Winner: Honda Odyssey
Runner-Up: Toyota Sienna

The Odyssey has been at the top of this category for quite some time now, and no one has managed to topple it for 2009. Minivans aren't exciting, but when we find one that does what's asked of it with a high-quality cabin and a reliable and fuel-efficient engine that strikes us as fun to drive, it became mighty difficult to crown a new winner. The only thing that could make this minivan even better is if Honda adopted a fold-in-the-floor second-row seat like those of the Grand Caravan or Town & Country. Like the Odyssey, the Sienna provides comfortable, reliable transportation with enough optional goodies to make this people mover more like a posh SUV.



Minivan
Vehicle Chrysler Town & Country Dodge Grand Caravan Honda Odyssey Hyundai Entourage
Base price $27,500 $27,500 $27,025 $24,720
Wheelbase 121.2 in 121.2 in 118.1 in 118.9 in
Engine 3.3L OHV V-6 3.3L OHV V-6 3.5L SOHC V-6 3.8L DOHC V-6
Opt engines 3.8L V-6 $2965,
4.0L V-6 $10,100
3.8L V-6 $5000,
4.0L V-6 $5630
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Power, SAE 175 hp (197, 251) 175 hp (197, 240) 244 hp 250 hp
Torque, SAE 205 lb-ft (230, 259) 205 lb-ft (230, 253) 240 lb-ft 253 lb-ft
Airbags Fr, f/r cur Fr, f/r cur Fr, f/r cur, side Fr, f/r cur, side
Brakes, f/r Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS
Tires 225/65R16 225/65R16 235/65R16 225/70R16
Fuel cap 20.0 gal 20.5 gal 21.0 gal 21.1 gal
EPA fuel econ, city/hwy 17/24 mpg (16/23, 17/25) 17/24 mpg (16/23, 17/25) 16/23 mpg 16/23 mpg
Seating cap 7 7 7 7
Curb weight 4335 lb 4321 lb 4387 lb 4400 lb
AWD option N/A N/A N/A N/A
Payload 1200 lb 1379 lb 1500 lb 1200 lb
Cargo cap 143.8 cu ft 143.8 cu ft 147.4 cu ft 141.5 cu ft
Fold-flat 2nd/3rd row Yes/yes Yes/yes Yes Yes
Vehicle Kia Sedona Mazda5 Mercedes- Benz R-Class Nissan Quest
Base price $21,995 $18,665 $48,525 $27,080
Wheelbase 113.8 in 108.3 in 126.6 in 124.0 in
Engine 3.8L DOHC V-6 2.3L DOHC I-4 3.5L DOHC V-6 3.5L DOHC V-6
Opt engines -------- -------- 3.0L TD $1500 --------
Power, SAE 250 hp 153 hp 268 hp (210) 235 hp
Torque, SAE 253 lb-ft 148 lb-ft 258 lb-ft (398) 240 lb-ft
Airbags Fr, f/r cur, side Fr, f/r cur, side Fr, f/r cur Fr, f/r cur, side
Brakes, f/r Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS
Tires 225/70R16 205/50R17 255/55R18 225/65R16
Fuel cap 21.1 gal 15.9 gal 21.1 gal 20.0 gal
EPA fuel econ, city/hwy 16/23 mpg 22/28 mpg 15/19 mpg (18/24) 16/24 mpg
Seating cap 7 6 7 7
Curb weight 4365 lb 3417 lb 4938 lb 4293 lb
AWD option N/A N/A Std N/A
Payload 1157 lb 1200 lb 1661 lb 1203 lb
Cargo cap 121.3 cu ft 70.9 cu ft 42.2 cu ft 148.1 cu ft
Fold-flat 2nd/3rd row Yes Yes Yes Almost/yes
Vehicle Toyota Sienna Volkswagen Routan    
Base price $25,285 $25,950    
Wheelbase 119.3 in 121.2 in    
Engine 3.5L DOHC V-6 3.8L OHV V-6    
Opt engines -------- 4.0L V-6 $8400    
Power, SAE 266 hp 197 hp (253)    
Torque, SAE 245 lb-ft 230 lb-ft (262)    
Airbags Fr, f/r cur, side Fr, f/r cur, side    
Brakes, f/r Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS    
Tires 215/65R16 225/65R16    
Fuel cap 20.0 gal 20.5 gal    
EPA fuel econ, city/hwy 17/23 mpg 16/23 mpg (17/25)    
Seating cap 8 7    
Curb weight 4177 lb 4507 lb    
AWD option $4,695 N/A    
Payload 1420 lb 1200 lb    
Cargo cap 148.9 cu ft 140.6 cu ft    
Fold-flat 2nd/3rd row Yes Yes/yes