a Chrysler Town & Country right now. Don't get me wrong, I love my Traverse. The DVD player with head phones, second row bucket seats, seating for seven and lots of cargo space make the Traverse a nice family ride, but I want more. I want the lower deck height of a minivan so I don’t have to hoist the car seat over my head to get it in the car. I want the stow and go storage for all the stuff we seem to collect in the car. I want the sliding doors that open at the push of a button.
My husband doesn't get my love of minivans and refuses to drive one. Am I just blinded by the functionality of them? Someone must agree with my love of minivans... But then again maybe not--2009 sales trends show minivans up only a quarter of a percent from 2008. Are you a minivan lover or hater? Sound off.
Posted by Margaret Zewatsky, Global Market Analyst, Polk (10.07.2009)