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The FREE Complete Bay Area Auto Enthusiast Guide
ODYSSEY WILL SERVE YOU WELL ON A JOURNEY!

By NITISH S. RELE – motoringtampabay@gmail.com
After a major redesign in 2012 and some tweaks last year, the 2015 Odyssey returns with its status quo intact. The minivan retains a sole 3.5- liter i-VTEC V-6 engine, which puts out 248 horsepower @ 5700 rpm and 250 pounds-feet of torque @ 4800 rpm. The Variable Cylinder Management system deactivates three or four of the cylinders at lower speeds to enhance the up to eight-passenger vehicle fuel efficiency.
Ensconced on the unit-body structure (with black-trimmed headlights and grille, muscular hood, body-color side mirrors and fog lamps) is a MacPherson strut front and multilink rear suspension to take the edge off most bumps and rough surfaces on the road. The accurate variable power rack-and-pinion steering provides a firm on-center response.
The front-wheel-drive Odyssey starts at $28,975. Mid-level Odyssey goes for around $35,775. And if you can afford to and pick the top-level Touring Elite ($44,600), you will travel like royalty with power-sliding rear doors, leather seats, 16.2-inch ultra-wide DVD split screen for rear-seat passengers, 650-watt audio system, wide-angle rearview camera, tri-zone automatic climate control and 10-way power front seats. And the cool box under the dashboard, which can keep your beverages cold while the a/c is on.
With the Odyssey, you get a solid and complete package of generous power, worthy fuel economy and hands-on interior. Lest we forget, the minivan is backed by the immaculate reputation for durability and dependability of Honda. What else can one ask for in a people-hauler?

ODYSSEY TOURING ELITE
Tires: 235/60R18
Wheelbase: 118.1 inches
Length: 202.9 inches
Weight: 4,613 pounds
Fuel capacity: 21 gallons
City: 19 mpg
Highway: 28 mpg
Web site: www.honda.com

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