4 Things That Make the Honda Odyssey the Ultimate Family Vehicle

December 22nd, 2016 by

Honda logoNot all minivans are created equal. Some boast family-friendly features, then lack a smooth ride, while others provide interesting specs at an exorbitant price. Thankfully, the Honda Odyssey is a happy medium. With tons of cargo space, room for up to eight people, and loads of excellent amenities, the Odyssey is what other minivans aspire to become. Here are just a few more things that make the Honda Odyssey the ultimate family vehicle.

1. Fuel Efficiency

Under the hood, the Odyssey sports a powerful, 248-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 with enough oomph to propel you anywhere you want to go with a modicum of effort. While that’s an amazing feat for any minivan, the Odyssey has the bonus of cylinder deactivation.

With Honda’s Variable Cylinder Management System, the engine turns off extra cylinders when they’re not in use, providing added fuel economy at the same time. As a result, the Odyssey gets an amazing 28 miles per gallon (mpg) on the highway and 19 mpg in the city, making it one of the most fuel-efficient options in its class.

2. Handy Exterior Specs

One of the best attributes of the Odyssey is that it doesn’t carry the “soccer mom” stigma. In fact, it looks like an elongated SUV with aerodynamic features and a roof spoiler for a sporty vibe. It also comes loaded with some handy amenities for tackling errands when you have a full load of children.

Upper trim levels come with power dual sliding doors and an available power liftgate for easy, hands-free access to the cabin. There’s also a smart entry feature that unlocks the doors, so you don’t have to fumble with your keys. With these features, you’ll never have to juggle a child and a bag of groceries again.

3. Cargo and Passenger Space Galore

If you’re just starting a family, you probably aren’t aware that you’ll transport 10 times the people and cargo you did before you had children. Luckily, the Odyssey has you covered. Depending on the trim and options, the Odyssey can comfortably seat seven or eight passengers while providing ample legroom and headroom. To shuffle people into the third-row, all you have to do is lift the lever for the second row, creating an easy lane to get in and out.

With a full load of people, the Odyssey still accommodates up to 38 cubic feet of space. However, the seats fold flat to unveil a whopping 148 cubic feet of space, meaning there’s no load too big for the Odyssey to handle.

4. Family Entertainment

Long road trips with children are a way to test your patience. Arguments and shouting run rampant, and if you aren’t prepared, the trip isn’t going to end well. Fortunately, the Odyssey provides an available ultra-wide rear entertainment system. It features a massive 16.2-inch screen and two pairs of wireless headphones so the kids can watch movies or play video games to quell their boredom.

There are other minivans on the market, but none match the convenience, efficiency, and versatility of the Odyssey. With so many amazing features, it’s the only family vehicle you’ll ever need.

*Based on 2016 EPA mileage/highway estimates and driving range ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your MPGe/MPG and driving range will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery age/condition, and other factors. For additional information about EPA ratings, visit http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/label/learn-more-PHEV-label.shtml

*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $835.00 destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary

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