When it’s time to move people, it’s minivan and SUV time

When it’s time to move people, it’s minivan and SUV time 

It’s been years since Bruce Barnett, realizing the potential this new “minivan” thing, headed out cross-country buying every minivan he could find to ship back to the family dealership in White Bear Lake. Those expeditions made Barnett Auto the “Minivan Giant”, and nothing has changed.

Well, nothing except the addition of SUVs in the category of ways for families to move kids and all manner things grouped under “stuff” from place to place.

That’s makes Barnett the “Minivan Giant-Plus”.

So, if you spent the summer moving all your “stuff” around, you may be realizing that back-to-school time is a very good time for a new family vehicle. If so, we’ve got you covered.

Right now at Barnett, here are just SOME of the vehicles with special offers attached…

  • 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Touring 
  • 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 
  • 2017 Dodge Durango SXT AWD 
  • 2017 Dodge Journey Crossroad AWD 
  • 2017 Jeep Cherokee Limited 4x4  
  • 2017 Jeep Cherokee Latitude 4x4 
  • 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4x4
  • 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4x4 
  • All-New 2017 Jeep Compass Latitude 4x4 

Oh, and if you think minivans are only for soccer moms, we present these excerpts from a recent article by noted auto writer Tom McParland:

“Modern Minivans Can Now Smoke Your Old Sport Compact”

If you think getting a minivan means dooming yourself to three rows of slow, uninspired driving, the current crop of vans could probably dust the sport compact you had as a teenager.

Car and Driver recently published a chart of minivan 0-60 times, and the results are pretty impressive for such big cars. 

Of course, no one buys a minivan for stoplight drag races—though a Hellcat Grand Caravan probably would find buyers somewhere—minivans are now squarely in the “fairly quick” category.

Due to some huge V6 motors and advanced automatic transmissions, often with eight gears or more, most minivans are hitting 60 mph in about 7 to 7.5 seconds. 

Many of us who need a minivan now were likely hooning around in sport compacts in the ‘90s and early 2000s. I fondly remember mine could get to 60 in about 7.5 seconds. The ‘99 Civic Si, a car that was one of the foundations of the sport compact scene, could only break the seven-second mark to 60 mph with a massive exhaust and a good helping of VTEC stickers. 

This is not to make the argument that a minivan is in some way a performance machine, or that they will provide the same thrills as your teenage tuner car. But the fact of the matter is that the minivan is objectively a better choice. A lot of them are even faster and offer superior torque.
The conclusion is clear: If you are in the market for a family vehicle…take the minivan…you may be shocked at how quick it is. 

Yes, back-to-school means a visit to the “Minivan Giant-Plus” is in line. See you soon.

Right now at Barnett, you can lease a Dodge Grand Caravan for as low as $249 a month, or a multi-award-winning 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Touring for $299.* If you prefer an SUV, a 2017 Jeep Cherokee Limited 4x4 is as low as $239 a month, and an all-new 2017 Jeep Compass Latitude 4x4 is just $249.* Ask us for details or click here for all our current special offers and deals. 

And don’t forget the exclusive FREE Million Mile Warranty that comes with every NEW vehicle purchased from Barnett! See your Barnett sales associate for details on all the offers, and on the Million Mile Warranty. 

*Length of leases and amount due at signing varies. All are 10,000 miles per year.

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