Quiet, powerful, and fun as a van gets..
By MLawson on
Vehicle2005 Honda Odyssey EX-L 4dr Minivan w/Entertainment (3.5L 6cyl 5A)
ReviewWe shopped extensively, Chrysler, Nissan, Ford and Toyota. We drove them all and found the Honda to be the most comfortable, and by far the best driving experience. The Chrysler was nice but looked dated, and the lauded "stow and go" middle seats were very uncomfortable for anyone over 5 years old. It would've been a bit cheaper with the incentives, but I think the resale value of the Honda will balance that out in the end. We veto'd the Nissan immediately for the offset gauges and the wierdo radio and hvac controls, although it drove pretty well. The Ford just felt cheap, like something you'd rent instead of own. The Toyota was close but felt floaty and a little weak, plus more $$$.
Best FeaturesThe steering feels perfect, not too boosted, and great on center. The seats are better than anything we drove. The dash layout is very well designed and looks modern without being trendy like the Quest. The lazy susan storage is PERFECT for all the junk that my kids lug around in the
Worst FeaturesThe door handles are a little stiff, but that might be because it's still pretty new, no big deal. The "plus one" seat in the middle of the center row is ok for a small child in a pinch, but obviously wasn't designed for an adult, but it's simple to remove so again, it's not a big deal.
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