Personally, I've done the SUV thing with friends and currently have a 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan and I would take the minivan hands down. Especially if you can afford to do the fold-and-go seats and DVD player. It makes getting the kids to and from places a breeze and rearranging for unexpected or even expected cargo additions a snap! I am a small woman (about 5'4") and I can put the seats down in about 5 seconds per seat with extreme ease and they fold completely flat into the floor. Great when adding play pens and strollers or toys for the older one. My boys are 2 and 4 and they spend a lot of time in our van because we do frequent traveling to see family which is an hour away. Between the ease of carrying additional items to and from and the bliss from the peace when they watch a movie, I am thoroughly happy with our purchase and we have had ours about a year now! Ironically, my husband and I swore we would never have one when we first got married at about your age. He was adamant! But he was the one that turned around first and said we had to have one to make our lives easier and the 2005 Dodge/Chrysler version was what finally had us sold. One added note...if you can also get remote control for the dual side doors, it makes it really nice for full hands (like with a carrier).
Hope this helps!