Test: Honda Odyssey Luxury
Review by Anthony Ziella - 07/October/2011
the Odyssey first arrived in Australia in late 1994, it has established
itself as one of Honda’s most celebrated and awarded cars. The first
generation made a strong impact on the industry, winning the
prestigious Wheels “Car of the Year” award in 1995, marking the
beginning of an illustrious award winning history.
to adorn the Odyssey trophy cabinet include Drives Car of the Year
Award for “Best People Mover” (five time) and Australia’s Best Car
Award for “Best People Mover” (four time), this car has won more awards
than Walt Disney.
So how does this highly decorated people mover perform?
Odyssey is Silky Smooth
Fold Down Room
The hands-down, best feature of the Honda Odyssey
Luxury is its handling. It handles like Dwyane Wade, absolute silk.
steering is so ridiculously smooth that you actually look forward to
driving around corners and the car moves through the gears seamlessly.
the cruise control engaged on a long highway, relaxed in the
comfortable leather seat, you may in fact forget you are driving at all
sometime... which, I suppose, should effect it’s safety rating.
drives just as well with seven in the car as it does with one and comes
equipped with rear parking sensors and a reverse camera so parking this
bad boy is a breeze.
Beneath the compact hood the Odyssey
Luxury is packing a gutsy
2.4 litre, 4 cylinder, i-VTEC engine. Not overly powerful, but just
enough to do the job.
The Odyssey is also better than average in
terms of fuel efficiency, with the full 60 litre tank clocking up 450km
on the trip metre.
That one tank lasted me through seven days,
which included a trip from Melbourne to St. Leonard (on the beach just
outside of Geelong in Victoria) but I did roll back into the dealership
with the petrol light burning brightly.
The Honda Odyssey Luxury is a sleek and sexy piece
the first day I was driving this baby around I had to pick up three
mates of mine. Upon arrival I received two "Ooh, Yeah!"'s and a "Mad
Not a bad initial reaction.
I’m not sure
what it looks like in other colours but he Premium Night Blue suits the
style and design of the car in much the same way as black does the
Porsche Boxster and at night the HID head lights come on to give it a
little extra edge.
Add smoked out, tinted windows, a reasonable set of chrome rims and
maybe a blue neon or two and you are in full gangsta mode.
When we are talking about seven seaters, we are
talking about families. So safety is really important.
this area the Odyssey is a bit of a class leader. It comes equipped
with Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), advanced anti-locking braking
system (ABS) and six, front, side and curtain airbags.
The interior is another huge plus for the Odyssey
Luxury. Honda has
updated the 2011 model with silver metallic panels replacing the
previous wood grain, but the first thing you will notice is the space.
car can comfortably seat seven fully-grown males with no complaints
about arm or leg room (this I comprehensively tested). The leather is
ludicrously comfortable and the driver and passenger seats adjust to
every which way you can think of.
When a friend of mine got in the car he proclaimed; "This car has lots
of compartments, I like that".
If it's compartments you like, than this is defiantly the car for you.
It features no less than six
holders, four bottle holders and compartments galore, even a hidden one
under the steering wheel that took me days to discover.
two seats fold down flat which is great for boot space, but when the
back seats are up there isn't much room back there at all. If you have
a large family you might want to think about getting roof racks if
you're planning for long family holidays on the road.
Odyssey also features a DVD player, satellite navigation system, blue
tooth, rear parking sensors, a reverse camera and USB connectivity, all
the modern day gadgets and more.
The DVD is a very handy
edition to any family car but there is only the one monitor built into
the dash, which means if you are sitting in the very back, then you'd
better have excellent eye-sight.
The Honda Odyssey Luxury is an excellent car, very
at $45,920* and is one of the best looking seven seaters in it's price
This car is gutsy, fuel efficient and safe. If you are
in the market for a seven seater that is spacious, handles well, is
versatile and has sex appeal, then look no further than the 2011 Honda
Prices are manufacturer list prices only, for the drive away price
please contact your local authorised Honda dealer.
- A Crazy
Number of Interior Compartments
Incredibly Powerful Engine
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