New Beginnings In The 2016 Honda Odyssey

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2016 Honda Odyssey SE

2016 Honda Odyssey

2016 Honda Odyssey SE Offers A Lot, For Less

You probably know I’m not a minivan Mom. I’m not a fan of minivans. I’ve never wanted to own a minivan. But…maybe getting older is making me more mellow, or maybe I’m becoming wiser. I know, I know, that’s doubtful.

Maybe I’ve just realized that  conveniences like the on board HondaVac in the 2016 Honda Odyssey SE make Mom life so much easier. After a week running around town in the Honda Odyssey SE, I think my aversion to minivan life is disappearing. The Odyssey just made life so much easier, even without the kids.

Fun fact: while the HondaVac can run continuously with the engine running, it can also run up to eight minutes when the van is off!

While I’d prefer to drive the sexy, powerful Lexus GSF over a minivan, nothing compares to the flexibility of the 2016 Honda Odyssey. Not even a full-size SUV! Trust me, I know.

2016 Honda Odyssey

Room For Passengers & Cargo

I drove the Odyssey to pick up my new bar stools in Plano. At the time, I thought I’d be loading four large boxes in the back, so I used the 3rd-row “Magic Seat”to split the 3rd row seats into a 60/40 configuration. A simple pull, and the seat folds into the floor!

2016 Honda Odyssey Se

In only seven days, I used the Odyssey for a little bit of everything. My most memorable experience was a round-trip from Dallas to Houston to pick up the kids…and a van full of cargo. I should mention, even though this was my 3rd trip moving things from our life to our new one, we managed to fill every inch of the 93.1 cu ft behind the 2nd row.

This van was up for anything, including keeping my kids entertained with the rear DVD player. Watching movies on our 240 mile drive, the “how much longer” or “are we there yet” shouts from the backseat were reduced by at least 50%. And, while the kids needed frequent stops to quench their thirst, the Odyssey was more efficient getting 24 mpg. (Rated 22 mpg combined/19 city/28 hwy)

If you’ve ever driven a minivan, you know they can be boring. Let me point out that the 2016 Honda Odyssey SE is NOT a performance vehicle, but does perform remarkably well in its segment. The 3.5 liter V6 has 248 horsepower with enough power to get you on the highway, while also fuel efficient. It handles well in town, and drives more like a car than an eight passenger people mover.

So, what’s special about the 2016  Honda Odyssey Special Edition? Let me break it down for you. The Honda Odyssey SE is an EX trim with features like: rear-view camera, touch-screen infotainment system, three zone automatic climate control, Honda’s Lane Watch technology, and a second row that can extend width up to an additional 1.5 inches to accommodate three car seats. Odyssey’s Special Edition package adds the rear entertainment system, HondaVac, XM Satellite Radio and 115 volt power outlet (a $2000 value for only $1,050). Total MSRP $34, 255.

Honda gives you a lot of technology and convenience in their minivans for under $40k. With seating for eight, plenty of cargo room, an on board vac, and plenty of safety features, despite being due for a refresh, the 2016 Honda Odyssey is still a major contender for a family vehicle.

In 2015, the Odyssey was recognized by U.S. News & World Report as the Best Minivan for Families for its fifth straight year and earned the 2015 Kelley Blue Book Best Buy: Minivan award.

 

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