Our third child is on the way this spring and it is time to dive into the minivan realm, whoohoo.
Don't want a brand new one, looking at used. We'd like to keep it around hopefully $20,000 to fit into our budget.
We test drove a 2013 Chryster Town and Country with 17K miles and was $19,998. Has all kind of standard features and seemed to drive good. The Mrs. liked it too. Only thing is I am concerned with their reliability. I have read some bad stories online (but also a good bit of people saying their Town and Country has been awesome) My parents had a 1999 Plymouth Grand Voyager that was always in the shop, but I don't know how Dodge/Chrysler's run today.
We are also looking at the Honda Odyssey. They are a good bit pricer than a Town and Country but Odyssey's are considered the top minivan plus Honda's reliability. My family had three Honda's in the 1990s decade and each car had over 300K miles on each of them and they ran perfectly. A 2013 used Odyssey with features that match the 2013 Town and Country are close to or over $30,000. A used Odyssey around that $20,000 level are 2008-2010's. I see a used 2008 Odyssey highest trim level (so pretty much matches a 2013 Town and Country feature wise) with 44,000 miles for $19,000.
We haven't test driven any Odyssey's yet, but probably will this weekend. We are also open to looking at the Toyota Sienna or Kia Sedona too.
So do I go with a 2012-2013 Town and Country with some warranty left but reliable concerns or go with an older, class leading Odyssey with no factory warranty remaining? Any advice? Thanks.