I was really stuck whether to buy a van. But now I am glad I did. After 10 months it has been a good experience. I was also wondering about the cylinder shutdown feature but never notice it; it's so smooth. Mileage on a half city; half hwy was 21MPG when checked. Haven't really found any thing I don't like. Everyone that has driven or rode in it is impressed.
Overall I'd say the fact that it drives like a car. Very quiet and very comfortable. A really nice vehicle on a trip.
I would say a stored full size spare as I hate the mini spares.