Excellent post, and very well balanced. My own observations are pretty much in line with what you've mentioned already, but I can certainly add a few more:
Under the hood
1. While poking around the TIPM (fuse box) I noticed that they included a storage location for the fuse puller. It's not that likely that I will be pulling fuses all that often, but that's a nice touch. I always had to fish that puller out of the glove box in my Wrangler. On the downside, the engraved list of fuses on the inside of the cover is very difficult to read, and just about as hard to map to the actual fuse locations quickly.
2. Even though it's becoming less common due to cost-savings, an underhood lamp would be welcomed.
1. I also really like the always-illuminated gauages.
2. There's no Random button on the REQ radio. That's great that I can burn 1000+ songs to a DVD, but I would NEVER listen to them sequentially. I saw a Random selection when trying out the rear-seat video screen and headphones, and got excited for a second, until I selected it and was informed that that feature wasn't supported.
3. I like the lane-change feature of the turn signal where it will flash the turn signals three times by just pressing down on the stalk and releasing it before the first flash completes.
4. The electronic ignition is nice. I don't have to hold they key in the start position until the vehicle starts, and there's no risk of damaging the starter by turning the key to start when the engine is running.
5. Please allow me to turn of ESP completely, even if that means a flashing warning lamp.
6. The non-dimming indicator lamps for both the fog lights and high beams are very annoying when the rest of the console is dimmed to the lower levels. I understand making them a little brighter so that you remember that they're on, but if I have them on and the dash dimmed it means I'm trying to concentrate on the road. The glare from the lamps makes this task more difficult. If they were kept a notch or two above the dimming level of the rest of the dash it would be fine.
7. The electronic throttle control has an unimportant, but nonetheless strange side effect with the cruise control: The accelerator pedal no longer moves back and forth during cruise operation. I'm so used to engaging cruise control, and having the pedal depress slightly on its own. Same with deactivating it. I'm used to feeling the pressure against my foot. In both cases, that subtle change would be my primary indication that I've activated/deactivated cruise control correctly. Now I have to pay attention to a change in the speedometer.
8. There's no Random button on the REQ radio. I'm stating this again for good measure.
1.The headliner is VERY prone to getting dirty and potentially staining because of the color and material. I've got some water marks already on mine from attempting to clean it. Haven't had a chance to go back and attempt to remove those yet.
2. Storage and cubbies are everywhere up front!
3. I love the hidden storage under the Load N Go on my SLT. The only complaint is that the rear-half of it is inaccessable due to the load floor. I wouldn't mind that center divider being move rearward a bit to allow access to a portion of the space under the load floor, even if that means having to reach under the floor to get to the space.
4. The rear-seat monitor includes a place to store the remote control. This is so much better than our '06 Grand Caravan, where the remote doesn't have its own storage location, and therefore is always 'lost.' Now, if they could also find a place to store the headphones..
5. Please include at least a passenger side assist handle!
1. The side vents really need some holes in them to at least look functional. Offer it as an upgrade or something.
2. I like that the gas door has a little lip on it to hang the gas cap tether over. The minivan, again, lacks this, and as a result, the gas cap is starting to scratch up the paint under the filler.
3. Would have liked the reverse warning system to have been a factory installed option, rather than a dealer-installed accessory. (No, I don't have it.) I wouldn't doubt if this is already planned to show up in a year or two anyway though.
1. The cloth holder for the users manual is much nicer than the vinyl they used to use, and should hold up for a very long time.
2. I found it neat that there's a transparent film or something over the VIN plate on the driver's side windshield that says Dodge, Jeep, and Chrysler if looked at from the right angles. Tamper protection, I assume?
That's all I can think of off the top of my head.