It’s unlikely that you’ll have seen a minivan on the roads of Martinsville, Danville, Rocky Mount, or Greensboro and thought, “Wow! Look at That!”. Despite that, the 2024 Honda Odyssey reinforces that nothing compares to a minivan for transporting up to 8 people and their stuff from one place to another. However, as well as being as flexible, practical, versatile, and comfortable as a top minivan needs to be, the 2024 Odyssey confounds popular perception by also being stylish and great to drive. The 2024 Odyssey creates a situation where saying don’t knock it until you’ve tried it has rarely been more appropriate.
The 2024 Honda Odyssey is one of those vehicles where it’s obvious to anyone what it’s for and who is likely to need it. Carrying up to eight people and a decent amount of cargo is its mission, and that’s why unlimited specifications and configuration options wouldn’t be appropriate. Honda has pitched the 2024 Odyssey perfectly to appeal to as broad an audience as is likely to be listening, with five trim levels to choose from.
At the entry-level, the 2024 Honda Odyssey EX represents a good blend of features and value for money. From there, the lineup gets increasingly generously equipped as you progress through EX-L, Sport, Touring, and top-of-the-line Elite trim levels. Automotive designers can’t get carried away with outlandish minivan styling as function is more important. Still, considerable credit must go to Honda for creating what you can describe as a stylish and genuinely desirable minivan.
A small-displacement engine would probably struggle to motivate a minivan with a full load of people and cargo when getting away from the line on the flat, never mind uphill. That’s why all 2024 Honda Odyssey models feature a 3.5-liter V-6 engine with a very useful 280 horsepower and 262 lb.-ft. of torque. The power goes to the front wheels through a ten-speed automatic transmission, with front struts and a multi-link rear suspension providing a comfortable ride despite the understandably limited aerodynamic performance of the Odyssey minivan.
Although people and cargo carrying are the main focus of the Odyssey, if you think that’s where its talents begin and end, you might want to think again. This ultimate family vehicle can also tow up to 3,500 pounds, enough for a small boat or some other recreational vehicle to enhance those weekend adventures.
Everyone knows Honda builds extremely safe vehicles, and the 2024 Honda Odyssey more than lives up to that impressive reputation. Odyssey puts most rivals to shame with a maximum five-star rating for overall safety from the NHTSA and that coveted Top Safety Pick+ accolade from the IIHS. Honda Sensing is the name of the standard suite of safety features all models get, which includes active lane control, blind-spot monitors, automatic high beams, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, and adaptive cruise control.
All models also get heated front seats, and leather-trimmed seating is standard for every model above the base EX trim. Those sensational Magic Slide 2nd-row seats are standard across the range, as are the equally impressive One-Motion 60/40 split 3rd-row Magic Seats. Every Odyssey gets an excellent 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 7-speaker audio system, and HD Radio. Go for a range-topping Elite model, and you even get an advanced rear entertainment system with a pair of 10.2-inch high-resolution screens, built-in streaming apps, and wireless headphones.
If you need to transport up to eight people and their luggage or even the occasional large object, you won’t find a more versatile and practical solution than the 2024 Honda Odyssey. Discover this staggeringly flexible vehicle for yourself with a test drive from Nelson Honda here at 2500 Greensboro Rd, Martinsville, Virginia, or call us at (276) 632-9741 for more information about prices and availability and book an appointment for a time that fits your schedule.