By BonkBonk on
2004 Honda Odyssey EX 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)
I live in Minnesota - it is quite decent even on all-season tires Here is my take: performance/fun-to-drive are both 10 (for minivans). It is more precise than most domestic cars and every other minivan (incl Toyota). Comfort is an 8 due to some stiffness - the price you pay for performance. Fuel economy is a 6 - I get 19, would be nice in the low 20s. Interior design is a 9 - spartan and practical + little to break. Exterior design and build quality both 10s - best looking minivan with great fit/finish. Reliability a 9 - almost perfect.
Fold-away rear seat works great. My wife loves it - she put 9000 miles on it in the first six months (she took the bus to work at the time). She invented reasons to drive it! Very easy to take six on vacation with luggage and without the use of a roof rack.
I would give up some horsepower for mileage, but that might not fly for those towing boats or campers. The center folding tray cupholder foam inserts have broken off - would be nice if those wells were deeper and better foam inserts. Factory radio reception is not the best.