Under most circumstances, a minivan might be the first choice vehicle for most people in Sherwood Park or elsewhere in Edmonton. Even so, the 2024 Honda Odyssey shows that nothing else comes close to a minivan when it comes to family hauling duties. But as well as being wonderfully flexible, practical, versatile and comfortable, the 2024 Odyssey is also attractively styled and is even enjoyable to drive. Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it is an entirely appropriate phrase to attribute to this exceptional family vehicle.
The 2024 Honda Odyssey is an extremely practical vehicle with a clear mission focus on people carrying, so there’s no need to mess around with almost unlimited specifications and configuration options. That’s why there are three straightforward trim levels to choose from, which start with the entry-level EX-L model and go upwards to the mid-range Touring, and top-of-the-range Black Edition.
Although designers can’t get too wild with minivan exterior styling as compromising internal space would defeat the primary objective, you have to credit Honda for producing a stylish and genuinely desirable minivan. We’re used to seeing Black Editions of pickup trucks, SUVs, and sports cars, so it shows the confidence in the Odyssey design to make a Black Edition version with 19-inch black alloy wheels, Black edition badging, red ambient interior lighting, and even a glass black rear roofline spoiler.
If you’re hauling eight people and their stuff around on long or short journeys, a small-displacement four-cylinder engine probably isn’t going to cut it. That’s why every version of the 2024 Honda Odyssey comes equipped with a 3.5-litre V-6 powerplant that develops 280 horsepower and 262 lb.-ft. of torque. The power gets sent exclusively to the front wheels through a ten-speed automatic transmission, and the less-than-aerodynamic shape gets offset by front struts and a multi-link rear suspension that focuses on ride comfort.
And if you think the Odyssey’s talents are limited to its people and cargo-carrying capabilities, think again. This ultimate family vehicle gets even more user-friendly when you learn it can tow up to 3,500 pounds, enough for a small boat or other recreational vehicles for weekend adventures.
Honda is a brand known for making extremely safe vehicles, and the 2024 Honda Odyssey is no exception. Unlike some SUV and crossover rivals, the Odyssey gets a full five-star rating for overall safety from the NHTSA and Top Safety Pick+ status from the IIHS. Every model receives Honda Sensing, a suite of safety features including active lane control, blind-spot monitors, automatic high beams, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, and adaptive cruise control. There’s even a rear seat reminder that alerts drivers of cargo and passengers left in the rear seats.
All models also get heated front seats and a heated leather steering wheel, and leather-trimmed seating is standard for every model apart from the entry-level EX. Every model features Magic Slide 2nd-row seats and One-Motion 60/40 split 3rd-row Magic Seat, emphasizing this fantastic family vehicle’s ultra-practical and versatile nature.
The 2024 Honda Odyssey takes 8-person mobility to new levels of comfort, versatility, and capability. But don’t take our word for it. Come and see for yourself with a test drive from Wheaton Honda here at 9688 34 Ave NW, Edmonton, Alberta, or call us at (780) 463-7888 for more information and to schedule an appointment.