If you are looking for a vehicle that offers simple yet elegant styling, a comfortable cabin with plenty of cargo space, top safety scores, good gas mileage and fantastic performance, look no further than the 2012 Honda Odyssey Minivan. It is powered with a 3.5-liter SOHC V-6 engine that delivers an output power of 248 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque. The engine uses an advanced technology that is unique to the Japanese car manufacturer; better known as Variable Cylinder Management, or VCM, It is this technology that makes it possible for Honda Odyssey to return 18 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. The minivan is available in five different trims; the LX, EX and EX-L received their power with a five-speed automatic while the Touring and Touring Elite have a six-speed automatic.
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In terms of safety, this minivan is a preferred pick to haul precious cargo around in. The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety gave the Odyssey a "Good" rating for frontal-offset, side-impact and roof-strength crash tests. It can come to a stop from 60 mph in 129 feet, which is pretty average. A few of the safety features on all trims include anti-lock brakes, engine immobilizer, emergency brakeforce distribution, child seat anchors, stability and traction control, tire pressure monitoring and a whiplash protection system in the front head restraints.
Being rated number two out of eight minivans on the market, is no surprise to Honda, considering the Odyssey is packed with astute features to include a second row seat that can stretch to facilitate three car seats and a 16" rear entertainment center, which can be used to watch DVD's or play video games or both. You will also appreciate that the third row seat folds completely to allow for the maximum amount of cargo space possible. The Toyota Sienna is the next best thing to the Odyssey, and while it does have a lower base price, four-cylinder engine and all-wheel drive capabilities, it still is no match to the Odyssey's robust performance. For 2012, the Odyssey sees subtle changes, but still ranks number one in terms of resale, safety and reliability. It offers slick styling, agile handling and a smooth ride for all passengers. Overall, if you are looking for a value family car that has the basic features, spacious compartment and exceptional safety features, the 2012 Honda Odyssey Minivan is the perfect choice.