there are several vehicles in the MINIVAN category that meet the requirements stated.
the features you may find most appealing is the low side door height and most have removable seats.
no one really likes minivans (LOL).....but sometimes it just makes sense.
do you require OFF ROAD 4WD.........or would AWD suit???
I know what you mean about minivans...
We get some fairly ugly snow (some mud) and travel in some rural areas. Just looking for some ideas (makes, models brands) for when we go looking so we're not going blind into thr process.
here is a link to EDMUNDS http://www.edmunds.com/finder/car-finder-results.html?finder_q=type:Minivan;features:All-wheel%20drive;
here is a link to CROSSOVER's http://www.edmunds.com/crossover/
the problem you are going to have is, 4X4's typically have high ground clearance and, therefore, higher access. one of the things you wanted to avoid.
AWD vehicles, on the other hand, offer excellent bad weather traction and driveability with car-like access for the dogs.