2019 Honda Odyssey Simply when it seems the automotive industry has lost its approach with ridiculous horsepower or a crossover for every countryman, a simple automobile emerges. For over 50 years, this automotive has been the 2019 Honda Odyssey.
Often derided by fanatics as appliances, the no-frills commuter car will get the vast majority of consumers where they want to go within the manner they need to get there, safely and at a price. The 2019 Honda Odyssey does it even higher.
Exhibit A that the automotive industry has gotten a little bit nuts: the typical transaction value for a brand new automobile is more than $37,000, in line with Kelley Blue Ebook. Simple guilty the automakers in this era of no accountability however we are the ones paying these large costs for giant autos loaded with stuff we don’t use all that a lot.
For just below $23,000, the 2019 Honda Odyssey puts each greenback to useful use.
Despite the fact that it rides on a brand new platform, the 2019 Honda Odyssey blends in unremarkably like a ballcap at a baseball recreation. On nearer inspection, the Hybrid gets blue accents around the badging, 15-inch wheels with low resistance tires, and it appears more composed than the youthful outgoing model that attempted too onerous to be totally different. The Fu Manchu front fascia is extra streamlined and less indignant, and the whole look is smoother front to again. However nonetheless, the one time the four-door compact turns heads is when it makes that whir-whir-whir lunar landing gear sound when creeping at low speeds or in reverse in EV mode.
The primary-ever 2019 Honda Odyssey within the US is constructed on Toyota’s 20 years of success with hybrid powertrains. It uses the identical Hybrid Synergy Drive as the current Prius, with two motors and an efficient 1.8-liter inline four-cylinder engine. Total output with the fixed ratio transmission is 121 horsepower to the entrance wheels. The system uses exhaust warmth to heat engine coolant and get the engine heated faster. The cabin heats quicker, too, which might be significant for cold-weather consumers wary of the cold vary loss in a plug-in hybrid or electric vehicle.
In Sport mode it doesn’t drag as much because the Prius. Anticipating nothing, it has a stunning little bit of pop. Extra importantly, it is rated at 53 mpg metropolis, 52 mpg combined, identical as hybrid variations of the Honda Insight, Toyota Camry and even the Prius. For traditional hybrids without a plug, the 2019 Honda Odyssey trails solely the Hyundai Ioniq’s 58 mpg.
Round town, with the electronically controlled brake set in the drive mode, the 2019 Honda Odyssey averaged more than 57 mpg in our week around town. Setting EV mode helps conserve power beneath low throttle up to about 20 mph, and then again at cruising speeds of about 40 mph, so long as there’s sufficient charge within the battery.
The battery is situated under the rear seat, so you don’t lose much cargo room. 60/40 rear seats fold flat for an excellent load ground. Rear seat room is adequate sufficient to suit two teens, and total it felt roomy enough for a family of four.
The only trim in the Hybrid comes normal with Toyota Safety Sense 2.0, with automatic emergency braking, lane centering, adaptive cruise control that works both at freeway cruising speeds and in commuter site visitors from 24 mph down to a stop. It also comes with the eight-inch contact display with Apple CarPlay, and a seven-inch cluster show to remain competitive.
Priced at only $three,000 greater than the 2019 Honda Odyssey and $1,200 less than a similarly equipped Honda Perception (EX trim), the 2019 Honda Odyssey is the superbly practical, remarkably cheap around-town automotive.
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