The family wagon class was an extremely close race with Honda Odyssey proving it has a lot to offer buyers in the areas that really count. Odyssey’s greatest appeal is ability to seat up to seven with an almost regal level of comfort, in all seating positions. Odyssey, like Kia Carnival, was designed from the ground up as a people-mover. It looks, feels and drives like a large car-based station wagon. The cabin is thoughtfully laid out, from the clear, logically placed driver controls through to the easy access to all seats. The top of the range VTi-L has a class- leading level of standard equipment, excellent build quality and five -star ANCAP safety. Its $50,339 drive-away pricing, while not cheap, still trumps the SLi Carnival. Honda’s three-year warranty, however, falls well short of the seven years offered by Kia. Odyssey’s engine, with 129kW of power and 225 Nm of torque, does a respectable job as a daily drive but a bit more performance would be handy. The engine and transmission work hard when the vehicle is loaded or if you want rapid accelerating for safe passing and it becomes noticeably raucous. Likewise the ride is comfortable when riding on good roads but it falls away on rough surfaces.