2013 Honda Odyssey Expert Review

4.6 Overall Score
Performance 4.2 Comfort 4.5 Styling 4.1 Value 3.8

Editor's Overview

Honda may not have invented the minivan, but it certainly perfected the concept. In the 2013 Odyssey minivan, Honda has created a solid and safe place to put one's family, with thoughtful touches throughout the cabin, a powerful yet fuel-efficient V6 engine and a reputation for reliability that is as good as gold.

You'll Like The 2013 Honda Odyssey If...

If an SUV is just too big and too fuel-thirsty, the 2013 Honda Odyssey is your next best bet. It's EPA-rated at 28 mpg on the highway, has a stylish and modern exterior and lots of room for kids and cargo; it's one of the best bargains on the market.

You May Not Like The 2013 Honda Odyssey If...

The Odyssey is good, but it isn't cheap. If bang for the buck is your primary motivator, the Kia Sedona or Dodge Grand Caravan offer equally-powerful V6 engines, long lists of standard equipment and much lower entry prices. Those who seek AWD should choose Toyota's Sienna.

What's New

All 2013 Honda Odyssey minivans now come with a standard rear backup camera and a simplified center stack instrument panel with an 8-inch full-color multi-information display screen (i-MID). Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity and a USB port are also standard.

Interior Features

The 2013 Honda Odyssey minivan makes the most of its generous interior space, with every inch put to good use. The second-row seats, for example, can slide outward by 1.5 inches, permitting three child safety seats to be placed side-by-side. In total, the Odyssey can accommodate up to eight passengers, with a center-row seat that can be moved forward, thus bringing a child closer to the parents in the front seats. Storage bins are available throughout the Odyssey's interior, including an available "cool box" front storage area to keep beverages cold.

Exterior Features

In an attempt to make the 2013 Honda Odyssey minivan appear to be more than just a rolling breadbox, Honda designers gave it a low, wide appearance, with angular lines in the sheet metal and a stylish "lightning bolt" side beltline. The sleek design does more than enhance the Odyssey's visual appeal; it actually improves aerodynamics while reducing wind noise. And, despite the presence of stylish but big 17- and 18-inch alloy wheels and tires, better fuel economy and a quieter ride can also attributed to the Odyssey's uncharacteristic exterior. EX-L and Touring trims include a power liftgate.

Driving Impressions

The 2013 Honda Odyssey is a pretty easy vehicle to live with. Its 3.5-liter V6 provides impressive power and even more impressive fuel economy, especially on the Touring trims which have a 6-speed transmission, and the Odyssey's suspension delivers maximum comfort even when fully loaded with passengers and cargo. To prove the worthiness of its design, Honda engineers invited us to take the 2013 Odyssey minivan to a small enclosed track where we were able to push it in a way not possible on public streets. To our surprise (and delight) the Odyssey handled everything we threw at it, doing quite well in emergency maneuvering, performing multiple rapid stops and remaining on course even through some exceptionally fast turns.

Pricing Notes

The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of the 2013 Honda Odyssey LX minivan starts around $29,500. Move up to the EX and pricing is closer to $32,500, while the top-of-the-line Touring Elite trim is near $45,000. That's a few hundred more than a similarly-equipped 2013 Toyota Sienna Limited FWD, a few thousand more than the Chrysler Town & Country Limited, and nearly $10,000 more than a Kia Sedona EX (which has less equipment). As for residuals, the Honda Odyssey has been a strong performer in the past, and we expect this newest generation to follow suit, remaining a leader in the minivan segment.

Notable Equipment

Choose the base Honda Odyssey LX minivan and you'll get a 5-speed automatic transmission, seating for seven passengers, 17-inch wheels, a USB port, Bluetooth phone connectivity, rear backup camera, cloth seats, "wide-mode" adjustable second-row seats, one-motion 60/40 split third-row folding seat and a 12-volt power outlet. To keep you and your loved ones safe, every 2013 Honda Odyssey comes equipped with 3-row side-curtain and multiple-threshold front airbags, active front-seat head restraints, electronic brake distribution with brake assist, five Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) positions and electronic stability and traction controls.

Notable Options

As with all Honda products, most additional features are tied to trim level. Moving up from the base LX to the Odyssey EX trim adds power sliding rear doors, tri-zone automatic climate control, a removable front center console (large enough to store a purse) and an additional 12-volt power outlet. The EX-L gets leather seating, automatic rear-dimming mirror, front-seat drink coolbox and satellite radio. The Touring trim includes parking sensors, navigation and a rear-seat entertainment system, while the range-topping Touring Elite adds a blind-spot warning system and a widescreen rear-seat entertainment system.

Favorite Features

60/40-SPLIT THIRD-ROW MAGIC SEAT

The "Magic Seat" system in the 2013 Honda Odyssey allows for quick and effortless folding of the third-row seats into the floor simply by pulling a strap. While other minivans offer a power-folding third row, Honda's manual system is faster and more satisfying in a do-it-yourself kind of way.

ULTRAWIDE REAR ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM WITH 5.1 SURROUND SOUND AND HDMI PORT

As if a widescreen with dual-screen capabilities and an HDMI port for gaming consoles wasn't entertaining enough, add in the Surround Sound audio and the back of the Odyssey becomes a home theater system on wheels.

Under the Hood

Beneath 2013 Honda Odyssey's hood is a potent 248-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6 with Variable Cylinder Management, which shuts off cylinders depending upon driving conditions for maximum fuel efficiency. LX, EX and EX-L trims pair the engine with a 5-speed automatic transmission, while Touring trims get a 6-speed automatic. The 6-speed-equipped Touring trim also offers slightly better fuel economy, although Honda says this bump has more to do with improved vehicle aerodynamics than it does with the extra gear.

3.5-liter V6

248 horsepower @ 5,700 rpm

250 lb-ft of torque @ 4,800 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/27 mpg (LX, EX and EX-L), 19/28 mpg (Touring)

Editors' Notes

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. The Odyssey has an outstanding safety and reliability record as well as excellent resale value and, when it comes to hauling the family – or securing our esteem as one of the 10 Best Family Cars of 2013 – the Odyssey's roomy cabin, multiple seating configurations and potent V6 engine make quick, easy work of short jaunts or long sojourns. From a styling standpoint, the Odyssey stirs more passion than the Chrysler Town & Country, but isn't as far-out as Nissan's Quest and, with a 12-speaker Surround Sound rear entertainment system, the kids won't ever need to ask, "Are we there yet?"

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Vents in the backseat are a nifty addition that add to comfortability

2013 Honda Odyssey LX

I've had a Honda for about a year now and have been very satisfied with the performance of this vehicle. I've yet to run into any major mechanical issues that would need addressed immediately at high cost. In fact the only problem I've had occur was an issue with the daytime running lights not wanting to turn off. This was easily solved by removing the fuse to cut off power to that specific feature. I've had long distance travels in this vehicle and wouldn't have driven anything else I was very satisfied with the performance of my vehicle over long distances and had no issues getting there and back. The vehicle is very roomy and comfortable for everyone which is what I needed to accommodate my big family. The very back seats fold down into the floorboards for extra hauling room which I absolutely loved the primary back seats do not fold down into the floorboards but can be removed completely from the vehicle if needed. Though I will say they are not so fun putting back in the van. Overall I would rate this vehicle an 8 out of 10 for outstanding peak performances and reliability, spacious seating, and just a comfortable ride all together. There is very little I would change about the van and they are so minuscule that I'm not even going to mention them. I can definitely recommend the Honda odyssey to any family looking for a new vehicle that's spacious enough to accommodate everyone and their specific needs

- Matthew N

My space odyssey gypsy van - you could live comfortably out of this van.

2013 Honda Odyssey Touring

The van is very comfortable - I call it my spaceship. It accelerated quickly and has a lot of power which I love. I have had problems with the van including some pistons not firing and having to have the engine redone, but this was covered under warranty. I have also had to put in a new catalytic converter and a timing belt recently but I am at 113000 miles. I have also had the battery die during a drive-in movie, but besides these problems I absolutely love the space and comfort that my van has. I got the GPS, the heated seats, the cooler, the doors that open on their own and the easily ticked in back row seats. I would definitely get another odyssey. The sunroof is fun as well and I like the lower back support that the seats in the front have. Last, I have used the outlets before in the van for charging my computer and the USB for constantly charging my phone.

- Milena L

Best Family Vehicle Ever Made

2013 Honda Odyssey EX-L

As a mom with a lot of passengers, this car is comfortable and practical and functional! I love my sliding doors because the kids are constantly slamming doors, scratching or denting neighboring cars or pinching fingers. The rear, passenger and driver can control their own temperatures. The backup camera helps keep my family and others safe. We have had the car for 5 years now and only ever had a problem with our battery and recently our AC compressor. It runs great, looks brand new and is reliable. I love that I don't feel like I'm driving a big car... the engine is quiet, the steering is smooth. I feel in control. There is plenty of space, all back seats can be removed or folded down to accommodate many different arrangements. Best car I've ever owned and perfect for families!

- Taj D

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