Odyssey minivan embraces family travel

2013-01-19T10:23:00Z Odyssey minivan embraces family travelJim Jackson Time Correspondent nwitimes.com
January 19, 2013 10:23 am  • 

Like it or not, minivans offer quintessential versatility for today’s travelers.

Honda Motor Co. ventures into the next generation people mover with the 2013 Honda Odyssey minivan.

The 2013 Honda Odyssey leads the minivan segment in fuel economy with 28 miles per gallon on the highway while transporting up to eight passengers in roomy three-row comfort.

“Minivans used to have a 'soccer mom' image, but that’s not the case anymore.” says Diana Szabo, sales consultant for Bosak Honda in Highland. “The redesigned 2013 Honda Odyssey has caught the attention of buyers with different needs – from those with young families to senior citizens living an active lifestyle.”

Agreed. Odyssey’s size and functional ease offers consumers exceptional vehicle value and flexibility with no sacrifice to comfort.

“Odyssey buyers are loyal to the brand and have typically owned an Odyssey minivan in the past,” Szabo said.

Honda designers take Odyssey outside the box with a tapered roof and distinctive “lightening bolt” belt line to accentuate its profile. Stylized five-spoke alloy wheels round out the racy look.

The front-wheel drive Odyssey starts at $28,575 for the base LX followed by EX, EX-L, Touring and Touring Elite models, each powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 248 horsepower.

Odyssey’s power delivers excellent responsiveness and acceleration governed by a five-speed automatic transmission in LX, EX and EX-L models. Odyssey Touring and Touring Elite feature a six-speed automatic.

Inside, Odyssey’s roomy interior provides a wide range of seating flexibility to accommodate up to six child seats, two adult passengers and cargo.

Odyssey’s second row comes with a removable center seat that makes room for an eighth rider. The seat doubles as a second row arm rest and dual cup holder when unoccupied.

Cargo volume expands from 38.4 cubic feet with all seats in place to 148.5 cubic-feet of load capacity created with second row seats removed and third row lowered into the rear floor pan.

Honda Odyssey does not offer second row seats that fold and stow into the floor for carrying oversize loads inside the cabin. The seats must be extracted by hand and stored elsewhere to gain Odyssey’s full load potential.

The 60/40-split third row disappears into the rear cargo floor with one hand, one-motion operation.

Interior changes for 2013 include a new center stack with an 8-inch multi-information color display that projects a standard rearview camera and other audio and communication functions.

The lower part of the center stack contains a clever “cool box," refrigerated by the air-conditioner system to keep beverages and snacks cold.

Odyssey also features a DVD rear entertainment system with wireless headsets and flip-down, ultra-wide 16.2-inch liquid crystal display screen and 12 speakers. Images have brilliant color with high-definition resolution.

The 2013 Honda Odyssey earns a “Top Safety Pick” by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and chosen a “Best Buy” from Consumer Guide Automotive.

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