Babble Best Picks:
2011 Minivans for the Family
Want to know the difference between all the minivans on the market? Babble asked me take each of them out for a spin to figure out which were best for which families. Most minivans got a thorough refresh this year, and many received better interior materials, more power, and higher fuel economy. After cargo capacity, safety is typically a minivan shopper's main concern. These large family haulers tend to do well on crash safety tests, and we included the results from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety's independent crash test results. To find out what others thought, we added the Consumer Reports score and their Customer Satisfaction rating when available as well.
We hope you find this information helpful in your search for a family crossover. Don't see your favorite vehicle on the list? Nominate it here! - Liane Yvkoff
2012 Updates | 2012 Honda Odyssey
FUEL ECONOMY: 19/28
The 2012 Honda Odyssey is largely unchanged from the previous model year, but this year more features are included in some trim levels of the 8-seater minivan. Buyers of the Odyssey EX model will get Bluetooth hands-free capability, a USB port, 2GB of music storage, and the Multi-Information Display (i-MID) with an 8-inch screen on the Odyssey EX model. Previously these features were available only on the more expensive EX-L model. Replacing the Taffeta White exterior paint color is a new White Diamond Pearl choice available only on the 2012 Odyssey Touring model.