if you have the budget, go for it - get a bigger vehicle.Actually, guys, I'm a MOM. I'm a 28 yr old RN from the deep south. My man owns an Element, which is even worse, cause it's only a 4 seater, but there's little chance of him giving that up. So I'm the one who's going to end up with the minivan, eventually. My 2006 CR-V is paid off, has been for a year. I fully planned on driving it into the ground. Two kids isn't cramped at all, actually even with a full-size stroller in the back and T-ball equipment up front, we even took it to Florida with 3 kids (we took along another 6 yr old besides mine), luggage, and a cooler in the back and it wasn't that cramped. It's just fitting two carseats back there, plus the buckling and unbuckling/lifing of baby out that has got me worried. Also what would happend to my little sardines if we had a wreck?
I've considered the Honda Pilot as an alternative to the Odyssey, but I'll probably go with the cheapest/safest. I'm not sure whether I should try to make the CR-V work for a few more years or just trade it in, the CR-V was my first new car, the others were second-handers I had to get me through college. I don't know what you mean about the minivan not being fun to drive ... is it really that awkward? I don't really enjoy driving that much but I do like to have an engine with a little power. Thanks!