We live in New England. AWD was important to us in purchasing this van. Also the crash test results and the awesome reliability record of this van was the deciding factors for us. The gas mileage is not the best, as noted by several reviewers here. But you have to consider that this is a large vehicle with a large V6 engine AS WELL AS AWD option. The AWD adds 2 or 3 hundred pounds to the weight of the vehicle. The gas mileage will suffer. If you want higher mileage, you can go with the FWD option, or get a smaller vehicle. The vehicles drives beautifully, it has a tighter turning radius than most mid-size sedans, it is relatively quiet on the road, and handles well for a minivan.
Power sliding doors and hatch, grocery hooks in the hatch, fold down rear seats, flip up middle row seats, awesome stereo (optional), DVD player (optional), leather upholstery, bluetooth, LOTS of storage and cup holders, access to the middle and rear seats, roll-down windows on the sliding doors
Power seats should have memory buttons, the middle seats should be on rails to make them easier to move; as it is now you have to pick them up and put them down in the new position and there is only two positions available; All in all very happy with our purchase and would recommend this vehicle.