- minivan 139,596
- 10,291 high price
- Davenport, IA
- 5 years
- minivan 139,596 gasoline green automatic
2008 honda odyssey review this car review is specific to this model, not the actual vehicle for sale. Well designed, enjoyable to drive. introductionthe honda odyssey might be the best minivan on the market. It's one of the most enjoyable to drive and lives up to honda's reputation for refinement, convenience, and great fit and finish. Its flexible seating system can accommodate up to eight passengers and it has plenty of room. In short, it's a good choice for families. all odyssey models are powered by a 3. 5-liter v6 engine with a five-speed automatic transmission, and it's a good powertrain. The base lx starts at about $26,000 and includes most of the features that make family travel easier. On the outside, the front grille and front fascia get a new look closer to that of the new honda accord. Under the hood, honda's variable cylinder management (vcm) system is updated. The last version used only six or three cylinders. Also for 2008, the odyssey gets an audio auxiliary input jack and a cd player that can play mp3 or wma files. All are powered by a 3. 5-liter v6 with variable valve timing. In lx and ex, the engine makes 244 horsepower at 5750 rpm and 240 pound-feet of torque at 5000 rpm. Both versions of the engine are equipped with a five-speed automatic transmission. the lx 25,860) comes with cloth upholstery, seating for seven with second-row caption's chairs and a 60/40 split fold-down rear seats. It has a slightly stiffer suspension for improved handling and a 350-watt audio system with six-disc cd changer, seven speakers and a subwoofer. It also gets the navigation system, front and rear park assist, a power tailgate, memory for the driver's seat and mirrors, power-adjustable pedals, 17 cupholders, outside mirror tilt-down backup aid, bluetooth wireless cell phone link, trip computer, compass and outside temperature display, automatic headlights, fog lights, the dvd rear-seat entertainment system, and p235/60r17 tires. A rearview camera, run-flat tires, and front and rear park assist are also available. walkaroundthe honda odyssey cuts a curvy profile, and its updated front end looks similar to the accord sedan. Large headlights flank its big grille, which is slightly more angular for 2008. The hood is sculpted with curves that lead naturally back to the windshield and emphasize the big fender flares. Honda has not hidden the sliding door channels at the base of the window but left them partially obscured by a crease that runs the length of the vehicle. all models come with two sliding doors, manually operated on the lx and electrically operated on all other models. The power windows in each of the side doors can be opened in the same fashion as in a car. We found the power doors seemed a bit reluctant to operate at times and were less responsive to key fob commands than were the sliding doors on the toyota sienna. the odyssey boasts honda's advanced compatibility engineering (ace) body structure. The vehicle's crush zones have been engineered to provide good protection for occupants while minimizing damage in a collision with smaller vehicles and pedestrians. Its body structure is rigid, which contributes to crisp handling and a smooth ride. A low drag coefficient helps improve fuel economy and high-speed stability. interiorinside, the odyssey is both comfortable and convenient. It feels downright luxurious when ordered with leather trim. The soft materials look good and the metallic-colored trim that runs across the center of the dash is attractive. up front, the driver's seat is designed to hold the driver firmly and is positioned in a car-like setting. The shift lever is mounted on the dashboard, and while it looks odd at first, it's easier to use than a column-mounted shifter. A handy drink tray is provided between the front seats, and it can be folded down to allow walkthrough access to the second row. There is no center console. Two glove boxes are provided, which are more awkward for storage than one big one. the second-row bucket seats are roomy and comfortable. the third-row seat splits 60/40 and folds easily into the well provided for it, and the headrests do not need to be removed before folding. cubby storage includes a useful storage area hidden under the middle of the floor, accessible from both the front and middle-row seats. Originally designed to house the spare tire, honda engineers moved the spare tire to a location in the rear. Instead of removing the round space under the floor where the spare used to reside, they've turned it into a hidden storage compartment with a rotating compartmentalized bin, like a lazy susan. A small panel in the floor between the two front seats lets front passengers access the bin while and another panel is provided in front of the second-row seats. Front and middle-row passengers can turn the lazy susan and access whatever is stored inside. eight people can fit in the odyssey with the available plusone seat that fits between the two captain's chairs in the second row. If it's not needed as a seat, it can be turned into a table or stowed in the floor in place of the lazy susan bin. If the plusone seat is not being used, the right-hand seat can be slid across to allow easier access to the third-row seats. This flexibility makes the odyssey a versatile people hauler. for cargo, the third-row seats fold (a fairly easy task) and the second row can be removed (not so easy) to offer 147. 4 cubic feet of cargo space, more than most minivans and any suv. the navigation system is one of the easiest to operate using its on-screen menus and includes zagat restaurant data. The large eight-inch monitor is positioned high on the dashboard for easy viewing. The system also responds to voice commands, and we found it responds effectively. It's capable of responding to more than 600 voice commands and is smart enough to understand different accents and find locations without any need for input other than by voice. Apart from navigation, the system can be used to operate the radio and climate controls. the rearview camera makes parallel parking easier and also functions as a safety feature: by displaying what's behind the car on the navigation screen, it can show the driver unseen hazards such as a small child possibly preventing a tragic accident. We find rearview cameras very useful in crowded shopping center parking lots where people are walking behind the car after we've shifted into reverse. the dvd entertainment system features a large nine-inch widescreen displ.
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