Best Bang for your Buck
By First VW on
2010 Volkswagen Routan SE 4dr Minivan w/Rear Seat Ent (3.8L 6cyl 6A)
My family out grew our SUV and there was no way I was buying a new super- sized suv/crossover. After doing some research, test-drives, and haggling, we fell for the VW. Turns out you can buy the VW with better handling, interior materials, and appeal for a similar price as the Chrysler/Dodge counterpart (and ~3k less than Toyota/Honda). I have owned and been happy with previous Dodge and Jeep purchases, so the fact that it's half Chrysler did not bother us.
Starting in 2010 the SE has "leather" interior - a huge advantage with the kids - you get solid surfaces without opting for the highest package. VW also has carefree maintenance for 36,000 miles. Really like the second row seats and DVD entertainment for the kids.
Wish the second row would slide fore,aft like some of the competition. Chrysler/Dodge has 100k powertrain vs. 60k for the VW (and it's the same engine).