Why do minivans get a bad rap?

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  1. Megatron1

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    I was browsing the internet and I noticed a lot of people hate minivans for some reasons. I think they're REALLY cool for one reason: LUXURY!

    Yes, minivans are one of the most luxurious cars ever. In that matter, I love the 2011 Toyota Sienna(right) and 2012 Honda Odyssey(left).

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    But my heart goes out to the Dodge Grand Caravan(below). Because my mom used to have one from 1996, and it has a nostalgic feel to me.

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    So, why all the hate on minivans, people? Please explain.
     
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    What?
     
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    Lolwut?
     
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    I think some people view it as a sign of getting old. Family, kids, etc.
     
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    How the fuck do you associate minivans with luxury? Do you mean space? Because those are completely different concepts.

    Rolls Royces have luxury. Jaguars are luxurious. Hell, even a BMW 7-series is a luxury automobile. The Toyota Sienna, not so much.

    People hate on minivans because they are predominantly driven by suburbanite families, and because they are designed to be safe, reliable, and utilitarian. These aspects are, all-together, pretty much a recipe for an "uncool" car. Gone are the days of the Chevy Astro Van with a wizard airbrushed on the side and all-carpet interior. People also hate certain minivans because some models have massive design and quality issues, and because they aren't really fuel efficient or all that nice to look at compared to something "sportier".

    Speaking as someone who's owned minivans, they're endlessly useful, depending on how you plan on using them. The new ones are pretty comfortable and have some convenient features, but far from luxurious.

    Luxury? Minivans? REALLY?!
     
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    Because it is very difficult to look bad-ass while driving a minivan.
     
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    As soon as luxury was brought into this discussion the thread was lost. Minivans =/= luxurious.
     
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    my mom got mini van - mini van got two side doors each side of it
    my mom love it and my mom used it for shopping and some shows
     
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    It's because they're so tall. I'll stick with my Escort Wagon, I don't have to deal with people keying my car because they can't see past my car when they pull out of a parking space.
     
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    Don't current minivans comes fully loaded with cool stuff like multiple video screens, dvd players, etc. My car doesn't have that. Sounds like a luxury to me!
     
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    Because they tend to be insanely ugly. Even the best-looking ones (the recent Dodge ones) are far from good-looking. They're just not as ugly as the rest.
     
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    I guess, because its not cool looking.
     
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    ... seriously though, vans don't need to suck ass, namely because the Lumina & VW Bus exist. Not to mention the Mr T van.
     
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    And I pity the fool who thinks that's not cool!

    Seriously though, for me it's mostly the drivers not the vehicles themselves. I usually refer to them as toddler transports or kiddie kruisers. Too bad the soccer moms don't typically know how to drive.
     
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    Well, I'll just say this. I might end up getting overturned in the future by way of common sense, but even if I end up being a babydaddy to 8 kids, all of em are getting crammed into my PT Cruiser. Survival of the fittest ones who call shotgun, I say.

    No way that's getting sold for a damn van, regardless of how good Dodge's Caravan campaigns have been getting.
     
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    Partly due to terribad gasmilage. That, and it is like the red headed step-child of the Pedo-Van.
     
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    The minivan, is that what sex offenders use to kidnap little kids?
     
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    Because humans tend to fear and deride what they don't understand...

    I'm on my 3rd Minivan, and I can't really stand to drive cars anymore, (FYI- I'm 6'5", 245) my wife has a Camry, and her Mom has a Grand Prix, and while they are roomy they haven't got s**t on my Monterey. My second vehicle ever was a Minivan (87 Voyager) and while I'll never buy another Chrysler Minivan, I'm sure if my next vehicle isn't an Acadia it will be another Minivan.....

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    Ignore the silly boys playing Samurai and you can see my Monterey behind them....
     
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    Minivans get a bad rap because it's well deserved. My family has owned three.

    Hunter green Caravan 1996 x2 (I swear, between this and red, that's ALL Dodge/Chrysler knew how to make. "You want a different color? Piss off.")
    Baby blue Caravan 1995

    Here are the problems:
    Fuel hogs. (Efficiency is NOT remotely capable with these beasts.)

    Can be horrible in winter weather. (No weight in the back, suckers will slide.)

    When the A/C fails, and it will, it's like being in a wind tunnel attached to a furnace. (You can open the rear windows and roll down the fronts. Whoopity doo. Sucks in all that hot air, plus whatever's in the vehicle at the time, and blows it all around inside the vehicle. It's like Hell...on wheels.

    Caravans have a few well known problems: Their transmissions tend to fail past a certain point, their struts fracture during travel, and their engines are notorious for failing.

    But, they're bought a dime a dozen, so finding used ones at okay prices, with access to insane amounts of parts (either new or recertified used), makes them somewhat wanted by families.

    They do offer plenty of space (I did enjoy the spaciousness).
    They do offer great amenities, depending on the package you buy.
    The Captain's Chairs are AWESOME.
    The view from the height change is fantastic. (Took a lot of getting used to when we switched back to a car.)

    But their prices are astronomical. As for luxury? Bullshit. It's Mom's Taxi. Nothing more, nothing less. They just happen to dress it up better, or at least sometimes.
     

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