As vehicles go, minivans are quite versatile. But they'd be
even more flexible if the seating arrangement could be
customized to better serve the needs of families. To that
end, the front passenger and middle seats should be able to
be installed in a number of different orientations.
the half lounge configuration, the front seat is installed
normally, but the middle seats are installed facing the rear.
(Something similar to this has already been baked by
Chrysler in the Town & Country, but was dropped for the
current model year). In the full lounge configuration, the
front passenger seat is installed backwards, and the two
middle seats are installed sideways, either both on the same
side, or on opposite sides and offset to maximize legroom.
Any third row seats that end up blocked in this configuration
could be folded down to store cargo.
In the full lounge configuration, a family of five could travel
in style, maximizing the amount of legroom for everyone
and allowing you to keep both eyes on your kids to boot.