2011 Toyota Sienna SE vs. 2011 Honda Odyssey EX-L vs. 2010 Dodge Caravan SXT

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2011 Toyota Sienna SE vs. 2011 Honda Odyssey EX-L vs. 2010 Dodge Caravan SXT

Three Minivans Square Off in a Contest Almost too Close to Call

Building a minivan, on the other hand, especially for us American types and our super-precious children, is a most difficult feat. Think about it. After more than two decades of trying, both Ford and General Motors threw in the towel.They simply couldn’t compete with Chrysler and its Grand Caravan. Which, when you stop and think about it, is crazy, especially considering how very competitive GM and Ford are with every other niche Chrysler occupies. Speaking of niches…Hyundai, the new king of inserting itself into every single segment but cannot build a competitive minivan for the North American market. Sure, Kia makes the Sedona, but when’s the last time you saw one of those? What about Volkswagen? Nope, it can’t sell minivans in the U.S. either, so it rebadged a Caravan as a Routan. Go figure.
There are two companies, however, that can go toe-to-toe with what’s arguably Chrysler’s best-engineered product. Toyota and Honda, the once-upstart Japanese brands, are now almost as American as apple pie. Honda’s Odyssey is now in its fourth generation, while the Toyota Sienna enters its third. Purists will insist Toyota’s minivan heritage continues farther back than that.
The Dodge’s 4.0-liter V-6 is noticeably the slowest motor here, and it also returns by far the worst gas mileage, 17.4 mpg by our mixed freeway/backroad yardstick. Still, most of us thought its transmission shifted very well, and appreciated the ability to manually shift any of its six gear ratios. That’s quite unlike the Honda, which offers no shift-it-yourself ability (there is an overdrive-off button that locks you into direct drive, aka third gear), with its standard five-speed automatic. You can get an Odyssey with a six-speed, but you still can’t choose your own gears, and it’s available only in the Odyssey Touring, which starts at $41,535.
Here’s why: The Odyssey’s high-tech, VVT 3.5-liter V-6 with cylinder deactivation managed 21.1 mpg over 11 laps of our roughly 30-mile mixed driving loop. The Toyota Sienna, meanwhile, with its comparatively low-tech (i.e., no cylinder deactivation), 3.5-liter V-6, managed 21.3 mpg. And the Toyota makes 17 more horsepower than the Honda, 265 compared with 248. Equipped with the six-speed and cylinder deactivation, the Odyssey would have likely added 1 mpg (as the Touring does in city and highway EPA ratings).The point is that fuel economy matters to minivan buyers: Why not try and stand out? Also, we imagine the take rate will be quite low, but you can get the Sienna with a 2.7-liter four-cylinder. Even that motor comes with a six-speed.
This point-counterpoint could go on forever, as this market segment really is that cutthroat. 

2010 Dodge Caravan SXT 2011 Honda Odyssey EX-L 2011 Toyota Sienna SE
DRIVETRAIN LAYOUT Front engine, FWD Front engine, FWD Front engine, FWD
ENGINE TYPE 60-deg V-6, alum block/heads 60-deg V-6, alum block/heads 60-deg V-6, alum block/heads
VALVETRAIN SOHC, 4 valves/cyl SOHC, 4 valves/cyl DOHC, 4 valves/cyl
DISPLACEMENT 241.2 cu in/3952 cc 211.8 cu in/3471 cc 210.9 cu in/3456 cc
COMPRESSION RATIO 10.3:1 10.5:1 10.8:1
POWER (SAE NET) 251 hp @ 6000 rpm 248 hp @ 5700 rpm 265 hp @ 6200 rpm
TORQUE (SAE NET) 259 lb-ft @ 4100 rpm 250 lb-ft @ 4800 rpm 245 lb-ft @ 4700 rpm
REDLINE 6000 rpm 6200 rpm 6500 rpm
WEIGHT TO POWER 18.2 lb/hp 18.1 lb/hp 16.7 lb/hp
TRANSMISSION 6-speed automatic 5-speed automatic 6-speed automatic
AXLE/FINAL-DRIVE RATIOS 3.16:1/2.07:1 4.31:1/2.64:1 3.94:1/2.39:1
SUSPENSION, FRONT; REAR Struts, coil springs, anti-roll bar; torsion beam, coil springs Struts, coil springs, anti-roll bar; multilink, coil springs Struts, coil springs, anti-roll bar; torsion beam, coil springs,anti-roll bar
STEERING RATIO 16.9:1 16.4:1 15.5:1
TURNS LOCK-TO-LOCK 3.1 3.5 3.4
BRAKES, F;R 11.9-in vented disc; 12.0-in disc, ABS 12.6-in vented disc; 13.1-in disc, ABS 12.9-in vented disc; 12.2-in disc, ABS
WHEELS 6.5 x 17 in, cast aluminum 7.0 x 17 in, cast aluminum 7.0 x 19 in, cast aluminum
TIRES 225/65R17 100T M+S
Bridgestone Turanza EL400
235/65R17 103T M+S
Continental ContiProContact
235/50R19 99V M+S
Dunlop SP Sport 7000 AVS
WHEELBASE 121.2 in 118.1 in 119.3 in
TRACK, F/R 65.5/64.8 in 68.1/68.2 in 67.7/67.7 in
LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 202.5 x 76.9 x 68.9 in 202.9 x 79.2 x 68.4 in 200.2 x 78.2 x 68.9 in
TURNING CIRCLE 39.1 ft 36.7 ft 36.9 ft
CURB WEIGHT 4580 lb 4478 lb 4417 lb
WEIGHT DIST, F/R 56/44% 59/41% 56/44%
HEADROOM, F/M/R 39.8/39.2/37.9 in 38.3/38.3*-39.4/38.0 in 41.0/39.7/38.3 in
LEGROOM, F/M/R 40.6/36.3/31.8 in 40.9/40.9/42.4 in 40.5/37.6/36.3
SHOULDER ROOM, F/M/R 63.0/64.7/62.0 in 64.4/63.5/60.9 in 65.0/64.6/61.1 in
CARGO VOLUME BEHIND, F/M/R 140.1/83.7/32.3 cu ft 148.5/93.1/38.4 in 150.0/87.1/39.1 cu ft
0-30 2.6 sec 3.1 sec 2.6 sec
0-40 3.9 4.3 3.8
0-50 5.5 6.1 5.5
0-60 7.6 7.9 7.1
0-70 10.1 10.1 9.1
0-80 13.5 13.2 11.5
0-90 17.3 16.5 14.4
0-100 22.4 20.3 18.4
PASSING, 45-65 MPH 4.1 3.8 3.4
QUARTER MILE 15.9 sec @ 86.5 mph 16.1 sec @ 89.1 mph 15.4 sec @ 92.6 mph
BRAKING, 60-0 MPH 128 ft 125 ft 121 ft
LATERAL ACCELERATION 0.67 g (avg) 0.73 g (avg) 0.74 g (avg)
MT FIGURE EIGHT 30.5 sec @ 0.52 g (avg) 29.4 sec @ 0.56 g (avg) 28.6 sec @ 0.59 g (avg)
TOP-GEAR REVS @ 60 MPH 1500 rpm 2400 rpm 1800 rpm
BASE PRICE $29,195 $35,230 $31,575
PRICE AS TESTED $32,575 $35,230 $34,418
AIRBAGS Dual front, f/m/r curtain Dual front, front side, f/m/r curtain Dual front, front side, driver knee, f/m/r curtain
BASIC WARRANTY 3 yrs/36,000 miles 3 yrs/36,000 miles 3 yrs/36,000 miles
POWERTRAIN WARRANTY 5 yrs/100,000 miles 5 yrs/60,000 miles 5 yrs/60,000 miles
ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE 3 yrs/36,000 miles N/A N/A
FUEL CAPACITY 20.0 gal 21.0 gal 20.0 gal
EPA CITY/HWY ECON 17/25 mpg 18/27 mpg 18/24 mpg
CO2 EMISSIONS 0.98 lb/mile 0.92 lb/mile 0.96 lb/mile
RECOMMENDED FUEL Unleaded regular Unleaded regular Unleaded regular
*SAE certified

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