So, this is sort of a good news/bad news situation. The good news is that I'm now completely, 100% sure what my vehicle needs are going to be for a good long while. It's well-defined and totally in my control. The bad news is that it's because I suddenly find myself single again. Yeah. Life just keeps 'em coming! It's a long story and I don't feel like getting into it, so for the purposes of this thread I think it's best if we agree that she was a fembot all along and then get back to car stuff. Deal? Deal. Dodge Grand Caravan SXT, Rented So the Ody is gone, the trailer is gone, but I still have three pups that travel well but absolutely have to be crated in the car. There's no way to do that in the S60 so I rented a minivan for my Thanksgiving travel. Enter the Grand Caravan, which I just returned after a week with it. Overall I'm pretty happy with the current evolution of the same Chrysler formula that I grew up on. It's a giant box on wheels that gets you and your family where you need to go, and it does it better than anything other than another minivan. "Stow-N-Go" seating is a nice touch since it eliminates wrestling with a pair of 60lb captain's chairs or an even heavier rear bench when you want to treat it like a truck. Pull a few straps, flop the seats over, and get on with it. With the seats stowed I was able to strap down three good-sized Veri kennels so that my girls would have plenty of room. There was ample volume left over for food, belongings, etc. Piece of cake (or this week, pie). On the road I found the GC completely unobjectionable. It drove surprisingly well for what it is. I mean, yeah, I didn't want to go canyon carving in it or anything. The steering is a bit vague and the handling isn't what you would call "precise." But it went where I wanted it to and stayed comfortably flat in the corners. I was grateful to find a good driving position with out much effort, too. Three hours at a time behind the wheel wasn't a problem. It took a little while to acclimate to the tunnel-like visibility, but I got around that with properly adjusted mirrors as usual. I didn't have any problems driving around town or on the highway. Fuel economy was, I think, OK for something that big: 24.8mpg over about 400mi without really trying.