For those who don't need a full-length, long-wheelbase van, the short-wheelbase (SWB) version of the Kia Sedona is a good option; it has a lower price than the rest of the crowd, though it lacks an easy-folding third row.
For seating alone, the Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Caravan remain the best options in this class; their in-floor storage and overall cabin utility is still a step above all the leading rivals.
The Toyota Sienna is an excellent van as well, but its on-the-road feel is neither as smooth and well-balanced nor as enthusiastic as the Honda's.
Finally, GM and Ford have given up on minivans, instead offering roomy crossover vehicles with hinged rear doors.
Most will find those rear doors less practical but the vehicles themselves more aesthetically appealing.
The new Ford Flex has fashionable boxy wagon styling and a great seven-passenger interior, while the Chevy Traverse offers more conventional styling paired with an especially good ride and interior appointments.
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|2010 Honda OdysseyBrowse Used Listings||2009 Chevrolet TraverseBrowse Used Listings||2009 Ford FlexBrowse Used Listings||2008 Kia SedonaBrowse Used Listings||2008 Toyota SiennaBrowse Used Listings|
|16 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas V6|
|2WD Minivan||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Minivan||2WD Minivans|
|5-Door LX||FWD 4-Door LS||4-Door SE FWD||4-Door SWB||5-Door 7-Pass Van CE FWD (SE)|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4 Door||4 Door||4 Door||4 Door||5 Door Reg WB|
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|2010 Honda Odyssey vs. 2009 Chevrolet Traverse||2010 Honda Odyssey vs. 2009 Ford Flex||2010 Honda Odyssey vs. 2008 Kia Sedona||2010 Honda Odyssey vs. 2008 Toyota Sienna|