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.
HA! I love it. I have been there and I promise it will be OK. Te-he. Fred is a smart guy.
One of the finest exhibits of cognitive dissonance alleviation ever written.
Ah, come on Miss Katie — soon enough those little ones will have sweet little Honda cars of their own and you can go back to something you love. In the meantime, give it a name (Crystal’s is named, Joyce, ya know!) and let it protect and keep your family together. Viva le van! Laura E.
Oh Katie You are too funny. I drive a Honda Odyssey too and have since 2006. I LOVE my van and would not trade it for the world. . .well I would trade it for a newer model, but I love it. If I didn’t have children I would want a Honda Pilot or a Honda Accord, but the van is SO wonderful for our family and for trips. You will soon come to Like if not Love your van–oops I mean Odyssey too. 🙂
katie- until a month ago we had both. we ditched the pilot and kept the van- you will be happier come winter and putting children in car seats in 40 below temps- much easier!
Congrats on the Odyssey. 😉 I really enjoyed your story. I actually had a minivan for a short time before my company truck was ready. And, once I got used to driving it, I LOVED it! And, it was just Lauren and I!! You’ll still be the hottest Momma on the block!!