Overview

Overview

Now in its fourth generation of production, the 2013 Honda Odyssey is a class leader in the minivan segment. The past few years have seen the Odyssey garner several awards for safety and reliability, and this year's model looks to continue that mark of excellence. The 2013 Honda Odyssey has added some standard features to its base model and still offers the sleek exterior that has been narrowly chiseled down over the past ten years.

The 2013 Honda Odyssey still features the wider body that debuted in 2011, along with its standard 3.5L V6 engine. Seating can still accommodate eight people (on most models) and Honda shows they had a focus on family-friendly features when designing the Odyssey. While there are other models that can be had for less money, and still others that offer more features, the 2013 Honda Odyssey is a top choice for minivan-driven consumers.

Expert Reviews

Though the Odyssey has slipped out of favor with some experts in recent years, this year's model seems to be climbing back up a couple of rungs. "The Odyssey tops our minivan Ratings and its reliability has improved to average, allowing us to recommend it. The 248-hp V6 performs well and is mated to a standard five-speed automatic. The versatile interior has room for eight occupants and is nicely finished, with an easy-to-fold third-row seat." (Consumer Reports)

"The Odyssey has an outstanding safety and reliability record as well as excellent resale value and, when it comes to hauling the family, the Odyssey's roomy cabin, multiple seating configurations and potent V6 engine make quick, easy work of short jaunts or long sojourns." (Kelley Blue Book) It's clear to see that experts are finding plenty going in the right direction for Honda on this one.

"Even though the Honda Odyssey is out-powered by the Toyota Sienna, its acceleration is still brisk enough to deliver confident highway passing and merging. Touring models are a bit more responsive thanks to a six-speed automatic transmission that executes quick, smooth shifts. Other attributes include a suspension that delivers both a comfortable ride and relatively crisp handling, as well as steering that is the quickest and most responsive in this segment." (Edmunds)

Owner Reviews

"This van was rated for 28 mpg; so far we are getting 29 mpg straight from the showroom. Very smooth drive plus all of the options you could ever need plus more." (Owner review from Illinois owner, KBB)

"We've had our 2013 Odyssey EX for about two weeks. I love it, and my wife - who drives it most - continues to find small features/elements that make her happy. We highly recommend the Odyssey." (Owner review from James, Cars.com)

"Great vehicle to haul our family & our gear and looks good doing so. Loves being able to hold 3 car seats on 2nd since no other minivan can hold them. Perfect fit for us." (Owner review from North Carolina owner, KBB)

"I bought the 2013 Odyssey out of necessity of my family growing too large for a sedan. I didn't think I would enjoy owning a minivan because I've always been more of a muscle car kind of guy, but I really love this one! The techno features are excellent, the kids absolutely love the rear DVD system, and my wife feels completely safe when she drives it (she hates to drive)." (Owner review from Todd M., Orlando, FL)

Lineup

The 2013 Honda Odyssey is offered in five different trim levels. It starts off with the base level, seven-passenger LX. Some new standard features have been added to this year's LX, and they should appeal to the majority of buyers. This model comes standard with full power accessories, cruise control, manual two-zone air conditioning, rear privacy glass, an eight-way power driver's seat, an 8-inch multi-informational display screen, Bluetooth, rearview camera, and a seven-speaker sound system with CD player and USB/iPod/aux interface.

The next level up is the EX. It seats one extra passenger and adds such features as power-sliding doors, heated outside mirrors, tri-zone automatic climate control, retractable second-row sunshades, automatic headlights, removable front center console, and a conversation mirror. It's plain to see that functionality was a key concern on this level.

Moving up to the EX-L will add some attractions like a sunroof, power liftgate, chilled storage box, auto-dimming rearview mirror, leather seating, and satellite radio. Buyers are also given a second option on the EX-L, but it's not a have-your-cake-and-eat-it-too kind of option. Going with the EX-L trim will give you the choice of either a voice-operated navigation system with upgraded 8-inch display and rearview camera, or the rear-seat DVD entertainment system, which seems to be a huge hit with experts and owners alike. Unfortunately, these can't be had together.

The last step up, the Touring model, actually comes in two levels of its own. There is the standard Touring edition, which features 18-inch alloy wheels, front and rear parking sensors, driver memory settings, foglights, and retractable third-row sunshades. The Touring Elite gives all of that and adds automatic xenon headlights, a 12-speaker premium sound system, a blind-spot warning system, and an upgraded rear-seat entertainment system with a widescreen video monitor.

Interior

The Odyssey's cabin is one of the most astute you will find in the minivan class. The removable center console and chilled cooler box are convenience features that families will wonder how they lived without once they have them. The cockpit is roomy and the flat-panel gauge cluster is well-lit and easily read. The seats are comfortable enough, but not luxurious, and the second-row seat's center section actually slides forward an extra 5.5 inches to help keep the Little One within reach.

Honda offers a "magic seat" system for the third-row seat, which allows for faster and easier folding of the seat into the floor. The upgraded widescreen rear entertainment system is worth the upgrade, making the rear of this minivan a rolling theater. This means you'd be upgrading to the Touring Elite though, which also comes with a monster cluster of over 80 buttons and controls at the driver's command. You may want to spend a moment learning these before taking off. It also comes with a hefty price tag.

Interior cargo capacity is a maximum 148 cubic feet, but you'll have to completely remove the cumbersome second-row seat in order to achieve it. But if you're not concerned with maximum cargo space everything else about the Odyssey's interior should be to your liking.

Performance

The 3.5L V6 that powers the 2013 Honda Odyssey is the only option, but you will get a different transmission coupled to it if you go with the upper trim levels. The three lower trim levels get the five-speed automatic tranny while the Touring and Touring Elite get a six-speed auto. The six-speed will garner an EPA-estimated 19/28 mpg (city/highway) while the five-speed drops it only slightly to 18/27 mpg.

The Odyssey will never be known as a performance machine, but it can definitely be called capable. Acceleration is there when its needed, despite being out-powered by competitors like the Toyota Sienna. The ride is comfortable enough to put the baby to sleep on longer trips, yet handling is stable and snappy enough to jolt the little tyke awake with a quick twist of the wheel.

Road noise is incredibly well-subdued, which remains a staple of the Honda Motor Corp. Materials quality is above average all the way around, although there have been some reports of transmission problems on the five-speed. The interior's technological features continue to impress, but the hassle of learning them is something that must be undertook before driving. Properly equipped, the Odyssey can tow up to 3,500 lbs.

Safety & Reliability

The 2013 Odyssey shines in the area of safety, earning five stars in government crash testing and receiving a top mark of Good from the IIHS in frontal-offset, side-impact, and roof strength tests. Safety features include stability and traction control, antilock brakes, active front head restraints, and side-impact and side-curtain airbags. Braking brought the Odyssey to a stop from 60 mph in 130 feet, which is an average distance for this class.

Reliability for the Odyssey had waned there for a couple of years, but it seems to be back on the rise as 2011 and 2012 models seem to be experiencing less issues than predecessors. MSRP on the 2013 Honda Odyssey starts at $28,675 for the base model LX and rises to $44,025 for the Touring Elite model.

Trim Style Engine Drive Train MSRP
Passenger Minivan - FWD
LX LX V6 FWD 28675
EX EX V6 FWD 31825
EX-L EX-L V6 FWD 35225
EX-L EX-L with DVD Rear Entertainment System V6 FWD 36825
EX-L EX-L with Navigation V6 FWD 37225
Touring Touring with DVD Rear Entertainment System and Navigation V6 FWD 41530
Touring Elite Touring Elite with DVD Rear Entertainment System and Navigation V6 FWD 44025

Comparison of 2013 Honda Odyssey with Similar Cars

2013 Honda Odyssey MSRP Invoice
2013 Honda Odyssey $28,675 $26,230
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2013 Dodge Grand Caravan $19,995 $19,745 2013 Honda Odyssey VS 2013 Dodge Grand Caravan
2013 Toyota Sienna $26,585 $24,592 2013 Honda Odyssey VS 2013 Toyota Sienna
2013 Nissan Quest $25,990 $24,222 2013 Honda Odyssey VS 2013 Nissan Quest
2013 Ford Transit Connect $22,425 $20,911 2013 Honda Odyssey VS 2013 Ford Transit Connect

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