I recently rented an UPLANDER and drove my family from Atlanta, GA to Las Vegas, NV and back to Atlanta. Approx. a 4500 mile trip. My wife was 6 months pregnant at the time and found that there was plenty of room to "stretch out". Our 5 year old enjoyed the DVD system and learned very quickly how to operate the door close and open switch. This is the first vehicle that he can enter, buckle himself in his booster seat and close the door. SIMPLY awesome. We traveled I-40 and found that the Uplander had plenty of acceleration power with the 240 HP V-6 to traverse the western interstates. We averaged approx. 23 mpg on the interstate at 75 to 78 averaged mph. My wife loved it so much that we went and bought one the week after we returned. I would definitely recommend this SUVan to any young family who needs room and amenities.
I bought my van new in 2006. I loved it when I got it. Never in a million years thought I would drive a mini van. Before it went out of warranty had some problems with cranking, but naturally the dealer could never find anything wrong with it. Then as soon as warranty expired check engine light came on and ABS light. Dealer found $900.00 worth wrong. Had it fixed and not 6 months later started again. Lights came on and had them fixed again. Now 2 months later same two light on, and same problem that I have already spent $1800.00 on. I will not get another Uplander. I do love the fact that it has a DVD System and my children love that feature too. Guess my next vehicle will have to have that too. Also love the built in car seat/booster seat. It is perfect for my 4 year old. ALso has plenty of room and plenty of cup holders for everyones drink.
I love this minivan, because it's got tons of room and 12 cupholders! But really. It has enough gadgets to keep husbands happy, and the kids too! The DVD player is really nice on road trips. It has rear A/C, and can fit 4 children in car seats comfortably. You can sit the kids in the rear captains chairs far enough apart so they don't fight :) I love that it's higher off the ground and actually rides like a SUV and looks more like an SUV on the front end. The backup sensors work really well too. It's saved me a few times from hitting other cars. The cargo area is super spacious and my model came with some cargo bins which makes organizing your groceries easy. It also helps to hide other shopping from prying eyes. It handles really well in the weather, ice and snow were not really a challenge since it has all wheel drive. All in all, if Chevy still made this minivan, I would buy it over and over and over!