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2013 Honda Odyssey

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2013 Honda Odyssey Review

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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?"

You'll Like This Car If...

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.

You May Not Like This Car If...

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.

What's New for 2013

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 the Odyssey

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.

2013 Honda Odyssey Details
Interior

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.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

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.

Optional Equipment

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.

Under the Hood

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.

3.5-liter V6
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)

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2013 Honda Odyssey Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.4
Out of 10

Based on 117 Ratings for the 2011 - 2016 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.5/10
    Quality
    8.6/10
  • Reliability
    8.8/10
    Performance
    8.6/10
  • Comfort
    8.9/10
    Styling
    8.8/10

best minivan–the only choice to make

By on Saturday, January 30, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20,300

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "performance drive & comfort+space and flexibility"

Cons: "Just the position of the cruise control buttons"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This is the only car worth considering if you want a minivan that feels and drive more like a luxury car. The spaciousness and flexibility is second to non."

Incomplete Car

By on Thursday, December 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 5,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "Smooth ride"

Cons: "Expensive software updates"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"I bought my 2015 Honda Odyssey EX-L with Navigation in May 2015. Now Honda tells me I have to buy a navigation update because my navi is out of date. This is my third car with navigation. My other cars were from a different manufacture and that other manufacturer never told me to buy navigation updates. So I must rate this buy a very poor value. The navigation package is not cheap, so for it to be declared useless in six months is just sad. Can't recommend buying Honda right now."

8 people out of 18 found this review helpful

Heavy road noise

By on Friday, December 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 22,000

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
4/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
2/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "mileage"

Cons: "road noise"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2

"This van is more expensive compared others in its class. But the amount of noise you get while driving makes it not worth the price. Bluetooth & sound system are ineffective due to the noise."

5 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Nothing to write home about

By on Thursday, November 12, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 68,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "great to drive"

Cons: "DON'T GET THIS VAN IF YOU LIVE DOWN DIRT ROADS!!!!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"Reliability is good - a dependable ride. Here are the flaws: Climate Controls (non-automatic) are VERY non-intuitive - you need to take your eyes off the road everytime an adjustment needs to be made - ESPECIALLY for the rear controls Sliding doors (non-electric) quickly get gummed up on our dirt roads. 2nd Row seats don't have outside armrests - AWKWARD sitting. Long sunshade overhang the rear window makes cleaning the back window difficult - and automatic carwashes can't get it clean and then it drips down the back window."

19 people out of 30 found this review helpful

Disapointed in the lack of leg room for the driver

By on Monday, October 26, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Spacious for second and third row passangers"

Cons: "front seat leg room"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"This is my second Honda Odyssey. I have found that the leg room for the front seat driver and passenger is greatly reduced in the 2015 model. The lack of leg extension is very uncomfortable. I also feel that the overall acceleration is somewhat sluggish in this year model. Otherwise, I love this van. It is very spacious for the rear passengers and the cargo space is excellent. The van handles very well and I like the lane drift sensors and the back up camera. Great van for most people."

8 people out of 12 found this review helpful

too low,noisy at hwy speeds,brakes pulsate

By on Sunday, September 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 4,400

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "nice appearence,smooth ride,good fuel mileage."

Cons: "too low,windshied mirror in drivers sight."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Have to have seat almost on floor to see below mirror,car lower than 2009 and dont like it,at high speeds wind noise loud always checking my windows.At 4400 miles rotors are pulsating.I do like new center in front much quieter.Fuel mileage good.Ride is smooth and in general I like the van."

12 people out of 23 found this review helpful

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