When asked about their ultimate dream car, some Motor Trend editors had more to say than others; when the story was assembled for the magazine, some of their requests had to be trimmed. Here are their original wish lists, as presented to illustrator Mark Stehrenberger to interpret.

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The Sportvan
In this burgeoning age of crossovers, let's explore an aggressively styled minivan designed to offer truly enjoyable, spirited driving experience. Intent is to appeal to active lifestyle (like everything else) and young families -- people who don't want a minivan but know it is the right tool for the job. These are people who typically commute alone or with a child on board, and who couldn't care less about seating for eight. Interior would feature easily removable captain's chairs that could be taken out and used at picnics, tailgating, beach, etc. Interior would have a Toyota Matrix-like rubberized surfaces for messy kids, dirty sports gear, and grungy dogs. Vehicle would be small, roughly Mazda MPV size, yet lower and maybe wider. (Think Japan-market Honda Odyssey.) The Sportvan be available in all-wheel drive. Drivetrain to be rally inspired, rather than a pure minivan transplant. Body to be sculpted, like Highlander (muscle arcing through fenders and doors), rather than slab sided. This size would permit the vehicle to be sold in Europe and Japan, making a stronger business case. Best companies to offer: Subaru or Mitsubishi. Both have the image, hardware, experience, and customer psychographic, yet have a hole in their product lines for a minivan or crossover. Optional engine to be a turbo, matched with paddle shifters, tauter suspension, larger wheels, etc. Could be derived from the Legacy GT with next year's turbo six, or the Endeavor with a turbo engine.