Bought this van when our 2nd child was on her way last June. Immediately loved the practicality and versatility of the interior. It just makes life easy with kiddos in car seats. Also have used it to haul various cargo and people and wondered what we did without it. It drives well for a van with a smooth ride although the steering and brake feel are a little light. The dash plastic is a tad on the cheesy side but the switchgear has a quality feel. Unfortunately so far we have had a window leak, a recall notice for the brake pedal bracket, and now have a stability control problem that has illuminated 4 warning lights and the central info screen. What the heck has happened to Toyota Quality?
The room, the versatility, the ease of access. It's very maneuverable for a vehicle it's size. It also gets very good mileage: up to 19 MPG in town!
Improved quality both in interior materials and build quality. Also, the steering, brake, and throttle calibrations could be improved.
We might be looking at an Odyssey now with as many problems as we've experienced so far.
Pay very special attention to the plastic coated steel wire that is
part of power sliding door mechanism.
You can find this wire in the groove/track under the rear windows.
The plastic coating of this wire on my van dried up and cracked, exposing the steel wire. When this happens, the door will be hard to open.
When the steel is completely exposed, eventually the cable can snap. It happened to me and my doors (yes, both sliding doors) are only in manual mode now. I was told that it would cost $2000/door to fix.