You Just Might Be Cheating Yourself……..
There are those who say they wouldn’t be caught dead in a minivan…..and there are those who say that they couldn’t live without one.
If you’re among the former, you just might be surprised at what you’re missing.
After driving an Odyssey for a week, it’s easy to see why this #1 selling mini-van has so many fans.
In short, it’s “handy”.
It’ll carry 7or 8 people….get mileage in the high 20’s….carry a serious load….and still fit into your garage.
One of the Odyssey’s most useful features is it’s easy-fold-down third row seats, but we’ll get to that in a moment.
All Odysseys come with a 248 3.5 liter V-6 with a six-speed auto. The engine, like even the Corvette’s engine now, comes with cylinder deactivation…allowing it to run on just three cylinders when not under heavy load. That’s the secret to it’s decent performance and admirable economy for a vehicle of it’s size.
The Odyssey is rated at 19 city and 28 hwy on regular gas. We even hit an indicated 31 mpg on one stretch when we were boxed in with 60 – 65 mph traffic on the freeway.
Even the $29,655 base LX Odyssey comes with stability and traction control, a rear-view camera, hands-free Bluetooth, an SMS text message function, 8-way power drivers’ seat, and a 240 watt, 7-speaker stereo.
Invest another $3,300 and you’ll start picking up a few luxuries like alloys, push-button start, lumbar support, power doors and second-row sunshades.
The $36,455 EX-L turns your Odyssey into a luxury vehicle….adding heated leather front seats, moonroof, XM radio, power tailgate, forward collision warning and lane departure warning.
If you must have the finest, the Touring Elite tops the Odyssey lineup….with 18” alloys, third-row sunshade, parking sensors, blind-spot monitor, an ultra-wide rear entertainment system, killer stereo and HID headlamps….for just over $45,000.
Honda has always been known for their engineering, and the Odyssey keeps that tradition alive. It’s surprisingly quiet for a relatively large vehicle….and offers limo-like room to stretch out in the second row. Even the third row offers more legroom than many mid-size cars.
But where Honda has really set the bar high is with their easy-to fold third row seats. Just open the tailgate, make a one-handed tug on the belt on the seat-back, and each of the split third-row seats folds flat in two simple motions.
And they fold right back up just as easily.
The Odyssey converts from a cargo-carrier to a people-mover in mere seconds….and you can do it with one hand tied behind your back if you’d like.