How Does the Tartan Prancer From "Vacation" Compare to a Real Minivan?
This summer, you may be taking the family on a road trip to some vacation destination, National Park, or campground. For such a journey, a minivan or crossover may do the job. But while you may think a minivan like the Honda Odyssey is ideal, don’t count out the Albanians. It’s called the Prancer LE, and comes from revered Albanian automaker, Tartan. This fictional vehicle is featured in the upcoming film “Vacation,” (because EVERYTHING get’s remade these days), and Edmunds decided to see how it staked up against one of the most popular minivans on the market. RELATED: See images of the Honda Odyssey minivan Unlike the Odyssey, “you can’t tell if Tartan is coming, going, or standing still,” said Edmunds road test editor Carlos Lago. But the Tartan has many attributes to make it the ideal vacation vehicle. Check out the tongue-in-cheek comparison test here: RELATED: See images of the Family Truckster from the original "Vacation" Sure, the Odyssey Touring Elite is the very definition of luxury family-hauling, but why do you need all of those goodies, all of that reliability, and the composed ride, when you could throw caution to the wind. The Tartan was conceived by the studio as a commentary on the burgeoning crossover market today. Back when the original “National Lampoon’s Vacation” debuted, it was the Wagon Queen Family Truckster, meant to poke fun at the wagon as the family hauler du jour. The Odyssey made for a comical comparison, but what modern or late model car would make a better parallel to the Tartan Prancer? A Pontiac Aztek? If you look closely at the Tartan, you can see that it is based on a Toyota Previa minivan from the 1990s. Let us know what car you think it is lampooning in the comments below. RELATED: See images of the 2001 Pontiac Aztek Image Credit: Edmunds