Text: Vince Pornelos / Photos: Dean Ang | posted June 06, 2012 20:43
Alongside the launch of the new Pilot, Honda also brought out the new Odyssey. The launch of the Odyssey also marks the return of the nameplate for Honda Cars Philippines.
Like the Pilot, the Odyssey has been a very successful model in North America since its introduction in 1995, catering to families that require a versatile minivan, day in, day out.
This new Odyssey is already on its 4th generation, entering production at Honda's plant in Alabama. Honda says that the new Odyssey was developed with the concept of the “Ultimate Family Vehicle” in mind, and combines new styling, improved performance, advanced family safety and versatility.
Exterior design and dimensions
The body of the new Odyssey gets the very latest in Honda's design. Slee and modern, the new model is low slung, giving a hint of performance, even if it's a minivan. Honda's designers incorporated a “lightning bolt” side profile for a distinct look and identity. The Odyssey rides on 17 inch wheels.
The new Honda Odyssey measures 5152mm long, 2011mm wide and 1737mm tall. It's wheelbase is 3 meters long. The new minivan weighs 1,970 kilos.
Interior design and features
The cabin of the Odyssey was designed for maximum comfort, the utmost in quality and safety. The cabin features seating for 8 people, as well as ample storage options with numerous cubby holes, compartments and space. The 3rd row can also tuck away completely for even more space.
The Odyssey comes equipped with a long list of standard features such as a tri-zone auto climate control, cruise control, Bluetooth, an 8-inch LCD, a modular single CD in-dash player with USB and iPod playback. 7 speakers are standard, along with leather on the seats and the steering wheel.
Powertrain and suspension
Under the hood of the new Odyssey is a 3.5-liter i-VTEC V-6 engine. The V6 was tuned to 250 PS and 343 Nm of torque. The engine features Honda's own Variable Cylinder Management system (VCM), allowing the computer to shut off up to 3 cylinders during light cruising, saving fuel in the process. It also has an Active Noise Control system to improve comfort.
The transmission is a 5-speed automatic, and drives the front wheels. EPA fuel economy estimates peg the Odyssey at 7.7 km/l (18 mpg) in the city and 11.5 km/l (27 mpg) on the highway.
The Odyssey features unibody construction, and rides on MacPherson struts in front and multi-link double wishbones in the back.
Safety and security
Like the Pilot, the Odyssey gets a long list of standard safety equipment. It comes equipped with anti-lock brakes, electronic brake force distribution and Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA). Should a collision be unavoidable, the Odyssey is built with a strong Advance Compatibility Engineering body structure, and is fitted with dual front airbags, front side airbags and side curtain airbags.
The new Odyssey only has a few primary competitors in the Philippine market such as the Chrysler Town & Country and the Toyota Alphard. The Hyundai Grand Starex Limousine variant can also be considered. To a certain extent, the Toyota Previa and the Kia Carnival can be considered, though the price points and level of features are quite different.
Variants and prices
Honda Odyssey 3.5 EX-L: PhP 2,800,000 (Standard Colors)
Honda Odyssey 3.5 EX-L: PhP 2,825,000 (White Diamond)