I had a 2008 EX model prior to this. This time, I leased the "base" model, as it was most affordable, and I didn't think I'd miss the power doors and a couple of other features. I do miss them, but not that much.
The overall appearance even on the LX model is nicer, more rugged appearance. Love the 17" wheels, even the LX model looks nicer than my old one. Brakes are noticeably better. I do like the controls on the old EX better.
Overall though, the feeling, responsiveness of this van is a step up from the old model.
Nice appearance, strong acceleration, good braking, roomy, affordable for the most part.
I wish the hvac system had larger controls. They're pretty small on the LX model. Radio controls also more complicated than they need to be.