2016 Honda Odyssey vs. Its Competition

2016 Honda Odyssey
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

With several automakers (Ford, for instance) completely bowing out of the minivan segment entirely to focus on building more crossovers, interest in vans has tapered off in recent years.

The Chrysler Town & Country and its nearly identical Dodge Grand Caravan sibling are the Odyssey's closest rivals, offering innovative seating options as well as class-leading entertainment features and good performance.

But the Dodge and Chrysler minivans are lacking compared to the Odyssey and the latest Toyota Sienna.

The Sienna has somewhat better acceleration, as well as comparable features and more available luxury items at a lower price, but it's a heavier-feeling vehicle that doesn't handle as well—and its seating setup simply isn't as handy nor as flexible as the Honda or Chrysler vans.

The Kia Sedona recently returned to the market, and while spacious and comfortable it's somewhat thin on innovation.

The Lincoln MKT and Ford Flex aren't minivans, but they can be cross-shopped as a close alternative.

Their wide-opening, front-hinged back doors make these three-row models great picks for big-family duty, without the van stigma.

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Quick Specs
The 2016 Honda Odyssey stands at the top of the minivan heap, with more design flair and more driving enjoyment than most other three-row rivals.
The 2016 Chrysler Town & Country piles a lavish amount of equipment and luxury touches into an aging body that suffers in the toughest crash tests.
The 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan is an exceptional value among minivans, but some crash-test scores are cause for concern.
The 2016 Ford Flex remains a singularly boxy and handsome SUV, with excellent interior room and safety scores.
The 2016 Lincoln MKT has a polarizing style for a crossover wagon; combined with its comfortable, super-spacious interior and muscular powertrains, it's still an outside pick, especially against other luxury crossovers.
The 2016 Toyota Sienna posts some of the best gas-mileage and crash-test scores among minivans; only the Chrysler vans are more flexible.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy
Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6
EPA Class     
Minivans 2WDMinivans 2WDMinivans 2WDStandard SUV 2WDStandard SUV 2WDMinivans 2WD
Style Name     
5-Door LX4-Door Wagon LX4-Door Wagon American Value Pkg4-Door SE FWD4-Door Wagon 3.7L FWD5-Door 7-Pass Van L FWD (GS)
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
Passenger VanLWB Passenger VanPassenger VanSport UtilitySport UtilityPassenger Van
Automatic w/ODMulti-Speed Automatic w/ODMulti-Speed Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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