What’s the Better Family Vehicle? An SUV or a Minivan?

August 5th, 2014 by

West Michigan drivers have so many choices for new family vehicles, and whether you’re looking at an SUV or a minivan, we think we have a solution here for you at West Michigan Honda Dealers. The 2015 Honda Odyssey is available now, but how does it stack up against an SUV like the Ford Edge?

The Advantages of a Minivan

The biggest advantage of a minivan should be obvious from just looking at it: the size. Despite the “mini” in its name, the Odyssey outclasses the Edge in both passenger and cargo space by an incredible margin. But that’s not all. Honda also gives drivers some of the best standard features around, and the 2015 Odyssey is no exception.

In every Odyssey, from the basic LX trim to the top-of-the-line Touring Elite, are Bluetooth HandsFreeLink, a rearview camera, a 2GB CD library, a touchscreen infotainment system with steering wheel-mounted controls, and so much more.

While Ford makes many comparable features available on the Edge, you’ll have to upgrade to give it everything that comes standard on the Odyssey. And that’s just the start of it. One of the most important factors is fuel economy, and while you may expect a larger vehicle to be less efficient, that isn’t the case here:

The 2015 Odyssey LX earns an EPA-estimated 28 mpg on the highway.*

The 2014 Ford Edge only manages 27 highway mpg despite being notably smaller.

If you find yourself wondering whether you should choose the Honda Odyssey or an SUV like the Ford Edge, take a look at our side-by-side comparison and make the decision for yourself. And if you’re certain you want an SUV, we still suggest the Pilot or the CR-V over the Edge…

Test Drive the Odyssey Today

We think there’s a reason why the minivan has prevailed as the family vehicle of choice for decades, but really you need to find out for yourself if it fits your family’s needs. Visit a West Michigan Honda Dealer today and let us put you behind the wheel for a test drive. We can’t wait to see you.

*Based on 2015 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery-pack age/condition (for hybrids), and other factors.
West Michigan Honda Dealers includes Battle Creek Honda, Betten Honda, Crown Honda, Fox Honda, River Town Honda, and Zeigler Honda.