I think Dodge has a nice family vehicle. It's called the Grand Caravan.
Not as much power as the wagon, sure, but it's much more fuel efficient. Ours has averaged 26.6 MPG over 1000 miles (granted, you can't really go over 70, otherwise it's 25 or so if you're doing 80). It also has lots of room, tows Sea-Doos just fine, and can carry two canoes on top beautifully. It also looks pretty good, for a minivan. Nice candy apple red color, too.
Too bad the interior abounds in cheap plastic.
Too bad it has pathetically weak headlights.
Optional Infinity stereo isn't great and has some strange bits.
Seats are heavy and not terribly easy to remove.
our 1997 ES
Grand Caravan, 3.8 V6, FWD, pretty much loaded
has 130,000 miles on it
HAS BEEN TOWED FOUR TIMES. FOUR TIMES!!!
Last Thursday, the wonderfully reputable transmission SELF DESTRUCTED!
$2500 plus labor for a rebuilt Jasper unit.
I am never, ever buying an American car/"light truck" minivan. I might buy a truck, maybe, or a Chevy full-sized van, but never, ever an American car.
The ideal family car for today is a Toyota Sienna. My mother's first husband (who's now on his 4th wife, is about 54, I think, and has three little kids) just bought a Sienna and it's nice. Leather, 8 pax seating, the usual goodies. They can fit three car seats across the middle row, which is very convenient for them.
R E L I A B L E ! ! !