2010 Honda Odyssey vs. Its Competition

2010 Honda Odyssey
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

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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Quick Specs
If you don't mind the anonymous styling of the 2010 Honda Odyssey, you're bound to be delighted with the well-designed interior and engaging driving experience.
The 2009 Chevrolet Traverse is an Acadia/Enclave/Outlook wearing different duds.
The 2009 Ford Flex is one of the most stylish new crossovers, with great passenger room and more features than some minivans.
The 2008 Kia Sedona is one of the least expensive minivans on the market, but inexpensive is different than cheap.
The 2008 Toyota Sienna minivan does almost everything right for the family, with a roomy, functional interior and great ride comfort, but there’s not a lot of personality.
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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