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Minivan Comparo: Honda and Toyota Alphard

THE ODYSSEY’S is very ‘homely American’ some traces of Japanese Zen

While I love supercars, cars, tuner cars and track-only performance cars, I to admit that it is quite to drive one. It feels to be inside a low-slung cockpit but a real pain in the arse to get in and The equally low-slung ride-height clearing ramps, humps and driveways a real agonizing as these cars’ low front chin spoilers and/or will scrape themselves the cold hard concrete or then do so again when the chassis’ middle section itself.

A minivan, more a comfortable executive luxury car the antithesis, the exact-opposite experience to the cars.

Most notable of is the size: Most minivans have a simple 2-box that is designed to house (7 or more in the case of the Alphard and passengers, whereas most sports and supercars, even if have two seats, are actually optimized to perform at their with a single occupant, is the driver, on-board.

A minivan has that quasi-SUV seating up high, with a commanding of the road ahead, having concern for the surface imperfections save for bothering

THE STEERING wheel delivers levels of feel.

your who have probably fallen While both minivans their roots to the American car their intended areas of use not have been farther each other.

The Toyota has been a success since introduced it to premium RHD markets in (Japan, Singapore, Thailand and Kong to name a few). The roof is exacerbated by the narrow designed to fit in narrow Asian It is supremely luxurious, boasting of seats for the middle row which retract and slide fore and aft to legroom for the middle-row passengers.

airbags keep occupants with dual front, front seat side and curtain airbags surround the An additional knee airbag the driver further. The entire is covered in Toyota’s trademark leather.

OTTOMAN seats for the middle row which recline, and slide

The steering wheel, from a previous model Camry, adjusts for reach and and is surprisingly responsive and quick, if not delivering telepathic levels of feel. This is fine the Alphard’s steering should on comfort and refinement rather absolute performance. The instrument has classy machined-aluminum bezels clearly written numbers for and engine RPM, mimicking of an expensive military-style chronograph.

Power comes from the 2GR-FE 4-cam 24-valve V6 engine also found in the producing 271 HP and 340 Nm of torque. It is partnered a 6-speed ECT computer-controlled automatic powering the front wheels.

To chances of torque steer and control, the Alphard is fitted a vehicle dynamics control or VDC acts as both traction and control, working in tandem the ABS-EBD equipped 4-wheel brakes and engine ECU to regulate keep all four wheels at the same rate and ensure driver control.

All told, it in at a hefty 1,950 kg for the V6 model. The air conditioning filtration system the air inside the cabin ionized and so nobody starts snoring due to a nose when they asleep inside the Alphard. also got HID headlamps, LED tail plus power operation for the two doors with antijam as well as power operation for the lift-gate, which can be controlled by near the driver, or by the regular handles themselves on each door.

The 216/65R16 all-season tires provide comfort sure-footed stability. In Japan, see Alphards running bling-sized wheels slammed to the ground, wild

THE ODYSSEY is lower, allowing easier entry and exit for particularly in the third row.

upgrades and even wilder kits, while the inside is transformed into a love complete with disco and a booming audio/video system. a techno-fest, even in tuned but Honda’s offering means the two are evenly matched.

Honda’s is pure American. It’s in America, for the American market. the Odyssey is lower, allowing easier entry and exit for particularly in the third row, and it is by a 3.5L V6 as seen in Honda’s and Accord V6 executive sedans. has been given on low-end with the Odyssey putting out 247 HP and 343 Nm of but attached to a 5-speed automatic the front wheels, one less the Alphard.

It has eight airbags, one than the Alphard, providing a bag for both the driver and front Power-operated side doors and also come as standard, and the also has its own Vehicle Stability System (traction/stability control) as as ABS-EBD brakes. One crucial is that the Odyssey has a proper reverse camera which the Odyssey’s posterior on an 8-inch LCD resolution monitor; it really in parking, working in tandem a sonar system to help you sure you slot the Odyssey in the smallest possible space it can fit in, the Alphard only utilizes a system to aid in parking. And while the utilizes a narrow track to allow it to fit into the smallest the Odyssey fights back a ridiculously small (for a turning radius of 5.4 meters the Alphard’s 5.7 meters to allow it to in small, cramped spaces.

The interior is very ‘homely with some traces of Zen minimalism, as opposed to the Alphard’s futuristic Japanese theme. It with an  8-seater ability, one than the Alphard, and comes tilt and telescopic adjustment for the wheel, which, though not as important, does offer better levels of feel and perhaps a nod to Honda’s sporting despite building a car for the family.

Toyota Alphard

The can be seen by the low drag roofline and 17-inch wheels carrying and chunkier 235/65R17 all-season tires, with firm-feeling that offer more pedal feel and modulation. it might not boast of the Ottoman of the Alphard, the Odyssey’s second and row seats fold completely to the floor, which allows loading up of big and bulky objects, the Odyssey surprisingly more than the Alphard in this

THE ALPHARD’S tall roof is by the narrow width, designed to fit in Asian streets.

The crucial is, which is better to drive? I tried the vehicles on separate and in separate locales, the Alphard in the city streets of Metro the Odyssey on the wide-open roads in Luzon. I did a short drive of vans in their respective locales as well, but for a shorter of time. The Alphard impresses its refinement conquering poorly city roads while the lapped up the sweeping northern with aplomb. Both surprisingly good driving minivan or not, and both capably cocoon in comfort occupants. But there is no clear here as both are close, far more capable than the sum of respective parts. It all boils to preference.

I like the Alpahrd’s interior, but the swooping roofline of the just seems more as minivans go. I like the Alphard’s seats, but really hanker for the fold-flat seats because I a lot of junk, mostly car parts, so I a big cavernous interior.

The Odyssey’s engine seems to better low-end response and but the Alphard’s V6 has more impressive pull. Both competitors matched, trading blows and them with equal of gusto and enthusiasm. In hindsight, the market is lucky to have two capable, enjoyable, and dare I say it, minivans.

About the only both minivans are dead-even on is consumption: Both returned a 5.6 km/liter in city driving, and a acceptable 7.8 km/liter out on the open

And the winner? You, the buyer of minivan.

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Toyota Alphard
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