The Odyssey offers tremendous flexibility to configure the interior for transporting cargo and up to 8 adults. One-Motion 64/40 Split 3rd-Row Magic Seat can tuck the third row away partially or even completely with a single pull of a strap. You can haul several 4-feet x 8-feet plywood sheets if you care to configure it.
Even though the Odyssey was comfortable, roomy and fun to drive, the thing I enjoyed immensely was “the tech that helps keep you in touch.” The front of the cabin becomes your command center.
Push Button Start begins your whole adventure. Rearview camera assists you in backing. The multi-angle rear view camera offers added perspective on models equipped with navigation. You can personalize your ride with wallpaper images that will allow you to individualize your travel adventures. You might get a text message, and the Odyssey can display it for you or read it aloud.
The 16 GB Audio Memory internal storage provides hours of entertainment that comes in clearly through the 12-speaker system that’s only found on the Touring Elite model.
Since the Touring Elite model is the most expensive of all the trims—all the above mentioned features are standard.
The command-poised instrument panel sports the intelligent Multi-Information Display (i-MID) atop the console stack for displaying various important information, such as navigation, rear view camera, fuel consumption, trip range, incoming text messages, and music info from Pandora.
The Touring Elite is also standard-equipped with the 16.2-inch DVD Ultrawide Rear Entertainment System with HDMI and wireless headsets keeps those in the back focused on the screen, as opposed to constantly asking, “Are we there yet?”
Should your crew get a little thirsty, there is a lower storage area with cool box within easy reach.
Tri-zone automatic climate control system with humidity controls and air filtration allows the driver, front seat passenger and those in the back to choose their own temperature settings.
Driving was made easier by using the wheel-mounted controls to maintain focus on the road. Controls like speaker volume and radio controls are all right there on the steering wheel.
Front seats were heated for those cold days. And the 10-way power-adjustable seats lets you tweak to the perfect comfort settings. Power lumbar support adds to that comfort.
There are seven exterior colors to choose from. Dark Cherry Pearl and Modern Steel Metallic were two of my favorites.
For the interior three colors are yours for the choosing. Beige, Gray, and Truffle come either in fabric or leather as texture selections. My test Odyssey sported a Truffle Leather interior and a White Diamond Pearl exterior.
The 248 hp 3.5 L SOHC 24-valve i-VTEC V6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management provided the power to send this minivan down the road in good order. Power is placed onto the road with the help of a 6-speed automatic transmission, a combination that obtains an EPA fuel economy of 19 mpg city and 28 mpg highway.
The Odyssey has an aerodynamic design presenting a low-slung profile displaying a wide athletic stance.
This minivan was abundant in comfort, and easily driven by holding onto the road well whether on a quick trip in the neighborhood or across the country to grandmother’s house.
Regardless, the Odyssey felt confident and had good steering, should roadways be washed-out trails or smooth interstates. It is quiet with little road noise, providing a most pleasant atmosphere.
Odyssey Touring Elite sat on 18-inch x 7-inch alloy wheels. Its power tailgate and dual power sliding doors facilitate easy loading of folks or baggage. A power moonroof with tilt feature provides a perfect view of the sky while bringing some sun and fresh air. Audio-leveling HID headlights with auto on/off switch make night travel safe by keeping the light pointed at the road.
Being the top of the line, the Touring Elite comes with all the safety features you can expect on a fine luxury vehicle, including Forward Collision Warning, Blind-Spot Information System, and Lane Departure Warning.
There were no additional features packages that I could find. Odyssey Touring Elite appears to have just about all the safety features and amenities Honda has to offer.
Total vehicle price was $45,430.
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