I had been spinning my wheels trying to decide what vehicle was best for our family with two kids. Came down to the Honda CRV, Honda Odyssey, Toyota Highlander, or Toyota Sienna. I felt I only needed/...
I had been spinning my wheels trying to decide what vehicle was best for our family with two kids. Came down to the Honda CRV, Honda Odyssey, Toyota Highlander, or Toyota Sienna. I felt I only needed/wanted front wheel drive even though I live in the northeast. And I wanted cloth seats for the comfort. I was leaning towards the Odyssey and may have bought one if I went shopping on a different day,(I almost did buy one).
But I had read some reviews about brake wear issues, steering feel, loudness of the ac motor at idle, premature wear of the cloth seats, and road noise of the Odyssey.
I drove them both and bought the Toyota Sienna LE.
What I like about the Sienna is, plenty of power, ability to manually downshift (to save wear on the brakes), as I live where it's hilly, smooth, quite ride, sliding second row seats, Eco light that helps me drive without being a lead foot, included roof rails and cross bars, perceived quality (my wife has a 2006 Camry, and it's been a problem free car), the back up camera, USB port, power sliding doors, hidden sliding door rails and rear wiper, and all the room inside.
There are a few things I wish for though. I wish the console in between the two front seats was sliding so you could slide it in between the two second row seats, (there are no cup holders/try within reach of kids in car seats in the second row. The cloth seats are very light colored and although look great, seem like they will soil easy. An old style radio antenna up front. And it's hard to judge where your bumper is up front when pulling into a parking spot that has a curb or something in front of it.
And the best part, as a guy, I can still say I drive an SUV.
A Sport Utility Van. ; )
And so far, we really like it!