The Dodge Colt Vista was the bomb.

It’s hard to think of a vehicle more unpretentiously useful than the Dodge Colt Vista. With its mini-minivan profile, copious passenger space, massive cargo capacity, and optional all-wheel drive, the Vista was the leading member of the burgeoning “tall wagon” class in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

We bought one in 1985 when we had our third kid. It looked just like the one below. At the time, after our Honda Accord, it seemed as big as a school bus. We test drove a Dodge Caravan but it seemed to loose and unfinished. The Vista was a rock. We drove it until 1991 when our kids finally became too large to transport without fights. But it was a great vehicle while it lasted.