So, we live in a neighborhood where we enter it by going down a very large hill. I drive a minivan that weighs quite a bit - about 2.5 tons. When my husband drives down the hill in his stick shift Maxima, it doesn't pick up much speed because the engine limits it but in the minivan, it easily can hit 60 by the bottom of the hill unless I ride the brake. So this new van that I just got has the automatic that you can tap the shifter and it downshifts so you can use it almost like a stick shift and hubby was saying to use that rather than the brake to slow down coming down the hill. But I was wondering if that would be worse - using the transmission rather than the brakes. I think brakes are cheaper to replace. So which should I use? Oh - it's a 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan.