Fast forward to a few weeks ago, when I was invited to check out FloTV at an event in NYC. Outside the event was a tricked out Chrysler Town & Country, equipped with everything including a table. I had the opportunity to test drive that van for a week shortly after.
Of course the kids loved it, I mean what kid wouldn't be into the 2 TV screens with DVD or television options (TV was the constant request), swivel table, automatic seats and doors and loads of space? The kids actually did homework at that table a couple of times. It is a beautiful car. We took it on a mini-cation for 2 nights in New Jersey and all those amenities did keep the kids occupied and quiet.
The Town & Country is big. Minivan is a misnomer for this car. Although not as truck-y as my Burb, it is still a large vehicle to maneuver, especially when backing-up. The beauty of a minivan is the abundance of space, without the hassle of a huge vehicle to operate. However, we enjoyed terrific gas mileage (25 city), which was a welcome change from our Burb and a feature I noticed and really liked was the The Town & Country's driver seat is elevated, like my Burb; minivans ride much lower. All the controls were conveniently located near or on my steering wheel. The computerized radio/GPS/TV was not difficult to figure out and I have a very low threshold for giving up on electronic instructions. Only one or two questions we had about operating 2 TV screens simultaneously were not intuitive so my 13 y/o figured it out with the car manual.
Bottom line: It's a fabulous entertainment center on wheels. I felt safe driving and riding in the car. It's a bit long to be called a relief from driving a big car like the Suburban but its gas mileage could make it worthwhile. Warning: Don't get white or tan interior (I found myself stressing on Day one about dirt on the seats and carpet) and the swivel table promotes dining in the car.
Kids: Five stars
Parents: Four stars