It's a rite of passage for many families: driving your kid off to college. For our daughter, this meant a 1,500-mile trip from the Chicago suburbs to upstate New York. Assisting us on this trip was the 2012 Nissan Quest minivan. Given that I was recently in the Ford Flex for our summer vacation, this gave me a nice opportunity to compare and contrast two different types of family haulers, crossover versus minivan. Here's what we found.
By the numbers
On the way there: 713 miles
Driving time: 11 hours 40 minutes Leg mpg: 22.8
On the way back: 633.6 miles (because we have relatives in the area, we started our return trip 80 miles closer to home)
Driving time: 10 hours Leg mpg: 21.6
Full trip: 1,582 miles (includes miles racked up during the three days we were in upstate New York)