2011 Honda Odyssey vs. Its Competition

2011 Honda Odyssey
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

In this group, the Kia Sedona has now gone the longest since a full redesign, and it shows.

The Sedona is a strong value, with strong safety, but its handling and refinement is a step behind rivals.

So is its options list.

The Grand Caravan (and its nearly identical sibling, the Chrysler Town & Country) have some innovative seating arrangements, as well as class-leading entertainment features of their own, like satellite TV, and performance from the new 4.0-liter V-6 is strong, but their interiors are a little cheap feeling compared to the Odyssey and Sienna.

The Sienna offers just as much luxury as the Odyssey, along with a comfortable, quiet interior�as well as better straight-line performance�but it doesn't handle as well as the Odyssey and its seating arrangement isn't as handy as those of Chrysler or Honda.

The Toyota has one advantage, though: It's now offered in a slightly more economical (and less expensive) four-cylinder variant.

Of the non-luxury-brand minivans, the 2011 Honda Odyssey remains the priciest, at several thousand dollars more than these other vans, in comparable trim, while the Touring and Touring Elite models are nearly as expensive as vehicles like the Mercedes-Benz R-Class and Lincoln MKT.

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The 2011 Honda Odyssey remains the best-handling of the minivans, with some of the most innovative seating configurations and entertainment features, but it's also the priciest.
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The 2011 Toyota Sienna adds room and adult-duty second-row seats, but leaves ultimate flexibility and entertainment to the competition.
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The 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan is a high-functioning box on wheels—with the old penalty-box trim neatly excised, and a new powertrain spliced into place.
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MSRP From     
$28,075$25,060$30,260$26,930$23,995$24,595
Gas Mileage     
18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas V6Gas I4Gas/Ethanol V6Gas/Ethanol V6Gas V6Gas V6
EPA Class     
2WD Minivan2WD Minivan2WD Minivan2WD Minivan2WD MinivanMinivan - 2WD
Style Name     
5-Door LX5-Door 7-Pass Van I4 FWD (GS)4-Door Wagon Touring4-Door Wagon S4-Door Wagon Express4-Door LWB LX
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
777777
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
4 Door5 Door Reg WBPassenger Van4 DoorMinivanMinivan
Transmission     
AutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic w/manual shift