My wife and I both stand by our decision to go with the MPV. It was a bit tough, given that it was the first year for the design, but it would appear that we made the right choice. I don't feel like I'm driving a minivan when I take the MPV somewhere. A great sound system and great manuverability allow me to forget that I've got two car seats and a weeks worth of groceries behind me.
For starters, the 'tumble-under' seat. I can't understand the logic for NOT engineering this into all minivans/SUV's. The roll-down second-row windows have not lost their power to entertain my toddlers, even after 18 months of ownership. Again, why haven't other manufacturers caught on?
Only real deficiency has been addressed for '02...the engine. Nice move to bump it up to a 3.0L, but I won't complain about the 2.5. The only time I even think about it is when we're fully loaded (roof box and all) and we've got the dual-air cranking, as we roll through the Appalachians.
† Edmunds.com received the highest numerical score in the proprietary J.D. Power 2014 Third-Party Automotive Website Evaluation Study℠. Results based on responses from 3,381 responses, measuring 14 companies and measures third-party automotive website usefulness among new and used vehicle shoppers. Proprietary study results are based on experiences and perceptions of owners surveyed from January 2014. Your experiences may vary. Visit jdpower.com.