Our little 4 door sedan was getting too tight with 3 car seats and 3 kids. It has been a VERY reliable car, and efficient and cheap to own and drive. But for a couple different reasons we were ready for a small upgrade. After driving a couple vans, we knew we were going to have to be grownups and think about something practical, efficient, and most importantly....cheap. Vans after they get 100,000 miles are extremely cheap compared to pickups and SUVs.
We always kinda wanted a small SUV. But the back seat is not any bigger than our car, and the fuel mileage is usually bad. So we got this plain Jane Dodge van. 10 years old of course, and 112,000 miles already. But as my readers are well aware of, we generally don't buy vehicles that are new, and I tend to bust my knuckles keeping junk running as long as possible.
The only options it has is electric locks, elect windows, and an aftermarket DVD player installed. Otherwise it is your basic kid hauler. Very clean compared to several we looked at. So we decided we were ready to be grownups now.