I remember well when my mom bought her first (and only) minivan. It was a 1990 Chevy Lumina and looked like a dustbuster. See below. Hers was this color too.
Thankfully, times have changed.
We spent the weekend driving the new 2011 Toyota Sienna. As I explained before it's a good thing I never said 'never'. The Sienna is amazing. I have always said that if I'm going to drive a minivan it's got to be cool on the inside to make up for coolness points lost on the outside. Touchscreen navigation, widescreen dvd player, amazing technology, phenomenal handling. It's basically a luxury car on the inside and a minivan on the outside. It has no keys it locks when you touch the handle. Power doors, backup camera. If it's possible to fall for a minivan, I have fallen.
Despite their best efforts we didn't buy it today. Until the dealership decides it's worth eating the rest of our lease payments, we will sit tight. We'll even test drive some others, just to make sure. But, I'm ready. It makes drives to St. Louis, Erie and anywhere else seem SO easy. I'm sold.
The Best part? Walking away from a dealership, making them wait.