The Odyssey is back for another year at the top of the minivan ranks. But this time it’s not alone! For the first-time there is a co-winner of the Canadian Black Book Best Retained Value Award for minivan, the Toyota Sienna. There are still plenty of buyers who want a minivan. The stigma that minivans exist in a less desirable class prevails but if you ask anyone with a van in driveway, why they have it and the answer will be, because it hauls people, goods, and any combination thereof. The Odyssey was an innovator of what has become a must-have, fold-in-floor seats the first Odyssey had the third-row disappearing in the floor. There are many other reasons buyers are drawn to the Odyssey among them, Honda’s reputation for building quality equipment and flexible interior configurations. All said, those reasons seem to speak to vehicle used buyers’ desires helping to keep values up and so it appears at the top of its segment again.
The Toyota Sienna joined many other Toyota’s as a winner of the Canadian Black Book 2017 Best Retained Value Award in the minivan segment. But for the first time, it is sharing the podium with last year’s winner and this year’s co-winner, the Honda Odyssey. Families continue to appreciate Sienna’s smooth and refined ride, versatility and reliability. The available AWD adds to the feeling of security when road conditions are not at there best. As expected in a minivan, the interior is roomy and comfortable. Fuel efficiency from the standard V6 is good without sacrificing performance. There are a number of trim levels to choose from that run from sporty to full on luxury, so finding a model to meet your family needs shouldn’t be a problem. While the minivan segment continues to decline, it is still a favorite for many families who want to maximize space and versatility.