it was mentioned in this thread before that movie studios use Toyota Siennas (with 4 wheel drive) to film 1st person POV car chase sequences right?
Yes for this one, but it was not 4WD:
A friend was driving the Sienna and pacing the 911 race car around the track, and both drivers (friend and racecar driver) were impressed at how fast you can flog the Sienna around a racetrack. I think they used a Sienna because it was readily available, not because they thought it would be especially fast, and the guy doing the filming was basically hanging onto whatever he could. I've also instructed a student in a Sienna, and when the very conservative traction control doesn't kick in, it's very impressive how responsive that chassis is to driver input.
Around LA, we often see Cayennes with big camera setups shooting car commercials in downtown (usually in front of Disney Hall on Grand Ave.). Unlike the Falken commercial, these cars are usually driving pretty slowly (30MPH) in a straight line. I imagine powerful SUVs are used because their chassis can handle the additional weight of the camera riggings.
I was also thinking minivan as a suggestion, but the good ones are all way above the budget limit, even used.
The newish Chrysler (I know....) Town & Country's are pretty nice. They have those sweet fold flat seats, great cargo capacity (lower trunk lip vs SUVs for ease loading too), and can be had for very little money.
The 2008+ models with mid mileage, around 60k or so, I'm seeing for $10k or so. The prices drop to around $7k as you get closer to 100k miles.
the mother-in-law wont let go of their old Nissan Quest. I've had to drive it a number of times and never complain and no one gets in it without remarking on the space/ dvd screens/ sunroofs(sp?). Not a bad option.
It trancends gender into comedy. It reminds me of the scene from Pulp Fiction when Butch was driving Fabienne's car. I'd get lauged at just like I would driving a pickup truck, a converted police car or riding a chopper.