2011 Honda Odyssey vs 2011 Nissan Quest

July 22nd, 2011 by

Compared to the 2011 Nissan Quest, the 2011 Honda Odyssey provides three things Mississippi minivan shoppers want most: outstanding safety ratings, room for more people and gear, as well as lower ownership cost.

Outstanding Safety Ratings
The 2011 Honda Odyssey has earned the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) best possible Overall Vehicle Score of five stars and is the second vehicle ever to earn five stars in each seating position for all three crash-safety tests, each overall crash-safety test category, and the Overall Vehicle Score. The Odyssey is one of the few vehicles to date that achieved the federal government’s best possible five-star Overall Vehicle Score and five stars in the combined frontal and combined side crash safety ratings. In addition, Odyssey received four stars for the rollover rating, the highest achievable in the light-truck vehicle class using the program’s measurement methodology. The 2011 Nissan Quest has not yet been tested by NHTSA. Odyssey has also been named a 2011 Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). IIHS has not yet tested the 2011 Nissan Quest.

Seating For 8 And More Cargo Volume
Odyssey provides standard seating for eight (8) compared to seven (7) for Quest SL. In addition, Odyssey EX-L has significantly more cargo room than Quest SL, including 12.7 cubic feet more standard cargo volume (38.4 cubic feet vs. 25.7 cubic feet) and 40.1 cubic feet more maximum cargo volume (148.5 cubic feet vs. 108.4 cubic feet) for sports gear, camping equipment, or whatever.

Costs Less to Own
While Quest has a one-mpg advantage in city driving, Odyssey EX-L has a significantly higher highway fuel economy rating (27 mpg vs. 24 mpg for Quest) and significantly higher ALG residual values than Quest SL (see chart below). Edmunds.com has estimated the True Cost to Own® (TCO®) for the 2011 Honda Odyssey EX-L at a little less than $0.61/mile for five years and 15,000 miles per year. While a TCO estimate for the 2011 Nissan Quest SL was not available at the time this article was written, Odyssey EX-L’s lower MSRP and significant highway fuel economy and residual value advantages will translate into significantly lower ownership costs over a five-year ownership period.

Comparably Equipped Price
2011 Honda Odyssey vs Nissan Quest

What Others Are Saying About the 2011 Honda Odyssey
Odyssey Wins Minivan Comparison

In a comparison of four minivans (Honda Odyssey, Chrysler Town and Country, Nissan Quest, and Toyota Sienna) in the May issue of Car and Driver, the Odyssey finished in first place, the Quest in third. Car and Drivers editors applauded Odyssey’s versatility “Passengers rule in the minivan, and none treats passengers better than the Honda.”

Odyssey Has Top Residual Value
The 2011 Honda Odyssey received the 2011 Automotive Lease Guide (ALG) Residual Value Award for the MPV segment, indication that it will retain a greater percentage of its original value than competitive models in the segment after a three year period

Odyssey Achieves Historic Safety Milestone
The 2011 Honda Odyssey has achieved a historic safety milestone, becoming the first and only minivan to earn the highest possible safety ratings from both the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTS) under their respective more-stringent testing guidelines. No other minivan this year has received both a 2011 TOP SAFETY PICK award from IIHS and an “Overall Vehicle Score” of five stars from NHTSA.1

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1Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) New Car Assessment Program. Model tested with standard side airbags (SABs). Vehicles tested under this program cannot be compared to Model Year 2010 and earlier vehicles. Ratings should only be compared to similar ratings on Model Year 2011 and later vehicles (if rated under the new program). For additional information on the 5-Star Safety Ratings program, please visit www.safercar.gov.

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