2014 Toyota Highlander: Oh, So That's Why Parents Buy These
February 4, 2015
Like many new parents, I labor under the delusion that I haven't acquired too much baby gear. For example, I decided that we didn't need the most deluxe stroller out there. An umbrella stroller would do the job and be easy to store besides, right? Well, after much research, I went out and bought one of the largest, heaviest umbrella strollers on the market. See, I wanted a sturdy one. And I had to have one with four-wheel suspension (yes, really, that's a thing). So we now own a 17-pound umbrella stroller that accommodates children up to 55 pounds.
Needless to say, this stroller is not small even when folded. If I want to carry it in my Mazda 5, at least one half of the third-row seat has to be folded down and, even then, the stroller has to be wedged in diagonally.
But look what happens when I load the stroller into our long-term 2014 Toyota Highlander. It easily fits behind the third-row seat, and I could probably get a few bags of groceries back there with it.
Geez. No wonder people buy large crossovers (and larger minivans). Kid stuff fits in these with room to spare. Of course, I don't own a Highlander or other large crossover, and we have no plans to buy one. And that means the stroller stays at home more often than not and we use a soft structured carrier instead.
Erin Riches, Deputy Editor @ 15,464 miles