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Old 05-16-2018, 02:33 PM
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Which rental will be more comfortable and have more room for 3 adults and 2 kids (5 and 7) travelling during a one week visit to Michigan 700 miles .
Safety number one, comfort for me number two and space -for 3 suitcases and cooler. Price isn't important.Your thoughts - other than I am insane.
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Old 05-16-2018, 02:37 PM
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If the Tahoe rides anything like my Denali then Tahoe all the way. I haven't been in many mini vans but the ones I have been in really sucked.
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Old 05-16-2018, 02:38 PM
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I would go Tahoe but then again I wouldn’t be caught dead in a minivan.

Care about 1400 miles of gas consumption?. Minivans are pretty safe but I like a larger SUV.

Rented a Tahoe from Denver to Vail last year. Not a bad riding vehicle going through the mountains.
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Neither.

Suburban or Expedition EL.

Just did 1350 miles round trip last week with 5 grown men in a suburban. Plenty of space, plenty of power, and a great ride.
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Old 05-16-2018, 02:41 PM
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Depends on which one has a DVD player and TV screens :D

In all seriousness... I had a Silverado for about 10 years and currently have an odyssey minivan.

I would choose the Tahoe for comfort of each individual seat and for overall ride characteristics. But I would choose the minivan for ease of use in terms of luggage and getting passengers in and out of the third row.

Hard to go wrong with either, but I would have to pick the Tahoe assuming both had the same features, otherwise I would get the one with more features (trust me 5 and 7 years old... DVD player and TV screens!!!!) I have 5 and 8 year olds, the TV saves us from the boredom arguments.
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Old 05-16-2018, 02:42 PM
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I actually have a tahoe but it is 13 years old hi miles and no 3rdseat and we will be taxiing people around out there and don't want to chance . Hard to give up that comfort for the extra room
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I may get my man card revoked, but mini van. The high end Toyota and Honda minivans are really comfortable and have a lot more room than a Tahoe, I have owned both within the last 10 years. Of course if you were talking loaded 'burban, that would be choice one.
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I'm With autoban70. Get the bigger vehicle. TV's for the kids is important for 1400 miles. Get a few DVD's.
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Why would you need a third row seat? Unless you were planning on using it as a sleeper.
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After bumping the back of a newish minivan from a stop with my mid sized SUV and seeing the damage that did to the minivan while my SUV looked unblemished, if safety is your first priority, Tahoe.

After seeing that, I would never allow my kids to ride in the back of a minivan. I could only imagine the outcome of being rear ended at highway speeds.
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Without a doubt, minivans win on the comfort level. We generally make about ten long trips a year (over 500 miles one way) and although many are done with wife's Grand Cherokee, anytime there's a rental we always swallow our pride and opt for the minivan. Most score high in crash tests and can get close to 30 mpg highway.
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Where are you renting from? Is it a non airport branch of Hertz or Enterprise or Avis? If so Id bet my boat that even the rental people wont know if your getting a Tahoe or a mini van until the day of your reservation.
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Originally Posted by KeithS View Post
Why would you need a third row seat? Unless you were planning on using it as a sleeper.
cause who wants to sit in the middle seat for that many miles?

I dont want to be cramped in a car to go eat dinner. I damn sure don’t want to sit on the same seat with 2 kids for a road trip.
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I’d use the minivan and never take pics of yourself in it or admit it...... it’s like the fat chick and the moped thing....
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Mini van is pretty darn roomy and easy in and out . Tahoe unless has a 3rd row will not be as fun for the 3rd adult sitting in the back with a 5 and 7 yr old for 700 miles . and if has 3rd row it wont have a ton of room for luggage since its not the burban .
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Mini van all the way. Kids in the far back, 3rd adult gets the middle seat. Much easier for everyone to get in and out of and most of the modern ones get much better mileage.
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Sadly, the minivan. Tahoe, if it has the third row, will have very little cargo space when half the third row is up. If the whole third row is up, no cargo space. Also very little legroom for second row. Minivan will have ample seating for all, and most new ones will have a metric shit ton of space behind that third row. We had a minivan rental for a short while a couple years ago, the kids love it.

And I am a Tahoe/Suburban fan boy. Suburban> minivan> Tahoe.
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Originally Posted by KeithS View Post
If the Tahoe rides anything like my Denali then Tahoe all the way. I haven't been in many mini vans but the ones I have been in really sucked.
I thought Denali was a trim level. Anyway, I'd go with the Tahoe Denali, top of the line.
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Originally Posted by SeaBoss21 View Post

I thought Denali was a trim level. Anyway, I'd go with the Tahoe Denali, top of the line.
you are partially correct the Denali is a trim level but for GMC. The Yukon is basically a Tahoe but that trim refers to the Yukon and other gmc suvs/trucks. The Denali is usually a bigger engine 6.2 and has nice leather and caption chairs in the second row.
Back to the topic it depends on what company who you are renting from. I usually get to pick anycar in the row and the trims usually are random. I got a expedition in Denver that was a limited full leather and nice and then a bone stock expedition at another time. So it is kinda random on trims available. Personally the Tahoe would be my choice.
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