The Features Of The 2008 Honda Odyssey

By Andy Zain

Minivans have become a popular choice for families because of the extra carrying capacity. The 2008 Honda Odyssey is the ideal answer for all the driving needs of a family.

In the 2008 Odyssey, the engine is a 3. 5 liter, V6, producing 244 horsepower. The top models include a cylinder deactivation unit that cuts down on fuel usage when the car is cruising. There is no noticeable drop in power when this function cuts in, but you certainly notice the difference in fuel consumption on long distances.

Compared to other minivans, the Honda Odyssey the best fuel economy with an EPA rating of 17 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the open road. The Odyssey handles beautifully, whether it is around town or out on the highway. It features responsive steering with a tight turning circle, and agile and smooth handling, making it one minivan that is a pleasure to drive.

Having a vehicle that gives good fuel economy and handles well is one thing, but a vehicle also needs to look good, something that is lacking in many minivan models on the roads today. Honda made some exterior changes to the 2008 Odyssey, like a reshaped front end and side mirrors that are memory-linked.

Inside you will find there are several new convenience features that add to the driving experience. A reversing camera has been added to the rearview mirror, making reversing easier and safer. Even the base LX model comes equipped with power operated front and middle doors, airconditioning, a CD and MP3 player, adjustable steering column and cruise control.

The EX range has a powered driver seat and sliding doors, alloy wheels, additional storage and fully zoned climate control. The EX-L range adds leather trim, sunroof, heated front seats, satellite radio and a DVD to keep the passengers in the back entertained. Top of the range Touring also has Bluetooth, an upgraded audio unit and adjustable pedals for extra comfort.

Safety has always been a priority to Honda, and the Odyssey has several standard safety features. You can be assured of the safety of your family with traction control, antilock braking with brake assist, stability control, front airbags and side curtain airbags. In crash safety tests by the NHTSA, the Honda Odyssey rated the top 5 star score for both front and side impacts. The IIHS results were as impressive with the Odyssey again receiving the highest score all round.

Even though there are increasing numbers of minivans and crossover SUVs on the market today, the 2008 Honda Odyssey rates highest for handling, safety, space and fuel economy. All this and a wonderful driving experience as well. - 30321

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