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I'm about the furthest thing from a hipster -- I've owned 7.0L muscle cars, gas sucking rotary engine cars, worked on oil rigs, and I purchased a 2017 Volt last year. Most people have no clue how awesome it is going weeks/months without having to gas up your car.
 

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I think the hybrid super cars are what helped get the "Hybrid" car out of the category of 'tree-hugger-mobiles'. IE: The LaFerarri, McClaren P1.
 

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Back in hippie days, vans were the only thing. No hybrids then. Only V-dubs.
We moved up from VWs to Chevys, Fords and Dodges later. Mine was a Chevy - no windows. Many good memories!

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I think the hybrid super cars are what helped get the "Hybrid" car out of the category of 'tree-hugger-mobiles'. IE: The LaFerarri, McClaren P1.
Volt worked for me.
 

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My family has instructions to shoot me if I buy a minivan.
 

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It's just an ad. You don't actually want to respond to it.
 

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My family has instructions to shoot me if I buy a minivan.
Buddy of mine with a wife and kid got a minivan... some "pimped" from the factory version that has "all the cool stuff" like fold down TVs, a killer sound system (doubtful), and some other stuff. He was excited about it, while he was telling me I just kept thinking.... dude it's a minivan, lipstick on a pig doesn't help.
 

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While an ad, this is the van that should appeal to those of us on this forum. It's the van I'd buy if I needed a van today. But hopefully something better is available when I need(?) a van in 10 years or so.
 

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Buddy of mine with a wife and kid got a minivan... some "pimped" from the factory version that has "all the cool stuff" like fold down TVs, a killer sound system (doubtful), and some other stuff. He was excited about it, while he was telling me I just kept thinking.... dude it's a minivan, lipstick on a pig doesn't help.
Exactly. I won't buy a minivan for the same reasons I'm not in the market for a spark, sonic, mirage, versa, or any other subcompact, it's just not me.
 

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My family has instructions to shoot me if I buy a minivan.
Your family must be small and have guns. I only have my wife and she likes it (we don't believe in guns).

Seriously, we like the Pacifica after seeing two of them up close, but we have no need to buy it. There are selling well here in Puerto Rico, and are displacing the Honda Odyssey as the 'van to buy", since the Pacifica cost less and have better features. The saleswoman told us tha the Hybrid may arrive in September as a 2018 MY.

My brother-in-law had a Town & Country which was very spacious (he carried many pieces of wood and other cargo in it). It has the shift knob on the dash. Chrysler was one of the first to eliminate the shifter on the floor or on the column, and used buttons. The knob on the dash was a first for me.
 

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Your family must be small and have guns. I only have my wife and she likes it (we don't believe in guns).

Seriously, we like the Pacifica after seeing two of them up close, but we have no need to buy it. There are selling well here in Puerto Rico, and are displacing the Honda Odyssey as the 'van to buy", since the Pacifica cost less and have better features. The saleswoman told us tha the Hybrid may arrive in September as a 2018 MY.

My brother-in-law had a Town & Country which was very spacious (he carried many pieces of wood and other cargo in it). It has the shift knob on the dash. Chrysler was one of the first to eliminate the shifter on the floor or on the column, and used buttons. The knob on the dash was a first for me.
Nope, 3 kids and a 3/4 ton Suburban. The Suburban also tows utility trailers, horse trailers, hay rack wagons, and an airstream. So no minivan for me. I borrowed my dad's Dodge fully decked out Grand Caravan once for a vacation in Arizona, and the front seats were horrible. I couldn't lower them to avoid bumping my head on the sunroof and leaning the seat way back was similarly weird. I think my next vehicle will be a Silverado or a Subyukonade, unless something else sneaks in and tickles my fancy.
 
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