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Why are minivans "uncool"

  1. autumnlove

    hostess / wonderful watermelon / 39513 posts

    I love my Sienna! I don't care about sleekness, etc.

  2. jedeve

    pomegranate / 3643 posts

    @aprild: yeah , the SUV being the cooler option is all just marketing. I mean, sure I prefer the look of an SUV but I realize that's just because I've been told by people who want to sell to me that it's the sexy option. And really, who do I want to think I'm young and sexy and cool? And really, minivans are "sleeker" in profile. SUVs are boxy.

    Also was anyone that embarrassed by their parent's minivan? I remember not loving when I drove it (because then it was obvious it wasn't my car) but I never thought it was weird or embarrassing that my parents had one. Or when anyone else drove their parent's.

    I also think a vacuum cleaner sounds super cool. My car is 10yo and does not have the fancy bells and whistles new cars do!

    I listened to a Planet Money podcast once on how the Audi used to be like the Lincoln. Considered old and lame. And then they started marketing to our generation before we were old enough to buy cars and now that we are all grown up and can afford them, people think they are super cool. It was pretty fascinating!

  3. erinpye

    pomegranate / 3706 posts

    I feel like they're kind of the mom jeans of cars. I'm just not a fan, aesthetically.

  4. dc yoga bee

    grapefruit / 4770 posts

    My parents never had a minivan, so I don't think they're uncool because of that. They tend to be some of the worst drivers I see on the road, so that's kind of scary assuming they have kids in the car. I love to drive, and they're just clunky to me. If I'm spending $45,000 on a car, I care about how it looks and drives. If I only cared about making sure I got somewhere, I would just buy a beater car and call it a day. We have one car garages, and my neighbor just traded in their SUV for a van, and can't fit the van in the garage!

  5. littlebug

    honeydew / 7504 posts

    Yeah, I'm kind of over the word "mom" being flung around as an insult - "mom car, mom jeans, mom haircut..." I am a mom, dammit, and I'm proud of that! I grew up in Volkswagon vans (from the old school bus, to the Vanagon, and now my parents still drive a Eurovan), so I have no qualms whatsoever about vans. If Volkswagon still sold vans in the US, I'd plunk down money on that baby in a heartbeat!

  6. Finfan

    persimmon / 1436 posts

    Minivans are awkward to drive. New ones do have some cool features. I thought about switching my CRV for a van but DH said the hood areas are too small for him to do the maintenance on comfortably. I test drove a bunch of vehicles and if I do need something bigger than my CRV, I really liked the Chevy Traverse. We only have 2 LOs though.

    Most people around here drive SUVs or regular cars.

  7. Mrs. Lion

    blogger / grapefruit / 4836 posts

    I love my mini van! It makes it so much easier to get kids in and out of the car because the doors slide and I dont have to worry about a kid making me bump someone elses door with mine. And the doors open with a button, which is awesome when you have arms full of babies. Function is way more important to me. But I also spend a lot of time in yoga pants haha.

  8. Foodnerd81

    wonderful cherry / 21504 posts

    I decided on a metaphor for my feelings- minivan is like sweatpants, SUV is like yoga pants. Sure both are for comfort and you probably aren't doing anything sporty, but yoga pants / SUV you COULD.

    (Disclaimer: I wear yoga pants every day and have "nice" pairs and stretched out target pairs that I wore for two pregnancies. Call me if you want style advice).

  9. Mrs. Lion

    blogger / grapefruit / 4836 posts

    @Foodnerd81: you could be like half my fb friends and sell really STYLISH yoga pants!

  10. PinkElephant

    grapefruit / 4570 posts

    @Foodnerd81: HAHAHA this made me smile. My "luxury" SUV with various silly upgrades is totally the car equivalent a pair of lululemon yoga pants. Makes me at least feel like I am ready to do something way cooler, trendier, and fancier than I'm actually doing

    To the original question - I think it's just about the look, and the perceived ability to drive it fast/aggressively? Like, I can't envision a youngh-ish guy flooring a mini-van down an empty stretch of road and getting excited...there's slightly more chance of winding fast around curvy roads/Alaskan tundra with a "cool" looking SUV, maybe? I personally wouldn't drive a minivan because we live in the city, and street parking/getting it down narrow streets would be a nightmare. I also feel like I sit higher in an SUV than I would in (some) mini vans.

  11. avivoca

    watermelon / 14467 posts

    @PinkElephant: We had an intern last summer who was a buff male (he played minor league baseball before getting his MA in History) and he drove a janky green Honda Oddesy like he stole it. Crazy fast, whipping that thing around corners like nobody's business. It was crazy and not what I associate minivan driving with.

    Idk. I'll get my "cool" dream car when my kids are grown. Right now, my dream car For this stage of life is a minivan.

  12. Foodnerd81

    wonderful cherry / 21504 posts

    @avivoca: when we borrowed my parents odyssey Dh, who really is a very good driver, actually made the tires squeal taking a turn.

    @PinkElephant: yes- it is so much better driving a nice SUV than my parents minivans (which are the only minivans I have driven). But again, I admit it's a nice mom car.


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