In the 1980s and 1990s, the minivan ruled the school carpool and the pickup lane at daycare centers across this great land. They were new, they were clever, they were American. And then SUVs came along, and they were much cooler, and newer, and even more American.
That's when minivan sales started their long slide and fell into disrepute. Today, we hear you can't even be seen in a minivan in some parts of Manhattan without getting pulled over and having your papers checked.
No matter what Toyota does to spread the swagger-wagon word, minivans are appliances, and we've all found some interesting alternatives in vehicles with no sliding side doors. There are big crossover vehicles like the Ford Flex and Chevrolet Traverse, and sporty options like the Acura TSX Sport Wagon and Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon.