There comes a point in your life when impressing others and driving fast is just not important. I was never a big sports car guy, and have been a Jeep customer for years. After all, a Jeep was still manly and had room for a family. However, even with a roof box, two children, a 90 lb. black lab, and all the accessories that go with them, long trips are difficult to navigate in a Jeep. I'm also not impressed with an SUV's roll over ratings, nor it's pitiful gas mileage. So last year I made the decision to jump into minivan land.
My wife has been dead set on the Honda Odyssey since the word "minivan" first entered our lexicon in a context other than a joke. I, on the other hand, had to do some serious research. Safety was the most important factor for me with two small children, and the Odyssey was second only to the Kia, which barely edges the Honda out in crash tests. The Kia is also cheaper and has a better warranty, but the Honda wins in every other category including fit and finish, noise, comfort, appearance, reliability, and the real kicker... resale value.
So as I continue to march onward to middle age, I will go gracefully behind the wheel of a Honda minivan, children silenced in the back by the power of integrated DVD.
To make myself feel a little better about my minivan-centered life, I put together this playlist of favorite songs featured in Honda TV ads. After all, it's the music that matters not the car.
And besides, it makes me feel hipper than I actually am.