Five Reasons the 2010 Honda Odyssey Is a Wise Ownership Proposition

October 20, 2009

An odyssey is defined in the dictionary as being a long series of wanderings or adventures, most especially when filled with notable experiences. Starting at $26,355, the Honda Odyssey minivan will no doubt help in the creation of numerous notable experiences for any family. Besides being the class leader in reliability, style and innovation, the 2010 Honda Odyssey is also the perfect vehicle for long and memorable family vacations. Its also pretty good for taking the kids back and forth to soccer practice, too.

Reason 1--Its the Honda of MinivansFrom the class leading resale value to the impressive feeling of solidity behind all of its controls, the 2010 Odyssey is obviously engineered to the highest standards usually attributable to any Honda. One unique feature of the Honda Odyssey that is not available on any of its competitors is Variable Cylinder Management which allows the six cylinder engine to run only on 3 cylinders in order to improve fuel efficiency.

Reason 2--There is an Odyssey for Every BudgetWhether you are looking for a fully loaded minivan with all of the latest toys to keep your kids entertained or just need inexpensive family transportation, there is a 2010 Honda Odyssey for you. Pricing for the Odyssey tops out $40,505 for a fully loaded Touring model with things like a rear seat built in entertainment system, backup camera, power everything and even a 360 watt premium stereo system.

Reason 3--The Odyssey is prepared for any Type of CollisionNo one wants to imagine a day when the minivan that their family uses as transportation is in an accident. But thankfully Honda always thinks of everything. In that mindset, Honda introduced Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE). Under the system, the Odyssey has been designed to survive impacts with vehicles of 3 different heights and sizes in mind. The reasoning behind this system is that each vehicle impact is different and your car needs to be engineered to deal with that.

Reason 4--Just because its a Minivan Doesnt Mean it cant be Fun to DriveWhen most people think of minivan ownership they imagine being saddled with a vehicle replete with laggardly acceleration and wobbly handling characteristics. Honda would never sell you a car like, now would they? Of course not. The 2010 Honda Odyssey has a thumping 3.5 liter 244 horsepower 6 cylinder engine under the hood and rides on high performance (and safety enhanced) Michelin PAX run-flat tires.

Reason 5--Why do all Minivans have to look so Dorky?This was obviously of great concern to Honda stylists when they penned the lines to the masculine and handsome 2009 Honda Odyssey. Parked next to any of its competition it becomes painfully obvious that the Honda Odysseys unique exterior design is destined to be a timeless classic. Just because you have a family doesnt mean you should have to deal with the embarrassment of driving an ugly vehicle.

There are three main alternatives to the 2010 Odyssey and they come in the form of the Toyota Sienna, Dodge Caravan and Kia Sedona. While the Kia has a tempting base price and warranty its reliability rankings have forced Consumer Reports to not recommend the vehicle in recent years. Similar reliability woes also plague the Dodge Caravan. While the Toyota is the most similar to the Honda on reliability and pricing terms the styling of the Sienna is best described as frumpy.

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