2013 Honda Odyssey OVERVIEW
In 1995, Honda chose to dive into the minivan realm with its all-new Odyssey. Despite the fact that Dodge and Chrysler dominated the class, the Odyssey held its own and continues strong into the 2013 model year.
Changes for 2013 are minimal: the addition of the rearview camera, i-MID system and Bluetooth to the base LX trim level. In total, the 2013 Odyssey comes in five trim levels, including: LX, EX, EX-L, Touring and Touring Elite. All five trim levels come standard with a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that has 248 horsepower and 250 foot-pounds of torque. A five-speed automatic transmission comes standard on the LX, EX and EX-L trim levels and the driveline nets these model 18 mpg city and 27 mpg highway. On the Touring and Touring Elite models you get a six-speed automatic transmission, which increases the economy to 19 mpg city and 28 mpg highway.
Within the trim levels, you have a clear hierarchy of class in place. The LX trim level starts things off with the basics, like an AM/FM/CD audio system, cloth seating and steel wheels. The EX trim level adds in alloy wheels, tri-zone climate control and power sliding side doors. The EX-L really puts you into some luxury with its leather seats, Cool Box and power tailgate. Moving into the Touring trim level, you can expect to see premium features like 18-inch wheels, power outlets and an 246-watt audio system with a subwoofer. The Touring Elite puts you at the pinnacle of family-hauling comfort with its 650-watt audio system, premium rear entertainment system and HID headlights.
The minivan realm has been steadily shrinking, but the Odyssey still has its key competitors. Leading the competition is the 2013 Dodge Grand Caravan, which comes standard with a 3.6-liter V-6 with 283 horsepower, a six-speed transmission and a four-speaker audio system. Next up is the 2013 Toyota Sienna, which includes a 3.5-liter V-6 engine with 266 horsepower, a six-speed transmission and standard 17-inch alloy wheels. Finally, you have the 2013 Nissan Quest, which includes a 3.5-liter V-6 engine with 260 horsepower, a continuously variable transmission and a six-disc audio system.
With stiff competition coming from all angles, the Honda Odyssey must rely on more than just its notorious Honda namesake to draw customers into showrooms.