Our man in Japan
Vans are awesome. Not very aerodynamic, but still awesome. I hope you're wife is really aerodynamic given her van hate?Do you have children even? Two non teenage kids in child seats and booster seats is why people need big cars. The wife drives a little i30 about and with the two kids in their seats there ain't much room for a third and quite often we need to carry three kids. The seats are all jumbled about to make it fit which is not so good for safety.
There are not many good options outside of Big 4wd or SUV for families with 2 plus kids and besides it's nice to ride higher and see over the little tintops.
And don't say van, wife hates them.
This reminds me I need to order my 1.5 inch ball joint spacers
I can fit between 2 child seats in the back of an i30. I'm not a particularly small fellow. But I doubt you'd fit a 3rd child seat in there.