When my wife and I were looking to
trade our prized Civic Si for a MiniVan
we looked at several different models
and manufacturers. Honda was obvious
and so was Toyota (2004 Sienna) but the
real show stopper for us was the MPV LX
with the Tow package. It just handled
more like our Si then the others. It
wasn't so large that parking would be
an issue and I thought it was every bit
as sharp looking as the other two
vehicles already mentioned. The
deciding factor however was the price.
0% financing, no payments for 90 days,
the best value for our trade in and
free maintenance for 3 years sealed the
deal for us.
Smoking hot deal, Exterior lines,
Handleing - especially with the 16 inch
alloys, Ride comfort adn aggressive
I hated thinking of spending $23- $28k
for a Sienna or Odyssey (SUV's with
room are even higher) ! Found a
great "in-between" bargain in the MPV.
It is definitely smaller than your
standard minivan on the outside but
inside I was amazed how much it had to
offer . Even in their base SV model you
get ABS, disappearing 3rd seat, sliding
side by side captains chairs, stereo
control on the steering wheel, etc,
etc ! What really swung me over were 2
things. 1) You can get this car for
under 20k. and 2) They beefed up the
engine to 200hp and it is smooth as
silk. We took it on a 10 hour trip to
Maine 2 days after we bought it and
realized this was a great choice.
Disappearing 3rd seat. Tons of
headroom, sliding middle seats (bucket
to bench), ABS standard.
Gas mileage about 21-23mpg on the trip
to Maine, fully loaded with AC running
would have like to have seen 25+ given
the smaller size and stronger engine.
Love this vehicle! Fun to drive, lots
of power and has more standard features
than any other van I test drove within
$3000 of my purchase price. That
includes the Honda, Toyota and Chrysler
vans! Most will say the Honda is the
best van on the market. I say test
drive the MPV and you may change your
tune. Plus, you will pay the dealership
at least $6000 less.
Engine performance and seating
Gear shift is too long and blocks radio
controls. This is not much of an
inconvenience since the driver has
radio controls on the steering wheel.
Handling is a breeze compared to larger
minivans. For urban driving it has the
ability to maneuver side streets,
parked vehicles. Great for loading
children and the limited cargo we
carry. Very easy to park.
Power sliding doors with safety
features so children are unable to open
while vehicle is in motion.
Mud flaps to fit the GFX package.
Better visibility of audio system.
When the sun hits it the clock, etc.,
are difficult to see.
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