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2018 Midsize SUV/Minivan of the Year: Odyssey, Atlas or Traverse?

Three go-to vehicles for Canadian families By ,

Auto123.com will be crowning winners of the 2018 Auto123.com Awards for best vehicles of the year on November 22 in Toronto. We’ve already unveiled the three finalists in each of the 17 categories; today we look in more detail at the Midsize SUV/Minivan of the Year finalists.

Honda Odyssey
A paradise for families on road trips, the next-generation Honda Odyssey offers a uniquely versatile new Magic Slide second-row seat, a new 8” Display Audio touchscreen, a new Rear Entertainment System with streaming video, plus Honda Sensing advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies standard on all trims. The redesigned exterior further illustrates the increased sophistication and refinement of this minivan. More details on the Odyssey.

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Volkswagen Atlas
With room for seven, it’s the largest SUV ever produced and sold by VW in North America. The Atlas offers a choice of a 2.0L, 4-cylinder engine delivering 235 hp and a 3.6L V6 producing 276 hp, the latter backed by an excellent AWD system. In terms of driving dynamics, its agility and handling impress. This SUV was specifically designed with modern families in mind, as evidenced by the different seating options, panoramic sunroof and numerous storage and connectivity solutions. More details on the Atlas

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Chevrolet Traverse
The new Traverse is packed with technologies that enhance the comfort of passengers and help them stay connected, no matter their age or lifestyle. What’s more, it offers best-in-class maximum cargo capacity and legroom in the third row of seats. Chevrolet added two new versions for 2018: the sporty-looking RS and the luxury-minded High Country. Meanwhile, buyers can choose from two different available engines, including a 2.0L 4-cylinder turbo and a newly upgraded 3.6L V6. More details on the Traverse.