Friday, August 10, 2012

An Ode to my Toyota Sienna

What can haul 6 women, 6 purses, 6 suitcases 2 back packs, and 14 large tote bags full of swag??

My Toyota Sienna.

When Liz and I started planning our BlogHer trip, ahem a year ago, I knew we'd be driving. Living in RI it was a no-brainer for me. I had no desire to haul a bunch of crap onto the train. I don't have the patience for that. At. All. I wanted to decide when we came and went and not be pinned down to catching the train. Also the cost of a ticket at the time we wanted to go was ~$100. While that is not terrible for transportation, I would have had to take either the subway or a cab from Penn Station, so add some money for that.

Enter the momvan, purchased in December 2011. I will be honest when I say my hubby had to talk me into this purchase. I had a Toyota Highlander before and, while it is an SUV of sorts, I didn't feel like a soccer mom driving it. I still thought I could look hot (Sorry, I literally just laughed at myself. Fell free, it's ok.) getting out of it, like maybe someone wouldn't realize I was 30 something a mom of 2. That is just not the case when you drive a minivan. I test drove it and it won me over with its ample space, doors and hatches that open and shut with the push of a button (my favorite!), and it's 8,000 cup holders. Ok, maybe there is 7,000 but you get the picture. I have been singing the praises of this van since I got it, but it solidified its place in my driveway when we put it to the BlogHer test.

See for yourself.....
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...all of that and we were still comfortable! All in all we paid $120 for transportation ($20 each) which included gas and a rocking Groupon I got for 3 nights in the Icon Parking garage, which was right across the street from the hotel. I call that a win any day!



Disclaimer: This post is in no way sponsored by Toyota. I just honestly think they freaking rock!!!

17 comments:

  1. You just had to use that photo?!?!

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  2. Your van was amazing! You know I was even questioning whether or not there would be enough room for all of us to get down there, never mind come home with all of our swag. My only experience with a minivan was my dad's 1998 Mercury Villager (which is still on the road, btw) and there is no way we could have fit six suitcases in there! I was so surprised at how much room we had. THANK YOU for driving us down in such a roomy, comfortable van!

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  3. That is an amazing use of space! Dang!

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  4. yeah - I'm with Michele, not in love with that picture...but yeah - the Sienna did rock.

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  5. Aw, I didn't realize we both went "mini van mom" at the same time! I got my Odyssey in December too!

    And I know what you mean, I don't fell that "cool" driving it but I SO don't care! It's too awesome to care... ha!

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  6. super impressive!!! We avoided the van when we made our most recent car purchase, but you're kind of making me have second thoughts!

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  7. Wowzers! Was that before or after all the swag? :)

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