Bought it new for wife. Told her Toyota Avalon would be more reliable with better resale but she would not have it. Bought a gold LXI pretty much on looks and size. Dodge Intrepid was sportier but since we were expecting a child, trunk opening made the difference. Minivans at the time required removal of last seat to put anything more than a few grocery bags in... forget about it! Mostly pleased @6 years /36k miles but is no Toyota in terms of reliability or resale. Same problems you see others write about: transmission speed sensors (my dealer GOT ME for $800!); rubber grommets around headlights; power lock failures; 3 recalls (seat belt bolt, seat back bolt, shifter)
Looks, comfort, utility/size (especially trunk), good ride/handling/performance for large car; power everything; Infinity sound system; automatic climate control
For this class: less wind/road noise; firmer break peddle; better leather; memory seats (available with LHS/300 model); better stock tires (Goodyear gone in 24k) - replaced w/Yokohama Avid Touring; paint match between plastic & metal on some colors; better quality; battery cable rubs right tie rod
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