Thursday, November 13, 2014

Style Meets Function in the 2015 Honda Odyssey

Even though most feel a minivan is a logic purchase and not one made based on driving pleasure, which is mostly true, the Honda Odyssey boasts a great deal of both logic and enjoyment to make this a great minivan for any family to enjoy.  Offing excellent function from the use of dual sliding doors, seating for eight passengers, very high crash test scores and the reliability that comes with the Honda name the Odyssey makes sense.  On the other hand, this is one of the most attractive minivans on the market with excellent lines and enjoyable features such as a fuel-efficient and powerful engine as well as enough cabin features to make anyone look for a luxury nameplate on the Odyssey.

As one of the most practical choices for any family to take advantage of, including room to place up to three booster seats along the second row of seating, the Odyssey comes into 2015 virtually the same as the 2014 model.  The dual sliding doors allow easier access when in tight parking lots and the ability of parents to be able to reach children who are on one side or the other with much less hassle than minivans that only open on one side.

Driving the Odyssey gives a feeling with this name that coincides very well.  With a highly-engineered suspension and fantastically responsive steering system this minivan soaks up any road imperfections with ease to provide one of the smoothest rides for any family to enjoy.  With a well-developed steering system in place, the Odyssey can handle winding mountain roads as well as the highway driving allowing all occupants inside to enjoy the pleasure cruise.  Add to this refined control the fact the Odyssey offers one of the quietest cabins on the market, making it easy to listen to music or to watch a movie when equipped with the rear seat entertainment system.

Regardless of the trim level chosen for the Odyssey there is only one engine offered.  This engine is a very highly-designed model that isn’t the most powerful in the minivan segment, but it is the most fuel efficient and powerful enough to haul the eight passengers this minivan is made to take places.   

The engine that can be found on the Odyssey comes in the form of a 3.5-liter V6 engine which comes in with 248 horsepower and 250 lb.-ft. of torque.  Paired up with a six-speed automatic transmission, the fuel efficiency comes in at a very enjoyable 19 city/28 hwy mpg.  This fuel efficiency is assisted by the Variable Cylinder Management which shuts down half the cylinders when not needed.

On the inside the Odyssey fills up the interior of the minivan with a ton of great features to enjoy.  In addition to the great equipment, the third row is a 60/40 split folding bench that folds into the floor with one pull and the second row of seating can move outward 1.5 inches in order to fit the third child booster seat.  Making it easy to drive with a family there are a bevy of cup holders and small storage cubbies throughout the vehicle making it easy to take drinks and snacks along for the trip. 

On the outside the Odyssey shows up with a great deal of clean lines and enjoyable aerodynamics that help to improve the overall fuel efficiency of the vehicle.  With the lower stance and wider footprint the Odyssey looks as athletic as a minivan can look and the “lightning-bolt” window line allows the van to have some interesting and appealing appearance features for owners to enjoy.   

Overall, the Odyssey looks long and a bit imposing, but in reality this van is easy to maneuver even in a tight parking lot.  To add a bit more interest the exterior offers some chrome accents and very attractive wheels for appeal and enjoyment.

The standard equipment available on the Odyssey start with the base LX model with includes power front seats, a seven-speaker audio system with an eight-inch color interface, Bluetooth connectivity and a rearview camera.  Moving up to the EX model brings in the eight-passenger seating, tri-zone automatic climate control, power sliding doors, push button starting and the Honda LaneWatch camera system.  Continuing up the trim levels will add leather seating and blind spot monitoring while the Touring Elite model offers the HondaVAC on board vacuum.  With so many standard features across the different trim levels, the Odyssey makes a great choice with the most equipment on the different trims.

The optional features offered for the Odyssey begin by offering additional features that are built into making the different trim levels a bit more enjoyable, such as moving up to the EX-L model adds leather seats to the EX model.  Other individual features that are offered for the Odyssey include backup sensors, remote engine starting, a trailer hitch, a variety of roof attachments for cargo boxes and sports gear, a rear attached tent for in vehicle camping and 18-inch black alloy wheels.  Adding any of these different options or all of them can really turn the Odyssey into a minivan that has something for anyone including the outdoor loving family.

With a starting price point just under $30,000 for the LX model the Odyssey comes in as a very affordable offering for anyone to enjoy a great deal of features and benefits.  Moving up to the EX asks for a price of $33,000 and makes the vehicle easier to enjoy with the additional features such as the eight-passenger seating and power sliding doors.  The price will steadily increase through the EX-L, Touring, and Touring Elite trim levels and end up at a fully loaded Touring Elite trim that costs over $45,000.  That is a very high price for a minivan, but with so many great features and equipment to enjoy the Odyssey at this trim level becomes well worth the price.

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