we have an older honda oddessy (2001) and we love it. Seats 7. We have had no motor issues. Some of the newer models have all the fancy stuff as well. In my model my only con is no fold away seats.
I had a Honda Odyssey and it easily sat 7 passengers. Now I have a Mercedes 450 GL. It fits 3 in the backseat and 2 in the third row and of course 1 in the passenger seat.
I have a Chrysler town and country. I love it. Gets same gas mileage as my sonata. It seats 7. has rear heat/ac. controls, automatic doors, heated front seats, stereo controls in finger reach on the steering wheel. It handles the snow and ice very well and in the 8 yrs that I have had it Ive never done more than standard maintenance. its an '03 so it dont have the back up stuff, but the new ones do that is the only con about my van, if u need that stuff, I know how to use my mirrors and turn around to look lol
Best advice I can give you is go to the dealerships and get in them, look around them, check out the features in person. Things can look GREAT online and when you get there the interior is cramped as hell and there isn't much actual functionality. You've whittled your list down to 4 or 5 so going and checking them out won't have to be a big production, you can go look at them then make a decision and start saving your down payment up.
I have a 2003 Chevy Venture all wheel drive minivan that seats 7-8 and I love it.
I have a ford freestyle, they don't make them anymore.
They are the equivalent to the Ford Taurus X
Here is what I have:
PROS: It's reliable, easy to get kids in and out. We have had it since 2008.
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