We currently drive a Suzuki XL7 (SUV with a 3rd row.. its the size of a van) as our family shuttle and wanted to trade it in for a minivan that will be easier to load/unload kids.
We were thinking we could get a nice trade in price for our SUV, but found out that Suzuki is going out of business, so trade-in values for their cars have plummeted. What a bummer!!!
Anyway... we test drove an 08 honda odyssey last night and loved the way it handled. It was a basic model though and didn't come with all the bells and whistles (do I need power sliding doors? Do I need my kids to watch a DVD player in the car?)
My question is:
If you drive a minivan, what do you love about it? What don't you like about it?
Is it worth it to get a different brand with more features for the same price or should we stick with the basic Odyssey for reliability and handling?
The only other brand on the lot we went to was an 08 Grand Caravan and it wasn't nearly as nice to drive. A lot less expensive, and similar as far as features (and nicer looking IMO), but didn't seem as sturdy.
We've also driven a Sedona in the past that we really liked.
This is new territory for us-- I can't believe I'm buying a van! (and excited about it, haha!)
Thanks for any input you might have!!!