Let me begin by saying I have never had any hangups about driving/owning a mini- van. My parents always drove a full size conversion van when we were young and then moved on to mini-vans when they came out in the 80's. I agonized over which van to buy, looked long and hard at the Dodge/Chrysler van, the Hyundai Entourage (way nicer than expected), the Quest and the Sienna. I could not be happier with the final choice. It really does drive like a full sized sedan. In some aspects it is better, you don't have the low visibilty over the hood that you do in a sedan and the driving position is high enough to see the road regardless of the height of the driver.
The Rear Entertainment System is way more than just a DVD player. Mom & Dad can listen to their music and the kids can have total control over their movie, cd or radio stations by using their headsets. Parents can control this as well from the front using the radio buttons or the included remote.
You should be able to decide if you want a "plus one" seat (which is included) for the middle row or be able to swap it for the middle row console. Maybe come up with a way for the bumper paint to match the rest of the car.
We previously owned a Dodge Caravan and the Odyssey blows it away in every way. It handles extremely well and is a dream on long road trips. Honda engineering is second to none and they have certainly listened to minivan ownwers with kids by incorporationg second row seats that move apart or together, second row windows that can be lowered and of course the stowable 3rd row seats. Fuel economy leaves a bit to be desired, and the price is a bit steep -- but you do get what you pay for. Other than that, we have been pleased so far.
Stowable 3rd row seats, in-floor storage, side windows that can be lowered, massive amounts of room, excellent handling
Fuel economy could be better A bit on the pricey side
We have owned Honda Accords before, and the Odyssey rides very similiarly. Now, the Accord rides smooth, but the Odyssey almost makes you think you are driving a smooth car, yet it's a fun to drive peppy minivan. The ergonomics of the interior are outstanding and the practibility are second to none. Spend the the extra few thousand dollars and buy quality versus anything else.
Interior design is very sassy, as well as the exterior styling. We opted for the EX-L which has all the bells and whistles except the overpriced DVD system. Smooth drivetrain. Foldable third row. Lazy susan storage unit in the floor.
Standard floor carpets leave a little to be desired. Other than that, I seriously cannot think of any.
Have had my honda 2006 for 10 months. I have had to replace front brakes at 10,000 miles and the gas pedal had to also be replaced due to rattling and rubbing noises (metal against metal). They said it is the first time they have ever seen this. All in all we have really enjoyed this van. We upgraded from the 2003 because we were pleased with the quality of the first van.Road noise is still a problem and when the middle row windows are rolled down it sounds like a train going by at full speed. Hopefully, no other problems.
The drive is awesome
Better gas mileage, coin holder, and fan control for both passenger.
2006 Honda Odyssey Minivan EX 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)
We absolutely LOOOOVE this van. The ride is smooth, quiet, and enjoyable. The quality is amazing. This is our first Honda and we couldn't be happier with it. In the past we have owned Toyota vehicles and the quality doesn't even compare with a Honda. We were almost sick that we almost bought the Sienna before looking at this van. Now, our kids (2 & 3) tell everyone they need a van like Mommy's.