It’s time for the Sienna to move on to another family who will appreciate it more than I do. I’m over it. Done. Finis. I was done driving a van when we bought it back in ’05, but my dd was still rear-facing and you just can’t deny the ease of getting kids in and out of vans. It’s a great people hauler and the stuff we’ve fit into it has been amazing—beds, gigantic TVs, wood, a grill, etc.—but it’s nearly as big as a bus!
I’m at a crossroads as to which vehicle to buy and I could use personal experience input because I’m really torn. After a recent rental car experience with a Kia Optima (heh, that car had some pickup, I tell you—I finally gave in and drove at 80 mph because that was *its* speed), I’ve crossed sedans off my list because they sit too low to the ground. I simply had too much trouble seeing around the mammoth vehicles in front of me on the freeway to anticipate what was coming.
I’ve loved SUVs since we bought our first, a RAV4, in 1996. The smaller SUVs sit just high enough to give me visibility, yet are easy to drive, and they have 4-wheel/AWD, which is something I think I need, but dh disagrees since we already have one. More than anything, I want to drive something that I *love* to drive, not a utility vehicle, which is what the van is to me. Sure, the van has some great features that I appreciate, but I don’t love it.