When a family friend of this reviewer was recently searching for a new car for his family of four, he introduced the issue upfront: “I know you think minivans trump crossovers, but my wife hates minivans.”
Armed with a list of recommended recent-model vehicles with three rows of seats and car-like driving dynamics, they went car-shopping...and ended up with a Chrysler Town & Country. “We liked the [Ford] Taurus X but felt that the minivan was the better family vehicle,” he said.
This reviewer reached the same conclusion last year, in a comparison review of 2010-model vans and the two current crossover SUVs that came closest to them: the Ford Flex, the boxy successor to the Taurus X; and the hot-selling Chevrolet Traverse. Neither came close to any of the minivans' interior volume and both were more expensive.
So if you can stomach the sliding doors, and don't need all-wheel-drive or more than the lightest-duty towing in your large family hauler, the question should come down to which minivan...