What makes it functional: Standard minivan features that will hold a bunch of kids and groceries, or some bikes.
What makes it cool: The lowest price in the category, and the 10-year/100,000 mile warranty.
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Chrysler Town & Country
What makes it functional: Stow 'n' Go seats that fold into the floor make it the best packaging solution in the segment.
What makes it cool: A redesign of the interior, better suspension tuning. Consider buying one in black.
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What makes it functional: Seating for seven and a well-performing continuously variable transmission that makes for pleasant driving and better fuel economy.
What makes it cool: Not that much. It is still an also-ran to Chrysler, Honda and Toyota.
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What makes it functional: Seating for eight and clever second row seating system that allows roomier seating for two if you are only carrying two people.
What makes it cool: Thunder-bolt inspired side panel and a system that helps fuel economy by turning the six cylinder engine into a four or three if you are cruising on the highway.
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What makes it functional: Seating for eight, pleasant interior and good quality ratings.
What makes it cool: The "Swagger Wagon" ad campaign makes a minivan that may not really be as cool or useful as a Chrysler seem worth checking out--which it is.
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Dodge Grand Caravan R/T
What makes it functional: Seating for eight, a great ride, well-tuned suspension and attractive trim. This is the "performance" version of an already great minivan package.
What makes it cool: It's a man van. If a man can't see the practical benefit, plus the pleasure, of having one of these... ladies...don't trust him...even if he is the father of your children.
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What makes it functional: Not much. Seating for four makes it a true "micro" bus.
What makes it cool: The design. The colors. Fine if you have one kid, or maybe two.