The Safari is a good practical van with AWD capabilities.Not fancy, but able to handle three kids and their sports stuff plus friends. Snow, and spring mud are not enough to stop it delivering service to our family.
The Safari is the best van on the market. I can't imagine 2005 being the last. It is extreem comfort and space in travel. It will carry an elephant with ease! This is my second Safari. If they were still sold I would not consider any other vehicle. The previous one I had for 223,000 miles, got 28 - yes - 28 miles to the gallon (tbs fuel injection)With steel bumpers it was a tank with zip and personality. Nothing in the mileage other than tires and brakes ever needed replacement! My new 2005 is somewhat more refined in interior - but I feel that negative as space was removed. It gets far less milage. My only serious fault is that the sterring radious is very slight.
If you want to carry six people with
AWD this is the ticket. This is the
second Safari we've owned. While the
interior could use some work such as
larger front leg room, driver side
passenger doors and a few more
cupholders, the overall functionality
of the van is excellent. The larger
size more than makes up for these
shortcomings. It is great for long
(800 mile) road trips with 4 kids. Not
only that, it can carry all the gear.
The AWD works great in snow and the 4.3
L V-6 has sufficient power. We've had
no major mechanical problems with this
van or its predecessor. However, there
have been some interior trim issues.