By KBB.com Editors
KBB Expert Rating: 9.2
No one lusts after minivans. They are often thrust upon us due to necessity rather than desire. But, if you must have a minivan, the 2013 Honda Odyssey is one you might actually come to enjoy owning and driving. The Odyssey has an outstanding safety and reliability record as well as excellent resale value and, when it comes to hauling the family – or securing our esteem as one of the 10 Best Family Cars of 2013 – the Odyssey's roomy cabin, multiple seating configurations and potent V6 engine make quick, easy work of short jaunts or long sojourns. From a styling standpoint, the Odyssey stirs more passion than the Chrysler Town & Country, but isn't as far-out as Nissan's Quest and, with a 12-speaker Surround Sound rear entertainment system, the kids won't ever need to ask, "Are we there yet?"
If an SUV is just too big and too fuel-thirsty, the 2013 Honda Odyssey is your next best bet. It's EPA-rated at 28 mpg on the highway, has a stylish and modern exterior and lots of room for kids and cargo; it's one of the best bargains on the market.
The Odyssey is good, but it isn't cheap. If bang for the buck is your primary motivator, the Kia Sedona or Dodge Grand Caravan offer equally-powerful V6 engines, long lists of standard equipment and much lower entry prices. Those who seek AWD should choose Toyota's Sienna.
All 2013 Honda Odyssey minivans now come with a standard rear backup camera and a simplified center stack instrument panel with an 8-inch full-color multi-information display screen (i-MID). Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity and a USB port are also standard.
Driving Impressions The 2013 Honda Odyssey is a pretty easy vehicle to live with. Its 3.5-liter V6 provides impressive power and even more impressive fuel economy, especially on the Touring trims which...have a 6-speed transmission, and the Odyssey's suspension delivers maximum comfort even when fully loaded with passengers and cargo. To prove the worthiness of its design, Honda engineers invited us to take the 2013 Odyssey minivan to a small enclosed track where we were able to push it in a way not possible on public streets. To our surprise (and delight) the Odyssey handled everything we threw at it, doing quite well in emergency maneuvering, performing multiple rapid stops and remaining on course even through some exceptionally fast turns.
60/40-SPLIT THIRD-ROW MAGIC SEAT
The "Magic Seat" system in the 2013 Honda Odyssey allows for quick and effortless folding of the third-row seats into the floor simply by pulling a strap. While other minivans offer a power-folding third row, Honda's manual system is faster and more satisfying in a do-it-yourself kind of way.
ULTRAWIDE REAR ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM WITH 5.1 SURROUND SOUND AND HDMI PORT
As if a widescreen with dual-screen capabilities and an HDMI port for gaming consoles wasn't entertaining enough, add in the Surround Sound audio and the back of the Odyssey becomes a home theater system on wheels.
The 2013 Honda Odyssey minivan makes the most of its generous interior space, with every inch put to good use. The second-row seats, for example, can slide outward by 1.5 inches, permitting three child safety seats to be placed side-by-side. In total, the Odyssey can accommodate up to eight passengers, with a center-row seat that can be moved forward, thus bringing a child closer to the parents in the front seats. Storage bins are available throughout the Odyssey's interior, including an available "cool box" front storage area to keep beverages cold.Exterior
In an attempt to make the 2013 Honda Odyssey minivan appear to be more than just a rolling breadbox, Honda designers gave it a low, wide appearance, with angular lines in the sheet metal and a stylish "lightning bolt" side beltline. The sleek design does more than enhance the Odyssey's visual appeal; it actually improves aerodynamics while reducing wind noise. And, despite the presence of stylish but big 17- and 18-inch alloy wheels and tires, better fuel economy and a quieter ride can also attributed to the Odyssey's uncharacteristic exterior. EX-L and Touring trims include a power liftgate.
Choose the base Honda Odyssey LX minivan and you'll get a 5-speed automatic transmission, seating for seven passengers, 17-inch wheels, a USB port, Bluetooth phone connectivity, rear backup camera, cloth seats, "wide-mode" adjustable second-row seats, one-motion 60/40 split third-row folding seat and a 12-volt power outlet. To keep you and your loved ones safe, every 2013 Honda Odyssey comes equipped with 3-row side-curtain and multiple-threshold front airbags, active front-seat head restraints, electronic brake distribution with brake assist, five Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) positions and electronic stability and traction controls.
As with all Honda products, most additional features are tied to trim level. Moving up from the base LX to the Odyssey EX trim adds power sliding rear doors, tri-zone automatic climate control, a removable front center console (large enough to store a purse) and an additional 12-volt power outlet. The EX-L gets leather seating, automatic rear-dimming mirror, front-seat drink coolbox and satellite radio. The Touring trim includes parking sensors, navigation and a rear-seat entertainment system, while the range-topping Touring Elite adds a blind-spot warning system and a widescreen rear-seat entertainment system.
Beneath 2013 Honda Odyssey's hood is a potent 248-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6 with Variable Cylinder Management, which shuts off cylinders depending upon driving conditions for maximum fuel efficiency. LX, EX and EX-L trims pair the engine with a 5-speed automatic transmission, while Touring trims get a 6-speed automatic. The 6-speed-equipped Touring trim also offers slightly better fuel economy, although Honda says this bump has more to do with improved vehicle aerodynamics than it does with the extra gear.
248 horsepower @ 5,700 rpm
250 lb-ft of torque @ 4,800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/27 mpg (LX, EX and EX-L), 19/28 mpg (Touring)
The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of the 2013 Honda Odyssey LX minivan starts around $29,500. Move up to the EX and pricing is closer to $32,500, while the top-of-the-line Touring Elite trim is near $45,000. That's a few hundred more than a similarly-equipped 2013 Toyota Sienna Limited FWD, a few thousand more than the Chrysler Town & Country Limited, and nearly $10,000 more than a Kia Sedona EX (which has less equipment). As for residuals, the Honda Odyssey has been a strong performer in the past, and we expect this newest generation to follow suit, remaining a leader in the minivan segment.
By Mac on Wednesday, March 05, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 33,500overall rating 7 of 10rating details
Pros: "Dependable and drives well with decent mileage"
Cons: "Not enough leg room in front or middle seats"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7
"The dash console is too wide and blocks your right leg into an upright position. The front seat tracks need more travel. Not enough room in the middle row if you are using car seats for children. This vehicle is not suitable for tall drivers and does not have a full power seat on the passenger side; an inexcusable lack in a vehicle that stickered for over $41,000. It also requires synthetic oil which makes oil changes very expensive."
1 person out of 2 found this review helpful
By willy3 on Tuesday, February 25, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 26,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "MPG, Cargo Room, Resale Value,Accessibility"
Cons: "It is a mini van :)"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"We had a 2011 EX-L Res and just traded it in for a new one. We love this car. We test drove a lot of other vehicles, mostly SUVs and Minivans and nothing matched it when we went down our list of specifications. If you care about gas mileage, holding its value, cargo room as well as ease of use for young children, nothing compares."
1 person out of 1 found this review helpful
By dubalim on Saturday, January 25, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 41,000overall rating 2 of 10rating details
Pros: "Blind spot monitors, parking proximity sensors."
Cons: "Almost everything else"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"I do NOT like this van. It certainly is no touring vehicle, and not at all fun to drive. Ride is very harsh and uncomfortable, 3rd row seats rattle when up, highly touted electronics not user friendly and at times unreliable, no control of 6 speed transmission except one manual downshift to 4th, back up camera minimally usable. Mileage varies all over depending on weather conditions. Bought this as a ramp van conversion for wheel chair user for top of the line experience...bad mistake."
3 people out of 14 found this review helpful
By Penguin822 on Monday, January 20, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "easy to drive"
Cons: "heat comes up slowly"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Even though my family demands required that I buy a minivan, I can say that this is the best CAR that I've ever owned! It is the second Odyssey I've owned -- I just traded in the old one for a new model. I didn't have to shop around. This van is extremely comfortable and easy to drive. It has all the conveniences you would want in a van. I have been raving about it the whole time I've owned it!"
6 people out of 8 found this review helpful
By brian on Sunday, December 08, 2013
I owned and sold this car
Reason: need to repair
Pros: "comfortable riding, good driving control"
Cons: "mechanical problem"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6
"1. There was lube oil leak just after we brought odyssey Ex-L. After fixing the problem, same problem happened again. 2. There was some wind noise, when the speed is going higher. 3. Driving control is good comfortable."
9 people out of 12 found this review helpful
By Alex_the_man on Thursday, December 05, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 8,900overall rating 4 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"So me and my wife were very happy to get the new car. this was back in February. not 2 days laster we needed to go back as the car was shaking like crazy soon as we would get near 50 mph. they made some changes and it got better, but 2 weeks laster we ned to go again for same problem. we were told that thats the way its suppose to be. I didn't believe that brand new car suppose to shake so bad and thats so unstable at relatively low speeds. since than we had to take the car for service and recall and both times this was addressed with dealer and both times there was no improvement. the last visit we payed 100$ to reinstall all the tiers again. and guess what there was no improvement. I am extremely disappointed with the way this car drives and I would not recommend this to anyone."
16 people out of 28 found this review helpful