Minivans have had a detailed past. Some people have fallen in love with them, while others simply choose to never give them a chance. Some people thought they were a passing fad in the 1990s and early 2000s. However, the past few years have seen a resurgence in minivans and the 2013 Honda Odyssey is leading the minivan renaissance for the 2010s. Unlike the minivans of the past, today’s minivans are much more hip and “connected” for current and future electronics and this is certainly true about the Odyssey.
There are many notable improvements and additions for the 2013 Honda Odyssey compared to earlier models. The most important improvements include adding industry-leading child seat tethering locations (six to be exact) and five latch locations. Safety features include a standard rearview camera that gives you a panoramic view of the back of the car which is perfect for backing up. Additional safety features include a built-in blind-spot system and self-leveling headlamps.
There are other notable features for the Odyssey that touch on safety, fuel efficiency and price. This year’s model, on average, is rated at 28 miles per gallon for the Odyssey – in fact, it leads the industry in fuel efficiency when compared to any other competing eight-passenger minivan. Regardless of the trim you pick, the 2013 Odyssey qualified for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s “Top Safety Pick” award. The Odyssey has also earned the best comprehensive safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration because it has been awarded 5 stars in the Overall Vehicle Score category. Every single other minivan on the market cannot make this claim.
The 2013 Honda Odyssey is not lacking any power, reliability or fuel efficiency with the engine under its hood. Every single Odyssey minivan has a 3.5-liter, six-cylinder engine with built-in Variable Cylinder Management. The Variable Cylinder Management technology gives every single Odyssey the perfect blend of great fuel efficiency, ultra-low emissions and a great level of performance. This engine is able to produce 248 horsepower along with plenty of power with 250 lb-ft of torque at 4800 rpm. Moreover, most reviewers have noted this combination of horsepower and torque gives it the perfect balance of responsiveness and acceleration while still enabling the car to maintain its six-cylinder fuel efficiency. The 2013 Odyssey Touring model is rated at 19/28/22 mpg city/highway/combined while the LX, EX and EX-L trim models get a respectable 18/27/21 mpg city/highway/combined. The different trim levels, with the exception of the Touring model, have a standard 5-speed automatic transmission. The Touring models have a 6-speed automatic transmission – this gives it a smoother and even more responsive driving experience.
Even though it’s a minivan, the 2013 Honda Odyssey still has an appealing and aerodynamic body to it. With its unique body style, the Odyssey is decorated with its signature “lightning bolt” side character line that gives this vehicle a fluid look. This artwork on the minivan, along with giving it an aesthetically pleasing look, enables occupants in the rear row to have a great view of the outside. Along with aesthetics, the Odyssey’s specially designed body is made from a 59-percent extremely durable steel; this ensures that exterior noise while traveling is minimized for a more pleasant ride. This proprietary frame also helps the car weigh less and therefore have better fuel efficiency than many of its competitors.
The Honda Odyssey’s chassis is another great engineering marvel by Honda. The Odyssey’s 118.1-inch wheelbase is complemented with an independent suspension and a stability assisting system that gives drivers a responsive, assured and comfy ride. Occupants will feel comfortable and confident with the Honda Odyssey because it has traction control, a multi-link rear suspension and MacPherson strut front suspension.
There is nothing lacking in the interior of this minivan. It can handle child seats, adult occupants and loads of cargo. Taking a survey of the LX and EX trim models, total passenger volume increases to a generous 172.5 cubic feet with the cargo capacity reaching 38.4 cubic feet. Cargo capacity is increased up to 148.5 cubic feet after configuring the vehicle’s seats properly. This minivan has triple rows for seating and provides ample legroom for the most discerning occupant.
When it comes to the interior, there are many different options contingent upon the trim model. Since there are many different trim models from the LX to the EX, EX-L and the Touring and Touring Elite, there are different standard and premium options available. Both the LX and EX trim models have a streamlined center stack configuration. This new configuration has an eight-inch display that is the vehicle’s “command center” that manages its USB input, CD library and Bluetooth® Audio functioning. All trim levels have air conditioning, power windows, telescopic steering, a built-in system for regular and acute maintenance and power driver’s seat. The EX and Touring trim models have power sliding back doors and middle console storage. The EX-L trim models have leather accented surfaces, in the front and middle rows, a cooling box and the ability to have XM Radio® service. The Touring model has Honda’s proprietary satellite guided navigation system, a complete entertainment system featuring a 9-inch display, a driver’s seat that can be set to remember the seating preferences of two different individuals. Additional amenities for the Touring model include a 115-volt power outlet, parking sensors, and a 6-speed automatic transmission.
The Honda Odyssey is loaded with countless safety features to let you enjoy the ride. Similar to other vehicles from Honda, the Odyssey is built with a bumper to bumper frame design that is made to take the force of the impact from frontal. This structural design minimizes the chances of suffering life-threatening or fatal injuries. Other safety features include a proprietary stability assist system and anti-lock brakes. There is a comprehensive system of airbags which include triple-row side curtain airbags that have rollover sensors, front-row side airbags and two-tier, multi-threshold front airbags.
As one can see, the 2013 Honda Odyssey, no matter what trim model you choose, is a minivan for the 21st Century and will take you for a great ride for many years to come.