Great Minivan and Great Deal !. Fits in
my small garage. Great ride and
exterior. Fantastic interior. Smooth
engine and transmission. Got mine with
plus and 4 seasons packages for around
20K (incl. TTL). A generous trade-in
allowance was an added plus. I might be
a dad now, but I still got some "zoom-
zoom" in me :-)
Versatile seating arrangement.
Fix the gear shift level, because it
blocks the audio controls.
Minivan for the sport family. We have 3
children who love the multiple
positions of the rear seats, with 2
performance oriented adults driving. I
recently hanged with a mustang and
camaro at red light, how embarrassing
We have only had this MPV for 7 months
but we love it. It was a great value
with rebates at the time. It is right
sized, has good performance,
comfortable ride, and looks good. The
transmission is the weak point as it
does not shift smoothly. The 200 hp
engine is good for its size and
Fits in garage and parking spaces
easily. It handles well for a minivan.
Transmission could be tweaked to up
shift and down shift better.
Nice van to replace our '04 trailblazer
(nightmare car!). Great handling, peppy
drivetrain, compact package, quality
looking and feeling interior bits.
Reliability has been great despite
warnings to contrary-drove rental MPV
for 3500 miles with no probs and liked
it well enough to buy an 04 which now
has 2000 mi on it. Stable, surefooted
handling and silky smooth tranny make
for a fun drive (in a minivan?!) Kids
like roll down windows in side doors.
People complain about shift lever in
way of radio-no problems if you use
controls on steering wheel (actually,
no real problem anyway). We enjoy this
van as much as our first Honda Ody but
without the transmission problems of
3rd row fold flat seat, stereo,
ride/handling, mid row slide seat,
smooth transmission and willing engine,
strong reliability so far, great looks,
clean, well designed towing package, LX
PLUS package is a nice trim level
between entry model and high-end. All
season rubber mats are worth the $$$!
Seat material is a little on the
lightweight side (bought custom fit
covers for kids)-not much else-we like
Replacing 8-yr old Grand Caravan. After months of research, considered and compared Sienna & MPV as two most reliable alternatives. Didn't consider Odyssey - too many transmission failures (although some MPV owners had transmission shift-shock issue; now resolved with updated transmission software flash). I preferred larger size of Sienna; even bigger than Grand Caravan. But price was definitely an issue and wife preferred smaller size, maneuverability, handling, and looks of MPV. For less money, MPV ES also has more standard features than Sienna LE: leather, 6-disc in-dash CD changer, 2 power sliding doors, and alloys. If you have a smaller family and smaller size is OK, then recommend MPV.
Handling is sporty and VERY good for a minivan (tradeoff is that van doesn't ride like a limo). Overall, lots of fun to drive (though engine could use a bit more torque at times). Sharp looking for a minivan too. Nice that sliding door windows roll down. Good bang-for-buck for very reliable minivan.
Mostly little things: Make van tad wider, bigger, more powerful. Add shoulder belt to center rear row. Move shifter to console. Provide control on dash for overhead lights. Allow sliding doors to be locked as they're closing (like Dodge) instead of waiting until they're all the way closed to lock.
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