Big Week for the Honda Odyssey
One of Honda’s most popular vehicles, the Honda Odyssey, has earned two awards in one week: the MotorWeek “2012 Driver’s Choice Award for Best Minivan” and Parenting Magazine’s “Smartest Family Car of 2012.”
“These awards tell us what we’ve known all along,” said Paul Binder, Sales Manager at Northwest Honda dealership in Bellingham. “The Odyssey is just a great minivan for families. It’s extremely functional and doesn’t feel like minivan…except that you can get so much done with it.”
This is the sixth time the Odyssey has won the Driver’s Choice Award from MotorWeek, including in 1999, 2000, 2005, 2006 and 2011! The Odyssey is an American product, designed and built in Alabama and Ohio. The eight-passenger Odyssey Touring has the highest EPA rating with for a vehicle in that class with 28 mpg.
Of course, safety is important when you’re driving around your children, so it’s notable that the Odyssey also received the best possible safety rating from NHTSA (5-Star Overall Vehicle Score and was a Top Safety Pick for the IIHS, an achievement no other currently-tested minivan can match.
“Beyond great packaging, class-leading fuel economy, unparalleled safety ratings and cutting-edge family-friendly features, the Odyssey was designed to be fun to drive.” said Michael Accavitti, VP of marketing operations for American Honda. “Being honored with a Motorweek Driver’s Choice Award for a second consecutive year confirms that the Odyssey remains the best minivan choice for those who truly enjoy driving.”
Besides being friendly on your wallet when it comes to getting gas, extremely safe, and fun to drive, the Odyssey is the smartest choice for families. Just ask Parenting Magazine. The magazine picked the Honda Odyssey Touring Elite as one of the year’s “Smartest Family Cars.”
“By recognizing today’s smartest cars, Parenting hopes to make it easy for families to use technology on the road, whether it’s for a quick run to the store or for an extended road trip vacation,” said Ana Connery, Editorial Director for The Parenting Group. “Our editors’ top picks have thought of everything so that parents don’t have to.”
Some of this technology includes its Blind Spot Information System that indicates when there may be something in the driver’s blind spot, which is very helpful when you’ve got kid number two and three going at it in the back seat. Honda’s DVD Rear Entertainment System has a 16.2 inch screen that allows you to view video from two different sources simultaneously; again, great for solving arguments over what the kids want to watch.
“The Odyssey was conceived as the ultimate family vehicle, and the Odyssey Touring Elite takes that concept to an unprecedented new level,” said Michael Accavitti, vice president of marketing operations, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “Being listed among the ‘Smartest Family Cars’ pays tribute to the Honda R&D team in Ohio and manufacturing team in Alabama responsible for designing and building the best minivan on the road.”
Northwest Honda, Sims Honda and Apple Valley Honda have a great supply of Honda Odysseys, so if you are in the market for an award-winning family vehicle, head there first!