A brand new dodge Caravan with the pentastar!
I'm shopping for a new van for my mom. Looking for something that will be sound mechanically for years to come. We drove a 2010 town and country that was ok, lots of bells and whistles. Then we drove the honda oddesy, which felt like it was in a different league. Not nearly as many features, but drove much better.
What is the current workhorse mini van? I don't care about creature comforts for little ankle biting children, as this will be for work. I know that the honda used to have more tranny problems, then thailand. Is that still the case, or are they okay now?
Bluetooth, and leather would be great but we are prioritizing low miles, and reliability.
My only problems with them are finger-tip light steering with no feel. And the seats absolutely suck (no one else seemed to have a problem... so it could be just me. I found Chrysler has far better seats tho).
If you want new, your options are limited by that price. Of the two even close to that price bracket, I'd suggest the Transit connect based solely on a need to use it for 'work'.
Setting aside 'new' for more options, here's a snapshot of CPO used vans in my area at your price range. Of those, I'd go with the Toyota or Honda. I'd be behind a T&C, but don't see one with the Pentastar in that price range.
Of course, I could be wrong. Make a case for why, if you like.
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granted, it is not as versatile in terms of true minivan features as a Sienna or Odyssey - it's an MPV that has sliding doors, most MPVs (that you can't buy here in the US) have traditional doors.
and Mazda is offering .9% financing on any loan term currently.
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Ody's have lingering V6 auto trans issues, although I'm not sure about the current generation.
I'd get a Mazda 5, the current Chrysler, or a new Quest just because I <3 the new Quest even though it's sort of impractical (seats don't fold flat). Looks great though.
My mom has an 07 Odyssey we've owned since new. It's been on numerous road trips from
Missouri -> Connecticut. The van has never missed a beat, even loaded up with luggage and people. The only issue was a power steering pump, which was replaced under Honda. Can't remember if it was a recall (i think it was).
On the Sienna vs. Ody
- Odyssey is the better driving of the two, more dynamic, sharper steering.
- Top level sienna models are very lexus like. plush
- Gas mileage will be equal, Ody has the cylinder deactivation
- Road noise could be lower in the Honda
you can't get an entourage new anymore, but you can still get a kia sedona. they have really porked up in price, but maybe a slightly used one.
i bought my wife one about three and a half years ago for $17.5K new. 5/60 B2B, 10/100 powertrain. 250 hp. never had a single problem. killer app.
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The AVP is not really an option for Hawaii. Yes, we can get them, but do you want to put the kids in the back of a minivan (with all that glass) with NO Rear AC?
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