Image-conscious parents may avoid them, but there's simply no beating a minivan for overall versatility and practical family transportation. The Honda Odyssey blended a comfortable cabin, flexible seating, and room for eight people with responsive handling and impressive fuel economy.
The smooth six-speed automatic transmission boosts fuel economy to a best-in-class 21 mpg overall. That's very good for a vehicle this spacious. Crash test results are excellent. And advanced electronic safety features, such as forward-collision and lane-departure warnings are commonly available.
Its slick engine and transmission also deliver relaxed cruising and ample power. The ride is supple and steady. The Odyssey also has commendably agile handling and sharp steering, challenging the notion a minivan has to be boring. However, the Odyssey doesn't offer all-wheel drive.