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Toyota Sienna, Dodge Caravan, Chevrolet Venture, Mazda MPV, Kia Sedona, Honda Odyssey, Chevrolet Uplander, Nissan Quest, Hyundai Entourage, Van
#2237 of 3798 Re: Just bought a 2006 Odyssey EX-L [hansienna]
Apr 29, 2006 (6:56 pm)
hansienna, thanks I love the van (our first mini van!) I was all set on getting the Silver Platinum van when I saw the Ocean Mist Metallic on the lot. Both me and my wife liked it the best, and since our other vehicle is silver, we thought this would be a nice compliment.
It seems as thought Honda is getting more competitive with pricing these vans. It also helps to shop at the end of the month and get as many quotes as possible. Some of the quotes I received came in just below MSRP! In addition, I am fortunate that I live near so many Honda dealers. I was able to get quotes from about eight dealers all within 25 miles of my house.
I also have to thank you for all your comments on the Grand Caravans. We came very close to buying a loaded Chrysler Town and Country (Touring). Anyone thinking about buying either a Toyota or Honda should take the time to drive this van. IMHO, the T&C and Dodge GC SXT vans probably offer the best overall value for the money. The Toyota and Honda just felt more solid, drove better, and had better fit and finsish.
#2238 of 3798 Re: Add a couple vehicles [jrock65]
by Claire@Edmunds HOST
Apr 29, 2006 (7:03 pm)
Can you add the Entourage and the Quest to this thread?
Also, I think the Venture should be changed to the Uplander.
Done But feel free to discuss shopping for any van you like here, even if you don't see its name up top. I've added the Uplander but have left the Venture in the description -- quite a few people come in here asking about purchasing used vehicles, as well as new ones.
#2239 of 3798 Re: Just bought a 2006 Odyssey EX-L [dc_driver]
Apr 29, 2006 (8:22 pm)
Fair enough. I agree on waiting a year. I do not plan to buy until the end of the year. Not quite a year, but should be enough time, with all the forum feedback, and two essentially the same minivans to be able to tell. The Odyssey would definetly be my choice after the Kia and Hyundai.
Apr 29, 2006 (10:05 pm)
Does anyone know if I can get a second row bench for the Odyssey or any other minivan? I would like to install my baby's car seat in the center and NOT next to the door.
Any suggestions I will appreciate.
I went to the Kia daler to ask this about the Sedona, but they said there's a bench only for the third row.
#2241 of 3798 Re: Second Row Bench [elpablo123]
Apr 30, 2006 (10:18 am)
The Odyssey can be had with 8 seat capacity. Off the top of my head, I think the EX comes this way. The Toyota Sienna CE and LE also come with an 8 seat option.
As another option, the right side 2nd row seat on the MPV can slide left to a more central position. I think the 7 seat Odyssey can also do this.
#2242 of 3798 Re: Second Row Bench [jc9799]
Apr 30, 2006 (12:04 pm)
The 8 passenger Ody can also slide the 2nd row buckets together as well. It just requires removing the center seat which will fold up and fit in the in-floor storage (assuming, like the Dodge, the in-floor storage isn't crammed with stuff). We pulled our center 2nd row seat out this weekend for a trip and it folds up quite small actually.
#2243 of 3798 Re: Second Row Bench [elpablo123]
Apr 30, 2006 (3:49 pm)
"Does anyone know if I can get a second row bench for the Odyssey or any other minivan? I would like to install my baby's car seat in the center and NOT next to the door."
The 8-passenger Sienna (available on CE and LE trims) not only has a middle seat in the second row, but that seat can also be moved forward for easier access to a child from the front seat. This might be a nice feature for you, though moving the seat to that position is some effort so you wouldn't want to be moving it back and forth daily. The more common 7-passenger Sienna has a passenger side second row seat that can be moved toward the center like the Odyssey and MPV, though it is a little more difficult to move it.
Children are very safe when properly restrained in any rear seating position. This is particularly true of kids in 5-point harnesses, especially rear-facing models. These seats offer an added degree of side impact protection. I would have no concerns having a child in an outboard rear seat of today's top minivans, assuming they are properly restrained in a correctly installed child seat. Carseats with a 5-point harness provide additional side impact protection, especially rear-facing infant and convertible seats. In most minivans, you also have the advantage of height and a few more inches of space from the captain's chair to the door and that helps, too. Finally, side curtain airbags are another advantage of most current minivans.
Also, we are finding that while the center may still be the safest position, it may not be as advantageous as once thought. Being outboard does put you closer to one side of the vehicle, but that risk is almost balanced out by the much greater space to a side impact on the far side.
I have an 8-passenger Odyssey and could move the passenger side seat in the second row toward the center. I do this sometimes to accomodate access to the third row, but normally I keep it moved to the outside and that is where our 1-year old is seated in a rear-facing restraint. I am very confident he could survive many crashes that an adult passenger in a seatbelt might not.
#2244 of 3798 Re: Just bought a 2006 Odyssey EX-L [hrngffcr]
Apr 30, 2006 (6:18 pm)
If you are waiting until the end of the year, I think both the Sedona and Entourage will be discounted more, and by then you should have a good idea of any reliability issues.
I definitely recommend driving all the vans (Toyota, Honda, Kia/Hyundai, Chrysler/Dodge) before buying a van. It seems to me that each van has its strengths and weaknesses and, depending upon your needs, you may be surprised.
The thing that impressed me about the Odyssey was resale. I briefly looked for some used 05-06 Odyssey's and there was little selection, and not much price difference from a new one. These vans hold their value very well and are also in demand.
#2245 of 3798 Can airbags be added after-market??
Apr 30, 2006 (7:13 pm)
..Just curious..does anyone happen to know if side-curtain airbags can be added on a vehicle after-market? I was wondering if it's possible to have it done on a Kia Sedona (o3). I know the new models come with the side airbags, but I really can't justify trading our current Sedona in and starting all over again on payments (especially when it's running great and we really enjoy it). Thanks in advance for any input..
#2246 of 3798 Re: Can airbags be added after-market?? [joanc]
May 01, 2006 (3:56 am)
You'd probably pay as much to have airbags installed as for a new van completely. The vehicle's electrical and mechanical architecture probably wasn't designed for these 5-6 years ago. It almost impossible to do!