Thumbs Down: Second row seats don’t fold flat, expensive option packages.
Buy This Car If: If you need to haul kids and their stuff, and prefer Toyota over other manufacturers.
A few years back, the average American family had something like 2.54 kids. Throw in a dog or two, and fill the daily agenda with trips to hockey practice, cheerleading, Tae Kwon Do and ballet lessons, and you begin to see why minivans make sense for the modern family. It’s no longer enough to pick kids up from school; now parents are expected to shuttle them from place to place, carting more gear than the Lewis and Clark Expedition. It’s no wonder why minivans have gotten larger and more luxurious over the years; the average family now spends more time in their van than they do in their living room, so it may as well be comfortable.