Honda Odyssey - The Family Friendly Minivan
A Brief Intro to the Odyssey
The Honda Odyssey minivan has long been one of the most popular models on the market. The 2011 version is no exception, and the 2015 Odyssey will likely continue that streak. The Honda Odyssey has been synonymous with spacious comfort, class-leading performance, and Honda's legendary resale value since it debuted in North America back in 1995. The 2015 edition does see a few changes from the 2011 model, though cosmetically it remains the same. The Odyssey received a completely redesigned body for the 2011 model year, and it keeps that style for 2015. In fact, the only real change to the design is a bit more space in the interior. The second row seat gets an additional 4 inches of width over the 2011 model and allows three "captain's" chairs to be installed in the second row seating area. The third row seats get an additional inch or so of legroom, which is great news for long-legged passengers and rambunctious rugrats. Wrestle away, kids!
Odyssey's Engine and Fuel Efficiency
Under the hood, the 2015 Odyssey keeps the same engine as the 2011 model. Here, you'll find Honda's tried and true V-6 engine, putting out 248 HP. The LX, EX and EX-L trim levels all come with a 5-speed automatic transmission. However, if you choose the Touring or Touring Elite, you'll get a 6-speed automatic transmission (and run-flat tires, as well- nice perk, especially for a family vehicle).
Fuel economy is an important consideration for most families in these days of fluctuating economic signals and rising fuel costs. The Odyssey enjoys 18 MPG for in-city driving and 27 MPG on the highway for the 5-speed transmission. The 6-speed transmission gets slightly better fuel mileage, with 19 MPG in the city and 28 MPG for highway driving. Either way, this is a reasonable mileage figure for a full sized minivan.
What's New for the Odyssey in 2015?
One other change for the 2015 Honda Odyssey is to the range of features available for the EX model. A USB audio interface is now available for the model, as is Bluetooth and a larger 8-inch screen for the integrated information center. For those looking for a bit more luxury, the EX-L model includes a power rear door, as well as leather interior and a sunroof. The Touring trim has a 6-speed transmission, and the Touring Elite offers a rear entertainment system, with high-definition screen capable of playing from 2 sources at once. This is a great benefit for the kids, or any crew that is taking frequent long trips. There are other luxury upgrades as well. However, that luxury brings with it a plethora of dials and buttons (more than 80 on the dash). There can be a bit of a learning curve involved to get up to speed on all the features, but it is well worth it for the added comfort and convenience.