I have a 2000 Honda Odyssey with @ 57K miles on it,(we've owned it for about 2 years now) and I love it! The 3rd row folds flat, which is great for hauling stuff (like cat trees!
) and the seats in the middle row are removable and I can use bungee straps and tie down the dog's crate to the seat hooks in the floor if I need to (but I can do this with only having to remove one seat). What's funny is, having a teenage guy (who is helping me out with my cat tree, sandbox, etc.) watching me fold that 3rd row seat flat into the boot and hear him say "Cool!"
I am only 5' 1" and it fits me great
. I can also see out the sides and back better in the Odyssey than the Sienna. The seat sits a little different than other cars I've had (including a Honda Accord wagon), but my back doesn't hurt on long drives anymore, either, so I'm thinking that's a good thing
. When you go searching for a new vehicle, do invest in a Carfax account, IMHO. It really helped me weed out a few vehicles, and I printed one out on the car I was selling for prospective buyers, too.
I have also heard really good things (on my Ody Club forum) about the 1st generation Odysseys, too. They are supposed to be really reliable (they have 4 car doors and a hatchback, instead of the sliding doors)! And they come up in the newspaper here alot more often than I would expect, since the 2nd generation has been out since 1999, I think. Apparently, they were still making them outside the US not that long ago.
Good luck! I love car shopping! Lots of hunting and praying