This is a long, wide, sea monster of a car with a brutish grin. All it needs are fins! I wanted something (1) low to the ground, so it wouldn't tip over, (2) with all wheel drive to drive on ice, (3) great crash test scores, (4) a large trunk, (5) third row seats, and (6) was fun to drive. The R350 excelled in all of this. I was torn between the Odyssey Touring Elite and the R350 but decided to go with the R350 for the safety. The snob appeal certainly helped. Odysseys have been plagued, with airbag failures (either deploying when they shouldn't or failing to deploy in crashes). There are several complaints filed with the NHTSA regarding this for 2011 and 2012 alone. The R350 had none.
We bought this car to help our 90+ year old parents get around town more easily; both had problems entering / exiting vehicles. The car is at a perfect height; and the doors and assists are wonderful. The seats provide a wide range of adjustments that made it more perfect for them. The interior ride is solid, quiet, and comfortable. We have used the 7-seats to carry my parents, family, and two dogs. The luggage area is cramped with all seats up; but, when only 5-seats are needed, the dogs are in heaven on the back deck. I drove this car through the Blue Ridge / Smokey Mountains...what a wonderful experience. No challenges climbing the hills or feeling comfortable with control on the descents. I have learned to follow with a bit more distance than smaller cars...this is a lot of weight to stop in a panic maneuver. It also took a few days to get comfortable with the overall length when making tight turns. Once fully oriented, it is a great driving experience.