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We are looking into buying a new minivan.

Is the Honda Odyssey the best?

Any opinions would be appreciated. thanks.
 

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My wife drives a 2005 Sienna. She really likes it.
 

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The Honda has consistently been rated the best. However there are alternatives in the crossover vehicles you may wish to consider. The Ford Edge and later Saturn Outlook are excellent alternatives.
 

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We bought a 2005 last December. Mrs. Air Horn loves it. If momma's happy, I'm happy!

Seriously, it drives great, plenty power, electric sliding doors are handy. If it had Stow-N-Go seats, it would be just about perfect.
 

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We bought a 2005 last December. Mrs. Air Horn loves it. If momma's happy, I'm happy!

Seriously, it drives great, plenty power, electric sliding doors are handy. If it had Stow-N-Go seats, it would be just about perfect.
Gotta say, I loooooove my 2005 Grand Caravan because of the Stow-N-Go seats....best feature ever.
 
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yes, wife and i were minvan haters till we had a kid and now one on the way.

its difficult getting a 2 year old loaded in the SUV and so imagine how it is for my wife, and then get another kid or two.

when I saw my friends remotely open both doors and watch their 4 kids jump into the car it started to change my opinion.

My little mother in law looks ridiculous trying to climb into my sister-in-laws Sequoia (still would like one in the family, though)

Honda actually has a pretty nice looking van, just wish it had AWD or 4WD option....and have just learned it does not have stow-n-go (Toyota does though I think)
 

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yes, wife and i were minvan haters till we had a kid and now one on the way.

its difficult getting a 2 year old loaded in the SUV and so imagine how it is for my wife, and then get another kid or two.

when I saw my friends remotely open both doors and watch their 4 kids jump into the car it started to change my opinion.

My little mother in law looks ridiculous trying to climb into my sister-in-laws Sequoia (still would like one in the family, though)

Honda actually has a pretty nice looking van, just wish it had AWD or 4WD option....and have just learned it does not have stow-n-go (Toyota does though I think)
We were the same way. A sedan with 1 kid was doable, but when the second one came along, a van was necessary. Now we have 4 kids, and couldn't live without ours.

When we bought ours, I was going to drive it because my wife wanted nothing to do with it - she was driving a Jaguar at the time. But after about 2 months of hitting her head being 8 months pregnant, and then after the 2nd one was born, hitting both of the kids' heads constantly, she realized how useful the van was. Now you couldn't steal it away from her.

The Honda does not have stow-n-go, but I tell you, I don't ever fold down my seats, so I can't see how this would be any advantage to me. The new model does have a 60/40 split folding 3rd seat, whereas my 2000 Odyssey only has the "100/0 non-split" (;)) folding 3rd seat. That I definitely see as a great benefit and I wouldn't mind having that.

In exchange for the added storage that the Dodge gives in the stow-n-go format (when the seats are up, you can use that area in the floor as storage), the Honda offers in floor storage in a different format.

Does Dodge still offer the AWD version? I didn't see that in their '07 model.
 
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yes, wife and i were minvan haters till we had a kid and now one on the way.

its difficult getting a 2 year old loaded in the SUV and so imagine how it is for my wife, and then get another kid or two.

when I saw my friends remotely open both doors and watch their 4 kids jump into the car it started to change my opinion.

My little mother in law looks ridiculous trying to climb into my sister-in-laws Sequoia (still would like one in the family, though)

Honda actually has a pretty nice looking van, just wish it had AWD or 4WD option....and have just learned it does not have stow-n-go (Toyota does though I think)
We looked at the Highlander first, but didn't like how little room there was inside. My wife was apprehensive about the Sienna because it was a "mini-van", but it grew on her as she test drove it. It's very roomy. And yes, it has the stow-and-go seats. Those work great for buying things that won't fit in my Camry, and they're simple to fold down, then put back in place.

I don't think you could go wrong with either the Honda or Toyota.
 

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The ex and I bought a Town & Country a couple years ago and loved it. As much as I hated the stigma of a mini-van, we honestly could not have lived without it. (Came in very handy when running from Katrina)

I do really like the Odyssey though.
 

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I can vouch for the remote controlled sliding doors....great to have with kids! With Drew away so much, stow-n-go was what we needed -- I just can't physically handle getting seats in and out of the car if anything large needed to be hauled. Stow-n-go is EASY.

We're on our 4th Dodge/Plymouth van. My parents have one of them which is still going strong at 150K+; one was donated at 199K+ (still going), and the last one died a premature death at 147K+ due to our own negligence. The latest one is used; we got it with only 13K miles and full factory warranty, and saved a ton vs. buying new. As I said, the stow-n-go and the remote doors are the best. I didn't know the Sienna had that too. I probably would have looked at the Honda since I heard so many great things about them, but I wanted the stowable seats.

And yes, once you have multiple kids, a minivan makes life easier. Yet, we had our van long before kids....when your hobby is showing dogs, a minivan is a status symbol, LOLOL. Of course, now the RV's are the "way to go" in the dog show world....I'm not ready to go there yet!
 

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