8/13/2019

25 Years of Odyssey

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Quite a celebratory powertrain offering

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Honda is marking 25 years of the Odyssey minivan, which launched in 1995, and which has had combined sales of in excess of 2.7-million since. There have been five generations of the vehicle, and along the way the Odyssey has introduced such things to the segment as a third row that folds flat into the floor and a built-in vacuum cleaner.

Although the minivan is absolutely the best overall architecture for someone who is truly interested in space and utility, unfortunately the segment isn’t exactly robust. In the case of the Odyssey, for example, through July, the company has sold 56,611 units in the U.S., which is a decline of 6.5% compared with the same period in 2018.

Honda 10-speed automatic transmission

 

For the 25th Anniversary model they are offering such things as chrome accents and special badges. But what is more notable is that all 2020 Odysseys come standard with a 10-speed automatic as well as Idle Stop.

Think about that: a 10-speed. The first-gen? A four-speed.

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