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Toyota Sienna, Dodge Caravan, Chevrolet Venture, Mazda MPV, Kia Sedona, Honda Odyssey, Chevrolet Uplander, Nissan Quest, Hyundai Entourage, Van
#2658 of 3798 Re: EPA Ratings DROP for 2007 Odyssey [thegraduate]
Sep 09, 2006 (8:30 am)
Funny that you and many others always seem to post the orange dashboard of earlier versions of Quest. Ugly color, I agree with you BUT that's not the only color offered. We have a Quest 05 SE, autumn red outside and light grey inside. It just looks awesome! Beat hand-down the red color of Odyssey and Sienna IMO.
Another point is that some complain about the "awkwardness" of the earlier version Quest dasboard. All the Quest owners I could talk to, on the streets, online, etc., told me it takes them about ~5 minutes to get used to it. Were they lying to me? Hardly IMO since I offered them no money incentive or pointed a gun to them! Awkwardness? Says who? Do we have some ability you don't Anyway now that Nissan "redesigned" its Quest dashboard, I guess it won't be anymore a major "deal-breaker" for minivan shoppers, right?!!!
#2659 of 3798 Re: "Awkward" Quest dashboard? [vinhphuc]
Sep 09, 2006 (10:27 am)
Excellent information. Too many people think that any vehicle that does not have the same dashboard or stereo controls of the Honda-Toyota variety is unacceptable.
Just read CR complaints about the "confusing" stereo controls on the Dodge Grand Caravan when compared to their perfectly designed Odyssey and Sienna.
#2660 of 3798 Re: EPA Ratings DROP for 2007 Odyssey [thegraduate]
Sep 09, 2006 (3:21 pm)
Until now, it never would've made my list strictly because of that awkward instrument cluster/interior. Now it is much improved!
Yes, a central dash pod is fine for Minis or Scions, but not minivans, Nissan learned - to the tune of about 40,000 units a year.
#2661 of 3798 Re: EPA Ratings DROP for 2007 Odyssey [thegraduate]
Sep 09, 2006 (3:26 pm)
The Odyssey was quicker than the Quest all the way back to the 2002 models, per Car and Driver (2004 Odyssey was fastest in a test of the current versions of Freestar, Quest, DCX, and Sienna, to 60 MPH.
No doubt Honda press cars are faster than Nissan press cars.
But moot point, Nissan has to get people into the driver's seat and the market proved too conservative for the non-minivan minivan.....
If you are in the market for a quick, good handling large minivan, test drive a Quest.
#2662 of 3798 Re: EPA Ratings DROP for 2007 Odyssey [vinhphuc]
Sep 10, 2006 (8:49 pm)
Funny that you and many others always seem to post the orange dashboard of earlier versions of Quest. Ugly color, I agree with you BUT that's not the only color offered. We have a Quest 05 SE, autumn red outside and light grey inside. It just looks awesome!
Google "Nissan Quest Dashboard" and you'll know why that picture gets posted. That pic is EVERYWHERE on the net, and
I actually wasn't referring to the color (I'm not a fan of it, but do think it's kinda desinger "chic" like the two-tone Mercury Milan interior).
#2663 of 3798 Closely examined 2007 Honda Odysseys today
Sep 14, 2006 (8:42 pm)
And the leather in the 2007 EX-L did not look or feel as luxurious as the 2006 Ody that I sat in a month ago.
Does the Touring have nicer leather than the EX-L? (Does not really matter as my wife and I prefer cloth).
Sadly, there is NO minivan that has ALL the best features. The Odyssey has the BEST seats with the best mechanisms to adjust and move the seats and best leg room for all seats...but the Ody does not have the compass and trip computer that we had on our lower priced 02 T&C LX and our 06 Sienna LE.
The Sienna has THE MOST cargo space behind the 3rd row split fold into the floor seats and the air intake for the rear heater/AC fan is located higher on the right rear so that cargo can be piled higher without blocking the intake.
The DC minivans have the least cargo space behind the 3rd row seats but have more total cargo space with the space in the floor between the 2nd row and front seats. The separately controlled temperature for the driver and front passenger can be had in almost any DC minivan with MSRP about $ 22,000 but is not available on any Sienna with an MSRP under $ 32,000 but is available on all Odysseys with an MSRP of $ 27,290 or higher.
Ody and Sienna have side curtain airbags standard on all models but they are about $ 600 option for DC minivans.
A power liftgate is either standard or a $ 400 option on DC minivans but can be had only on THE MOST expensive Ody Touring and not available on any Sienna according to my 2006 Sienna brochure.
#2664 of 3798 Re: Closely examined 2007 Honda Odysseys today [hansienna]
Sep 15, 2006 (6:35 am)
Power liftgate SHOULD be standard on all XLE Siennas (I know it was standard equipment in 2005 and 2006). I also thought it was available with an optional power door package on the LE? Or maybe that was JUST a power slider....can't remember...
#2665 of 3798 Leasing Ody in 5 months
Sep 15, 2006 (2:31 pm)
In Feb 07 my lease will be up on my current vehicle and I'm just curious if any one out there knows if there will be and left overs in February..if so, do you think it will be wise to lease an 06 or should I go for the 07. I am thinking of an EX-L..instead of getting the one with DVD I would like to purchase of those dual screen dvds that attaches to the head rest. (my current vehicle's dvd stopped working and I didn't have my car for 3 days plus it will knock off about 1500.00.)..Whoever is reading this, I'd appreciate your input, I am serious about leasing one once my lease is up on my vehicle. Milly
#2666 of 3798 Re: Leasing Ody in 5 months [mcjazzzy]
Sep 15, 2006 (7:11 pm)
There won't be any '06 models leftover in February. There probably won't be many left this time next month. Honda is very methodic with their build schedules to avoid big rebates to move inventory. If you're leasing, you'd be better off with an '07 anyway because the residuals adjust monthly. I've seen leftover models with residuals so low the rebates didn't cover the difference.
I've had aftermarket DVD's in prior vehicles, and it's tough to beat the Honda system. Very well integrated with the sound system, plus it will be covered under factory warranty. I had a lot of problems with prior aftermarkets, and most are only warranteed for a year, and even then good luck getting them fixed. Well worth the cash IMHO and it won't make a huge difference on the lease payment.
#2667 of 3798 Some News...
Sep 15, 2006 (9:19 pm)
The Mercury Monterey has stopped production already and the Ford Freestar will end production in early 2007.
I don't know if this has been posted before but thought I'd post it anyways while I still remembered it...