We got the Honda Odyessy last August - it's got over 13,000 miles on it already. With 'summer formula' gas, I'm getting about 22mpg for my mostly highway commute and have gotten about 24 - 24.5 mpg on long trips. It's closer to 19 in the winter. We looked at and test drove both this and the Sienna and found them very similar. Basically it came down to us feeling we were going to get a better deal on the Odyessy. It's very comfy - relatively easy for me to climb into the back to get stuff for the kids, or sit in the bench seat and entertain Bella. Love that the overhead lights are over the bucket seats in the second row - on winter evenings, Pumpkin can have a light on while I'm driving and it's not distracting.
We've already been to MA in May, and to Massena, NY in June for a wedding. We missed the wedding in Indiana as the airline messed up our flights, we weren't sure we'd make our connection and the line was so long (automated checkin wasn't working) that we couldn't catch our first flight (they told us to stay there - after I had found out that if we missed our connection we wouldn't be able to get to our destination until the next day -everything was booked). Disappointing, but I didn't have to discover what is was like getting two flights with a 3 year old and 7 month old.
Next up is an extended trip. Family reunion and memorial for my mom's mom in MA this weekend, the we drive to NJ - see my greataunts, visit dad's mom's grave and spend a couple of days in NYC (hoping for Museum of Natural History and Bronx Zoo), and seeing my friend who had twins about 7 weeks ago. Doing all this with my parents and brother's family (wife, son 6.5 yrs, son 1 year). Husband will be flying to St. Louis for a conference on Monday and will arrive back in Rochester Thursday. We'll also be back home next Thursday, so we'll have 3-day weekend to recover. Van's going to get it's exercise, that's for sure!
"Up plus down equals flat" Pumpkin, 3 yrs, 10 mo, July '07