: GLitwinski wrote:
: > In the market for a mini-van that handles, accelerates, and drives well,
: > test drove a 2002 with 60,000 miles on it and a brand new, re-designed,
: > one at a Honda dealer. Old one first.
: > Liked the old one a lot. Astonishing how much better it drives than our
: > department Chrysler mini-van that one rides on more than drives. Then I
: > tried the new Odyssey and to my great surprise I liked it quite a bit
: > than the 2002. Felt slower, less road feel, and more Chrysler-like. Just
: > not care for it.
: > Never drove any Honda mini-van before this.
: > Anyone else feel the same way?
: The 'old' Odyssey van was sold from '95 - '98. It's even cooler, with
: four swing-out doors and a much lower roofline. The second generation
: looks like a Winnabago on the inside, by comparison.
: The Gen 1 drives like an Accord, I guess. Probably less top-heavy than
: the current ones too. The '98 version came with a V-Tec.
I think the comparison is between the 2002 (2nd generation) and the 2005
(3rd generation), isn't it?
I can't comment on the new one, not having driven one, but I love the way my
2001 drives. The '02 (also 2nd generation) might be a little bit better,
with more power and a five-speed automatic instead of four, among other
On paper, the new ones sound even better, and if I were in the market I
think the safety features would be a big factor in deciding which to buy.
But driving dynamics count for a lot with me, too.