Minivans are Hippie Again

2011 Honda Odyssey

2011 Honda Odyssey

Long-time green leaders Honda and Toyota have been advertising their new minivans. The all-new Odyssey and the Sienna swagger-wagon are reaching to remake their images as cool family vehicles that moms and dads would want to be caught driving.

How do these capacious people-carriers compare in terms of eRating?

Honda edges out the Toyota competitor in this minivan category. The 2011 Honda Odyssey V6 earns an 92 eRating beating out it’s 6-cylinder competitors. The Odyssey’s success comes from their improved highway fuel economy of 27 mpg.

2011 Toyota Sienna

2011 Toyota Sienna

Toyota offers two engine options in their Sienna. The V6 earns a respectable eRating of 88. But their 4-cylinder option only pushes the score up to 90. Even though Toyota puts a smaller engine that delivers less power in attempts to consume less fuel, it only boasts a 1mpg improvement over the 6-cylinder option, matching the Odyssey’s V6 fuel economy.

The Chrysler Town & Country is another minivan staple. Due to its lower combined fuel economy, it only scored an eRating of 84. All of these minivan competitors meet the same average tailpipe standard, which is why their ratings are driven by how they compare on fuel economy.

It seems like today’s minivans are not only trying to become more hip, but become more green. Maybe trying to get back to those days of environmental peace and love.

Vehicle MakeModelTransmissionEngineCity/Hwy MPGComb MPG$MSRPeRating
ToyotaSienna6-speed auto4 cyl19 / 24 mpg21 mpg24,50090
ToyotaSienna6-speed auto6 cyl18 / 24 mpg20 mpg25,80088
HondaOdyssey5-speed auto6 cyl18 / 27 mpg21 mpg27,80092
ChryslerTown & Country6-speed auto6 cyl16 / 23 mpg18 mpg26,00084
 

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