New for 2015

The Odyssey rolls into 2015 essentially unchanged after receiving several updates for the 2014 model year.

The Perfect Formula for Your Family 

Picture a large family whose kids have many friends. They need a practical vehicle that can haul a lot of people and stuff, and take some abuse while doing it. Most people in this situation don’t want to admit it, but a minivan is really their best option.

That’s because minivans have an image problem, especially in the face of the resurgent class of crossover SUVs. The 2015 Honda Odyssey tries to remedy that issue by adding a little style to the minivan formula. The result is a perfectly functional people carrier that manages not to be terminally boring.

Powertrain and Performance

The 2015 Honda Odyssey is only available with one powertrain option, but it should be able to do everything a minivan buyer needs it to. A 3.5-liter V6 produces 248 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque, which features Honda’s signature i-VTEC variable valve timing system for added power band flexibility, and cylinder deactivation for added fuel economy.

The V6 drives the front wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission, and that combination is good for an EPA-rated 22 mpg combined (19 mpg city, 28 mpg highway).* The Odyssey can also tow up to 3,500 pounds when properly equipped, making it a workable alternative to a crossover.

Features and Trims

The 2015 Honda Odyssey seats up to eight, and comes in four trim levels starting at $28,975.**

Even the base LX model comes well equipped with a tilt-and-telescoping steering column, rearview camera, ambient lighting, an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, and a One-Motion 60/40 split-folding rear seat.

Building on the LX is the EX which, in addition to the applicable standard features from the base model, includes power-sliding doors, tri-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, and the HondaLink infotainment system with a touchscreen display.

Next up is the EX-L, which adds heated front seats, leather seating surfaces for the front and outboard second-row chairs, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.

Taking the Odyssey into luxury-car territory is the Touring model, which includes standard equipment like navigation, an acoustic windshield, a DVD rear entertainment system, and a multi-angle rearview camera with guidelines. There’s also a Touring Elite package that adds, among other things, the HondaVAC built-in vacuum cleaner.

Exterior/Interior

Minivans may be viewed by many car buyers as boring, but the 2015 Honda Odyssey challenges that stereotype with extroverted exterior and interior styling.

The Odyssey features a distinct hood that gives it a tougher appearance, while the sides and window lines are sculpted to create a lightning bolt-like graphic. At the rear, LED taillights with clear lenses and “light pipes” complete the look. It’s no wonder so much of Honda’s advertising for the Odyssey features ‘70s custom van imagery.

On the inside, the Odyssey is both stylish and functional. A console-mounted shifter frees up more room on the dashboard, which can also be equipped with a seven-inch infotainment display. An Expanded View Driver’s Mirror is also standard on all models, providing extra visibility for the vast amount of real estate behind the front seats.

The Odyssey can seat seven or eight, depending on whether the second row is equipped with individual seats or the 60/40 split-folding bench. With all of the seats in place, this cavernous minivan offers up to 172.6 cubic feet of passenger volume, or 148.5 cubic feet of cargo volume with the second and third rows folded.

The top Touring Elite model also includes the handy HondaVAC, the only built-in vacuum cleaner available from a carmaker. It’s integrated into the rear cargo area, runs off the Odyssey’s 12-volt electrical system, and features an expandable hose to reach all of the nooks and crannies.

Safety

Standard safety equipment on the 2015 Honda Odyssey includes anti-lock brakes, stability and traction controls, and front, front-side, and three-row side-curtain airbags. Optional features include forward-collision warning, lane-departure warning, and Honda’s Lane Watch system.

Bottom Line

The 2015 Honda Odyssey does everything a minivan should, but adds enough style to wipe away the dreaded minivan stigma. Add in Honda’s legendary reputation for quality and reliability, and you’ve got a winner. Contact us online or stop by DCH Paramus Honda today for a test drive.

*Based on 2015 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.

**MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $880.00 destination charge and options

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