2012 Honda Odyssey vs. Its Competition

2012 Honda Odyssey 5dr EX Angular Front Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

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.

2012 Honda Odyssey 5dr EX Angular Front Exterior View2012 Honda Odyssey
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2012 Lincoln MKT2012 Lincoln MKT
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2012 Mercedes-Benz R Class 4MATIC 4-door 3.5L Angular Front Exterior View2012 Mercedes-Benz R Class
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2012 Toyota Sienna2012 Toyota Sienna
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Quick Specs
The 2012 Honda Odyssey is the priciest of the minivans, but innovative seating and excellent handling set it apart from all the rest.
The 2012 Chrysler Town & Country isn't substantially different from the Dodge Grand Caravan, but it's fully equipped and a significant bargain compared to well-equipped minivans from Japan.
The aging Kia Sedona still offers the usual minivan virtues of people-carrying and cargo-toting, but there are newer, more flexible, safer choices.
EcoBoost thrust and limo-like space may attract you more to the 2012 Lincoln MKT than its polarizing shape, but we're among its fans.
The ambiguously shaped Mercedes R-Class isn't as easy a choice as the big GL-Class SUV, but especially in diesel trim, it's a capable long-distance touring machine.
It's not as flexible as some minivans, but the 2012 Toyota Sienna is large, safe, and still has options for four-cylinder power and all-wheel drive.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy
Gas V6Gas/Ethanol V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas I4
EPA Class     
2WD Minivan2WD MinivanMinivan - 2WDSport Utility Vehicle - 2WD4WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Minivan
Style Name     
5-Door LX4-Door Wagon Touring4-Door Wagon LX4-Door Wagon 3.7L FWD4MATIC 4-Door R 3505-Door 7-Pass Van I4 FWD (GS)
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll-Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
4 Door4 DoorPassenger vanSport Utility VehicleWagon5 Door Reg WB
AutomaticAutomaticAutomatic w/manual shiftAutomatic w/manual shiftAutomaticAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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