Article from Ceilidh Honda Insider ()
September 27, 2010
Honda’s minivan is safe, flexible and fun
Odyssey delivers fuel-efficient flexibility for up to 8 passengers

For generations, Honda’s Odyssey has blended the brand’s reputation for reliable performance and clever design into a family-ready minivan with an eye for efficiency and safety. After finding homes in thousands of Canadian driveways, the Japanese automaker is readying to launch a redesigned Odyssey model that offers up even more of the style, feature content, and value that have made the nameplate a hit.

“The Odyssey established its reputation by providing Canadian families with what they most want in a minivan – great functionality, an emphasis on safety, convenience and fuel efficiency,” says Jerry Chenkin, Executive Vice President of Honda Canada. “Odyssey has gained a high degree of popularity with its fun-to-drive and dynamic nature. The next-generation Odyssey promises to take these strengths to a higher level, while adding more style and personality.”

Seeking to redefine the market’s minivan styling concept, the all-new 2011 Honda Odyssey boasts an aggressive stance and sporty "lightning-bolt" beltline, which provides an exclusive appearance while boosting visibility for third-row passengers. The Odyssey even gets a lower roofline and wider track that work towards a more dynamic look and driving feel. New interior features add more convenience for families, and available entertainment technology introduces high-definition connectivity and split-screen viewing to the segment.

Other interior features include a premium 12-speaker audio system, navigation with voice recognition, an AC power outlet, a media tray with beverage holder, removable storage consoles, a ‘cool box’ to keep snacks and drinks cold, and a 10-way power adjustable driver seat. The Odyssey’s second row is fitted with a pair of captain’s chairs, and leather seating is available, too. Don’t miss the optional tri-zone climate control, power sliding doors and power moonroof for the ultimate in comfort and convenience, either.

Odyssey’s third-row ‘Magic’ seat can be stored by simply tugging on a single strap, increasing cargo volume when a full complement of passengers isn’t onboard. Completing the Odyssey’s clever interior is a unique trash-bag ring and 15 total beverage holders. Ultimately, Honda’s interior designers have worked overtime to ensure that all of Odyssey’s occupants-- up to 8 in total-- can travel in comfort and stay organized on the go.

Under the hood, all models get Honda’s proven 3.5-litre, 244-horsepower V6 engine paired to a five-speed automatic transmission. Thanks to Honda’s Valve Timing Electronic Control (VTEC) system and a 3-mode cylinder deactivation program, the Odyssey delivers plenty of on-demand power for passing and merging, alongside exceptional cruising mileage.

Like all of Honda’s products, the new Odyssey will also benefit from a wide range of standard safety features-- including antilock brakes, stability control and three-row curtain airbags with a rollover sensor. Honda’s award-winning Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure is also at work behind the scenes to send crash energy around and not through the cabin if an impact proves inevitable. Tire pressure monitoring will also be standard across the model range.

Interested in more information on the 2011 Honda Odyssey? Be sure to keep your eyes on dealer lots for the first units to arrive this fall.

Published by Ceilidh Honda
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