A few weeks ago we took a trip to Disneyland with 6 bodies, and clearly my 2 door coupe wasn’t going to cut it in terms of transportation. So in the interest of saving gas and parking I contacted my friends over at DriveShop and asked if they could help me out. I explained we had 3 adults and 3 kids in carseats, so we needed something roomy, and we were going to have lots of stuff (luggage, a stroller, costumes, and backpacks!) so we needed something with ample storage too. It was a big task, and to be honest, I asked a lot out of them. But you know what?
They delivered, literally, right to my door! But when I came outside and saw a 2015 Kia Sedona SX-L…*GASP!* a minivan.
Let me tell you right now, first and foremost : I have NEVER been a minivan mom.
I’ve driven my little sports car since before Abbey was born, and I’ve just adjusted to the fact that my car is… well.. “compact”. I’ve learned how to empty my trunk before going grocery shopping, I’m used to maneuvering stuff around when I have passengers, and I’ve gotten really great at parking in tight spots. But 10 years is a long time to be in a tiny car while the life outside that car just gets bigger and more complicated.
So when I saw that, *gasp* minivan, my heart sank a little. Me? In a minivan? Was I ready to leave the fast lane behind and wear my hair short and start cutting orange slices for soccer games? I wasn’t sure, but the mere thought terrified me.
Then I got inside.
Automatic seats that adjust when you turn on and off the car (which is push start BTW). Backup cam, overhead cam, curb cam, touch screen controls, blind spot assist. USB ports. Reclining seats in the back! With like, FOOT RESTS! Heated steering wheel and seats! Cooling seats! Yes! Like you’re sitting on an air hockey table… yes, really.
Imagine how amazing that felt after walking around all day at Disneyland.
I have never uttered the words “This minivan is amazing!” before in my life until that day.
ALL. THE. BELLS. AND. WHISTLES.
And not only did it fit ALL OF US, it fit ALL our luggage! No problem.
Even after Disneyland, when I drove it around for the remaining week, it totally fit my life. I was becoming a minivan mom and I was OK with it.
When I picked up the kids they “ooh’d and aww’d” over the reclining seats and all the room they finally had in the back. They loved the sliding doors that opened with a push of a button on the key fob. I loved that the trunk knew I was nearby and opened on it’s own to save me the struggle of carrying bags of stuff and trying to open the trunk too.
Let’s talk about all those parking assist cameras for a second. I have no idea how there is an aerial shot of my van other than magic and smoke and mirrors, but holy peaches and cream Batman! When going from tiny car to big van, all those parking cameras and alerts and beeps and honks were so insanely helpful!
It even told me when I was low on gas, and offered me a list of nearby gas stations for a fill up. I could seriously get used to this…
Is this what they mean by “Smart Car”? Cuz holy cow.
Are you ready for a new car? What do you have your eye on?
A Huge Thanks to DriveShop for providing me with the awesome minivan for the week!