Our family car is, dare I say, a Mazda 5. Chick car? Yeah probably. But 30mpg with me, my wife, 2 kids, and camping junk? Heck yeah son! I'll call it a mini-mini-van all day long!
Actually, those are the least mini-van-like of the mini-vans. A friend bought one for his wife and ended up stealing it back to using it to haul things for his business when gas prices got to $3.25, and now his wife drives the Tacoma.
Eh, who cares. Drive what you like. I never bought into the "chick car" thing, although they generally don't appeal to me. I'm comfortable enough with my manliness to drive whatever I want, regardless of what anyone else thinks. It's like the "big truck = small unit" argument.
Personally, I'd take a real, smaller Mini over the new, bloated one. Although I do like the turbodiesel Clubman.