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Minivan | Reliability
When reliability and freedom from repair matters most, you may find a strong dose of peace of mind by seeing how your choice of cars matches up with ratings from a variety of recent surveys, including Consumer Reports, Intellichoice and J.D. Power.

Attributes:  Price | Safety | Going Green | Reliability | Performance

Honda OdysseyWarranty: 3 years, 36,000 miles
Power train: 5 years, 60,000 miles

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Consumers Union, publishers of Consumer Reports, ranks the Honda Odyssey high in reliability in the minivan segment. Highly regarded for its handling and performance, Honda offers its Odyssey with its Variable Cylinder Management technology, which shuts down either two or three cylinders when not needed to improve fuel economy. Four trim levels are available and all offer seating for seven or eight, as well as dual sliding rear doors with windows that open. Options include run-flat tires, under-floor storage in the second row, rear-seat DVD entertainment and voice-activated navigation. Go »
Hyundai EntourageWarranty: 5 years, 60,000 miles
Power train: 10 years, 100,000 miles

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With an industry-leading warranty, the Hyundai Entourage offers owners the peace of mind that this vehicle can remain in their fleet for the long haul. It's powered by a 250-horsepower, 3.8-liter V-6, which is needed for decent performance due to its weight. Seating seven, the Hyundai Entourage comes standard with dual, power sliding rear doors, a third row that folds, XM Satellite Radio and an integrated roof rack. Rated high in crash tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the Entourage comes standard with side-impact and side-curtain airbags, active front head restraints, anti-lock brakes and electronic stability control. Backup warning sensors are available. Go »
Toyota SiennaWarranty: 3 years, 36,000 miles
Power train: 5 years, 60,000 miles

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Toyota is well-known for its top-notch quality and reliability, so it's no surprise that vehicle owners rated it highest among minivans in AutoPacific's 2009 Vehicle Satisfaction Awards. Powered by a 266-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6, the Toyota Sienna is available in front-wheel or all-wheel-drive. It seats seven or eight depending on whether the second row is equipped with captain's chairs or a three-way, split-folding bench seat. With the bench seat, the center section can move nearly 13 inches forward to make it easier for front seat passengers to reach a small child seated there. Standard features include dual sliding rear doors with power windows, tilt/telescoping steering wheel and dual-zone air conditioning with rear controls. Go »
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