2004 Chevrolet Express 1500 Rwd 3dr Van (4.3L 6cyl 4A)
We needed the ability to tow a trailer and carry 7. All the SUVs we looked at had a back seat that you must get into like a 2 door car. All the small vans cannot tow a trailer. We found that conversion vans are the best fit. What a pleasure to drive and tow (its like the trailer is not there). This has lots of power - even on the hills a smoth ride and handles like a smaller vehicle. We test drove the Ford and found it nice - but you never forgot you had a truck under you, also we could not get the 4th door. Gas mileage is not as bad as I feared - 13mpg with trailer, 19 on the open road,14/15 every day.
The 4th door (behind the driver) is a must have for kids. The handling is a good suprise compared to the vans of the 1980s and it's solid
The back doors, while well constructed and convenent to open - obstruct the view out the back - you sometimes back by braile. Also no rear window defogger is avalible on the back doors. A hatch may be the solution to this. Floor mats are proving tough to find - probably other accessories are as well.