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Toyota Sienna, Dodge Caravan, Chevrolet Venture, Mazda MPV, Kia Sedona, Honda Odyssey, Chevrolet Uplander, Nissan Quest, Hyundai Entourage, Van
#2790 of 3798 Kia Sedona LX vs Honda Odyssey LX
Nov 06, 2006 (7:38 am)
I've been searching and lurking at various minivan sites for last year or so and thought I was ready to jump into a 2007 Odyssey LX. Liked the firm, sporty Ody ride better than Sienna.
After reading some positive reviews, decided to take a look at Kia Sedona before pulling trigger on an Ody. Found the Kia to be very close in performance to the Ody (= power and safety features and Ody handling/ride was only slightly better) but the Kia price was way below anything I could get on the Ody LX. Best Ody LX price I got was $22,900 and ended up buying the Sedona LX for $17,550 before tax, title and license. The Sedona LX has $3000 rebate and I qualified for an additional $1000 competitor rebate (currently own Chrysler Town and Country).
Put ~ 300 miles on the Sedona so far and I'm very pleased. For those looking for a minivan right now, the Kia Sedona LX is a great value that is tough to pass up.
#2791 of 3798 05 Dodge Grand Caravan SE or 05 Ford Freestar?
Nov 06, 2006 (10:15 am)
I'll be in the market for a used minivan next spring, when my lease is up on my 04 Honda Odyssey LX. (suprised by the quality issues, so I'm not going to purchase at lease end)
Here in southern Wisconsin, the Fords are actually about $1,500-$2,000 less with the DGC equipped with rear stow-and-go bend seat. Starting dealer used prices of $13,000 (Ford) vs. $15,000 (Dodge).
I've read about the brake and transmission issues with the Ford, but are they really common enough to warrant an extra $2k for the Dodge equivalent?
#2792 of 3798 Re: 05 Dodge Grand Caravan SE or 05 Ford Freestar? [billwfriend]
Nov 06, 2006 (12:16 pm)
Repair "reputation" doesn't effect selling prices nearly as much as you'd think. If so, you'd see a huge price break on those '03/'04 Ford lemon SD's which were so bad they hit the US Today....
I think the Dodge is just a better and obviously more desirable vehicle, hence the price. Same reason the Honda still brings top-dollar even though they have a shady transmission history. More people are willing to pay for certain things... I paid for the performance/handling/features of the Ody and could care less about reliability. If I was shopping for a used bargain...Dodge Caravan hands down. I wouldn't even shop the Ford (I've had rentals and that was enough...).
#2793 of 3798 Heating/AC vents with NO rear Air Conditioning? [janns]
Nov 06, 2006 (5:47 pm)
The Caravan SXT has SEPARATELY controlled temperature for the driver and front passenger Plus heating vents under the front seats for the 2nd row passengers. As with all minivans, there is just one fan for the front heater or A/C.
My more expensive Sienna LE does NOT have the luxury car feature of separately controlled temperature for driver and front passenger that is standard equipment on the Caravan SXT or that was on my 2002 T&C LX....and my wife and I will have to get rid of our 2006 Sienna LE to get a minivan with this feature.
#2794 of 3798 Re: 05 Dodge Grand Caravan SE or 05 Ford Freestar? [billwfriend]
Nov 07, 2006 (4:12 pm)
Why would you buy a vehicle from a company that's given up on it's own products? The Mercury has already been discontinued, and the Ford Freefall (star) will cease to be built shortly after the new year.
#2795 of 3798 Re: 05 Dodge Grand Caravan SE or 05 Ford Freestar? [97xpresso]
Nov 08, 2006 (3:42 am)
You've hit a nerve here Ford and GM gave up a long time ago on the Minivan market, DCX is at least trying to stay competitive and the 2008 redo better be a home run. Look at Ford for example, They had almost 5 years to at least copy the 1999 Honda Ody, and a name change, new instrument panel and fold in floor rear seat is all they could do?????? I wouldn't even say they copied the Ody, they did the very least they could, counting on rebates and financing to sell Minivans, NOT the product itself. Same for GM and their 10 year old chasis and features!!
#2796 of 3798 Re: Minivan that you can move 3rd row up to 2nd row? [edgecomb]
Nov 08, 2006 (1:12 pm)
A Chevrolet Astro might fit your need. They stopped building them in 2004, but, you might find a good used one. They don't fair well in crash test, but, are built on a proven platform. The two back rows are bench seats. We used to put all three of ours on the second row and fold the back of the third row, or remove the third row bench. However, to remove the bench seats from this van, you'll need to strong guys as they are very very heavy. We had a 1999 AWD Astro and my wife really liked it. We had no problems with it and traded it at 110,000 miles.
#2797 of 3798 Ford Freestar/Mercury Monterey
Nov 11, 2006 (3:35 pm)
I've been in these in auto shows, and I don't really see what's wrong with them, especially if you are in the market for a used one. They can be quite the bargain. You have the fold flat third row, it's ok in the safety department, and CR has the reliability pegged at average.
Then again, I've never driven one so I couldn't draw final conclusions, but I wouldn't just write it off.
I'd say give it a shot, especially if you're going used.
Nov 11, 2006 (5:46 pm)
I went to look at a Spectra 5 today & stumbled on this new mini- mini van called a Kia Ronda, the dealer had just gotten in.
I was stunned by it's good exterior & interior looks, it's safety features and the price.
It is a quite compact, about the size of a Ford Escape, but seemed very spacious inside much more than the Escape. The seats were very comfortable with a great interiour layout. Safety wise it come standard with traction control, ABS, Electronic Stabity control, 6 air bags. With a 2.4L engine it was rated at 22 city & 29 highway and price in the mid $18K range.
It is not on Kia's website & seems to be all but invisible to Google. Does anyone know anything about this rig or was I dreaming?
#2799 of 3798 Re: Ford Freestar/Mercury Monterey [jchan2]
Nov 11, 2006 (6:07 pm)
Have you read the discusions in the Freestar forum? Of course they are "bargins". They are vehicles being discontinued because no one will buy one.