Most people would find themselves amid an envious fit over van owners after driving the 2015 Honda Odyssey. After its low years in the minivan segment, Honda seems to have gotten their minds together by crafting a newer, contemporary mass transporter that include a sleeker design and notable upgrades in its fuel economy, powertrain and included equipment.
No one would need a second look to notice the changes done to the revamped Odyssey. Firstly, gone is its traditional minivan look. Honda made a smart move of adopting some of the Civic's physical feature into this new minivan's physique. The Civic still remains as Honda's manifestation of the right balance of a style and performance, and the attributes that it gives to the Odyssey contributes in making the minivan as attractive and compact as it is. It also helps that the said minivan has been extended over two inches across, giving it a wider and lower stance.
Front and Rear
Its front and rear sections do not really gel together in terms of exterior appearance, but when looked into individually, they serve the minivan well. The D-pillar dresses up the minivan in a more modern approach, much like those of many crossovers in the market. Its C-pillar (or lightning bolt as Honda would call it), on the other hand, gives the Odyssey a more dynamic appeal.
Along with Honda's attempt to make the rear seat of this vehicle look more appealing, it has inculcated a number of features that definitely cater to the comfort and entertainment of rear-passengers. First on the list is the presence of two sets of LATCH anchor on the third row; the second row can have three if the buyer decides toùsomething that the competing brands lack.
Its front cockpit seems to be functional with controls that parallel those of other Honda vehicles. However, despite the industry trend of having a central LCD display embedded with buttons and a larger controller knob, Honda tried to deviate from it with its choice to install a rather traditional navigation system (and by that we mean those of 10 years ago). Another unfortunate fact is Honda's decision to place the climate control buttons above the navi system, which is a major mistake since most drivers don't really pay attention to the temperature after automatically setting it.
Behind the Wheel
It may not have much fluidity like that of the Accord, but the fact remains that this minivan still drives pretty sweetly. Its steering may provide less feel as compared to year models that came before it, but the Odyssey still does a pretty job in handling corners.
Driving the Odyssey may make you feel like driving a minivan, but its acceleration would make you feel like driving a sporty muscle car. Packed with a 3.5-liter V6 with 248 horsepower capable of producing 250 pound-feet of torque, allowing it to do an excellent job of quickly revving. Also, it pairs well with the new six-speed automatic transmission that comes optional. The Honda Odyssey definitely moves quicker than it is expected to.
Honda has also made practical moves in improving its fuel economy. The Odyssey's inclusion of the Variable Cylinder Management (CVM) system enables the minivan to shout down two or three cylinders of the V6 when they are not needed. Along with this, the 50 to 100 pound trim down on its weight also contributes to its higher EPA-rated fuel efficiency off 21 miles per gallon combined (18 city/ 27 highway) on its standard five-speed automatic transmission. The six-speed automatic gearbox, on the other hand, gives an even impressive rating by raising the numbers a tick higher with its 22 mpg combined (19 city/ 28 highway).
As minivans normally fit a regular sized family, they would be sorely lacking if they do not include entertainment system that serve its rear passengers (mostly kids)ùsomething that Honda seems to have taken generous measures to live up to. To start off with, there's the 16.2-inch widescreen in the second row that folds down from the headliner available as an option.
This giant LCD panel includes an HDMI port that seem to be a bit of a futuristic approach for Honda as it makes way for video game playing inside the vehicle. However, the screen in this minivan is still quite small in size, creating a difficulty for modern games that are designed and calibrated for widescreen HD.
There is also much to complain about the Honda Odyssey's price especially when you're one of the practicals out there. Paying $40,775 for a six-speed automatic gearbox just seems a little bit too much. That is a lot of additional cash from the base price of $27,800. Gone are the days when you only had to pay an additional $1,500 for an upgraded transmission. For all that it is worth, the Odyssey offers adequate promise in terms of its features, but including its price in your consideration lists just disqualifies it from the your options.
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