By KBB.com Editors
Dads will tell you the best vehicle to transport the wife and kids is a big, burly SUV, but Moms know better. Despite its less-than-macho image, the minivan is still the best family transport ever invented. Large sliding side doors make for quick and easy exits, while a low and level cargo floor means minimal muscle is required when loading. If a minivan is in your future, there are a number of makes to choose from, and at the top of that list is the Honda Odyssey. Revered for its spacious interior, powerful engine, comfortable ride and exceptional safety rating, the Odyssey leaves little room for criticism. About the only deterrent to purchasing an Odyssey may be its high price and limited availability.You'll Like This Car If...
If you'd rather be driving a nice sedan but you have a family, a dog and a load of luggage to haul on vacation, the new Odyssey makes for a livable compromise. With all its nifty features, some of your friends may even think it's cool.You May Not Like This Car If...
If you don't like the traditional minivan look, about the only choices left are Nissan's spacey Quest or the sporty Dodge Grand Caravan. Bargain shoppers may be put off by the high price tag and limited ability to deal.What's Significant About This Car?
New standard features for 2007 include a tilt and telescoping steering wheel, a tire pressure monitor and center-pocket coin holder.Driving It Driving Impressions
One of the goals of every new minivan is to deliver a car-like driving experience. If the car in that comparison is a large sedan, the Odyssey succeeds on some levels and comes close on others. With plenty of horsepower and usable torque, the Odyssey moves quickly from a stop and easily merges with traffic. Once moving, the ride is smooth and well-controlled, even if rougher roads don't go unnoticed. While few will call its performance inspiring, the Odyssey brakes and corners with a capability some may find surprisingly good for a vehicle of its proportions, and the strong engine can get you quickly back to cruising speed.Favorite Features
A carpeted panel in the floor in front of the second-row seat lifts to reveal a compartment big enough to swallow the available eighth seat. When you need the room for something else, an optional Lazy Susan makes it easy to access items that might otherwise require a reach.
Run-Flat Tire System
Not only will Michelin's PAX tire system let you drive safely up to 125 miles without air in the tire, we thought the Odyssey Touring model we drove featuring the system actually rode smoother than the models on the standard tires.