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The FREE Complete Bay Area Auto Enthusiast Guide
TAKE THE HONDA ODYSSEY ON A VOYAGE!

By NITISH S. RELE - motoringtampabay@gmail.com
Everyone’s favorite minivan (apart from the Toyota Sienna), the Odyssey continues in 2016 with its status quo intact. Except for the fact that Honda has introduced a new trim, Special Edition, which was our test drive for the week.
Under the hood sits a sole 3.5- liter i-VTEC V-6 engine, which develops 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’s fuel efficiency.
The front-wheel-drive Odyssey starts at $29,275. Mid-level Odyssey goes for around $35,925. And the top-level Touring Elite for $44,750. Our SE model ($33,375) came with a host of standard amenities but specifically gets a rear DVD entertainment system with 9-inch display, XM satellite radio, 115-volt power outlet and in-vehicle vacuum cleaner in the trunk. Other goodies are tri-zone auto a/c, 10-way drive an four-way front-passenger power seats, tilt/telescopic steering column, push-button start, 60/40 fold-flat third-row seat, second-row sunshades, power sliding side doors and sunglasses holder.
Dual front and side airbags, side curtain airbag for the three rows, four-wheel antilock brakes with Electronic Brake Distribution and Brake Assist, Vehicle Stability Assist with traction control, forward collision and lane departure warnings, active front head restraints, remote keyless entry, three-point seatbelts, daytime running lights and tire pressure monitoring system are standard.
If you are looking for a more-than-satisfying mix of people-hauling practicality, generous cargo capacity and impressive fuel economy, head over to your local dealer to test-drive the 2016 Odyssey. This is one decision you won’t regret.

ODYSSEY (SE)
Tires: 235/65R17
Wheelbase: 118.1 inches
Length: 202.9 inches
Weight: 4,528 pounds
Suspension: MacPherson strut front, multilink rear
Steering: power rack and pinion
Fuel capacity: 21 gallons
City: 19 mpg
Highway: 28 mpg
Web site: www.honda.com

CALLING ALL HONDA DEALERS IN THE WEST CENTRAL AREA: if you would like to be listed here as one of the test-drive dealerships, e-mail us at motoringtampabay@gmail.com