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Old 05-15-2018, 10:18 AM   #1
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Default Buying my wife a van. Which one?

We have two young children and the SUV just ain't getting it done. I have heard nothing but good things about owning a van from van owners, I'm on board.

Now, would you pick the Honda Odyssey, Toyota Sienna or Dodge Caravan. I like the price point and included options with Dodge.

Looking for opinions from van owners.
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Old 05-15-2018, 10:22 AM   #2
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Toyota > Honda > Dodge
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Old 05-15-2018, 10:24 AM   #3
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One of these. Seems to be the popular thing around these parts.


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Old 05-15-2018, 10:24 AM   #4
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Call the Car Pro Show Saturday starting at 11am on 610 and ask Jerry Reynolds. I have heard several people call in with this questions and sounds like he gives good advise.
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Old 05-15-2018, 10:27 AM   #5
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Just bought my wife a '18 Honda Odyssey, I actually enjoy driving it secretly. Its a smooth ride compared to my '17 F250. Plenty of room for the kids and they love it too. Get the one with the DVD, you wont regret it.
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Old 05-15-2018, 10:30 AM   #6
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any consideration for the Kia sedona? price and options are very good!
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Old 05-15-2018, 10:32 AM   #7
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another option is the new Subaru Ascent, to hit dealers in June 2018. If i had my choice, it would be the Subie Ascent - kind of like a van/suv mix when bought as 7 passenger with captains chairs



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Old 05-15-2018, 10:32 AM   #8
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I would go with Toyota. But I am a Toyota guy. Second choice would be a Honda
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Old 05-15-2018, 10:32 AM   #9
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No, no, no
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Old 05-15-2018, 10:33 AM   #10
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Haven't really looked at the Kia. Will take a look though. Looking to stay around 23k as we are trying to pay off vehicles before a land purchase in the next year or two. We will be buying used most likely.
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Old 05-15-2018, 10:34 AM   #11
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The sliding doors on the van are one of the main reasons we are getting one, as well as the added room.
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Old 05-15-2018, 10:43 AM   #12
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Dude...NO! Pull out your man-card and look at the back. Rule #3 clearly states "NO MINI-VANS.

Go check out the new Ford Expedition or the Nissan Armada or the Chevy Suburban or the Toyota Sequoia.

Go buy any of these with middle row captains chairs and the problem is solved. Plus you're allowed to keep you man-card. Also forgot to mention that you will want the V8 model, except the Ford...that EcoBoost is a solid set up.

Man...that was too close...please...no more crazy talk.
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Old 05-15-2018, 10:44 AM   #13
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Lol
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Old 05-15-2018, 10:47 AM   #14
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Dude...NO! Pull out your man-card and look at the back. Rule #3 clearly states "NO MINI-VANS.

Go check out the new Ford Expedition or the Nissan Armada or the Chevy Suburban or the Toyota Sequoia.

Go buy any of these with middle row captains chairs and the problem is solved. Plus you're allowed to keep you man-card. Also forgot to mention that you will want the V8 model, except the Ford...that EcoBoost is a solid set up.

Man...that was too close...please...no more crazy talk.
Not true! Man card clearly states that it is off limits unless it is used to shoot critters out of. Probably been more hogs shot out of the window, sun roof and sliding door of my wife's Sienna than off of most people's side by sides. She loves hers!
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Old 05-15-2018, 10:49 AM   #15
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Not true! Man card clearly states that it is off limits unless it is used to shoot critters out of. Probably been more hogs shot out of the window, sun roof and sliding door of my wife's Sienna than off of most people's side by sides. She loves hers!
Pics or it didn't happen...
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Old 05-15-2018, 10:54 AM   #16
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Old 05-15-2018, 10:57 AM   #17
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My mom has a Toyota Sienna with 230K+ miles on it and not one issue ever with the van. Would suggest the Sienna have had nothing but good luck with them. Grandmother is on number 2 with hers and same goes no issues.
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Old 05-15-2018, 11:01 AM   #18
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Dude...NO! Pull out your man-card and look at the back. Rule #3 clearly states "NO MINI-VANS.

Go check out the new Ford Expedition or the Nissan Armada or the Chevy Suburban or the Toyota Sequoia.

Go buy any of these with middle row captains chairs and the problem is solved. Plus you're allowed to keep you man-card. Also forgot to mention that you will want the V8 model, except the Ford...that EcoBoost is a solid set up.

Man...that was too close...please...no more crazy talk.
You wouldn't say that to the A-TEAM's face, I can assure you.
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Old 05-15-2018, 11:01 AM   #19
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Toyota > Honda > dried up dogshxt > Dodge

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Old 05-15-2018, 11:06 AM   #20
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Toyota for the van
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Old 05-15-2018, 11:09 AM   #21
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My wife drives an Acadia with 2 small kids in tow constantly. Seems to do the job nicely and not so huge that parking isn't an issue.
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Old 05-15-2018, 11:09 AM   #22
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None of the above. I would go with a classic. The good times van
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Old 05-15-2018, 11:11 AM   #23
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No offense, but that Toyota is ugly.
The Subaru looks good, for a van...

Note: I am not a van owner.
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Old 05-15-2018, 11:13 AM   #24
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I pushed for Yukon Denali or Escalade but when my wife set her mind on a van then that was it. Brand wise I wanted Toyota and my wife wanted the Chrysler so she got a Chrysler haha. It had lots more options for the money but Toyota is better with the road noise. She ended up with leather, navigation, dual blue ray, all power foldig seats and all for under $35k

I love that woman as she saved me tons of money and it’s actually a really nice ride. People can hate them all they want but you get a lot of vehicle for the money
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Old 05-15-2018, 11:13 AM   #25
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Old 05-15-2018, 11:16 AM   #26
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any consideration for the Kia sedona? price and options are very good!
Rented one to drive to Destin. Had it for a week. No complaints. Nice ride.
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Old 05-15-2018, 11:20 AM   #27
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I’ll second the Kia Sedona. We bought one a year & half ago pre-owned. It was a 2016 with 20k miles. Has been great for us so far. We had a 2006 Toyota sienna that was pretty good as well. It had some patented battery brain on the positive side of the battery supposed to not allow battery to drain if an interior light was left on. It seemed to reduce the battery life as I couldn’t get 2 years out of a battery. Could have just bypassed it. Other than that it was a great van
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Old 05-15-2018, 11:22 AM   #28
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My wife's Highlander seats 8, I guess van might be a bit easier to get to the 3rd row though. But anyway, it is our first Toyota and I like it so much it has me considering a Toyota for my next truck.
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Old 05-15-2018, 11:23 AM   #29
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Dude...NO! Pull out your man-card and look at the back. Rule #3 clearly states "NO MINI-VANS.

Go check out the new Ford Expedition or the Nissan Armada or the Chevy Suburban or the Toyota Sequoia.

Go buy any of these with middle row captains chairs and the problem is solved. Plus you're allowed to keep you man-card. Also forgot to mention that you will want the V8 model, except the Ford...that EcoBoost is a solid set up.

Man...that was too close...please...no more crazy talk.
Or a real man could save $10-20k buying a minivan and put it in his kids' college fund
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Old 05-15-2018, 11:30 AM   #30
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Old 05-15-2018, 11:33 AM   #31
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I have a Pacifica for my office and it has been a good vehicle. 13K miles on it so far and averaging around 22mpg.

That said, I wouldn't give up my XL Denali to drive the mini van everyday. The Denali tows 8500 pounds, rides better, has more room, and got 21mpg going to Disney and back for spring break.
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Old 05-15-2018, 11:33 AM   #32
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Buddy of mine just went through this. He ended up with the Honda Odyssey.

He looked a multiple brands. Based on what he gathered, Honda pretty much sets the bar on mini-vans and all other manufactures follow.
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Old 05-15-2018, 11:35 AM   #33
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Adnoh(TJ) here is the sales manager at Howdy Honda.

Call him.

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Old 05-15-2018, 11:40 AM   #34
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We just traded our Acadia for an Odyssey and love it. My in-laws put over 300K miles on theirs with regular maintenance only.
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Old 05-15-2018, 11:48 AM   #35
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Old 05-15-2018, 12:23 PM   #36
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I was GIVEN an 11 yr old Mazda MPV (a medium-sized, narrower-than full size minivan), that even had a tow package, and I wouldn't take another one.

The only minivan I would willingly get into again is a Honda Odyssey. But please, do like I did, and buy a nice used Suburban and enjoy the holy heck out of it. Please?
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Old 05-15-2018, 12:28 PM   #37
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I think, for a van.Subaru is a great option
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Old 05-15-2018, 12:29 PM   #38
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This is the only van i would buy.
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Old 05-15-2018, 12:58 PM   #39
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Odyssey. We had one for eight years, and gave it away. Those folks drove it for a few make and gave it away too.
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Old 05-15-2018, 01:05 PM   #40
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I have never been a dodge fan. In 2013 our 99 Mercury villager died and we were force to buy a new vehicle. My wife wanted a van. She got a van. We went with the Chrysler Town and Country. It's been a great vehicle. I'd not hesitate to buy another Chrysler/Dodge product.
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Old 05-15-2018, 01:52 PM   #41
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Old 05-15-2018, 02:54 PM   #43
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I’ve really looked into them recently, especially with gas prices going up.


Pretty much the Honda Odessey and the Chrysler Pacifica(they changed the name from the Town and Country) are always at the top of the rankings. The Kia Sadona offers a lot for the money but fuel economy, ride comfort, power, and resale value are severely lacking. The Toyota Sienna is always mid pack with a good vehicle, but nothing great about it.

The new Pacifica Plugin Hybrid has my interests peaked. 33 mile all electric range, 30+ mpg highway, along with a $7500 tax incentive is pretty enticing.
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Old 05-15-2018, 03:03 PM   #44
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If you care anything about resale - Honda and Toyota would be my only choice.
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Old 05-15-2018, 03:24 PM   #45
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We recently got rid of our 2006 Toyota Sienna. It was a very good vehicle, not a single problem with it. (Other than my kids being hard on things.) It had 19,000 miles on it when we bought it, I think we had the miles up to like 170,000. Took many long road trips up to Wisconsin in that vehicle.
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Old 05-15-2018, 03:30 PM   #46
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Don't buy a dodge - worst mistake of my car buying experiences and ownership
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I appreciate the feedback. I'm just cheap and have had good luck with my Dodge pickup. Im now leaning toward the Toyota or Honda and will take a look at them in the near future.
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Old 05-15-2018, 04:25 PM   #48
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We had an Odyssey and now have a Nissan NV. If mpg isn't a concern, the NV is awesome. Otherwise, I think the Honda is the best option. We owned ours for 3.5 years and put a little over 100k on it without a problem. Good mileage, comfortable, and a lot of features for the dollar.
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Old 05-15-2018, 04:52 PM   #49
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We had a similar problem with a Honda, but that doesn’t mean every Honda is bad. Every manufacturer, no matter how expensive of a brand, has a defect rate. What differentiates a good manufacturer from a bad one is how they deal with problems at a corporate level. To be honest, almost every manufacturer here lately seems to be lacking in this department.
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Old 05-15-2018, 05:23 PM   #50
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Our handicap van is a Dodge Caravan. I hate it! Grant it, there aren’t many options when adding a wheel chair ramp. And I guess it could be because of the ramp, but I hate every aspect of it. The noise, the drive, the seats. The only good thing about it, is it has a ramp that allows us to take Macie places.
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