Honda Odyssey Review
Torn by the second world war, the Japanese country was dazed and many factories had to convert to cater for demands in military vehicles and aircraft. Honda quickly settled on the ground and witnessed its growth as the 5th largest automobile maker in world. Honda has enjoyed the credibility among consumer with primarily fuel and safe oriented engine embedded in cleaner vehicles. The company's lineup includes the fuel-sipping but high performer hybrids, spacious minivan, reliable sedan for family, practical SUV and pickups. Along with all the loyal and satisfied customers, Honda has been one of the most respectable brand in industry. Since 1994, Honda has been producing its minivan manufactured and marketed worldwide which is running over its fifth generation. Odyssey has been conceived and engineered in Japan, in the wake of country's economic crisis which imposed the severe constraint on vehicle's size.
The all new Odyssey in Philippines is equipped with technology which allows the lower fuel consumption without compromising on overall performance. The powerful and capable MPV takes power from 2.4-litre DOHC i-VTEC inline-4 cylinder with Earth Dreams technology which generates the power of 173 hp at 6200 rpm with the 225 Nm of peak torque at 4000 rpm. The engine is mated with CVT allowing seamless shifting and rapid response. The advanced engine makes you achieve the desirable speed with less effort which ranges at 175 kmph while allows to cross speedmark of 100 kmph within 12.8 secs. The engine puts the fuel consumption of 14.45 kmpl. In first glimpse, Odyssey is able to attract its consumers with abundant styling inculcated in it. The front bonnet houses crease lines which looks harmonizing with aggressive grille while standard sliding doors makes it easy to climb inside. As you hop in, the abundant feature such as roof mounted stereo system, and ample of controls at dashboard allows to relish the drive. The huge dimension count fixes up the enhanced cabin space which easily accommodates eight passengers with ample of legroom and headroom. Odyssey is oriented to be a luxury MPV with all practicality included.
Mileage and Fuel Economy
The available 2.4 litre engine is equipped with Econ mode which lets driver manipulate throttle, transmission and air conditioning settings which improve the overall fuel efficiency of the drive. While the Continuous variable transmission allows to offer the quicker response with the outstanding fuel economy. Integrated with all advance technology it puts the fuel consumption to 14.5 litre/100km.
The all new Odyssey is powered with Earth Dreams Technology 2.4 litre DOHC i-VTEC where it low center of gravity offers the extremely comfortable ride and smooth driving performance. The engine combines the outstanding power of 173 hp at 6200 rpm with peak torque of 225 Nm at 4000 rpm.
Acceleration & Pickup
The powerful 2.4 litre engine is intended to respond to driver demands more quickly than conventional automatic and other CVT technologies. The exhilaration can be felt with the 7 speed paddle shift and allows to achieve the desired performance at your fingertips. The engine takes the sprint of 0 to 100 kmph within 15 seconds while achieves the top speed of 145 kmph.
The new Odyssey was launched keeping in mind customer preferences and it is largely based on Solid streamline concept with an ultra low platform to achieve elegant and well proportioned looks and showed the smartness in cabin space. The ultra low floor design is only 300 mm above the ground which makes the easy egress and ingress of passenger. The beautifully crafted and carved LED headlights, daytime running lights and tail lamps offers the perfect blend of functionality and safety. Standard power sliding doors on both sides is mated with additional one touch technology at assistant side. Honda has made ample of efforts to make it look stylish and subtle with exterior appearance. The slight and wider look with aggressive grilles and LED tail lights makes it appearance SUV-like while it has been offered in multiple colour options. The coloured fog lamp gets the nice touch and synchronizes with its silhouette. The front bonnet houses the crease line while the exterior mirrors gives the enhanced view of passenger -side roadways. On top the power sunroof offers the option of tilt and slide with single touch. The rear spoiler enhances the attractive look with intermittent wipers and elongated tail lamps.
The luxury Minivan Honda Odyssey appears stronger and robust while its increased dimensions reveals the overcoming performance. The utilitarian package is packed within the dimension of 4830mm x 1820mm x 1695 mm (L x W x H) while the wheelbase lies at 2900 mm.
On of the most luxurious minivan in its class posses the styles which are indicative of the hotel suite and can be easily described as elegant and high class fitted with finest choice of materials. Honda's craft and expertise is also noticeable in all new Odyssey which effortlessly accommodates eight passenger easily with generous head, elbow and leg room. The luxury Minivan is the application of Captain Cradle Seats in second row which provides the ultimate luxury travel. The highly adjustable recliners provide the optimum level of comfort to occupants. The serene ride keeps occupant at ease with roof mounted entertainment system while the ambient light illuminates front dashboard and center console. The ample legroom and headroom is offered with increased size of MPV while the adjustable driving seats are surrounded with driving luxuries. Front dashboard offers one button to start and stop the engine which is illuminates and the illuminated controls makes the striking appearance. The second and third row makes the generous space inside where rear seats stows away easily while 2nd row seat can be removed to meet cargo needs.
The large MPV not only offers the huge dimension and powerful engine but also it makes ample effort to increase the comfort while driving. The higher level of joy is rendered with the On Demand Multimedia system where the 8 inch bright VGA screen allows to operate the audio controls while the useful driving info is also displayed over it. The instrument cluster has auto dimming rear view mirrors which are enabled to assist while steering back. The refreshed ambiance us made with the manual air conditioning system for front and tri-zone climate control which is intended to control the humidity and air filtration. The height adjustable driving seats is associated with tilt steering column which makes the comfort driving position while leather veneered steering wheel offers more firm grip. To make your hands free all three rows offers the beverage and cup holders while the further power door and tailgate provides ease of access.
The huge dimension makes you assure and leaves no need to suspect of the generous space inside the cabin. The 8 seater MPV offers the ample of legroom for rear and front passenger which is quite desirable with big MPV. The huge MPV claims to possess the cargo space of 2636 litre with third row folded which is expandable upto 4205 litre. Third seat splits 60/40 which splits down with one pull.
Engine and Performance
Odyssey is powered with the technology that allows lower fuel consumption without compromising performance. Under the hood 2.4-litre inline 4 cylinder DOHC i-VTEC engine is mated with Continuous Variable transmission which makes it achieve the superlative performance with seamless shifting which delivers outstanding performance. Engine makes the power output of 173 hp at 6200 rpm along with the peak torque of 225 Nm at 4000 rpm. Further the Eco Assist system lets driver manipulate throttle which improves fuel efficiency. Moreover fuel efficiency is also enhanced with the Idle stop system which automatically switches off the engine when vehicle comes to stand still and restarts automatically when brakes are released.
Stereo and Accessories
The Honda Odyssey offers the abundant features for entertainment of passenger and driver. The infotainment system is enriched with the ODMD 8-inch touch screen control which allows to operate audio, phone and other functions. The audio functionality can be controlled with the steering wheel making no need to take your eyes off the road. The audio and stereo system is compatible with the HDMI and USB port and integrated with 6 speaker which makes the premium sound inside the car. The blue tooth connectivity allows to attach smart phone and answer the incoming calls. The front touch screen also makes it easy to manage the navigation system while the rear view camera and FM traffic comes as optional with this MPV.
New Odyssey looks bigger and has the ground clearance of 170.8 mm which makes it quite impressive with the 17 inch alloy wheel with 235/65R 17 103T tyres. Optionally the 18 inch alloy wheels are also available with 235/60 R18 102T.
Braking and Handling
Odyssey offers the better control over vehicle with its ventilated disc brakes at front and solid brakes at rear which is mated with Anti-lock brake system preventing the wheel lock situation while panic braking. The EBD system makes the appropriate dissipation of brake power to specific wheels. The MPV must offers the joyful ride with the better suspension system where the McPherson Strut suspension for front wheel and Torsion beam for rear wheel makes you less inform about the bumpy roads.
Safety and Security
The innovative features of Odyssey make you assure of safe and secure ride. The stringent body architecture and advance compatibility engineering body offers the safety from front collision while the minor crashes are saved from rear view camera and blind spot information system. The optional hill start assist system supports the vehicle and save it from rolling down when brake are released while stability assist system save vehicle while cornering and and over-steering situation. Majority of accidents occurs due to the bad illumination and darkness, Odyssey solves this problem with front adaptive lights and LED active cornering lights. Inside 3 point seat belt pretensioners is equipped with warning system while the passive safety is complemented with dual-stage multi-threshold SRS airbag system making the all round safety system.
- Decent handling
- Abundant features in cabin
- Spacious interior with huge space
- Third row offers fidget less access
- Not easy to manoeuvre in traffic
- Heavy steering