af773atmsp From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 2734 posts, RR: 1 Posted (3 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 1637 times:
Toyota and Ford are beginning to develop hybrid minivans that will be on the U.S. market by next year. So will Chrysler/Dodge follow suit and build their own hybrid minivan for the Chrysler Town & Country and/or the Dodge Caravan. I think the hybrid minivans will be very popular in the U.S. The problem with Ford's hybrid minivan is that it only seats five and it looks more like a mini SUV (doesn't have the sliding doors like most minivans).
StuckInCA From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 2001 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (3 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 1630 times:
Is the Toyota minivan you speak of the Prius based one? If so, it think it'll share some problems with the ford (and the Mazda5 and CMax). If your objective is to haul people, they're great. If your objective is to have a car that can take your family places then they start to fall short.
Fit two adults and 3 car seats in one of those things and then tell me where you're going to fit more than about two days worth of groceries.
tristarenvy From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2265 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (3 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 1571 times:
A minivan has to go the distance, hauling adults, kids, and luggage, plus have the A/C blowing full tilt, and a Disney movie going to entertain the ankle biters. I suspect a steam powered van would make more sense, as a electric one MIGHT make it to the end of the block before running out of juice....
If you don't stand for SOMETHING, you'll fall for ANYTHING.