The Explorer vs. Mini Van talk is a frequent topic of discussion around here.
Explorer vs. Mini Van. Explorer vs. Mini Van.
I have a 2005 Explorer with a third row, albeit a third row I never use because it’s well… not that useful. The Explorer was great when it was just Kate. And when Michael was born, and I was carting him around in that crazy heavy and awkward infant carrier…it was okay.
But not-so-slowly the lack of sliding doors and the height of the Explorer and the inability to use the third row with any amount of ease made me super cranky. And then I found out I was pregnant.
That’s when I started my push for the mini van.
It’s not that Dan was against the mini van, per se. He simply preferred the Explorer given his size and stature (at 6’4 he’s not a small guy). However, I sweetly pointed out that this would be my car, the car I’d be driving 99% of the time. And that I’m the one who carts our children all over God’s green Earth.
And he agreed with that. He suggested we look at Explorers with the captains chairs, thinking that could be a compromise. But, really, in the end, we both agreed that the lure of those sliding doors and the low loading (so our kids can get into the car themselves) was strong.
So on Friday we ventured out to the Honda dealer. And five hours later drove home in the Honda Odyssey Touring in White Diamond.
I’m pretty much the happiest girl in the world.
Since my car was a 2005, it clearly wasn’t ancient. But, from a technology standpoint, it was eons behind. This car is smarter than I am. What car companies can do now totally blows my mind.
And the ride? OMG so smooth! My Explorer was one of the last to be built on a truck platform. And it felt like it. I had no idea how bumpy my car was until I got behind the wheel of the van. I just kept saying, it’s so smooth, how come it’s so smooth, Dan, can you BELIEVE how smooth this car rides?! And Dan’s all, I know, I’m sitting next to you.
My sweet Honda Odyssey, you’ve made my dreams come true. Instead of inwardly groaning when I know it’s time to load the kids up to go to school or the grocery or wherever, I squeal with glee and hit the open button on the van and the doors slide like magic, allowing my small people to get in the car without my lugging in their heavy bodies. And when I drive it, I’m confident we’re safe. And when I’m in a tight parking spot, I don’t have to perform gymnastics and squeeze my ever-growing-belly between doors because they sliiiiiiide. PRAISE!
And don’t even get my started on the power lift gate. SWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOON!
I love this Honda with all my might. It’s like a house on wheels. Anything that makes life with kids easier gets a big thumbs up in my book. Honda, I love you.