The Kia Sedona has now gone the longest since a full redesign; it's a strong value, with strong safety, but its handling and refinement is a step behind rivals.
The Chrysler Town & Country (and its nearly identical sibling, the Dodge Grand Caravan) have some innovative seating arrangements, as well as class-leading entertainment features, 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.
With a comfortable, quiet interior, as well as better straight-line performance, the Sienna offers just as much luxury and a comparable feature set—at a somewhat lower price—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 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 Lincoln MKT or Mercedes-Benz R-Class.
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|2012 Honda OdysseyBrowse Used Listings||2012 Chrysler Town & CountryBrowse Used Listings||2012 Kia SedonaBrowse Used Listings||2012 Lincoln MKTBrowse Used Listings||2012 Mercedes-Benz R ClassBrowse Used Listings||2012 Toyota SiennaBrowse Used Listings|
|18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V6||Gas/Ethanol V6||Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas I4|
|2WD Minivan||2WD Minivan||Minivan - 2WD||Sport Utility Vehicle - 2WD||4WD Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Minivan|
|5-Door LX||4-Door Wagon Touring||4-Door Wagon LX||4-Door Wagon 3.7L FWD||4MATIC 4-Door R 350||5-Door 7-Pass Van I4 FWD (GS)|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||All-Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4 Door||4 Door||Passenger van||Sport Utility Vehicle||Wagon||5 Door Reg WB|
|Automatic||Automatic||Automatic w/manual shift||Automatic w/manual shift||Automatic||Automatic|
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|2012 Honda Odyssey vs. 2012 Chrysler Town & Country||2012 Honda Odyssey vs. 2012 Kia Sedona||2012 Honda Odyssey vs. 2012 Lincoln MKT||2012 Honda Odyssey vs. 2012 Mercedes-Benz R Class||2012 Honda Odyssey vs. 2012 Toyota Sienna|