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2016 Honda Odyssey Driving Impressions


Delight isn’t a typical description of the minivan experience, but it applies to the Odyssey. In addition to nicely-tuned ride and handling behavior, Honda’s minivan responds briskly, able to reach 60 mph in about 8.8 seconds. That’s about par for a minivan, but Odyssey feels even swifter.

Drivers can savor a variety of carlike attributes, as the Odyssey inspires confidence at every step: steering, accelerating, braking, and lane-changing. Honda’s transmission smoothly delivers quick, decisive shifts when accelerating rapidly, though gear-changes can occasionally be balky when driving more leisurely. Only an L mode and an Overdrive-off button are provided; no paddle shifters.

Handling almost like a V6 Accord, the Odyssey can run through corners with controlled poise, but little harshness. Sensibly-tuned, isolated subframes help eliminate any secondary motions that could make for a queasy ride. Variable-displacement power steering is weighted well and provides a bit of feedback from the road.

Honda claims best-in-class fuel economy, EPA-rated at 19/28 mpg City/Highway. That’s significantly better than top competitors like the Dodge Caravan and Toyota Sienna.

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**Based on 2014 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery-pack age/condition and other factors.

For 2014 Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid, 115 combined miles per gallon of gasoline-equivalent (MPGe) electric rating; 47 city/46 highway/46 combined MPG gasoline only rating. 13 mile maximum EV mode driving range rating. 570 mile combined gas-electric driving range rating. Based on 2014 EPA mileage and driving range ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your MPGe/MPG and driving range will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, lithium-ion battery age/condition, and other factors. For additional information about EPA ratings, visit http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/label/learn-more-PHEV-label.shtml.

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