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Cars.com rounded up the year's crop of new minivans for a comparison, the rare thrill being that minivans from every major maker are completely fresh for 2011. The entrants were the Nissan Quest (pictured), Toyota Sienna, Honda Odyssey, Chrysler Town & Country, Volkswagen Routan and Dodge Grand Caravan.

The testing format was also novel, in that Cars.com paired its own editors with reviewers from USA Today and the MotorWeek television show, plus the Weatherby family, an 'average' family of five - husband, wife and three kids.

After three days of testing and the tallying of numerous criteria, there was, of course, one 7-seater to rule them all. We won't tell you which one it is, but its reviews included both "It doesn't look like such a mommy car" and "Distressingly ugly in profile." The Cars.com video review is after the jump, or head over to the link for the long-form skinny.

Which minivan do you think should win this shootout?
2011 Nissan Quest 2838 (20.3%)
2011 Toyota Sienna 2253 (16.1%)
2011 Honda Odyssey 4954 (35.4%)
2011 Dodge Grand Caravan 1113 (7.9%)
2011 Chrysler Town & Country 1906 (13.6%)
2011 Volkswagen Routan 943 (6.7%)




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      Bruno Nekic
      • 3 Years Ago
      Umm....the Sienna is by far the best minivan out of the bunch and you also get a lot more standard features at a lower price then the Odyssey. I don't know who these people are that came up with these results but they are completely clueless.
      Shiv
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't know why all the reviewers love Honda. I had two Honda's which are lemons, there engine power is horrible, low quality interior, extremely noisy. Apart from the engine, everything starts falling apart at 20K miles. My son will wake up if I go anything more than 70. Price point, you can get Toyota for 6-7K less for the same features. Maintenance, the dealer will rip you off, 5K service will cost you $100. Bought a sienna and it drives great, have 40K miles on it now and so far paid only $40 for every 5K service at the dealership. Finally, it is lot quieter than the odyssey I test drove. I made one bad decision, I should have gotten the seat to convert a 7 seater to 8 seater. ...
      Stephen M. Levinson
      • 3 Years Ago
      The answer is that none of them win... because minivan
        flychinook
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Stephen M. Levinson
        Because minivan..... ? Did you mean "Because minivans are much more practical and comfortable than poseur SUVs"?
        Susan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Stephen M. Levinson
        Yes, those crossovers and SUVs will prove they haven't grown up to be their mothers. This generation is so much more individualistic and creative.
      billfrombuckhead
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's almost like they're afraid to say how good a Chrysler product is. The coming 9 speed automatic might put Mopar unquestionably at the top of the pack. At least Toyota is finally fair game. "Oh what a feeling!"
        onewayroll
        • 3 Years Ago
        @billfrombuckhead
        9 speed????? Ah...no. It's getting a 8 speed but im sure you knew that.
      Andrew
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sometimes, autoblog doesn't even try to hide their obvious ant-toyotaness.
        onewayroll
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Andrew
        The story was by cars.com....not Autoblog.
          Andrew
          • 3 Years Ago
          @onewayroll
          You're both beyond retarded dumb asses. LOL I'm glad for Honda though, the Odyssey tramples over the American garbage and lacklustre German appliance.
        Rob
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Andrew
        No you just are in denial that more and more buyers are seeing that the competition has gotton that much better verses Honda and Toyota staying pat. Sales so far for 2011 are up around 14 to 15% while Honda and Toyota are up around 9%. That means they are losing marketshare...do not see what autoblog has to do with the facts.
      chandlerdude364
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hello, where is the Kia Sedona? It is one of the best van's for the money you can buy. I have one and just love it, fully loaded, leather, sun roof all power doors. Wish the gas mileage was better, but it is a heavy van.
      QAZZY
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Sienna needs a Prius-based powertrain to kick ass in the efficiency department. Plus, it's a minivan. A boring powertrain can't make it any more boring, so it's a win. And to counter it, the Odyssey needs a hybrid system too. And since it's a VW, the Routan could compete with a diesel against the hybrid minivans (why hasn't anyone thought of that yet?). The Chrysler? Well, it's a Chrysler, so I don't know what to say. Just shut down and leave Dodge alive.
        PiCASSO
        • 3 Years Ago
        @QAZZY
        FACT: The VW Routan is built in the same plant as both the Chrysler and Dodge... Windsor Assembly Plant (WAP) in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. It uses Chrysler's OLD 3.8 and 4.0L engines mated with the old 5-speed automatic. Don't expect VW to invest their engineering into this one... including a diesel.
          QAZZY
          • 3 Years Ago
          @PiCASSO
          If they did, a 2.0TDI minivan could be extremely practical. We all know the Routan is a VW-badged Town & Country. Am I being downvoted for a hating on Chrysler (I see others being voted positively for that), or the prospect of a hybrid minivan? Minivan = boring, hybrid minivan = more boring? Well it also equals more practical.
      Brian Lara
      • 3 Years Ago
      Im never going pay money and drive either odyssey or quest.
      BoostAWD
      • 3 Years Ago
      Not officially a minivan, but more practical... I prefer my Ford Flex Ecoboost. The current Odyssey & Quest weren't yet available, but I don't regret the Flex at all. Unfortunately, Ford hardly promotes it. Hard to beat the twin turbo 3.5L V6 + AWD, even with similar pricing on the AWD Sienna.
        PiCASSO
        • 3 Years Ago
        @BoostAWD
        Couldn't get my wife past the looks... she thought of it as a large Mini Cooper. Also... the Flex doesn't offer sliding doors. Try getting your 2-month old in and out of a tight spot with the rear-facing car seat. Both Ford and GM shouldn't have stopped making minivans... I would have liked to have some US competition before ending up with a Sienna in our driveway.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @BoostAWD
        [blocked]
      WillieD
      • 3 Years Ago
      It seems like Nissan tries to make their vehicles as ugly as possible. The Quest is easily the ugliest mini(large?)van ever made.
        mikoprivat
        • 3 Years Ago
        @WillieD
        wrong again...it the honda hearse
          NightFlight
          • 3 Years Ago
          @mikoprivat
          I actually like the Honda, as do many others. The new model is still America's best selling minivan, and even more so when you factor fleet sales out of the equation.
      Artemiy Pavlov
      • 3 Years Ago
      Too bad there is no VW Sharan or Touran in the US (Routan is a clear mistake as it's not really a VW). Odyssey would have had a tougher time in this test.
        Jorisr
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Artemiy Pavlov
        You obviously have never been in a Sharan or a Touran if you think they would stack up against these cars
      Mark A Golden
      • 3 Years Ago
      the other vans feels cheap compared to the nissan
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