So, technically the Ody is 8.7" longer . Someone with urban street parking would definitely feel that difference. And again, the Pilot and Odyssey are very similarly priced once you move up the trim ladder. Some of the additional expense is the AWD system that you don't get in the Ody. The higher ground clearance is also a plus for some.tim-x wrote: ↑ The difference in dimensions is pretty negligible. You won't notice am extra 5 or 6 inches in length. Put it this way, you're not squeezing a pilot into anywhere an Odyssey won't.
90% of the time sliding doors will be more useful. The fact is a pilot offers a more expensive alternative to someone that doesn't want to be seem driving a minivan. There really are no practical reasons.
I think you're generally right, the van in most cases is the smarter choice, but there are a few edge cases where the SUV is more suitable.