The 2005 Volkswagen Passat GL 1.8T is an excellent all around alternative to a minivan. It performs like a sports sedan. It has good leg and head room and great rear cargo space. The 5-speed manual transmission is fun to drive.
The heated seats,sunroof, stereo, AC, and driving performance.
Better in-town gas mileage. Also, the ability to use regular fuel at current fuel prices would be helpful.