When you need a spacious vehicle it’s natural to consider purchasing a minivan. They definitely deliver the space you’re looking for, but minivans also have their limitations. Style is rarely a priority in minivan design, some are cumbersome to drive, while others simply aren’t meant for driving on anything but smooth pavement. If you need a spacious vehicle that also happens to be capable and stylish, you have options.
Here are three minivan alternatives that won’t kill your cool:
It’s only natural to feel a bit safer when you’re driving an SUV. While minivans offer plenty of space, they tend to be low to the ground and not ideal for winter driving conditions or rough roads. The GMC Terrain is a capable mid-size SUV that seats 5 comfortably and provides plenty of cargo space. It also delivers a responsive, comfortable ride which is important for drivers and passengers alike. There are definite hints of pickup truck in the design and it has regularly been award top safety ratings
“The 2014 GMC Terrain combines excellent cabin comfort with a cushioned ride and top-notch safety and reliability ratings.” - U.S. News & World Report
The Ford Flex doesn’t drive, it floats. Less bulky than a traditional minivan and much more stylish, the Flex still provide you with seating for 7 passengers and plenty of cargo room for everything your clan needs to bring with them—sports equipment, science projects, groceries, you name it. Since it’s low to the ground, the Flex is easy to access, which is great for young kids, and people with mobility limitations. And above all, it is a safe vehicle, having been awarded a Top Safety Pick honour by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
“...Flex sets itself apart from the pack by being completely different from other crossover vehicles, thanks in part to its slab-sided styling.” - The Car Connection
Sometimes you need space and 4x4 capabilities, and you’re not going to get both of those things in a minivan. A reliable Mazda Tribute may be the perfect option for you. Smaller than the average minivan, the Tribute seats 5 while offering a spacious cargo area. It’s the right size for a couple who like to head to the trails with their mountain bikes on the weekend, or a family in need of a capable vehicle that’s able to take on rough roads and terrain.
“A generous amount of interior room for five passengers mostly benefits those in front. The buckets are wide and have plenty of surrounding room; the rear bench seat doesn't have as much spread-out space, but two adults can ride on it happily.” - The Car Connection
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