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If you were set on a minivan and wanted AWD, Toyota offers it on the Sienna. Don't listen to the people that tell people never to buy a minivan, it's not like SUV's are stylish themselves. They're just minivans lifted off the ground a bit that have less room inside and fewer features. I have never known anyone who hates a minivan after they own one.

 
picked up my Odyssey EX-L last night and the buddy who dropped me off to get it said "it looks kind of cool"

nice ride home, this car really has thought about every little thing, the second mirror, the fridge in the console, the individual reading lights, the backup camera and the camera on the right mirror, the beep when you come too close to the divider

the only thing I haven't figured out, yet are those automatic seatbelts in the back rows
Are you talking about the middle seatbelt in the back row? If so, and it is like mine, there is a belt in the ceiling that pulls down to a connector on the right hand side of the middle seat. The small connector goes in there, and the regular seat belt connector goes across to the left side, like a normal seat belt. The one trick is to release it you use the regular seat belt connector to push in a "button" on the side of the connector on the right and that releases the whole thing.

Mine stores in the ceiling.

HTH!

 
picked up my Odyssey EX-L last night and the buddy who dropped me off to get it said "it looks kind of cool"

nice ride home, this car really has thought about every little thing, the second mirror, the fridge in the console, the individual reading lights, the backup camera and the camera on the right mirror, the beep when you come too close to the divider

the only thing I haven't figured out, yet are those automatic seatbelts in the back rows
Did it come with a fanny pack too?

 
picked up my Odyssey EX-L last night and the buddy who dropped me off to get it said "it looks kind of cool"

nice ride home, this car really has thought about every little thing, the second mirror, the fridge in the console, the individual reading lights, the backup camera and the camera on the right mirror, the beep when you come too close to the divider

the only thing I haven't figured out, yet are those automatic seatbelts in the back rows
Bump for update. How many cheerios have been lodged in the seat crevices in the past month?

 
Bought myself a truck...........a few weeks later wife claims some bull#### about being pregnant..........after some interrogation to make sure it's mine, sold the truck today, told wife I agree to get a minivan.

And ya know what, I am more than fine with it in every imaginable way. ####, I wish I had a minivan in high school and college. Only thing better than picking up a chick in your car is picking up a chick and like 6 of her friends and takin em to the party. Woohooooo. The right kind of personality can rock a minivan much better than anyone can rock an SUV or some lame sportscar.

On a more serious note, I want to punch myself in the crotch from the thought of buying a new one for like 30k (probable 2015 Odyssey LX, maybe wait will Sept for the 2016).

Upon further research, there really aren't many used ones for sale that I care to buy. All at least 6-7 years old and over 100k miles. And still damn near 10 grand.

This sucks though. I want my truck back. It only fits half the family, but still.

 
Bought myself a truck...........a few weeks later wife claims some bull#### about being pregnant..........after some interrogation to make sure it's mine, sold the truck today, told wife I agree to get a minivan.

And ya know what, I am more than fine with it in every imaginable way. ####, I wish I had a minivan in high school and college. Only thing better than picking up a chick in your car is picking up a chick and like 6 of her friends and takin em to the party. Woohooooo. The right kind of personality can rock a minivan much better than anyone can rock an SUV or some lame sportscar.

On a more serious note, I want to punch myself in the crotch from the thought of buying a new one for like 30k (probable 2015 Odyssey LX, maybe wait will Sept for the 2016).

Upon further research, there really aren't many used ones for sale that I care to buy. All at least 6-7 years old and over 100k miles. And still damn near 10 grand.

This sucks though. I want my truck back. It only fits half the family, but still.
Righetti to the White Courtesy Phone, please. GhostGuy needs a pep talk.

 
Four door F150 is like my dream mobile. My wife refuses to let me get a pickup. KICKSROCK

We ended up getting a new GMC Yukon Denali. It's kinda like a minivan on some major steroids. It's an Escalade without the Cadillac badging. Really liking it. But they ain't cheap.

 
Bought myself a truck...........a few weeks later wife claims some bull#### about being pregnant..........after some interrogation to make sure it's mine, sold the truck today, told wife I agree to get a minivan.

And ya know what, I am more than fine with it in every imaginable way. ####, I wish I had a minivan in high school and college. Only thing better than picking up a chick in your car is picking up a chick and like 6 of her friends and takin em to the party. Woohooooo. The right kind of personality can rock a minivan much better than anyone can rock an SUV or some lame sportscar.

On a more serious note, I want to punch myself in the crotch from the thought of buying a new one for like 30k (probable 2015 Odyssey LX, maybe wait will Sept for the 2016).

Upon further research, there really aren't many used ones for sale that I care to buy. All at least 6-7 years old and over 100k miles. And still damn near 10 grand.

This sucks though. I want my truck back. It only fits half the family, but still.
Righetti to the White Courtesy Phone, please. GhostGuy needs a pep talk.
The Odyssey is great and I have had a ton of people ask to borrow it. Drives well, reasonable gas mileage for the size and they really covered all the little things

Only real issue is that it is not 4WD or AWD because it handles terribly in the snow. Should have gone with the Sienna.

 
Wife and I both loved the Odyssey and Sienna. Odyssey has a couple more bells and whistles but the Sienna is a couple grand cheaper. We are a Toyota family so we went with the Sienna. Great car for the family, especially on road trips.

 
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Four door F150 is like my dream mobile. My wife refuses to let me get a pickup. KICKSROCK

We ended up getting a new GMC Yukon Denali. It's kinda like a minivan on some major steroids. It's an Escalade without the Cadillac badging. Really liking it. But they ain't cheap.
Look at you!

 
Four door F150 is like my dream mobile. My wife refuses to let me get a pickup. KICKSROCK

We ended up getting a new GMC Yukon Denali. It's kinda like a minivan on some major steroids. It's an Escalade without the Cadillac badging. Really liking it. But they ain't cheap.
Look at you!
Not a look at me, more like a "I wish we could've spent less."

 
One problem I see with getting a big SUV vs. a minivan is the ease of opening doors remotely on the minivan. Love being able to push a button for little kids getting in and out of the van instead of getting out in the rain to help them in.

 
My wife lost her Eclipse for a small cross-over SUV (RX 330) when pregnant w/ our 1st. After our second I insisted on a minivan for me since I drive them around more than she does. No comparison -- the minivan stomps the crap out of a small SUV in every way, shape, and form. Easier ingress/egress, more passenger room, more cargo room, more comfortable for all passengers.

I went w/ a Sienna. Absolutely 0 regret. I even drive it more than my sedan without the kids.

 
Back to the 4 door f-150 besides tons of room inside to haul everyone. You get the added bonus of putting all of their stuff in the box. Like stroller,wagon, bikes.

Plus you can run to Lowes and haul anything home with it. Another plus it can pull much more then a van.

I can why people get a van but to me the truck is so much more versatile. Most importantly it's not a van.

 
Back to the 4 door f-150 besides tons of room inside to haul everyone. You get the added bonus of putting all of their stuff in the box. Like stroller,wagon, bikes.

Plus you can run to Lowes and haul anything home with it. Another plus it can pull much more then a van.

I can why people get a van but to me the truck is so much more versatile. Most importantly it's not a van.
All depends on what you're doing. If you're more the kind to need lots of towing capacity for things like trailers or boats, then truck. For moving kids around there's really no comparison. F150 might as well be a sedan for its ease of use getting kids in and out. Minivan wins that easy. For everything else in between (hauling small loads like lumber or washer and dryer etc), minivan can do just as well as the truck.
 
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Four door F150 is like my dream mobile. My wife refuses to let me get a pickup. KICKSROCK

We ended up getting a new GMC Yukon Denali. It's kinda like a minivan on some major steroids. It's an Escalade without the Cadillac badging. Really liking it. But they ain't cheap.
What do you need a pickup for?

 
Four door F150 is like my dream mobile. My wife refuses to let me get a pickup. KICKSROCK

We ended up getting a new GMC Yukon Denali. It's kinda like a minivan on some major steroids. It's an Escalade without the Cadillac badging. Really liking it. But they ain't cheap.
What do you need a pickup for?
Awesomeness?

 
Still can't figure out why no one has put sliding doors on a luxury suv. That would be the goods.

 
Just got one of these bad boys. Wanted a truck with enough cab space to be able to carry some tools, a bunch of groceries for the restaurant, and/or an 80 lb dog when it rains, but I quickly came to realize those sorts of trucks cost a hell of a lot more money than a minivan. Used minivans are everywhere and cheap.

A T&C with 170K miles it is. It even has a trailer hitch. I'm going to take out all the seats, so it'll basically be a like a truck with a really, really convenient camper shell.

When this POS starts having trouble, I can just dump it and get another one of the millions of minivans that every 55 YO dad is begging to unload so he can finally get a truck again.

 
Whoever said minivans are not cool never had to cart kids around. Those things are awesome. We had an all wheel drive extended length Aerostar with quad captains chairs and the 3rd row bench. Had plenty of room behind the 3rd row for luggage.

BTW: Dave Grohl drives a minivan

 
Just got one of these bad boys. Wanted a truck with enough cab space to be able to carry some tools, a bunch of groceries for the restaurant, and/or an 80 lb dog when it rains, but I quickly came to realize those sorts of trucks cost a hell of a lot more money than a minivan. Used minivans are everywhere and cheap.

A T&C with 170K miles it is. It even has a trailer hitch. I'm going to take out all the seats, so it'll basically be a like a truck with a really, really convenient camper shell.

When this POS starts having trouble, I can just dump it and get another one of the millions of minivans that every 55 YO dad is begging to unload so he can finally get a truck again.
LOL... Im 55 and must be ahead of the curve... We had a pickup truck AND minivan. Still have a pickup truck but the minivan left in 2000 for a subaru outback.

 
All the seats are removed and the ol' Chrysler Pantydropper is now officially a work truck. I think I'm going to put down a plywood floor because that carpet could get funky real quick and be hard to clean.

I was loading a big Sam's order the other day right next to a guy with about a $45-50 new F150 4x4. I just tossed everything in and moved on, but that poor fella had to raise his hydraulic lifted bed cover (that essentially ruins the main benefit of a truck) and reach past that high tailgate to load stuff and move around coolers to load stuff. He's probably still at home trying to fish out all the stuff that the bed.

 
Wife has finally said that she might consider a minivan.  She's always been an "I'll-never-drive-a-minivan" person.  What's the move here?  We've been a Honda family (although recently leased an e-Golf) with a Pilot and an Accord.  Should we do Odyssey?  Go used or wait for the 2017?  What about the new Chrysler Pacifica?  Help please.

TIA

 
Back in 2010, Honda and Toyota were about 5-8k more for the same packages offered by Dodge. So I'd price all three and go from there.

 
Back in the day we had an extended length all wheel drive Ford Aerostar with quad captains chairs & all the goodies. Great for hauling kids & all their crap all over creation. Minivans cant be beat for that. Cool went out the window when you had kids... get over yourself if you think you are cooler than a minivan. Dave Grohl loves his minivan.

 
Wife has finally said that she might consider a minivan.  She's always been an "I'll-never-drive-a-minivan" person.  What's the move here?  We've been a Honda family (although recently leased an e-Golf) with a Pilot and an Accord.  Should we do Odyssey?  Go used or wait for the 2017?  What about the new Chrysler Pacifica?  Help please.

TIA
I test drove an Oddesy a few years ago.  It rode nice but I felt it lacked functionality for the large price difference (example the power liftgate was only on top trim package, standard on Chrysler...Chrysler has the full stow n go seating that folds into floor, Honda only the backs fold down)

i think the FCA (Chrysler/Dodge) are fairly low quality though. I'd never buy one but they are perfect lease opportunity IMO...were on our 3rd lease with the Chrysler Town and Country)

 
Back in 2010, Honda and Toyota were about 5-8k more for the same packages offered by Dodge. So I'd price all three and go from there.
They are more for a reason. Honda and Toyota crushes Dodge and Chrysler when it comes to reliability and dependability. They just plain last longer.

 
Baby #2 on the way.  Is it weird that I'm really pumped up to go scope out and test drive all these minivans?

Anyone have any horror stories for ones that should be avoided?  Are any of these things available as hybrids?

ETA: Mountains and snow are in play here.  Currently drive a Subaru Outback.

 
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I've driven a 2007 Hyundai Entourage mini-van for that last 5-7 years..  Bought it with 4,000 miles, it has 180,000 on it now..

Driven it on countless road trips.. In fact, my wife has it in NYC right now.  Never had a major issue with it.. My friends all give

me a hard time because is basically "my" vehicle.. Wife has a Camry Hybrid.   The nice thing about being in your 40's?  I don't 

give a #### what I drive anymore and I'm not trying to impress anybody.  That being said, if I were shopping for a new one?  I'd look

at the new Kia Sedona, Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna.  Stay away from the Chrysler, no matter what they call it now.  

 
As I mentioned above, I still have my 2005 Odyssey. It now has over 170k on it. It gets a hour long (each way) crawl commute 3 days a week, and multiple long trips each year. It is our family of 5's only vehicle, and it still runs great. More so than before, I fear it is approaching the end of it's existence, with a large project possibly forcing us into something new.

We have a Touring version of the Odyssey, which is the top end of that line. It is slightly larger than the others and we have loved it for as long as we've had it. We have done 99% of our service and other work at a Honda dealer, I know that may be more expensive, but lately not having to worry about a payment has made that more tolerable.

I like the Pacifica, but I need to see it up close, I am wondering if it is big enough for us, it looks a bit on the small side. I like the Chrysler-way of hiding the middle row seats in the floor when they are not needed, or being able to use that for storage.

Last summer on our long trip around the country, we rented a Kia Sedona and it was OK, just a bit smaller than I would like for our three kids on long trips.

Part of my feeling towards needing larger vans might come from having one (The Odyssey Tourings are big).

 
I've driven a 2007 Hyundai Entourage mini-van for that last 5-7 years..  Bought it with 4,000 miles, it has 180,000 on it now..

Driven it on countless road trips.. In fact, my wife has it in NYC right now.  Never had a major issue with it.. My friends all give

me a hard time because is basically "my" vehicle.. Wife has a Camry Hybrid.   The nice thing about being in your 40's?  I don't 

give a #### what I drive anymore and I'm not trying to impress anybody.  That being said, if I were shopping for a new one?  I'd look

at the new Kia Sedona, Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna.  Stay away from the Chrysler, no matter what they call it now.  
Car and Driver gave it good reviews.

 
Our old Caravan fit a sheet of plywood perfectly - it touched the wheel wells on both sides and sat right on the door-closing line while touching the back of the front seats, perfectly flat. I don't know how many sheets the suspension can handle, but we had a couple in there for a project, with other crap loaded on top.
To follow up on this one, I had about 20 sheets of drywall in at one time. The car dipped significantly but held. Also had a #### ton of lumber (basement build). Then about 500 lbs of mulch in bags. Its not going to tow like a pickup but it holds a lot.

 
Maybe the brand new one addresses all the issues from the previous 32 years...   
Had a 2005 T&c till this year (since 2009). Got to 165k before we got rear ended and they wouldn't fix it. Still ran though. Just got a 2015 T&C to replace. They're really easy to use and the wife likes it.

 
To follow up on this one, I had about 20 sheets of drywall in at one time. The car dipped significantly but held. Also had a #### ton of lumber (basement build). Then about 500 lbs of mulch in bags. Its not going to tow like a pickup but it holds a lot.
I'm about a year in as a kid-free minivaner. Love a minivan. I love my little Toyota car, but when it finally dies (a long time from now, I expect), I really don't see myself owning anything other than a minivan. Sheets of plywood fit perfectly. They are so damn convenient and dirt cheap when buying used (families are dumping these things off as soon as they don't need them anymore so they can get something expensive and cool). 

 
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I'm about a year in as a kid-free minivaner. Love a minivan. I love my little Toyota car, but when it finally dies (a long time from now, I expect), I really don't see myself owning anything other than a minivan. Sheets of plywood fit perfectly. They are so damn convenient and dirt cheap when buying used (families are dumping these things off as soon as they don't need them anymore so they can get something expensive and cool). 
Exactly. They're so versatile and drive like a car.

 
It's not for everyone but I'll say it again at least look at a 4 door F-150. 

Have had mine since my kids were born the thing can do it all for us  

 
eoMMan said:
They are more for a reason. Honda and Toyota crushes Dodge and Chrysler when it comes to reliability and dependability. They just plain last longer.
150k+ and still going on my Grand Caravan!

Love that thing.  Stow & go rules.

 
I'm about a year in as a kid-free minivaner. Love a minivan. I love my little Toyota car, but when it finally dies (a long time from now, I expect), I really don't see myself owning anything other than a minivan. Sheets of plywood fit perfectly. They are so damn convenient and dirt cheap when buying used (families are dumping these things off as soon as they don't need them anymore so they can get something expensive and cool). 
Exactly. They're so versatile and drive like a car.
I think this is the important issue. I think with a giant SUV, you are driving a truck, but the Minivan feels more car based. I suppose if you live in the middle of nowhere like Texas, the SUV might be tolerable, but in tighter areas, the minivan is better.

 
It's not for everyone but I'll say it again at least look at a 4 door F-150. 

Have had mine since my kids were born the thing can do it all for us  
Except for when a 2 year old wants to open the door. What does he do climb up on the running board and pull?

Ive said it before - watching people load kids into tall SUVs and trucks looks miserable. I hit a button on my key fob from 20 yds away, door slides open (thus no kid slamming an open door into another car) and the kids push a button inside to close it. It's maybe 2 ft off the ground so even a toddler can climb in. 

Cant imagine a shopping trip in any rain, snow, cold etc without those doors. 

 
150k+ and still going on my Grand Caravan!

Love that thing.  Stow & go rules.
Yep. It's not 2000 anymore. The Japanese are no longer much more reliable than other manufacturers.

I'm only ay 90k, but I even tow a 2100lb popup camper every summer. Thing's a workhorse.

 
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We have had 3 minivans over the years and they work great for kids and catting grandparents around.

The downside is that they are tough on brakes and tires.

 
We just got out of the minivan and went to a Buick enclave. We have had a minivan the last 10 years (both Chrysler, had good luck with both), but are down to 2 kids at home and the wife was ready to get away from the minivan for awhile. It's funny because in 2 weeks she is already realizing the lack of storage as compared to the minivan.

 
Except for when a 2 year old wants to open the door. What does he do climb up on the running board and pull?

Ive said it before - watching people load kids into tall SUVs and trucks looks miserable. I hit a button on my key fob from 20 yds away, door slides open (thus no kid slamming an open door into another car) and the kids push a button inside to close it. It's maybe 2 ft off the ground so even a toddler can climb in. 

Cant imagine a shopping trip in any rain, snow, cold etc without those doors. 
True loading is easier in a mini van. But my 2 year olds can crawl into my truck no problem. And buckling them in is easy cause I don't have to bend down at all. 

Plus jusy today I went and got a truck load of mulch with it. A van can't touch that versatility. 

But whatever works for ya. Just singing the praises of my truck.

 
Yep. It's not 2000 anymore. The Japanese are no longer much more reliable than other manufacturers.

I'm only ay 90k, but I even tow a 2100lb popup camper every summer. Thing's a workhorse.
My '98 T&C is still going strong (180K). Only had it a year though. I'm a poor man's Dentist when it comes to cars, and I love that running minivans in decent shape can be easily had for $2K (particularly Chrysler/Dodge/Kia). Cheap enough that if you make to 6 months with no major problems, it's house money after that.

Pre-2005 Odyssey's can be fairly cheap too, but I think that's because they all blew a tranny within the first couple of years. 

 

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