We finally got rid of my wife's 1997 Mercury Mountaineer. However, we got out of the SUV class and traded in our pride for a 2006 Honda Odyssey mini-van
. Having two kids really forced us to get something that was more equipped to handle a family. I do have to say, after driving it for about a week now, I really like all the features. This thing is fully loaded too:
Leather seats (heated front seats)
Automatic sliding doors on both sides
15 cup holders
Seating for 8 and
Rated for 20 mpg city / 28 mpg highway
We took it to my in-laws over Thanksgiving and this was the first time in about the last 3 years that our boys didn't fight the entire drive down there. They watched a movie on the way down there and another one on the way back. It was the single most peaceful drive I've ever had in an automobile.
My wife has already started looking at our options for replacing my 1999 Oldsmobile Intrigue. We are hoping that it will last us at least a couple more years when there will be some of the newest hybrids coming out and the gas/electrics like the Chevy Volt.
*edit* Forgot to mention the cup holders and the rear-view camera.