In the seven months and 18,000 miles that I have driven with my Titanium Beige Quest LE, I have come to love all of its perks (easy entry, great loading flexibility, and blind spot monitor) and I excuse its few drawbacks (fuel economy OK, large low doors at the curb and slow rotation). I’ve driven it through 10 states, subjected it to Colorado snow and Arizona heat, and used it as a movie theater, storage closet, and airport shuttle. But for a recent road trip, I decided to drop my quest and spend some time in Julia LaPalme’s long-range Honda Odyssey Touring Elite, to see how the two stack up. Head-to-head enemies, the $ 44,030 Odyssey Touring Elite costs a little more than my $ 43,790 Quest LE, but offers similar features – blind spot monitor, 3.5-liter V6, rear-seat entertainment. , leather, navigation, 18 – inch, power doors and tailgate – the main differences being that the Odyssey uses a six-speed automatic (like the Quest’s CVT) and, well, it looks a lot different. My take on how they stack up:
My preference? As much as I love the Honda’s extended lineup, flashier styling and sportier feel, what makes a minivan really appealing to me are its amenities and ease of use; therefore, I will take the Nissan. The Quest offers an easier and better entry system, convenient fold-flat second and third rows, and ample storage space that includes an always-available covered bin. For my trip, it’s Quest over Odyssey.