We took some test drives yesterday and boy was it hot and miserable. The humidity was horrible as well as the temperature, but we managed to make it through looking at the few vehicles we are considering. We took my husband's company car and unfortunately the air conditioner wasn't working well (although he took it to the shop the other day to get it fixed) and it was just miserable everywhere we went.
As expected, my husband let me lead most of the process which was a little frightening to say the least, but since I knew we weren't buying (and I told the salesmen that up front) it wasn't quite as scary. I asked lots of questions about removal of the seats (we're looking at vans), among other things and we test drove them as well as looked them over thoroughly, etc.
I think we have it narrowed down pretty well on which one we prefer, but unfortunately we would most probably have to go up a grade level on the van we really wanted since they are very difficult to find (shortage due to the earthquake/tsunami in Japan) which my husband is okay with. We really like the Honda Odyssey LX, but the EX seems to be the only one available in all the dealerships around our area.
We looked at the Toyota Sienna and while I liked the outside looks of that better, the inside wasn't as impressive to us compared to the Honda van.
Of course now the hard and frustrating and nerve-wracking part of the whole thing is haggling a price, but I need to get more "education" on that and will be reading up a lot more once this home school curriculum sale and research has passed me by the end of this upcoming week and then I can focus more time on the car buying process than I already have researched.
We're really not in a hurry to buy, but I know my husband is one of those "take it to the next step" people and so I want to be prepared just in case that happens.
So my question to those who do read this at all (and if you do, thank you!) is what features do you like or dislike about the Honda Odyssey (preferably the 2011 model)?
I didn't like that extras that came with the Toyota Sienna (such as roof racks and back-up rear camera) were extra on the Honda. My husband didn't think that the LCD panel was easy to read in the sunlight on the Honda, but I had no problems with that when I test drove it even with sunglasses on.
I loved that the bench seat in the middle second row of the Honda was much more comfortable than the one in the Toyota and it also flipped down with cup holders and seemed to be much better made. The Toyota version wasn't as well made and you could remove the seat and stow it in the back (which was cool) but the cup holder remained and you had to step over it to get to the seats in the 3rd row vs. the Honda where you could remove the entire thing.
Of course the Honda is more expensive and I suppose you pay for the better looking inside (carpet, etc.) vs. the Toyota, which my husband focused on more as well as the actual ease of driving. I found the Honda to be much more comfortable (seats) as did everyone else.
So any of you out there with either van (preferably 2011 versions) please let me know your thoughts on those two vans and your experiences.