2003 Chevrolet Venture LS Fwd 4dr Minivan (3.4L 6cyl 4A)
This vehicle rides smoothly and quietly. I cannot see paying thousands more for the additional supposed reliability, etc. of either the Toyota or Honda comparable product, although both are also excellent vehicles. My only complaint is with the gas mileage, 25 mpg tops for "highway". Excellent drive in snow and rain. Flexible seating allows for multiple use under varying conditions. No water leaks, no nuisance issues, no performance issues.
Traction control, lighting options, and eight seat (comfortable) seating. Love the auto on/off headlights. Easy to change oil and access engine compartment.
This vehicle rides like a solid, safe SUV and I am not sure the gas mileage could be improved without a compromise that I would not entertain. 28 mpg "highway" seems to be achievable. I'm not sure of the size of the gas tank but 25 gallons would have been nice. Book says 20 but I beleive it is >.