Minivans have a bad rap. Young mothers avoid them because, well, the last thing they seem to want is a vehicle that shouts, “Hey, I’m a mom!” Big crossovers or SUVs are acceptable for some reason, but a minivan? No thanks. Remember the TV commercials in which the “cool moms” all bought Ford Flexes instead of minivans? They made me cringe, but Ford clearly was onto something.
Our message: Forget stereotypes, be comfortable with who you are, and get the type of vehicle you need. For the Bornhop family’s recent trip to Lake Tahoe for a wedding, that meant a minivan. In our particular case, a 2016 Kia Sedona, a luxurious 7-seater that accommodated the five of us (mom, dad, two sons and a girlfriend) with ease as we motored our way up and down California’s scenic Highway 395.
Here’s our take after driving Kia’s minivan for one week and approximately 1100 miles.