2016 Honda Odyssey Special Edition bows
Honda is introducing a new variation of its popular Odyssey minivan for 2016 that offers several high-end features at a more affordable price. On sale this week and slotting between the existing EX and EX-L, the Odyssey Special Edition features the segment-exclusive HondaVAC in-vehicle vacuum cleaner -- currently available only in the top-line Odyssey Touring Elite -- as well as a rear-seat entertainment system (RES) with a 115V AC power outlet and SiriusXM Satellite Radio.
Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of Honda Sales, says the new Odyssey SE was created in response to consumer requests for a family hauler that offered these highly desirable features to buyers on a more real-world budget. Opening at $34,255, the Odyssey SE is $950 more than an EX but commands $2,550 less than a leather-lined EX-L and is a whopping $11,375 below a Touring Elite. Like the EX-L RES and Touring, the rear-seat entertainment system in the new Odyssey SE has a 9.0-inch VGA screen and not the higher-res 16.2-inch WVGA display that remains exclusive to the Touring Elite.
Winner of our 2015 Kelley Blue Book Best Buy: Minivan, the Honda Odyssey carries over otherwise unchanged. Sole powertrain for this stylish front-driver remains the 248-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 backed by a 6-speed automatic transmission, a combo that serves up 19/28 mpg EPA city/highway marks.
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