Granite Crystal Metallic Clear Coat , 30th Anniversary Quick Order Package 29P ($1700-Vehicle with standard equipment; 17" x 6.5" polished/painted aluminum wheels; 30th anniversary package badge; Black finish instrument panel bezel; Bright door handles; Driver Convenience Group; Heated front and second row seats; Heated steering wheel; Instrument panel chrome trim bezel; Keyless Enter-N-Go; Leather trimmed bucket seats; Leather wrapped steering wheel with accents; Power adjustable pedals; Power folding 3rd row seat; Power folding mirrors; Power folding multi-function mirrrors; Premium front door trim panel; Remote proximity keyless entry; Special key fob; Super console), Dual DVD/Blu-Ray Entertainment ($995-115V auxiliary power outlet; Second row overhead 9.0" VGA video screen; Third row overhead 9.0" VGA video screen; Blue-Ray DVD player; High definition multimedia interface; Remote USB port - charge only; Video remote control; Wireless headphones)
Naturally aspirated, port-injected, V-6,
Double overhead camshaft
Compression ration (x:1)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
283 @ 6,400
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
260 @ 4,400
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
We haven't observed torque-steer like this in quite some time -- the steering wheel tugs hard to one side while accelerating at full-throttle. The engine is quite loud and not in a good way. Upshifts at redline are harsh.
Strange two-stage pedal push-back on emergency stops where it resists and travels about half-way to the floor from about 60-30 mph, then goes softer and nearly to the floor from 30-0 mph. This is not what I'd call confidence inspiring. The results are admirable nonetheless with some dive, but reasonably short distances and minimal loss of effectiveness with straight, controlled stops.
Slalom: At what we'd call a very low threshold, this minivan's electronic-stability control (ESC) takes such aggressive action that it would cause a normal driver to think something had gone drastically wrong. On several occasions, the brakes are applied so hard that the tires skid and (despite the steering pointed to the side) the minivan went dead straight and struck a cone. After just a few runs, we could smell the brake pads because they got such a workout. This is really old-fashioned ESC tuning at its worst -- and in a vehicle that would be well served for a sophisticated system. Steering feel is good and makes placing the minivan rather easy. Skidpad: Here, first the throttle goes away then, again, the brakes come into play.