2013 Honda Odyssey Review
The 2013 Honda Odyssey has plenty of interior space, car-like performance and excellent safety ratings, making it a top choice among minivans.
The 2013 Honda Odyssey is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that makes 248 horsepower. Lower trims have a standard five-speed automatic transmission while upper trims have a six-speed automatic transmission. Auto writers note that either powertrain is up to the task of getting the Odyssey around town or cruising on the highway, though a few wish the six-speed transmission was available on lower trims. Handling, according to most reviewers, is a high point of the Odyssey, which they say has good grip and limited body lean. Fuel economy is typical for the class at an EPA-estimated 18/27 mpg city/highway, depending on trim.
The Honda Odyssey is the 2013 Best Minivan for Families because it has the best combination of quality, size and family-friendly features in its class.
The Odyssey can seat up to eight people and reviewers say almost every seat is comfortable. They also appreciate how much cargo space there is and how easy it is to fold the third row to haul even more stuff. Standard features include a rearview camera, a USB port and Bluetooth. Optional features include a cooling console, navigation, heated seats and a wide-screen rear-seat DVD entertainment system. Reviewers like how much available tech the 2013 Odyssey has, but note that optional features make the Odyssey's price swell quickly and can overload the dash with buttons and controls.
- "The Honda Odyssey remains a family-friendly vehicle that's quiet, surprisingly fun to drive, and dynamically competent. Some of the packaging choices are a bit odd, though. For instance, you can only get a 6-speed automatic transmission on the most expensive trim levels. However, this doesn't stop us from wholeheartedly recommending the Odyssey for those who can benefit from the flexibility a minivan provides." -- Consumer Guide
- "The Odyssey is also a bit pricey compared to vans like the Dodge Grand Caravan and Kia Sedona. But all things considered it's a great choice for a family vehicle. And if people say it's uncool, well, they don't know what they're missing." -- Edmunds
- "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." -- Kelley Blue Book
Other Minivans to Consider
The Toyota Sienna is the Honda Odyssey's biggest rival. The Sienna has as many available features as the Odyssey does, plus slightly more cargo space and a slightly more powerful optional V6 engine. However, reviewers say the Sienna is not as fun to drive as the Odyssey.
For a minivan that's even more fun to drive, consider the Mazda5. Reviewers love its nimble handling. However, the Mazda5 only seats six and has much less cargo space than the Odyssey.
Details: 2013 Honda Odyssey
The 2013 Honda Odyssey seats up to eight people. It comes in LX, EX, EX-L, Touring and Touring Elite trims. For 2013, a USB port, Bluetooth and a rearview camera are standard across all trims. The Odyssey was last redesigned in 2011 and has changed little since then. As a result this overview uses applicable research from 2011, 2012 and 2013.