2013 Honda Odyssey vs. Its Competition

2013 Honda Odyssey 5dr EX Angular Front Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

Chrysler's minivans, the Town & Country and the nearly identical Dodge Grand Caravan, are the closest rivals to the Odyssey, as they also have innovative seating arrangements, as well as class-leading entertainment features, and good performance from the new 4.0-liter V-6.

On the down side, the Dodge and Chrysler vans have interiors are a little cheap-feeling compared to the Odyssey and Sienna.

Meanwhile, the Sienna has somewhat better straight-line performance, as well as comparable features and more luxury, at a lower price, but it rides like a heavier vehicle, doesn't handle as well, and has a seating arrangement that simply isn't as handy as the Honda and Chrysler vans.

The Lincoln MKT and Ford Flex aren't minivans, but they're close to it.

With wide-opening, rear-hinged back doors, they also have three rows of seating and well-configured interiors--although they're not set up for cargo as well as the true vans.

The Kia Sedona temporarily drops from the market for 2013, but it might be back as soon as 2014; in the meantime, if any 2012 models are left on the market, they're a strong value in terms of features for the money but not quite up to their peers in most other respects.

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Quick Specs
8.2
A thoughtful interior, innovative seating, and excellent handling make the 2013 Honda Odyssey a standout among minivans--although it is the priciest of them all.
8.2
The 2013 Chrysler Town & Country is tops in safety, flexibility, and features--the things that matter in minivans--though it's pricey.
9.2
With an unmistakable design, strong performance, and a roomy, comfortable interior, the 2013 Ford Flex proves that three-row crossovers don't have to be boring.
9.0
The shape of the 2013 Lincoln MKT might be polarizing, but there's undeniable charm in its luxurious cabin, its feature set and, surprisingly, its (EcoBoost) driving experience.
8.0
The Toyota Sienna has excellent power, safety, and seating, and only narrowly misses the class benchmarks in flexibility and gas mileage.
7.4
The aging Kia Sedona still offers the usual minivan virtues of people-carrying and cargo-toting, but there are newer, more flexible, safer choices.
MSRP From     
$28,675$30,620$30,900$45,285$26,585$24,900
Gas Mileage     
18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6
EPA Class     
2WD Minivan2WD Minivan2WD Sport Utility VehicleSport Utility Vehicle - 2WD2WD MinivanMinivan - 2WD
Style Name     
5-Door LX4-Door Wagon Touring4-Door SE FWD4-Door Wagon 3.7L FWD5-Door 7-Pass Van V6 L FWD (GS)4-Door Wagon 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     
Passenger VanPassenger Van4 DoorSport Utility VehicleMinivanPassenger van
Transmission     
AutomaticAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomaticAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomaticAutomatic w/manual shift