Best Bets for Minivans

The pool of Best Bets includes all the models that meet our set of minimum standards. To understand how we choose our selections, and how they fit with the Lifestyle New-Car Buying Guide, read the Best Bet methodology. Best Bets for 2008 Minivans
Here, staff reviewer Joe Wiesenfelder picks his favorite minivans, which are ordered alphabetically.
$25,860 - $40,010
One of the best-executed vehicles in history, the Odyssey goes toe-to-toe with the Toyota Sienna in most of the important ways, though its interior volume is slightly lower and its reliability has dipped to merely average in the past couple years. Its gas mileage ranges from good to startlingly good, thanks to cylinder-deactivation technology in the high trim levels' more advanced V-6 engine. The Odyssey is deemed a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety for its excellent frontal-, side- and rear-impact crash tests.
$24,340 - $37,665
Due to recent redesigns and an unexplained quality dive across the minivan segment, the Sienna scores best with above-average reliability. It's at least average in all areas and exceptional in many others. Its crash tests are good, and it's still your only choice if you want all-wheel drive in a minivan. The Sienna absolutely will cost you more than a domestic minivan, but when you consider long-term value, the bargain is here.
Posted on 3/5/08