When it comes to moving four or more people and their stuff, nothing rivals a minivan’s combination of space, comfort, versatility, ease of driving and fuel economy.
While Chrysler is typically credited with inventing the minivan, the concept goes all the way back to the 1930s. The Stout Motor Car Company of Detroit built a vehicle called the Scarab with an open floor plan, front-drive, a flat floor, a unit body, a removable table and a second row of seats capable of rotating 180 degrees to face the rear of the vehicle — in 1936.
It was 59 years later, in 1995, before the first Honda minivan came to market. Called the Odyssey in the U.S., it quickly became the best selling Honda, with first year sales surpassing even that of Honda’s venerable Civic model. Since then, four generations of Honda’s people mover have been sold.
The current fourth-generation model was introduced in 2010, for the 2011 model year.