Maybe you've noticed - the minivan market is getting increasingly competitive. Driving home this assertion is the fact that Cars.com, an reputable online resource for new and used car buyers just held their first-ever Ultimate Minivan Shootout.
Via the Ultimate Minivan Shootout, Cars.com assessed six face-lifted 2011 minivans priced under $45,000. Helping them host the series of head-to-head challenges that lasted a total of three days was USA Today, Motorweek, and an Atlanta-area family of five.
On the first day of the Ultimate Minivan Shootout, each contending minivan embarked on a 175-mile highway road trip to determine their true gas mileage. The second day, auto experts sitting on the panel drove each of the six minivans, paying especially close attention to comfort, handling, style, and functionality. And, on the third day, the Atlanta-based family brought their consumer perspective to the table, taking the minivans out for a spin to determine which features and design elements mattered most.
At the end of Day One, the 2011 Honda Odyssey ranked first in terms of fuel economy. Happily, it remained in the forefront, right through Day Three, impressing the judges with its styling, comfort and ride.
"Minivans haven't always been so cool: in fact, some car shoppers have shied away from them," said Patrick Olsen, Editor-in-Chief, Cars.com. "The reality is that today's minivans are sleek, practical, and drive very well, which fulfills the needs of many families. Looking at the Honda Odyssey, its overall package of innovative features, design and a great ride propelled it ahead of its competitors. The $42,000 price tag might seem steep, but the features consumers get for that money are unbeatable."1
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