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 entries and 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 2010 Honda Odyssey. Renowned 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 ability to pick and choose stand alone options.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 2010 Honda Odyssey makes for a livable compromise. And, when it comes to resale value, the Honda brand is always a strong performer.You May Not Like This Car If...
If you don't like the traditional minivan look, about the only choices left are the seven and eight-passenger CUVs such as the Honda Pilot and Chevrolet Traverse. Bargain shoppers put off by the high price tag should look toward newer competitors, such as the Kia Sedona.What's New for 2010
No major changes for 2010.Driving It Driving Impressions
One of the goals of every minivan is to deliver a car-like driving experience. If the car in that comparison is a large sedan, the 2010 Honda 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
Second-row PlusOne Seat
Exclusive to the EX, EX-L and Touring trims, the available PlusOne Seat integrates a storage bin inside the seat structure. The seat is also removable, creating a walk-through passage to the third-row seat.
Comprehensive Safety Features
From Vehicle Stability Assist with Traction Control, Electronic Brake Distribution, Anti-Lock Brakes and Tire Pressuring Monitoring (to help keep you out of trouble), to the Advanced Compatibility Engineering Body Structure, Active Front Head Restraints and a full complement of airbags (to help protect you if trouble should occur), the Odyssey offers its occupants an extremely comprehensive set of safety features.