I have been an active musician all my life playing in trio or quartet, as a tenager owned a Dodge short wheel base Van, could pack the whole bands gear and travel to gigs with one vehicle as I had 3 passenger middle seat. The Van was a gas hog, but believe it or not in those days paid 39 cents CDN per imperial gallon. Was so glad wheen mini Vans came out, didn't have quite the same room but still carry five people and all the bands gear (drums, PA system, I had a Fender Rhodes and hauled a big Leslie 142) no problem. I have been buying Mini Vans since 1988, in 1995 thought I could lose the Mini Van stigma and bought a Jeep Gran Cherokee, BIG MISTAKE, Jeep was always in the shop for repair and my daughters 1993 Honda Civic coupe with rear folding seat could swallow more gear. Hate to say this but the Mini Van is the king of haulers for both gear, ride and people and gets reasonable fuel economy. Latest Vehicle is a 2006 Honda Odyssey, it has been an excellent vehicle, we regularly do long trips with this vehicle and I just can't get rid of it.