Continued at link:For families looking for a large family vehicle with three rows of seats, it's hard to beat the space and practicality of a minivan. If you can stomach a van's image, you can pretty safely stop reading and head over to last month's comparison of minivans.
But maybe you want all-wheel-drive, which only one van (the Toyota Sienna) presently offers.
Or perhaps you want smaller exterior dimensions than today's less-than-svelte minivans, but still three rows of usable seats with more passenger and cargo room than half-size-smaller Dodge Journey or Kia Sorento.
And even if it's just the look and the image of today's pleasant and practical crossover SUVs that's winning you away from the sliding-door sect, there is a wide range of models with a different set of strengths and weaknesses...
Edit: Update to include the rankings summary up here: http://www.examiner.com/cars-in-nati...anking-summary
In an experiment, I've changed the format of the comparison slightly from the past ones: Instead of releasing the ranking order bit by bit, I'll be releasing steadily increasing level of detail:
Today, the ranking is published in the slideshow, with a one-sentence explanation. (Constrained to a 255-character limit.)
Tomorrow, I'll put up what's normally the last thing to be published: the discussion of how the models rank in different areas (comfort/luxury, value, etc).
And only after that will I put up the full reviews, still one at a time.
Thoughts on whether this system is an improvement will be welcome.