2004 All-Star: Minivan

0402 Odyssey 01 S

Photographed by Joe Vaughn

The Odyssey is like the champion athlete who stubbornly refuses to surrender his title. Recent bouts have brought on the elegant Nissan Quest and the deft Toyota Sienna, among other challengers, introducing features previously unknown in this division: glass roof panels, fold-flat second-row seats, side curtain air bags for all three rows. The Odyssey concedes points here, but by commanding the basic details and unfussily going about its business of being a Honda, it still excels the others. It's impressively nimble, and the powertrain packs a wallop. The ride is serene, the interior unparalleled. Add impeccable dependability and reliability, and the Odyssey still reigns.

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