2011 Minivan Comparison Test

2011 Honda Odyssey Minivan

(3.5L V6 5-speed Automatic)
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    Everyone called a do-over for 2011: Each of these minivans is substantially revised. | February 04, 2011

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  • Comparison Test
  • Top 11 Features
  • Data and Charts
  • Final Rankings and Scoring Explanation
  • 2011 Toyota Sienna Specs and Performance
  • 2011 Nissan Quest Specs and Performance
  • 2011 Honda Odyssey Specs and Performance
  • 2011 Chrysler Town and Country Specs and Performance
  • 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Specs and Performance

We love the honesty of minivans. While crossovers sucker you into believing that you can reclaim your old, cool, coffeehouse life behind their fashionably hinged doors, you know exactly what you'll find when you tug a minivan's sliding door.

Of course, the automakers that build the vehicles that haul our obligations can call a do-over any old time they like — even all in the same year. And so we have the 2011 Chrysler Town and Country, 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan, 2011 Honda Odyssey, 2011 Nissan Quest and 2011 Toyota Sienna — all of which are substantially revised for 2011.

A 2011 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite already won a shoot-out against a 2011 Toyota Sienna XLE, but this time we gathered the whole gang for a comparison (except the aged Kia Sedona and the terrier of minivans, the Mazda 5) and set a $40,000 price limit.

The Winner and Everybody Else
So how did this one end? The Toyota Sienna — an SE model ($34,684) this time — rebounded to win this test. The 2011 Quest SL ($38,610) and 2011 Odyssey EX ($31,730) deadlocked for 2nd, followed in order by the 2011 Town and Country Touring-L ($36,770) and 2011 Grand Caravan Crew ($32,760). That looks like a grim outcome for the Chrysler minivans, but a mere 6.6 points separate the 1st-place Sienna from the 5th-place Grand Caravan in the overall scores. All of these vans are viable family transportation options — the handful of points distinguishes the good from the great.

We've scored this test the same as we would any other Inside Line comparison, but tailored the weighting to the nature of the minivan beast. Accordingly, performance (that is, our instrumented testing results) counts for just 10 percent. Meanwhile, key feature content (see the "Top 11 Features" tab) is weighted just as much as the as-tested price (20 percent each), because we've never met a minivan owner who didn't slavishly monitor his household budget.

A 29-point evaluation by your favorite IL editors counts another 25 percent, while fuel consumption (based on each van's EPA combined mpg rating) is weighted 15 percent. For the remaining 10 percent, we ranked the vans based both on our gut feelings (the personal rating) and the sage advice we give to people we like (the recommended rating).

 
  Weight 2011 Toyota Sienna SE 2011 Nissan Quest SL 2011 Honda Odyssey EX 2011 Chrysler Town and Country Touring- L 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Crew
Personal Rating 5.0% 76.0 80.0 72.0 28.0 44.0
Recommended Rating 5.0% 84.0 68.0 88.0 28.0 32.0
Evaluation Score 25% 74.5 76.0 73.9 69.8 69.4
Feature Content 20% 42.4 48.5 18.2 60.6 30.3
Performance 10% 89.3 74.9 84.5 87.7 90.8
Fuel Consumption 15% 93.5 96.2 100.0 93.0 93.0
Price 20% 90.7 78.3 100.0 84.1 96.8
             
Total Score 100.0% 76.2 73.7 73.6 71.9 69.6
Final Ranking 1 2 (tie) 2 (tie) 4 5


Our Gut Takes a Backseat
Our gut tells us to buy the minivan we like driving the most, but when we're looking at vehicles with three rows of seats, our families get to have a say, too.

Until this year, our families held the Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town and Country in low regard, and justifiably so, as their cabin materials quality and fit and finish were bottom of the barrel — as Chrysler executives have candidly admitted in recent months.

In the 2011 Chrysler minivans, the previous Wal-Mart vibe gives way to a warmer, classier decor, particularly in the leather-lined Town and Country. These sibling vans still look alike, of course, but they have their own gauge packs and steering wheel detailing, while the Man Van Dodge has a full front console instead of the usual, minivan-style open floor plan (normally, this is where the diaper bag lives, but real men stuff all that in their back pocket). Run your hands along the steering wheel, dash and console, and it all feels supple and substantial — better than the cut-rate gray paneling in the 1st-place Sienna, and on par with the Odyssey EX's respectable if drab furnishings.

Nobody can touch the upscale Quest in the materials department, though; it's the most expensive van in the test and it feels like it. The Nissan also has the best fit and finish. We still find the most instances of misaligned panels in the Dodge and Chrysler, but this time everything that matters is solidly affixed.

While we're clucking to ourselves about build quality, our families get down to the business of making themselves comfortable. Only Honda and Toyota build vans with eight-passenger seating, so if you need that second-row center seat, you're going to end up with an Odyssey or Sienna — and only the Honda can fit an adult derriere in that seat. These vans also have the roomiest third-row accommodations, though everyone grumbled that the Odyssey's sliding doors don't slide back far enough for unimpeded access.

If you only need seating for seven, the 2011 Nissan Quest is compelling, with its luxurious captain's chairs in the first and second rows and serene cabin (it had the lowest decibel reading at a 70-mph cruise). You won't coax adults into its third row, though, because a low-mounted bench creates an untenable legroom situation, published specs notwithstanding. Third-row accommodations are also tight in the Grand Caravan and Town and Country, but their second-row captain's chairs offer respectable comfort considering they're of the Stow 'n Go persuasion.

We're Fired Up To Stow
Yes, indeed, those nifty second-row seats in the Chrysler and Dodge are handy. Within 30 seconds, you can whisk them from fully upright to completely gone into the floor.

The downside is that Chrysler engineers had to limit front-seat track travel to package the stowage repository. It's particularly bothersome in the 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan, where the long-legged driver soon wishes he had fold-flat femurs.

In the 2011 Toyota Sienna and Honda Odyssey, stowing the second-row seats is a more traditional process that involves going into your garage while carrying a big mass of seat. The Odyssey's seats are lighter, but you still need a strong back. Nissan assumes you're not crazy enough to haul around seats in your sleep-deprived parental state, so the Quest's middle-row seats merely fold down. If you want them out of the van, get your tools.

Most of the time, of course, you'll just be loading strollers and laundry detergent into the back of your minivan. Right off the bat, the 2011 Honda Odyssey makes this a hassle, as the EX model doesn't offer a power liftgate (or Bluetooth, a back-up camera or a USB input, but we digress), and the gate is heavy, with a poorly designed handhold. If you're under 5-foot-8 and petite, have fun.

Honda compensates by offering the simplest fold-flat third-row seat design. The third row in the Chrysler minivans is the trickiest, as the "60" sections are consistently difficult to pull back up from the floor. The Quest goes its own way here with SUV-style seats that simply fold forward instead of catapulting into the cargo well. They deliver a flat load floor but one that's considerably higher than a van with removable seats. It also reduces the Quest's maximum cargo capacity by about 40 cubic feet.

Me Time
People are always telling us that minivans are a snooze to drive. We get it, guy; your 3 Series mops the floor with your wife's Odyssey. But if you can't find a way to enjoy driving that van, you're probably a snooze, too.

It's not like today's minivans don't have serious power. Every van in this test has a sizable V6 — a 283-horsepower 3.6-liter in the Grand Caravan and Town and Country; a 248-hp 3.5-liter in the Odyssey; a 260-hp 3.5-liter in the Quest; and a 265-hp 3.5-liter in the Sienna. The Chrysler, Toyota and Dodge have a six-speed automatic transmission driving their front wheels, while the Honda uses a five-speed automatic and the Nissan a continuously variable transmission (CVT).

The Quest is the editors' unanimous favorite in the drivetrain department. Mind you, it posted the slowest numbers at our test track (9.0 seconds to 60 mph, 16.7 seconds at 88.9 mph for the quarter-mile), but this is the most satisfying application of Nissan's CVT to date. This V6 is known for its torque (although it has the lowest peak rating of all five engines) and the CVT is adept at picking gear ratios that make the best of it — so much so that you barely notice the van has a CVT. The VQ-Series V6 is unusually quiet, too; the Quest logs the lowest decibel reading at full throttle.

If the Quest's aggressive throttle tip-in bugs you, chances are you'll prefer the Toyota Sienna, the quickest van in our test with a 0-60-mph time of 8.1 seconds. The engine feels powerful and smooth, and the transmission executes near-flawless gearchanges — it's the best true automatic in this group.

The Odyssey's V6 is a nice motor, too, but the EX's five-speed automatic doesn't take advantage of the power band the way the Touring models' six-speed automatic does. This translates to an 8.8-second 0-60-mph time compared to 8.1 with the six-speed. In everyday driving, the difference isn't a big deal, as the EX's drivetrain is plenty refined, but once you know there's something better out there, well, you want it. On the upside, the five-speed Odyssey still has class-best fuel economy ratings, and it returned slightly better mileage (21 mpg) than the others.

In the two Chrysler vans, the smooth-running Pentastar V6 is a welcome replacement for the previous 4.0-liter V6. It still isn't enough to give either the Grand Caravan or Town and Country an edge at the track, though. Both vans were a couple tenths slower than the Sienna, and, notably, the Grand Caravan is no quicker than our long-term 2008 Grand Caravan.

Curb weight is an issue, as both weigh 4,600 pounds (200 more than the Odyssey). Additionally, the carryover six-speed transmission (same gearing as last year) fumbled the 3-4 upshift during acceleration testing, and often got befuddled on freeway grades. "It's like it's practicing shifting," said one editor after experiencing a few less-than-smooth gearchanges. The Pentastar is noisier than the other engines, too; the Dodge and Chrysler had the highest full-throttle decibel readings.

Me Time, Continued
Brakes are important on any vehicle, but especially one that has you assuming personal liability for up to seven additional lives. Here the Sienna continued its winning steak, stopping from 60 mph in 124 feet. Second went to the Odyssey, which managed 127 feet while resisting fade in impressively un-Honda-like fashion. The Town and Country was right behind it at 128 feet, but both Chrysler vans exhibited fade on subsequent stops. The Quest brought up the rear at 134 feet. Fade wasn't the problem; rather it was the Nissan's P235/55R18 Toyo A22 tires' inability to grip the pavement.

The performance is disappointing, as the tires help deliver excellent ride quality otherwise. The Nissan nearly matches the plush ride quality of the Toyota — which remains the go-to van for out-and-out comfort — while offering a touch of the Honda's athleticism around corners, not to mention precise steering with spot-on effort levels.

Still, if you want a minivan that doesn't constantly remind you that it's a great big box, you want the Honda Odyssey. No, it didn't post the best slalom number, but there's a level of sophistication here that the others don't deliver. Tidy suspension tuning keeps it under control around any corner, while light, accurate steering provides extraordinary feedback.

The Grand Caravan and Town and Country posted the highest slalom speeds — 60.8 mph and 59.6 mph, respectively. Despite their slightly older underpinnings, the Chrysler vans take a set quickly and like to be thrown around a bit. The steering is heavy, so you have to be deliberate with your inputs. "The Dodge and Chrysler are like bad dogs," said one editor. "They do what you tell them if you've got a firm hand."

Bad dogs and high-effort steering can wear you down, though, especially when you're just running errands. Their ride quality isn't as polished as the other vans, either, as the Town and Country and Grand Caravan transmit more harshness over expansion joints.

Taste Them Again for the First Time
We still meet misguided souls who tell us they'll never, ever own a minivan, yet there are still nearly half a million minivans sold each year. This number may actually increase given this latest crop of revamped and much-improved vans.

An engine swap and an interior overhaul have lifted the 2011 Chrysler Town and Country Touring-L and 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Crew up from lowest common denominator status in the minivan segment. They're still a little rough around the edges, but they'll meet your basic requirements in addition to offering factory parking sensors and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic detection (not available on the others).

Meanwhile, the made-in-Japan 2011 Nissan Quest SL is much better than we expected with a rich and quiet cabin, well-sorted drivetrain and a pleasant ride/handling balance. Braking performance needs to improve, however, and the Quest might not work if you need seating for eight.

The 2011 Honda Odyssey EX will accommodate that eighth passenger, but you give up a lot of feature content. We're smitten with the way the Odyssey drives, but this test highlighted our frustration with how Honda packages the Odyssey. It shouldn't be impossible to get Bluetooth and a back-up camera in a cloth EX.

At the top, the 2011 Toyota Sienna SE is the all-rounder of Toyota's minivan line — and arguably the whole minivan class. It has a spacious, comfortable interior, a wonderful ride and strong brakes. It's quick, too, for a minivan. Best of all, Toyota gives you a reasonable features list for $34,684. So it's not a cheap minivan, but the Sienna SE is the best minivan — for now.

The manufacturers provided Edmunds these vehicles for the purposes of evaluation.

We don't expect midrange minivans to pack in tons of high-end amenities, but they should offer certain safety, convenience and entertainment features, which we've detailed below. Note: Any feature that was standard on all five vans is not included on this list.

Features
  2011 Chrysler Town and Country Touring-L 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Crew 2011 Honda Odyssey EX 2011 Nissan Quest SL 2011 Toyota Sienna SE
Automatic on/off headlights S O* S S S
Back-up camera S O N/A S S
Bluetooth O O N/A S O
Keyless ignition O N/A N/A S N/A
Leather upholstery S N/A N/A S N/A
Parking sensors S O* N/A N/A N/A
Power liftgate S O N/A S O
Rear entertainment system O O N/A O N/A
Second-row center seat N/A N/A S N/A S
Sunshades S O* S N/A S
USB input O O N/A S O


Key:
S: Standard
O: Optional
O*: Optional but not equipped on test vehicle
N/A: Not Available

Automatic on/off headlights: You're a parent. You're tired. Worrying about leaving the lights on shouldn't be an issue. With this feature, you just leave it in "Auto" and the van does the rest. Easy.

Back-up camera: Backing over anything is no fun. Having a back-up camera onboard is an effective means of prevention. In fact, this could be the next piece of safety equipment mandated by the government in the next few years. In the meantime, it's an option worth paying for.

Bluetooth: Hands-free is the law of the land, and when you have a baby on your arm pulling at your hair, you can't be fumbling with a Bluetooth earpiece. Nope, the van should take care of it all.

Keyless ignition: Yep, you're still holding that baby, so digging around in your wallet, purse or murse is out of the question.

Leather upholstery: Why leather? Because you can wipe it clean when your kid spills grape juice in the van. We like cloth, too, but who wants to get out the upholstery cleaner and scrub it every other day?

Parking sensors: The kids are jumping around and the camera can't pick up everything, so you need sonar to help you avoid Jack Russell terriers.

Power liftgate: Presumably, if you're headed for the cargo area you have cargo in your hands. A door that opens on its own is pretty important here.

Rear entertainment system: The whole world doesn't have an iPad yet. So on a road trip, it's really nice to pop in a DVD or hook up a PS3 and be done with it.

Second-row center seat: You're driving an enormous vehicle, so you might as well be able to carry that eighth kid when the need arises.

Sunshades: You can't set a newborn in direct sunlight. You've got to cover the windows somehow, and built-in shades save you the hassle of securing suction-cup shades.

USB input: We hear the whole world has an iPod. In any case, it's nice to be able to load up music for the kids and audiobooks for the parents, and control it all through the van's audio system.

Dimensions
Engine & Transmission Specifications
Warranty Information
Performance Information


Dimensions
Exterior Dimensions & Capacities
  2011 Chrysler Town and Country Touring-L 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Crew 2011 Honda Odyssey EX 2011 Nissan Quest SL 2011 Toyota Sienna SE
Length, in. 202.8 202.8 202.9 200.8 200.2
Width, in. 78.7 78.7 79.2 77.6 78.2
Height, in. 67.9 67.9 68.4 71.5 68.9
Wheelbase, in. 121.2 121.2 118.1 118.1 119.3
As Tested Curb Weight, lb. 4,621 4,601 4,403 4,563 4,461
Turning Circle, ft. 39.1 39.1 36.7 36.7 36.9


Interior Dimensions
  2011 Chrysler Town and Country Touring-L 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Crew 2011 Honda Odyssey EX 2011 Nissan Quest SL 2011 Toyota Sienna SE
Front headroom, in. 39.8 39.8 39.7 40.9* 41.0
2nd-row headroom, in. 39.3 39.3 39.5 38.9* 39.7
3rd-row headroom, in. 37.9 37.9 38.0 38.0* 38.3
Front shoulder room, in. 63.7 63.7 64.4 64.5 65.0
2nd-row shoulder room, in. 64.1 64.1 63.5 63.2 64.6
3rd-row shoulder room, in. 62.0 62.0 60.9 61.2 61.1
Front hip room, in. 58.4 58.4 58.2 57.3 58.6
2nd-row hip room, in. 65.0 65.0 66.1 66.0 66.1
3rd-row hip room, in. 48.7 48.7 48.4 49.6 50.3
Front legroom, in. 40.7 40.7 40.9 43.8 40.5
2nd-row legroom, in. 36.5 36.5 40.9 36.7 37.6
3rd-row legroom, in. 32.7 32.7 42.4 40.5 36.3
Cargo volume (behind 3rd row), cu-ft. 33.0 33.0 38.4 37.1 39.1
Cargo volume (behind 2nd row), cu-ft. 83.3 83.3 93.1 63.6 87.1
Max cargo volume, cu-ft. 143.8 143.8 148.5 108.4 150.0
*Quest headroom specs reflect optional moonroof.

Engine & Transmission Specifications
Engine & Transmission
  2011 Chrysler Town and Country Touring-L 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Crew 2011 Honda Odyssey EX 2011 Nissan Quest SL 2011 Toyota Sienna SE
Displacement
(cc / cu-in):
3600 (220) 3600 (220) 3500 (214) 3500 (214) 3500 (214)
Engine Type Port-injected DOHC V6 Port-injected DOHC V6 Port-injected SOHC V6 Port-injected DOHC V6 Port-injected DOHC V6
Horsepower (SAE) @ rpm 283 @ 6,400 283 @ 6,400 248 @ 5,700 260 @ 6,000 265 @ 6,200
Max. Torque, lb-ft @ rpm 260 @ 4,400 260 @ 4,400 250 @ 4,800 240 @ 4,400 245 @ 4,700
Transmission 6-speed automatic 6-speed automatic 5-speed automatic CVT 6-speed automatic
EPA Fuel Economy City, mpg 17 17 18 19 18
EPA Fuel Economy Hwy, mpg 25 25 27 24 24
Observed Fuel Economy combined, mpg 18.0 19.8 21.1 19.0 19.5


Warranty
Warranty Information
  2011 Chrysler Town and Country Touring-L 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Crew 2011 Honda Odyssey EX 2011 Nissan Quest SL 2011 Toyota Sienna SE
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain 5 years/100,000 miles 5 years/100,000 miles 5 years/60,000 miles 5 years/60,000 miles 5 years/60,000 miles
Corrosion Protection 5 years/100,000 miles 5 years/100,000 miles 5 years/Unlimited miles 5 years/Unlimited miles 5 years/Unlimited miles
Roadside Assistance 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles Available through Honda Care contract 3 years/36,000 miles 2 years/25,000 miles


Performance
Performance Information
  2011 Chrysler Town and Country Touring-L 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Crew 2011 Honda Odyssey EX 2011 Nissan Quest SL 2011 Toyota Sienna SE
0-60 mph acceleration, sec. 8.5 8.3 8.8 9.0 8.1
Quarter-mile acceleration, sec. 16.2 16.1 16.5 16.7 15.9
Quarter-mile speed, mph 86.1 86.1 85.4 88.9 89.4
60-0-mph braking, feet 128 130 127 134 124
Lateral Acceleration, g 0.73 0.72 0.78 0.73 0.75
600-ft slalom, mph 59.6 60.8 59.1 55.5 55.0


Final Rankings
Item Weight 2011 Toyota Sienna SE 2011 Nissan Quest SL 2011 Honda Odyssey EX 2011 Chrysler Town and Country Touring- L 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Crew
Personal Rating 5.0% 76.0 80.0 72.0 28.0 44.0
Recommended Rating 5.0% 84.0 68.0 88.0 28.0 32.0
Evaluation Score 25% 74.5 76.0 73.9 69.8 69.4
Feature Content 20% 42.4 48.5 18.2 60.6 30.3
Performance 10% 89.3 74.9 84.5 87.7 90.8
Fuel Consumption 15% 93.5 96.2 100.0 93.0 93.0
Price 20% 90.7 78.3 100.0 84.1 96.8
             
Total Score 100.0% 76.2 73.7 73.6 71.9 69.6
Final Ranking 1 2 (tie) 2 (tie) 4 5


Personal Rating (5%): Purely subjective; after the test, each participating editor was asked to rank the minivans in order of preference based on which he or she would buy himself/herself if money were no object.

Recommended Rating (5%): After the test, each participating editor was asked to rank the vans in order of preference based on which he or she thought would be best for the average consumer shopping in this segment.

29-Point Evaluation (25%): Each participating editor ranked the vans based on a comprehensive 29-point evaluation. The evaluation covered everything from ride comfort, steering response and brake performance, to cupholders and exterior design. Scoring was calculated on a point system, and the scores listed are averages based on all test participants' evaluations.

Feature Content (20%): For this category, the editors picked the top 11 features they thought would be most beneficial to the consumer shopping in this segment. For each vehicle, the score was based on the number of actual features it had versus the total possible (11). Standard and optional equipment were taken into consideration. (We've weighted this category the same as Price to balance "what you get" versus "how much you pay for it.")

Performance Testing (10%): All the vans were subjected to a comprehensive battery of instrumented tests, including 0-60 acceleration, quarter-mile runs and panic stops from 60 mph. Each was run through a 600-foot slalom course to test transitional handling and around a skid pad to determine ultimate grip. For all track tests, we recorded data with stability/traction control systems in both "on" and "off" conditions (or as "off" as they allow). For this minivan test, we chose to use the default "on" results for the basis of comparison as a real-world assessment rather than an "at-the-limit" judgment. The vehicles were awarded points based on how closely each came to the best-performing vehicle's score in each category.

Fuel Consumption (15%): The numbers listed were the result of a simple percentage calculation based on the EPA's "combined" fuel economy estimates for the vehicles in the comparison test. Assigning 100 to the most fuel-efficient vehicle, the less efficient vehicles received a resulting lower percentage value.

Price (20%): The numbers listed were the result of a simple percentage calculation based on the least expensive vehicle in the comparison test. Using the "as tested" prices of the actual evaluation vehicles, the least expensive van received a score of 100, with the remaining vans receiving lesser scores based on how much more they cost in comparison. (This category is weighted the same as Feature Content to balance "what you get" versus "how much you pay for it.")

Vehicle
Model year2011
MakeToyota
ModelSienna
StyleSE 8-Passenger 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
Vehicle TypeFWD 4dr 8-passenger minivan
Base MSRP$31,560
Options on test vehiclePredawn Gray Mica; SE Preferred Package ($1,545 -- includes power rear door, tri-zone CFC-free automatic climate control, roof rails, fixed center console, rear window sunshades, AM/FM/MP3 CD player with six speakers, XM Radio with 90-day trial subscription, auxiliary audio jack, USB port with iPod connectivity and Bluetooth music streaming, vacuum fluorescent display, steering wheel audio and voice-command controls); Power Tilt/Slide Moonroof With Sunshade ($850); Carpet Floor Mats/Door Sill Protector ($324); Towing Prep Option ($220 -- includes 3,500-pound towing capacity); Roof Rack Cross Bars ($185).
As-tested MSRP$34,684
Assembly locationPrinceton, Indiana
North American parts content (%)75
Drivetrain
ConfigurationTransverse, front midengine, front-wheel drive
Engine typeNaturally aspirated port-injected V6, gasoline
Displacement (cc/cu-in)3,456cc (211 cu-in)
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainDouble overhead camshaft, four valves per cylinder, variable valve timing on intake and exhaust
Compression ratio (x:1)10.8
Redline, indicated (rpm)6,500
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)265 @ 6,200
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)245 @ 4,700
Fuel typeRegular unleaded
Transmission typeSix-speed automatic
Transmission ratios (x:1)I = 3.30; II = 1.90; III = 1.42; IV = 1.00; V = 0.71; VI = 0.61
Final-drive ratio (x:1)3.935
Chassis
Suspension, frontIndependent, MacPherson strut, coil springs, antiroll bar
Suspension, rearSemi-independent, torsion beam, coil springs, antiroll bar
Steering typeElectric power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)15.5
Tire make and modelMichelin Primacy MXV4 Radial X
Tire typeAll-season
Tire sizeP235/50R19
Wheel size19-by-7 inches front and rear
Wheel materialChrome alloy
Brakes, front12.9-inch ventilated disc with two-piston sliding calipers
Brakes, rear12.2-inch solid disc with single-piston sliding calipers
Track Test Results
Acceleration, 0-30 mph (sec.)3.0
0-45 mph (sec.)5.0
0-60 mph (sec.)7.7
0-75 mph (sec.)11.1
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)15.7 @ 90.6
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)7.4
0-30 mph, trac ON (sec.)3.2
0-45 mph, trac ON (sec.)5.4
0-60 mph, trac ON (sec.)8.1
0-75 mph, trac ON (sec.)11.6
1/4-mile, trac ON (sec. @ mph)15.9 @ 89.4
0-60, trac ON with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)7.7
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)32
60-0 mph (ft.)124
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)56.3
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph) ESC ON55.0
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.77
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g) ESC ON0.75
Sound level @ idle (dB)42.9
@ Full throttle (dB)72.0
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)65.5
Engine speed @ 70 mph (rpm)2,000
Test Driver Ratings & Comments
Acceleration commentsThe hard-revving V6 produces enough power that wheelspin can be excessive when using pedal overlap with traction control and ESC off. Shifts in sport mode were reasonably quick. There's a surge in power at about 5,000 rpm.
Braking commentsPedal was moderately firm and stayed consistent throughout. but there's too much rear brake bias, the slight lockup of which would cause the Sienna's tail to step out slightly each time.
Handling commentsSkid pad: Some measurable difference with trac-on/trac-off, but barely. The ESC is too intrusive to get a good idea of the SE's ultimate grip. Steering tells me nothing about grip level and only offers unrelated, unnecessary weight. Slalom: Complete disappointment that the SE version cannot shut off ESC. It probably matters not a bit because the dampers are so soft that it flops over and threatened to spin on the first 60-mph trial run. Steering is gooey and syrupy for no good reason. Doesn't even feel sporty to me.
Testing Conditions
Test date12/14/2010
Test locationCalifornia Speedway
Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (F)68.9
Relative humidity (%)31.2
Barometric pressure (in. Hg)28.9
Wind (mph, direction)1.1, crosswind
Odometer (mi.)2,092
As-tested tire pressures, f/r (psi)36/36
Fuel Consumption
EPA fuel economy (mpg)18 city/24 highway/20 combined
Edmunds observed (mpg)19.5
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)20
Driving range (mi.)480
Audio and Advanced Technology
Stereo descriptionAM/FM/MP3 CD player with six speakers
iPod/digital media compatibilityStandard iPod via USB jack
Satellite radioStandard XM
Hard-drive music storage capacity (Gb)Not available
Rear seat video and entertainmentNot available
Bluetooth phone connectivityStandard
Navigation systemNot available
Telematics (OnStar, etc.)Not available
Smart entry/StartStandard
Parking aidsStandard back-up camera
Blind-spot detectionNot available
Dimensions & Capacities
Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)4,460
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)4,461
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)56/44
Length (in.)200.2
Width (in.)78.1
Height (in.)68.7
Wheelbase (in.)119.3
Track, front (in.)67.7
Track, rear (in.)67.7
Turning circle (ft.)36.9
Legroom, front (in.)40.5
Legroom, rear (in.)37.6
Legroom, 3rd row (in.)36.3
Headroom, front (in.)41.0
Headroom, rear (in.)39.7
Headroom, 3rd row (in.)38.3
Shoulder room, front (in.)65.0
Shoulder room, rear (in.)64.6
Shoulder room, 3rd row (in.)61.1
Seating capacity8
Max cargo volume behind 1st row (cu-ft)117.8 (with second-row seats pushed forward), 150.0 (with second-row seats removed; requires tools)
behind 2nd row (cu-ft)87.1
behind 3rd row (cu-ft)39.1
GVWR (lbs.)5,995
Tow capacity, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,500
Ground clearance (in.)6.2
Warranty
Bumper-to-bumper3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/60,000 miles
Corrosion5 years/Unlimited miles
Roadside assistance2 years/25,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenance2 years/25,000 miles
Vehicle
Model year2011
MakeNissan
ModelQuest
StyleSL 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl CVT)
Year Make Model
Vehicle TypeFWD 4dr 7-passenger minivan
Base MSRP$35,160
Options on test vehicleWhite Pearl Paint; DVD Entertainment System ($2,100 -- includes DVD entertainment system with AV center and single-disc CD/DVD player, memory card slot, two wireless headphones, wireless remote control, rear 11-inch VGA display, dash-mounted 7-inch color QVGA display, 120-volt AC power inverter located in front center console, driver concentration option for rear entertainment, auxiliary audio/video input jack located on the back of the front center console, deletes auxiliary audio input jack on located on the radio face); Dual-Opening Glass Moonroof ($1,350 -- includes one-touch open/close moonroof with auto reverse, sliding shade and privacy glass).
As-tested MSRP$38,610
Assembly locationKyushu, Japan
Drivetrain
ConfigurationTransverse, front-engine, front-wheel drive
Engine typeNaturally aspirated, port-injected V6, gasoline
Displacement (cc/cu-in)3,498cc (213 cu-in)
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainDOHC, four valves per cylinder, variable intake-valve timing
Compression ratio (x:1)10.3
Redline, indicated (rpm)6,600
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)260 @ 6,000
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)240 @ 4,400
Fuel type87-octane recommended
Transmission typePulley-regulated continuously variable transmission with console shifter
Transmission ratios (x:1)2.371 - 0.439
Final-drive ratio (x:1)1.766
Chassis
Suspension, frontIndependent MacPherson struts, coil springs, twin-tube dampers, stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent multilink, coil springs, twin-tube dampers
Steering typeElectric-over-hydraulic-assist, speed-proportional, rack-and-pinion power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)18.6
Tire make and modelToyo A22
Tire typeAll-season
Tire sizeP235/55R18 99T
Wheel size18-by-7 inches front and rear
Wheel materialCast aluminum
Brakes, front11.4-by-1.1-inch one-piece ventilated cast-iron disc with 2-piston sliding caliper
Brakes, rear12.1-by-0.6-inch one-piece ventilated cast-iron disc with single-piston sliding caliper
Track Test Results
Acceleration, 0-30 mph (sec.)3.7
0-45 mph (sec.)5.9
0-60 mph (sec.)8.5
0-75 mph (sec.)11.9
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)16.3 @ 89.3
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)8.2
0-30 mph, trac ON (sec.)4.2
0-45 mph, trac ON (sec.)6.4
0-60 mph, trac ON (sec.)9.0
0-75 mph, trac ON (sec.)12.5
1/4-mile, trac ON (sec. @ mph)16.7 @ 88.9
0-60, trac ON with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)8.7
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)32
60-0 mph (ft.)134
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)56.1
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph) ESC ON55.5
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.74
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g) ESC ON0.73
Sound level @ idle (dB)40.2
@ Full throttle (dB)71.1
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)63.5
Test Driver Ratings & Comments
Acceleration commentsWith or without traction control engaged and/or using brake torque, the Quest stumbles off the line slightly. This might help explain the steep throttle tip-in in everyday driving conditions (to compensate?). Found a little time putting the shifter in "L" where the engine revs up to 6,200 rpm by 50 mph rather than 60 mph in "D." Expectedly smooth and linear acceleration and seemingly loud without the revs climbing and dropping as they would in a stepped-gear automatic -- might be an illusion, though.
Braking commentsSeems to have the hardware, but not the tires to get the job done. Good fade resistance, but no tire bite into the pavement. Felt like there was sand on the surface -- there wasn't.
Handling commentsSkid pad: Non-defeat stability control takes the throttle away, limiting orbit speed. Try to drive through it and the brakes begin to grab in protest. Steering is friction-free, precise, and provides just enough weight. Throttle was a little touchy in "L" giving another variable to deal with. Slalom: The non-defeat ESC is very intrusive and doesn't relinquish control to the driver soon enough once it thinks the driver is out of control. Slalom becomes an ESC-threshold test rather than a handling test.
Testing Conditions
Test date12/14/2010
Test locationCalifornia Speedway
Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (F)70.1
Relative humidity (%)30.3
Barometric pressure (in. Hg)28.8
Wind (mph, direction)2.4 crosswind
Odometer (mi.)1,839
As-tested tire pressures, f/r (psi)35/35
Fuel Consumption
EPA fuel economy (mpg)19 city/24 highway/21 combined
Edmunds observed (mpg)19.0
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)20.0
Audio and Advanced Technology
Stereo descriptionAM/FM/six-CD system with six speakers
iPod/digital media compatibilityStandard iPod via USB jack
Satellite radioOptional
Hard-drive music storage capacity (Gb)Not available
Rear seat video and entertainmentOptional DVD player with 11.0-inch VGA monitor plus RCA inputs
Bluetooth phone connectivityStandard
Navigation systemNot available
Telematics (OnStar, etc.)Not available
Smart entry/StartStandard ignition doors trunk/hatch
Parking aidsNot available
Blind-spot detectionNot available
Adaptive cruise controlNot available
Lane-departure monitoringNot available
Collision warning/avoidanceNot available
Night VisionNot available
Driver coaching displayStandard
Dimensions & Capacities
Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)4,480
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)4,563
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)55/45
Length (in.)200.8
Width (in.)77.6
Height (in.)73.0
Wheelbase (in.)118.1
Track, front (in.)68.1
Track, rear (in.)68.1
Turning circle (ft.)36.7
Legroom, front (in.)43.8
Legroom, rear (in.)36.7
Legroom, 3rd row (in.)40.5
Headroom, front (in.)40.9
Headroom, rear (in.)38.9
Headroom, 3rd row (in.)38.0
Shoulder room, front (in.)64.5
Shoulder room, rear (in.)63.2
Shoulder room, 3rd row (in.)61.2
Seating capacity7
Step-in height, measured (in.)15.25
Max cargo volume behind 1st row (cu-ft)108.4
behind 2nd row (cu-ft)63.6
behind 3rd row (cu-ft)37.1
Cargo loading height, measured (in.)28.6
GVWR (lbs.)5,818
Payload, mfr. max claim (lbs.)1,338
Tow capacity, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,500
Ground clearance (in.)6.6
Approach angle (degrees)13.9
Departure angle (degrees)17.6
Breakover angle (degrees)14.1
Warranty
Bumper-to-bumper3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/60,000 miles
Corrosion5 years/Unlimited miles
Roadside assistance3 years/36,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenanceNot available
Vehicle
Model year2011
MakeHonda
ModelOdyssey
StyleEX 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)
Vehicle TypeFWD 4dr 8-passenger Minivan
Base MSRP$31,730
Options on test vehicleNone
As-tested MSRP$31,730
Assembly locationLincoln, Alabama
North American parts content (%)75
Drivetrain
ConfigurationTransverse, front-engine, front-wheel drive
Engine typeNaturally aspirated port-injected V6, gasoline with cylinder deactivation
Displacement (cc/cu-in)3,471cc (212 cu-in)
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainSOHC, four valves per cylinder, variable intake + exhaust-valve timing and lift
Compression ratio (x:1)10.5
Redline, indicated (rpm)6,250
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)248 @ 5,700
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)250 @ 4,800
Fuel typeRegular unleaded
Transmission typeFive-speed automatic
Transmission ratios (x:1)I = 2.697, II = 1.606, III = 1.071, IV = 0.766, V = 0..612, R = 1.888
Final-drive ratio (x:1)4.31
Chassis
Suspension, frontIndependent MacPherson struts, coil springs, stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent double-wishbone, coil springs
Steering typeHydraulic-assist, speed-proportional rack-and-pinion power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)16.4
Tire make and modelContinental ContiProContact
Tire typeAll-season
Tire sizeP235/65R17 103T
Wheel size17-by-7 inches front and rear
Wheel materialCast aluminum alloy
Brakes, front12.6-inch ventilated disc with 2-piston sliding caliper
Brakes, rear13.1-inch solid disc with single-piston sliding caliper
Track Test Results
Acceleration, 0-30 mph (sec.)3.3
0-45 mph (sec.)5.5
0-60 mph (sec.)8.4
0-75 mph (sec.)12.4
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)16.2 @ 86.4
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)8.1
0-30 mph, trac ON (sec.)3.5
0-45 mph, trac ON (sec.)5.7
0-60 mph, trac ON (sec.)8.8
0-75 mph, trac ON (sec.)12.9
1/4-mile, trac ON (sec. @ mph)16.5 @ 85.4
0-60, trac ON with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)8.4
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)32
60-0 mph (ft.)127
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)60.1
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph) ESC ON59.1
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.78
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g) ESC ON0.78
Sound level @ idle (dB)39.8
@ Full throttle (dB)73.8
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)64.1
Engine speed @ 70 mph (rpm)2,250
Test Driver Ratings & Comments
Acceleration commentsDespite full-off traction control and using brake torque, no wheelspin was possible. Aggressive engine sounds and sophisticated upshifts (with spark arrest?). It's pretty obvious this five-speed automatic doesn't exploit the V6 like the Touring model's six-speed does, however.
Braking commentsAs we've already seen with the Touring Elite, Honda has finally addressed the brake system's thermal capacity on the Odyssey. Near-zero fade, firm pedal and no odor.
Handling commentsSkid pad: Interesting that it makes the same number whether the TC/ESC is on or off. I suspect the electronics are tuned right at the edge of tire grip, which is easily discovered. Steering is talkative and not at all springy or heavy. Slalom: Of the five minivans, the Odyssey feels the most refined, sophisticated and capable despite the less-than-top-speed run in the slalom. Damping is adept in transitions without flopping around; steering is crystal-clear and precise, and the van doesn't threaten to spin. Excellent tuning with so-so tires.
Testing Conditions
Test date12/14/2010
Test locationCalifornia Speedway
Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (F)69.4
Relative humidity (%)30.4
Barometric pressure (in. Hg)28.8
Wind (mph, direction)2.7 headwind
Odometer (mi.)251
As-tested tire pressures, f/r (psi)33/33
Fuel Consumption
EPA fuel economy (mpg)18 city/27 highway/21 combined
Edmunds observed (mpg)21.1
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)21.0
Driving range (mi.)567
Audio and Advanced Technology
Stereo description229-watt AM/FM/CD stereo with 7 speakers
iPod/digital media compatibilityNot available (only on EX-L and up)
Satellite radioNot available (only on EX-L and up)
Hard-drive music storage capacity (Gb)Standard (2 Gb)
Rear seat video and entertainmentNot available (only on EX-L and up)
Bluetooth phone connectivityNot available (only on EX-L and up)
Navigation systemNot available (only on EX-L and up)
Telematics (OnStar, etc.)Not available
Smart entry/StartNot available
Parking aidsNot available (back-up camera on EX-L and up; sensors on Touring and up)
Blind-spot detectionNot available
Adaptive cruise controlNot available
Lane-departure monitoringNot available
Collision warning/avoidanceNot available
Driver coaching displayStandard
Dimensions & Capacities
Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)4,412
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)4,403
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)56.8/43.2
Length (in.)202.9
Width (in.)79.2
Height (in.)68.4
Wheelbase (in.)118.1
Track, front (in.)68.1
Track, rear (in.)68.2
Turning circle (ft.)36.7
Legroom, front (in.)40.9
Legroom, rear (in.)40.9
Legroom, 3rd row (in.)42.4
Headroom, front (in.)39.7
Headroom, rear (in.)39.5
Headroom, 3rd row (in.)38.0
Shoulder room, front (in.)64.4
Shoulder room, rear (in.)63.5
Shoulder room, 3rd row (in.)60.9
Seating capacity8
Max cargo volume behind 1st row (cu-ft)148.5
behind 2nd row (cu-ft)93.1
behind 3rd row (cu-ft)38.4
Payload, mfr. max claim (lbs.)1,340
Tow capacity, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,500
Ground clearance (in.)4.5
Warranty
Bumper-to-bumper3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/60,000 miles
Corrosion5 years/Unlimited miles
Roadside assistanceAvailable through Honda Care contract
Vehicle
Model year2011
MakeChrysler
ModelTown and Country
StyleTouring-L 4dr Minivan (3.6L 6cyl 6A)
Vehicle TypeFWD 4dr 7-passenger Minivan
Base MSRP$32,995
Options on test vehicleBrilliant Black Crystal Pearlcoat, Entertainment Group #2 ($2,000 -- includes second-row overhead 9-inch video screen, third-row overhead 9-inch video screen, single-disc DVD player, vdeo remote control, wireless headphones); Driver Convenience Group ($785 -- includes Bluetooth streaming audio, heated second-row seats, heated steering wheel, remote USB port; auto-dimming rearview mirror with microphone, Uconnect voice command with Bluetooth); Media Center 430N ($695 -- includes AM/FM stereo, single-disc CD/DVD player, MP3 playback, 30GB hard disk drive, Gracenote music ID, audio jack input for mobile devices, 6.5-inch touchscreen display, Garmin navigation); Keyless Enter-N-Go ($295).
As-tested MSRP$36,770
Assembly locationWindsor, Ontario, Canada
North American parts content (%)80
Drivetrain
ConfigurationTransverse, front-engine, front-wheel drive
Engine typeNaturally aspirated, port-injected, V6, gasoline
Displacement (cc/cu-in)3,605cc (220 cu-in)
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainDOHC, four valves per cylinder, variable intake + exhaust-valve timing
Compression ratio (x:1)10.0
Redline, indicated (rpm)6,400
Fuel cutoff/rev limiter (rpm)6,800
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)283 @ 6,400
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)260 @ 4,400
Fuel type87-octane acceptable + 89-octane for best performance; Flex-fuel E85-capable
Transmission typeSix-speed automatic
Transmission ratios (x:1)I = 4.127; II = 2.842; III = 2.283; IV = 1.452/1.570; V = 1.000; VI = 0.690; R = 3.214
Final-drive ratio (x:1)3.16
Chassis
Suspension, frontIndependent MacPherson struts, coil springs, stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearSemi-independent twist beam-axle, coil springs, integrated stabilizer bar
Steering typeHydraulic-assist, rack-and-pinion power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)14.3
Tire make and modelMichelin Energy Saver A/S Green X
Tire typeAll-season
Tire sizeP225/65R17 100T
Wheel size17-by-6.5 inches front and rear
Wheel materialCast aluminum alloy
Brakes, front11.9-by-1.1-inch ventilated disc with single-piston sliding caliper
Brakes, rear12.0-by-0.5-inch solid disc with single-piston sliding caliper
Track Test Results
Acceleration, 0-30 mph (sec.)3.3
0-45 mph (sec.)5.4
0-60 mph (sec.)8.2
0-75 mph (sec.)11.7
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)16.1 @ 86.1
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)7.9
0-30 mph, trac ON (sec.)3.5
0-45 mph, trac ON (sec.)5.6
0-60 mph, trac ON (sec.)8.5
0-75 mph, trac ON (sec.)12.1
1/4-mile, trac ON (sec. @ mph)16.2 @ 86.1
0-60, trac ON with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)8.1
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)32
60-0 mph (ft.)128
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)59.6
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph) ESC ON60.6
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.75
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g) ESC ON0.73
Sound level @ idle (dB)44.5
@ Full throttle (dB)76.5
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)64.0
Engine speed @ 70 mph (rpm)1,700
Test Driver Ratings & Comments
Acceleration commentsEven with trac on, it gets a little scratch off the line. First two upshifts are quick and smooth, but 3-4 is awkward and overrevs slightly, then falls in a hole (tall gear.) Slight improvement with trac off, but either way there's noticeable torque steer to the right.
Braking commentsLong-travel pedal, zero ABS noise, zero tire noise, but some fade evident in pedal feel and stopping distances (some odor, too).
Handling commentsSkid pad: With trac off, the inside front tire lifts slightly off the ground, chirping all the way around. Steering gets lighter as traction is lost. With trac on, the throttle closes to keep tire on the ground. Despite non-defeat stability system, there was little or no brake correction. Slalom (trac off, stability on): Non-defeat ESC, but defeatable traction control. Good crisp turn-in, natural yaw reactions (for a van) and controllled roll. ESC is unintrusive and only dabs brakes slightly before disappearing -- nice tuning. With traction control on, you get identical sensations, but limited throttle at exit. Relative to Dodge version, this Chrysler feels heavier, but in reality, it's only 20 pounds heavier.
Testing Conditions
Test date12/14/2010
Test locationCalifornia Speedway
Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (F)69.2
Relative humidity (%)30.9
Barometric pressure (in. Hg)28.8
Wind (mph, direction)2.75 headwind/crosswind
Odometer (mi.)378
As-tested tire pressures, f/r (psi)36/36
Fuel Consumption
EPA fuel economy (mpg)17 city/25 highway/21 combined
Edmunds observed (mpg)18.0
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)20.0
Audio and Advanced Technology
Stereo descriptionAM/FM/CD/DVD/HDD radio with 6 speakers
iPod/digital media compatibilityStandard generic aux jack, optional iPod-capable USB jack in vehicle
Satellite radioStandard Sirius (1-year subscription)
Hard-drive music storage capacity (Gb)Standard 30GB music storage capacity (reduced to 19GB with optional navigation system)
Rear seat video and entertainmentOptional DVD player, 9-inch screen (split-screen, dual-program capability), dual RCA inputs
Bluetooth phone connectivityOptional; includes streaming audio capability
Navigation systemOptional hard-drive-based with traffic, 6.5-inch display screen (measured diagonally)
Telematics (OnStar, etc.)Not available
Smart entry/StartOptional (ignition, doors and hatch)
Parking aidsStandard parking sonar, rear back-up camera and rear cross-traffic detection
Blind-spot detectionStandard
Adaptive cruise controlNot available
Lane-departure monitoringNot available
Collision warning/avoidanceNot available
Dimensions & Capacities
Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)4,652
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)4,601
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)55.9/44.1
Length (in.)202.8
Width (in.)78.7
Height (in.)67.9
Wheelbase (in.)121.2
Track, front (in.)65.6
Track, rear (in.)64.8
Turning circle (ft.)39.1
Legroom, front (in.)40.7
Legroom, rear (in.)36.5
Legroom, 3rd row (in.)32.7
Headroom, front (in.)39.8
Headroom, rear (in.)39.3
Headroom, 3rd row (in.)37.9
Shoulder room, front (in.)63.7
Shoulder room, rear (in.)64.1
Shoulder room, 3rd row (in.)62.0
Seating capacity7
Step-in height, measured (in.)16.4
Max cargo volume behind 1st row (cu-ft)143.8
behind 2nd row (cu-ft)83.3
behind 3rd row (cu-ft)33.0
Cargo loading height, measured (in.)24.5
GVWR (lbs.)6,050
Payload, mfr. max claim (lbs.)1,398
Tow capacity, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,600
Ground clearance (in.)5.6
Approach angle (degrees)14.1
Departure angle (degrees)17.5
Breakover angle (degrees)13.6
Warranty
Bumper-to-bumper3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/100,000 miles
Corrosion5 years/100,000 miles
Roadside assistance3 years/36,000 miles
Vehicle
Model year2011
MakeDodge
ModelGrand Caravan
StyleCrew 4dr Minivan (3.6L 6cyl 6A)
Vehicle TypeFWD 4dr 7-passenger Minivan
Base MSRP$29,530
Options on test vehicleBrilliant Black Crystal Pearlcoat, Entertainment Group 1 ($1,300 -- includes second-row overhead 9-inch video screen, second-row overhead DVD console, video remote control and wireless headphones); Driver Convenience Group ($810 -- includes Bluetooth streaming audio, heated front seats, heated steering wheel, remote USB port, auto-dimming rearview mirror with microphone, Uconnect voice command with Bluetooth); Media Center 430N CD/DVD/MP3/HDD/Nav ($695 -- includes AM/FM stereo with single-disc CD/DVD player, MP3 playback, 6.5-inch touchscreen display, Garmin navigation system, audio input jack for mobile devices and 30GB hard disk drive with 4,250-song capacity, parkview rear back-up camera); Power Liftgate ($425).
As-tested MSRP$32,760
Assembly locationWindsor, Ontario, Canada
North American parts content (%)80
Drivetrain
ConfigurationTransverse, front-engine, front-wheel drive
Engine typeNaturally aspirated, port-injected, V6, gasoline
Displacement (cc/cu-in)3,605cc (220 cu-in)
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainDOHC, four valves per cylinder, variable intake + exhaust-valve timing
Compression ratio (x:1)10.0
Redline, indicated (rpm)6,500
Fuel cutoff/rev limiter (rpm)6,800
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)283 @ 6,400
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)260 @ 4,400
Fuel type87-octane acceptable + 89-octane for best performance; Flex-fuel E85-capable
Transmission typeSix-speed automatic
Transmission ratios (x:1)I = 4.127; II = 2.842; III = 2.283; IV = 1.452/1.570; V = 1.000; VI = 0.690; R = 3.214
Final-drive ratio (x:1)3.16
Chassis
Suspension, frontIndependent MacPherson struts, coil springs, stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearSemi-independent twist beam-axle, coil springs, integrated stabilizer bar
Steering typeHydraulic-assist, rack-and-pinion power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)14.3
Tire make and modelMichelin Energy Saver A/S Green X
Tire typeAll-season front and rear
Tire sizeP225/65R17 100T
Wheel size17-by-6.5 inches front and rear
Wheel materialCast aluminum alloy
Brakes, front11.9-by-1.1-inch ventilated disc with single-piston sliding caliper
Brakes, rear12-by-0.5-inch solid disc with single-piston sliding caliper
Track Test Results
Acceleration, 0-30 mph (sec.)3.3
0-45 mph (sec.)5.3
0-60 mph (sec.)8.1
0-75 mph (sec.)11.7
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)16.1 @ 86.2
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)7.8
0-30 mph, trac ON (sec.)3.4
0-45 mph, trac ON (sec.)5.4
0-60 mph, trac ON (sec.)8.3
0-75 mph, trac ON (sec.)12.0
1/4-mile, trac ON (sec. @ mph)16.1 @ 86.1
0-60, trac ON with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)7.9
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)33
60-0 mph (ft.)130
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)61.1
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph) ESC ON60.8
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.75
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g) ESC ON0.72
Sound level @ idle (dB)44.3
@ Full throttle (dB)74.3
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)64.2
Engine speed @ 70 mph (rpm)1,700
Test Driver Ratings & Comments
Acceleration commentsEven with trac on, it gets a little scratch off the line. First two upshifts are quick and smooth, but 3-4 is awkward and overrevs slightly, then falls in a hole (tall gear.) Slight improvement with trac off, but either way there's noticeable torque steer to the right.
Braking commentsLong-travel pedal, zero ABS noise, zero tire noise, but some fade evident in pedal feel and stopping distances (some odor, too).
Handling commentsSkid pad: With trac off, the inside front tire lifts slightly off the ground, chirping all the way around. Steering gets lighter as traction is lost. With trac on, the throttle closes to keep tires on the ground. Despite non-defeat stability system, there was little or no brake correction. Slalom (trac off, stability on): Non-defeat ESC, but defeatable traction control. Good crisp turn-in, natural yaw reactions (for a van) and controllled roll. ESC is unintrusive and only dabs brakes slightly before it disappears -- nice tuning. With traction control on, you get identical sensations, but limited throttle at exit.
Testing Conditions
Test date12/14/2010
Test locationCalifornia Speedway
Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (F)69.5
Relative humidity (%)30.7
Barometric pressure (in. Hg)28.85
Wind (mph, direction)2.1 headwind/crosswind
Odometer (mi.)701
As-tested tire pressures, f/r (psi)36/36
Fuel Consumption
EPA fuel economy (mpg)17 city/25 highway/21 combined
Edmunds observed (mpg)19.8
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)20.0
Audio and Advanced Technology
Stereo descriptionAM/FM/CD/DVD/HDD radio with 6 speakers
iPod/digital media compatibilityStandard generic aux jack, optional iPod-capable USB jack in vehicle
Satellite radioStandard Sirius (1-year subscription)
Hard-drive music storage capacity (Gb)Standard 30 GB music storage capacity (reduced to 19 GB with optional navigation system)
Rear seat video and entertainmentOptional DVD player, 9-inch screen (split-screen, dual-program capability), RCA inputs
Bluetooth phone connectivityOptional; includes streaming audio capability
Navigation systemOptional hard-drive-based with traffic, 6.5-inch display screen (measured diagonally)
Telematics (OnStar, etc.)Not available
Smart entry/StartNot available
Parking aidsOptional back-up camera equipped; optional parking sonar and rear cross-traffic detection not equipped
Blind-spot detectionOptional (not equipped)
Adaptive cruise controlNot available
Lane-departure monitoringNot available
Collision warning/avoidanceNot available
Dimensions & Capacities
Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)4,510
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)4,601
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)55.9/44.1
Length (in.)202.8
Width (in.)78.7
Height (in.)67.9
Wheelbase (in.)121.2
Track, front (in.)65.6
Track, rear (in.)64.8
Turning circle (ft.)39.1
Legroom, front (in.)40.7
Legroom, rear (in.)36.5
Legroom, 3rd row (in.)32.7
Headroom, front (in.)39.8
Headroom, rear (in.)39.3
Headroom, 3rd row (in.)37.9
Shoulder room, front (in.)63.7
Shoulder room, rear (in.)64.1
Shoulder room, 3rd row (in.)62.0
Seating capacity7
Max cargo volume behind 1st row (cu-ft)143.8
behind 2nd row (cu-ft)83.3
behind 3rd row (cu-ft)33.0
GVWR (lbs.)6,050
Payload, mfr. max claim (lbs.)1,540
Tow capacity, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,600
Ground clearance (in.)5.6
Approach angle (degrees)13.4
Departure angle (degrees)17.5
Breakover angle (degrees)13.6
Warranty
Bumper-to-bumper3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/100,000 miles
Corrosion5 years/100,000 miles
Roadside assistance3 years/36,000 miles
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