So, call this one a split decision: The Dodge Caravan retains its title as America's best minivan, but Chevy's Venture has considerably closed the gap. Parity has nearly been achieved.

REPORT CARD
Chevrolet Venture LS
Powertrain/performance: A-
Interior comfort: A-
Ergonomics: A
Highway ride/steering: B
Safety features: A
Utility/ease of access: B+
Styling: B
Noise and vibration: C-
Handling: B
Braking: B
Value: A+
WHAT'S ?
THE DIFFERENCE
Chevrolet Dodge Grand
Venture LS Caravan SE
Width, in. 72.0 76.8
Cargo capacity, cu. ft.
Aft of 3rd-row seats 24.2 20.3
2nd and 3rd removed 155.9 168.5
Front shoulder room, in. 59.8 62.5
Front hiproom, in. 55.5 57.7
2nd row shoulder
room, in. 61.9 63.7
2nd row hiproom, in. 64.3 61.3
3rd row legroom, in. 36.7 39.8
REPORT CARD
Dodge Grand Caravan SE
Powertrain/performance: B
Interior comfort: B+
Ergonomics: A
Highway ride/steering: A
Safety features: A
Utility/ease of access: A
Styling: A
Noise and vibration: B+
Handling: B
Braking: A-
Value: B+