I considered one when I was looking for my vehicle. They do come in a (sort of) 4WD model but the price left me staggering away to other choices. I think the salesman quoted me something around $32K for what I thought was a basic, no-frills model on the lot and my sensibility kept saying it should've been a bit more than $20K.it might be interesting if it were available w/ an MT, preferably w/ 6 forward gears, but i could get by w/ 5.
4WD would be nice also. need to ditch the 3rd row of seats so the boards and stuff will all fit inside.
Agreeing with Lizzard as well. I think a sporty minivan could be interesting, but I think it'd take a lot of doing to make it work. Very good execution of the idea, and even better marketing. Otherwise it's not worth the costs to bother. I think the company that can make their sporty minivan a product that's recognizable on its own and is distinct enough from its next-closest relatives is who gets the prize. Mazda5 is a decent start, but if, for example, Honda could make an Odyssey SI that was worthy of the name and stuck out enough from the regular Odyssey that people recognized it as a new and different thing, it could work.Yeah, I agree with you on the JDM kick Lizzurd. Those are two completely different automobiles.
I think that adding a sport version of a minivan would only help an automaker. They don't need to make the entire lineup sporty just one version. Just like they came out with the SC Element. That is not what the majority of E shoppers are looking for but there is a niche. Think of the families that drives sport sedans that need something bigger but don't want the SUV and hate to be stereotyped into the soccer mom crowd.
Basically take the Touring Oddy and step it up another notch or two with some areo packaging and a little extra power. Dual tipped exhaust would be pretty sexy too.