Like most parents I know, I've seen the new Dodge Caravan and Town & Country commercials and drooled a little. So much so that, despite the horrible gas mileage, I checked them out when I was at the lot the other day.
I'm so glad I did. Getting a closer look immediately cured my auto-lust for this oversized waste of space.
Just to get this out of the way - in the commercials for both cars they show people at tables inside the minivans playing games that require a stationery surface. Board games, cards, JENGA for goodness sake. Someone tell the automakers that these babies will be moving. Jenga isn't going to sit still in a car turning corners, or one moving in stop-and-go traffic, which is where most consumers do their driving.
If you want a family vehicle for trips, you can buy or rent an RV for your travels, and use a more reasonably efficient car for every day use.
That's neither here nor there though. I'm a car slut and I know it. If the interior had been dazzling, if the ride was smooth, I probably would have hankered for it anyway. But it's not, and I don't.
The materials put into the Town & Country did not impress me at all. With all the variety in seating options and storage, it looks like they took a cut in quality. The seat upholstery looked purled, like an old sweatshirt, in places. If this is what it looks like after a few weeks on the lot, what will it look like after a year in real family use?
I'm completely over my new found love for the 2008 Town & Country minivan, and don't believe I'll be interested in future ones if they refuse to focus on improving the miles you can get per gallon.