Causes to purchase: SUV-type seems to be; room, security and driver help options

Shortcomings: Entry to 3rd row with optionally available VIP middle-row seats; no hybrid mannequin; controls

Are minivan homeowners blissful?

That will sound like a query for his or her therapists, however automakers ask it on a regular basis.

Kia is the most recent to reply it, with a convincing “Sorta.”

Automotive firms wish to know not as a result of they’re caring pals, involved with drivers’ emotional welfare, however as a result of there are two conflicting narratives about minivan homeowners:

1. They revel of their function as mother and father, and minivans’ unequalled practicality for carrying children, sports activities gear and the odd labradoodle. Their minivan is a badge of honor.

2. Like a supporting character in “Wandavision,” they’re trapped in a cliché of suburban sameness. They lengthy for the Technicolor days when their automobile introduced the arrival of an thrilling character searching for journey, not pickup time on the Montessori.