2012 Honda Odyssey
2012 Honda Odyssey

Best minivan

The best-in-class 2012 Honda Odyssey carries over this year with minimal updates after being completely redesigned in 2011. Reviewer consensus is that it's still the minivan to beat; it's powerful, efficient, with good handling and a comfortable ride. Well-designed, modern infotainment options keep passengers entertained, while flat-folding rear seats and the ability to accept five LATCH child seats add to its versatility. Experts say the 2012 Toyota Sienna (Base MSRP: $25,060 to $40,570) is the top alternative to the Odyssey, and it's the only van that offers all-wheel drive. The Chrysler Town & Country (Base MSRP: $29,995 to $39,300) is another solid runner up.
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Base MSRP: $28,225 to $43,675 Estimated Price
2012 Dodge Grand Caravan
2012 Dodge Grand Caravan

Best budget minivan

Budget minivan shoppers have a solid choice in the Dodge Grand Caravan. It's the cheapest full-size minivan, starting at $20,995. Though the lowest-price examples don't come with as many features as the best-rated minivans, such as the Honda Odyssey (Base MSRP: $28,225 to $43,675) and the Toyota Sienna (Base MSRP: $25,060 to $40,570), the Dodge costs thousands of dollars less while offering similar overall utility. The Kia Sedona (Base MSRP: $24,900 to $29,190) is also cheaper than the top overall models, but it still costs more the Grand Caravan.
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Base MSRP: $20,995 to $29,995 Estimated Price
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Minivans Runners Up:

2012 Mazda Mazda5 Base MSRP: $18,379 to $22,495

3 picks including: Car and Driver, Edmunds.com…

2012 Toyota Sienna Base MSRP: $25,060 to $40,570

2 picks including: FuelEconomy.gov, Edmunds.com…

2012 Chrysler Town & Country Base MSRP: $29,995 to $39,300

2 picks including: FuelEconomy.gov, Edmunds.com…

2012 Kia Sedona Base MSRP: $24,900 to $29,190

1 pick including: FuelEconomy.gov, Edmunds.com…

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