Seating for Seven

The best values for 2007 put minivans out to pasture.

Minivans have lost the people-mover war. Despite having evolved to a nearly perfect design -- easy to enter and exit, comfortable for up to eight passengers and rife with cup holders -- GM, Ford and Mazda are abandoning their models entirely. Minivan sales last year slipped 11%, to less than one million. The victors? Crossover SUVs, whose sales rose 5%, to 2.4 million.

Crossovers mate practicality with cool -- and cool is something that minivans always lacked. They resemble traditional SUVs and provide the same tall-in-the-saddle view Americans love. But crossovers don't have the atrocious gas mileage and stiff, truck-like handling. That's because instead of body-on-frame construction, crossovers have a body and chassis built as a single unit.

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Mark Solheim
Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance

Mark became editor of Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine in July 2017. Prior to becoming editor, he was the Money and Living sections editor and, before that, the automotive writer. He has also been editor of as well as the magazine's managing editor, assistant managing editor and chief copy editor. Mark has also served as president of the Washington Automotive Press Association. In 1990 he was nominated for a National Magazine Award. Mark earned a B.A. from University of Virginia and an M.A. in Writing from Johns Hopkins University. Mark lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife, and they spend as much time as possible in their Glen Arbor, Mich., vacation home.