Yes driving the Honda Pilot was a dream. It was not the Audi I have wanted to drive for the past decade but I loved it. However there was trouble in my paradise. The third row seat had little to no knee room for Hunter compared to the Odyssey van and how could we get him in the third row seat with two car seats already strapped into the second row? The Honda Pilot would be next to impossible for family road trips for Hunter. Most practical for Hunter, for family road trips was the van. AHH. Plus there was enough room to have a friend or two back there with him and the seats folded flat into the floor which is most practical for me when I am loading up on diaper supplies 90 miles from home.
And the trunk storage was laughable in the Pilot compared to the Odyssey van. Most practical for a family of five with a lot of luggage on family road trips was again…the van.
And both sliding doors and the hatch on the Odyssey van open and close with the touch of a button. Practical for moms and dads, practical for kids, practical for families with two kids in car seats and a big boy in the third row.
Not that flashy, not that cool. Still a mini van but practical.
After the test drives, my dad looked at me, with a smirk on his face and sparkle in his eye and said, “Poor Katie.” He knew. I knew. I called Nathan. Time to buy the van. Great gas mileage. Great people mover. Great storage. Practical. Practical. Practical. And as we left the dealership my dad and I laughed together as we got into his old white van with worn tan leather interior to drive home. I have always been like my dad which drove me (and him) nuts as our strong personalities would clash for many years. But now we are at peace with it and great father/ daughter friends and colleagues. The van I had decided on…was the only one on the lot. A white van with tan leather interior.
Nathan asked “Are you going to be content with this vehicle?” My answer was “No, it’s a van. I hate mini vans, remember?” He laughed. We agreed. The Odyssey van it was. Best for our family. He called our local dealership and worked out a deal between dealerships and took care of all the details. By Saturday, we were home with our new van.
My husband says we cannot call it “the van”. It is the Odyssey. Sounds more adventurous, exciting and flashy. Less practical.
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