By Minivan devotee on
2006 Ford Freestar SE 4dr Minivan (3.9L 6cyl 4A)
This is the overlooked sibling of the minivan market, but having driven Chrysler vans and the first-generation Honda van, I can tell you this is a excellent bargain. I bought mine second-hand with about 5K miles on it, and paid at least $10K less than the more popular vans. The basic SE model has a number of convenience features in the cabin, including a flexible seating plan, lots of cup holders, etc. Only mechanical problem so far (now have 12K miles) was a leaking transmission gasket, repaired under warranty, but still a hassle.
I like the tall seating position, and the double flip feature of the rear-most seat. I also like the huge rear window. Interior ceiling height makes it great for transporting my bicycles.
Fold and store for the middle row of seats would be lovely.