The Minivan? The MINI? The Powerful SUV? Help Patch Writer Make Her Decision

She's taken six different vehicles for test drives. Now it's time for van-driving-mom-of-4 Angela Youngblood to get serious about her next ride.

By now, you've probably fallen in love with Angela Youngblood and her endearing family as they've taken us along on their car-shopping adventure. 

As you recall in , Angela is in search of a replacement for her full-size van that's on the fritz. She is looking for something roomy yet stylish; practical yet talked-about. 

Here's a recap of her test drives:

  • , Angela felt edgy. 
  • , she felt safe but, well, boring.
  • , she and her family felt crowded. 
  • , Angela felt powerful and wondered if she was falling in love.
  • she was alive and singing along to Blondie — but living in a day-without-kids fantasyland.
  • , Angela may have found "the one."

Now it's time to hear from you.

Which vehicle do you think best fits Angela and her family? Are there any other she should try? Any she should try for a second time? What do you think of her reviews? Should she make a purchase?

Stephen Frye June 14, 2012 at 03:27 PM
The Town and Country, for sure, we've had 3 and loved them all. In fact, we may try to turn in lease early to get next year's as it may be last year they make 'em. We have 3 kids and it's only way to travel. Note, I drive a Journey, and I like, and it's great for two kids, or picking up big items, or lots of shopping with one kid, but it couldn't be the family vehicle.
JC Shetterley June 14, 2012 at 03:39 PM
I've had Town & Country and Grand Caravans once I started having kids. Now that they are grown, I have an SUV. Although I like the SUV, the T&C had much better gas mileage.
Philip June 14, 2012 at 04:30 PM
We started with Dodge Grand Caravans, then "graduated" to T&Cs. Tell Sergio from me that we want to stay graduated!
Jessica Story June 14, 2012 at 05:04 PM
My vote is the Ford Flex, with the optional second row bucket seats!
Monica June 14, 2012 at 09:12 PM
I love the Dodge Caravan instead of the T and C. Same general architecture, but a little sportier styling accents. ( sportier minivan? Can I say that?) For a 5 person family it's perfect for trips, sporting events and carpooling. And stow and go is one of my most used features. Less than 5 minutes and minimal effort to change the seats, plus an extra storage compartment.


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