Honda Odyssey: Drive’s ‘Best People Mover’
Honda Odyssey has been crowned ‘Best People Mover’ in the 2011 Drive Car of the Year Awards for the third consecutive year. The luxurious, seven-seater Odyssey outclassed competitors to take the coveted title for the sixth time in seven years.
Drive’s editor Toby Hagon said the Odyssey was a peoplemover that doesn’t feel like a bus.
‘‘With seating for seven and car-like appointments at a competitive price, the Honda impressed the Drive judges with what is a viable alternative to bigger, more expensive vehicles.
“The recent improvement in value makes the Odyssey a standout for anyone looking to carry seven people.”
Honda Australia spokesperson Lindsay Smalley said the Odyssey was in a class of its own.
“The Odyssey’s superior styling, advanced technology and fun-to-drive personality are praised by Australian families. The Odyssey represents Honda’s commitment to provide customers with engineering excellence, value for money and worry-free motoring. The Odyssey is a true champion,” Mr. Smalley said.
The Odyssey now offers around $2500 worth of specifications upgrades for the all-new price of $37 100, a reduction of $2000 over 2011 prices. This includes integrated satellite navigation, ECON button with Honda’s unique Eco Assist coaching function, steering-wheel mounted paddle shifts and redesigned 16 inch alloy wheels.
The Luxury model is now available from $44 920, a reduction of $1000.
Both variants feature redesigned front grille and headlights, LED rear tail lights, silver license-plate garnish and silver metallic finishing for the centre panel and door handles.
Technology includes satellite navigation system featuring ipod compatibility, USB connectivity, integrated Bluetooth, live traffic updates, map updates, rear camera and DVD player.