2013 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite Minivan(3.5L V6 6-speed Automatic)
The Odyssey is a do-it-all vehicle with a flexible cabin and a long features list, although numerous available options can easily make this a pricey people-hauler. Smooth, comfortable and capable, drive one and you'll see why the Odyssey has converted many minivan naysayers into loyal believers.
PerformanceNatural driving dynamics have always been an Odyssey strong suit. This latest generation feels heavier than ever, but it's still precise and wieldy in spite of its large shadow.
Good acceleration from the 248-hp 3.5-liter V6. Even though it's equipped with the optional, smooth-shifting 6-speed automatic, the power drops off more than expected between gears.
Excellent modulation around town. Relatively soft pedal "jump-in," but not annoyingly so. Easy to execute perfect "limousine stops."
Light, with just a hint of self-aligning torque. Not brimming with feel. Appropriate for the class of vehicle, though, and fairly precise considering the Odyssey's size.
This is a large minivan, and it can feel somewhat ponderous at times. It's not sloppy, rather it feels more deliberate than some competitors. Easy to maneuver in tight situations.
With well-placed and user-friendly controls, a huge windshield, light steering and ultra-supple throttle calibration, the Odyssey is a pleasure to live with despite its size.
The Odyssey can tow up to a maximum of 3,500 pounds when properly equipped, which is equal to the Nissan Quest and Toyota Sienna.
ComfortPlush seats and good noise isolation make for great comfort on long trips. The ride quality handles big bumps well, but smaller ones aren't as easily smothered-over.
Big, wide thrones. Soft leather. The seats are great for long-haul comfort. Not a lot of lateral support, but this isn't a vehicle that will have you seeking backroads anyway.
The open-box layout of minivans tends to promote chassis quivers, and you feel them in the Odyssey. The ride is fairly well-controlled despite this, and most of the time it's plenty comfy.
Good isolation from road and wind noise. Long trips are the Odyssey's forte, and its quiet cabin plays right into this.
InteriorSmartly designed cabin accomodates people and cargo with equal effectiveness. Superbly flexible seating layout makes the Odyssey configurable for any task. There's even a vacuum cleaner on board now.
The center stack presents a vast array of buttons that can initially overwhelm. Navigation graphics look a bit old-school. However, major controls are logically grouped.
Low step-in height makes entry and exit simple for passengers of all sizes and ages. The handy sliding second row eases access to the third row.
The vast cabin space is efficiently packaged. For everyday family use there's no better vehicle than a minivan, and the Odyssey's seat functionality is among the best.
Expansive windshield offers panoramic view. The rear pillars are annoyingly thick, but the backup camera makes reversing easier.
Tremendous flexibility in seating arrangement offers room to transport virtually anything. Lots of nooks and bins to store stuff, too.
ValueFunctionally, the Odyssey is hard to beat. You can load it up with features if you so desire, but this can become a pricey proposition, so choose wisely. It also offers class-leading fuel economy and running costs on par with its rival minivans.
Build Quality (vs. $)
Apparent build quality was quite good overall, though a couple of rattles (unusual for a Honda) were observed.
Brimming with features for all passengers. Oddly, keyless ignition isn't available even on this range-topping Touring Elite model. A small but curious omission.
It's loaded, but it'll cost you. This top-shelf Touring Elite test vehicle came in at over $45 grand. Shop the lower trim levels for similar functionality at a more attractive price.
With 22 mpg Combined (19 City/28 Highway), the Odyssey is a tick better than its crosstown rivals, the Nissan Quest and Toyota Sienna.
The basic warranty is 3 years/36,000 miles, with the powertrain covered for 5 years/60,000 miles. This is equivalent to the Honda's competition.
The Odyssey should be similar in terms of ownership costs to Nissan and Toyota's minivans. Honda's reputation for quality is near-legendary.
Fun To DriveIt's hard to describe any minivan as truly fun to drive. That said, the Odyssey removes most of the unwanted hassles from the everyday driving experience. Yet it's still a surprisingly nimble, smooth-yet-powerful mode of transport.
The Odyssey is never in-your-face, it just goes about its business in an accomodating and transparent manner. It may not be exciting, but it's certainly pleasant.
It's a willing partner, especially if your needs involve big miles over pavement. Truly no other vehicle can do as many things with ease as a well-built, highly-engineered minivan.
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