|Reviewed By||Tony Piff|
|Price as Tested||$44,755. 248-hp 3.5-liter SOHC 24-valve i-VTEC V6 with Variable Cylinder Management. 6-speed auto.|
Proportions are appealing for a minivan and rather fresh. Interior very well thought out with tons of very useful features. Seats flip and fold for versatile passenger/storage combinations/access. Adequate power, good handling and road feel in the city and on the freeway. Good visibility. Minimal road noise. Upscale interior styling.
While I like the overall shape and stance, the lightning-bolt curves and window shapes distract and undermine the classy, upscale presence. An overwhelming number of knobs and buttons to control the nav, stereo, rear dvd and climate controls, coupled with a disappointing non-touch screen — I’m sure the system is easy once you’ve mastered it, but the learning curve is steep. My average fuel economy never broke 14 mpg.
The minivan is cool again. If you don’t understand why anyone would want dual power sliding doors, then this probably isn’t the vehicle for you. But if you’re hauling a busy family around, unstrapping kids in car seats, parking in cramped Costco lots, etc., then you’ll appreciate everything the Odyssey has to offer. The tradeoff for all the space, features and horsepower, of course, is fuel economy, and the substantial cost of entry will be a barrier to many—but compare it with cost of buying and driving an SUV, and it doesn’t look like a bad deal at all.
|Fun to Drive|
|Fun to Look at|
Feb 15, 2013