Downside: More horsepower for this one, please. Also, the service brake, which must be released by a hand lever inconveniently located on the lower-left side of the instrument panel, is obsolete.

Ride, acceleration and handling: Excellent ride. Good handling. Decent acceleration. In short, considering the overall virtues of the Town & Country Limited, I'd happily take it on a cross-country drive.

Head-turning quotient: People actually came up to me and praised the Town & Country's looks. Everyone who stepped inside fell in love with the interior. This is a graceful, classy minivan.

Body style/layout: Front-engine, front-wheel-drive, four side doors (two automatically slide open and closed) and rear hatch. The second- and third-row seats can be collapsed into the floor.

Capacities: The Town & Country Limited has seating for seven people. Maximum cargo capacity is 168 cubic feet with second- and third-row seats down. Luggage capacity with second- and third-row seats up is 26.4 cubic feet. It can be equipped to tow up to 3,800 pounds. Fuel capacity is 20 gallons of recommended regular unleaded gasoline.

Mileage: I averaged 21 miles per gallon in mostly highway driving. Tip: You'd be wasting money to pump premium into this one. Premium gasoline does not -- repeat, not -- improve the performance of this minivan.

Safety: Side-curtain air bags on all three rows; knee bags for front-seat occupants; advanced multi-stage dual front air bags; child safety-seat latches; low-speed traction control.

Price: Base price on the Town & Country Limited is $35,070. Dealer's invoice price on base model is $32,042. Price as tested is $37,015, including $1,265 in options and a $680 destination charge.

Purse-strings note: It's a buy. Can be had less expensively with fewer options or in lower-priced trim packages.

Warren's latest minivan rankings: First place: tie between Toyota Sienna and Chrysler Town & Country. Second place: Honda Odyssey. Third place: tie between Ford Freestar and Mazda MPV. Fourth place: Nissan Quest.