Give me a Chrysler minivan. This thing is for those who have given up on risk, completely
Best minivan in the class IMO.
No, just the 08-10 T&C, which was actually GC, but the same nonetheless. Compared to the 05 Odyssey I drove, it was no contest, so being that the T&C is heavily facelifted while the Honda was redesigned ... you get my drift, lol.
The T&C is now competitive, no doubt about it. The best? No. I sat in the new one at the autoshow and its interior is now competitive, wayyy better than the Toyota. It still trails the Quest and Odyssey though.
I await bradyholt's review, though I do agree with Amphibian having driven the Odyssey Touring Elite myself along with a Chrysler T&C Limited, Nissan Quest SL, and Toyota Sienna XLE.
The Odyssey's powertrain in particular is superb - an impressive combination of smoothness, responsivness, and efficiency none of the other vans could match.
btw bradyholt, I'm interested in the fuel economy figures you achieve driving the Odyssey. I got about 26 mpg over a 58 mi. trip (60% highway, 40% urban/suburban roads).
My modes of transportation: CityBus Greater Lafayette, rental cars (usually GM), bicycling, and walking.
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Speaking of the Odyssey's powertrain, I was surprised at its performance numbers considering its horsepower rating is well down on Toyota and Chrysler entries.
I'm planning to drive the competing vans tomorrow morning, but although clearly none of the other vans matches the Odyssey mileage, the Honda's engine isn't striking me as a standout for refinement or power. I'll see if that recollection survives the back-to-back drives.
For mileage, so far the trip computer is reporting 24 mpg in almost all urban/suburban driving. Did yours have the six-speed? (this one does)
I figure anyone shopping for minivans is very practical and really needs the passenger seating. With that in mind, crash safety is important. But to my knowledge, only two of the 2011 vans have been subjected to the new, harder US government crash tests: the Odyssey and the Sienna. The Odyssey got 5 stars overall, the Sienna got 3. ( EDIT: Yet again, bradyholt has found a factual error in one of my posts. The Sienna has a four star overall rating, it got three stars in front impacts but five in side impacts. I apologize for misleading anyone. )
If I was voting with my dollars today, that would be enough to put me into the Odyssey.
So you pay through the nose if you want the best fuel economy, but even the entry level is pretty good.
Last edited by Michael_S; 04-24-2011 at 09:03 PM.
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There's currently a big minivan vote going on here:
What would YOU rather drive?
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