My expectation for a Honda vehicle was that it would be well-built and reliable. I was very disappointed to find the low gloss, poor paint filled with dirt on horizontal surfaces, body panels that don't fit and indifferent build quality. This is domestic poor build quality for premium prices. Honda obviously has high gross profit margin on these cars built in Alabama because they certainly haven't invested in their process or quality control safety nets to deliver value. I'm sorry that I didn't buy the Sienna. Having said this, we love the van, but feel that it delivers marginal value for money paid.
The interior design and passenger space are wonderful for family trips. The Alpine navigation system is easy to use with displays and flexibility.
Assembly and build quality befiting the market price and the competition would be a great improvement. The EPA fuel economy numbers seemed too good to be true and they are. This is a thirsty and heavy vehicle that doesn't suspend the laws of physics.
Let me begin by saying I have never had any hangups about driving/owning a mini- van. My parents always drove a full size conversion van when we were young and then moved on to mini-vans when they came out in the 80's. I agonized over which van to buy, looked long and hard at the Dodge/Chrysler van, the Hyundai Entourage (way nicer than expected), the Quest and the Sienna. I could not be happier with the final choice. It really does drive like a full sized sedan. In some aspects it is better, you don't have the low visibilty over the hood that you do in a sedan and the driving position is high enough to see the road regardless of the height of the driver.
The Rear Entertainment System is way more than just a DVD player. Mom & Dad can listen to their music and the kids can have total control over their movie, cd or radio stations by using their headsets. Parents can control this as well from the front using the radio buttons or the included remote.
You should be able to decide if you want a "plus one" seat (which is included) for the middle row or be able to swap it for the middle row console. Maybe come up with a way for the bumper paint to match the rest of the car.
We previously owned a Dodge Caravan and the Odyssey blows it away in every way. It handles extremely well and is a dream on long road trips. Honda engineering is second to none and they have certainly listened to minivan ownwers with kids by incorporationg second row seats that move apart or together, second row windows that can be lowered and of course the stowable 3rd row seats. Fuel economy leaves a bit to be desired, and the price is a bit steep -- but you do get what you pay for. Other than that, we have been pleased so far.
Stowable 3rd row seats, in-floor storage, side windows that can be lowered, massive amounts of room, excellent handling
Fuel economy could be better A bit on the pricey side