Two features stood out to me on my test car, a fancy Touring Elite model that's great for road trips:
— A GIANT VIDEO SCREEN: Built-in DVD players have become common upgrades in minivans lately, but the Odyssey one-ups its competitors with a massive, 16.2-inch LCD screen that flips down from the ceiling.
It makes the cabin feel like Cowboys Stadium. Not only can it play DVD movies with wireless headphones and a remote control, but you can also
hook up any video device with a high-definition HDMI input.
— HONDA'S 'MAGIC SEAT': Minivan makers have long tried to beat each other up over how easy their seats are to fold down. Chrysler's Stow-n-Go seats are brilliant, but Honda's "Magic Seat" may be even better.
It lets you fold the seats down easily with one hand. Just pull on a little rope and, like the name suggests, the seat magically folds away. If you use your van for hauling things, it makes the process of converting between carrying people and carrying cargo much easier.
Pricing starts at $28,575 for the LX model and ranges up to $43,925 for the Touring Elite with leather seats and lots of high-tech upgrades.
Derek Price reviews automobiles for CNHI News Service. Contact him at email@example.com.