NorCalDad wrote:I was wondering the same thing reading that other thread, but I didn't feel qualified to opine given that we're just starting our journey through parenthood. It seemed a foregone conclusion there that a minivan or SUV was necessary with kids, but when I was growing up almost every family had sedans or wagons before minivans became standard family equipment in the late '80s.
When my children were small (and I only had two of them) in the '90s, sedans and coupes worked fine, though I definitely preferred station wagons for cargo room. Once child #3 showed up, minivans made a lot more sense. With three children in either car seats or booster seats, a van made life significantly easier (we also had three adults going on most trips instead of two).
With two children and two adults I think that you'll be fine for as long as you want to be with sedans and wagons. It's the third one that changed things. The other thing that bears repeating is that vans are fairly good "utility" vehicles for when you need to haul bulky objects, how important this is to you depends on how often that comes up.
-janet [though I think convertibles are the great unsung cargo haulers, I could cram so much stuff in when I needed to]