Well the issue came up again on a FB thread of my friend's. She and her hubs and sweet baby boy were is a nasty car accident on 95 - thankfully everyone was okay but the car was not so I was forced to make my case for the ultimate family car to her. Though I don't think I was successful in convincing her that this car was the car she needed - yet - I am spreading the word about the awesomeness of the....
Sprinter!!! Yes people. Its a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter - formally a Dodge - Sprinter. Reasons why this car is well the best...
1. There is seating for 12 - 10 in the back with full seats with headrests. The fact that the conversion vans by Ford, Dodge, GMC etc etc seat 15 is great but they are only about 3/4 seats so its not particularly comfortable for normal sized people - which I can attest to from the soccer trips. Also, I imagine that not having the full headrests is not particularly safe in the case of accident but I really have not researched the issue.
|Inside a Sprinter|
|Inside of a Ford Econoline. Though I am definitely a Ford fan. Thanks for not taking taxpayers money : ) which is why we own an Explorer and a Transit Connect!!!|
2. There is enough head clearance so that an adult can stand in the back. Conversion vans you cannot do this. Also, I am not known for keeping the cleanest of cars but if you have multiple kids and with all of their stuff/food/sticker trash/life - I imagine that a car can get really dirty fast so anything to make cleaning a car easier = better.
3. The extended model has an additional 2-3 ft of cargo room. we fill up our Explorer for a weekend trip with one child in a heartbeat. Pack and Play, stroller, clothes, toys - the works... Can you imagine how much stuff you can fit in 2-3 ft of storage??? I can't but I bet we would fill it really fast and get everything we needed in the van and not have to rent a UHaul trailer - though sometimes I think if we can stretch the Explorer out past baby #2 we might just have to.
4. The Sprinter is not a minivan. The Sprinter is so much more than a minivan!!! It is more sleek and slender and basically its amazing - and I have not even rode in one - let alone driven one.
SO anyone out there from Mercedes-Benz or whoever if you need me to give my full mami-fied workup on a Sprinter and want to donate to the Kibbe cause - let me know and I will forever plug the Sprinter and all its greatness