Winner: Honda Odyssey
Runner-Up: Toyota Sienna

You can almost hear the yelling over the loudspeaker: "Ding, ding, ding--the winner and still champion..." Yes, the Honda is still the winner of this humdrum people-mover category, mostly because of interior quality, quick throttle response, and (believe it or not) fairly good ride and handling characteristics. Although there are several other aggressively priced also-rans here, the only real competitor from a quality and comfort point of view is the Toyota Sienna. But neither of these two have the coolest piece of technology in the segment--disappearing or swiveling second-row seats, only offered in the Dodge or Chrysler minivans.


Minivan
Vehicle Chevrolet Uplander Chrysler Town & Country Dodge Grand Caravan
Base price $22,925/$24,595 $23,190 $22,470
Wheelbase, in 113.0/121.0 121.2 121.2
Engine 3.9L OHV V-6 3.3L OHV V-6 3.3L OHV V-6
Opt engines   3.8L V-6 $4500, 3.8L V-6 $5000,
Opt engines   4.0L V-6 $13,000 4.0L V-6 $5630
Horsepower, SAE 240 175 (197,240) 175 (197, 240)
Torque, SAE 240 205 (230,253) 205 (230, 253)
Airbags Dual front Dual front Dual front, head
Brakes, f/r Disc/disc, 4WAL Disc/disc, 2WAL Disc/disc, 2WAL
Tires 225/60R17 225/65R16 225/65R16
Fuel cap (gal) 20/25 20.5 20.5
EPA fuel econ, city/hwy 16/23 17/24 (16/23, 16/23) 17/24 (16/23, 16/23)
Max pass 7 7 7
Base curb weight, lb 4104/4233 4335 4321
AWD option N/A N/A N/A
Max payload, lb 1700 1500 1500
Max cargo cap, cu ft 120.7/136.5 144.3 147.4
Fold-flat third row (second) Yes Yes (yes) Yes (yes)
Vehicle Honda Odyssey Hyundai Entourage Kia Sedona
Base price $26,495 $24,595 $21,420
Wheelbase, in 118.1 118.9 113.8
Engine 3.5L SOHC V-6 3.8L DOHC V-6 3.8L DOHC V-6
Horsepower, SAE 244 250 250
Torque, SAE 242 253 253
Airbags Dual front, side Dual front, head, side Dual front, head, side
Brakes, f/r Disc/disc, 4WAL Disc/disc, 4WAL Disc/disc, 4WAL
Tires 235/65R16 225/70R16 225/70R16
Fuel cap (gal) 21 21.1 21.1
EPA fuel econ, city/hwy 16/23 16/23 16/23
Max pass 7 7 7
Base curb weight, lb 4385 4400 4365
AWD option N/A N/A N/A
Max payload, lb 1500 1200 1157
Max cargo cap, cu ft 146.1 141.5 121.3
Fold-flat third row (second) Yes Yes Yes
Vehicle Mazda5 Nissan Quest Toyota Sienna
Base price $18,630 $25,375 $25,025
Wheelbase, in 108.3 124 119.3
Engine 2.3L DOHC I-4 3.5L DOHC V-6 3.5L DOHC V-6
Horsepower, SAE 153 235 266
Torque, SAE 148 240 245
Airbags Dual front, head, side Dual front, head, side Dual front, head, side
Brakes, f/r Disc/disc, 4WAL Disc/disc, 4WAL Disc/disc, 4WAL
Tires 205/50VR17 225/65R16 215/65R16
Fuel cap (gal) 15.9 20.1 20
EPA fuel econ, city/hwy 22/28 16/24 17/23
Max pass 7 7 8
Base curb weight, lb 3417 4293 4177
AWD option N/A N/A $4,450
Max payload, lb 1200 1400 1570
Max cargo cap, cu ft 70.9 148.1 148.9
Fold-flat third row (second) Yes Yes (almost) Yes