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 interiorÃ¢â‚¬â€?as well as better straight-line performanceÃ¢â‚¬â€?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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|2011 Honda OdysseyBrowse Used Listings||2011 Toyota SiennaBrowse Used Listings||2011 Chrysler Town & CountryBrowse Used Listings||2011 Volkswagen RoutanBrowse Used Listings||2011 Dodge Grand CaravanBrowse Used Listings||2011 Kia SedonaBrowse Used Listings|
|18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V6||Gas I4||Gas/Ethanol V6||Gas/Ethanol V6||Gas V6||Gas V6|
|2WD Minivan||2WD Minivan||2WD Minivan||2WD Minivan||2WD Minivan||Minivan - 2WD|
|5-Door LX||5-Door 7-Pass Van I4 FWD (GS)||4-Door Wagon Touring||4-Door Wagon S||4-Door Wagon Express||4-Door LWB LX|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4 Door||5 Door Reg WB||Passenger Van||4 Door||Minivan||Minivan|
|Automatic||Automatic||Automatic||Automatic||Automatic||Automatic w/manual shift|
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