Honda Odyssey: Redesigned for 2008

By: Evander Klum

American Honda Motor Co. Inc. now releases the details, features, and some technical specs of the redesigned Honda Odyssey minivan for the 2008 model year. The vehicle now comes with a new exterior styling and powertrain components that offer excellent fuel economy.

"The Odyssey is the king of the Honda lineup when it comes to moving the maximum number of people in maximum comfort. For 2008, the Odyssey strengthens its styling and functional advantages while adding even more premium features." said Dick Colliver, Executive Vice President of American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

The redesigned 2008 Honda Odyssey minivan comes in four available model trim levels: Odyssey LX, Odyssey EX, Odyssey EX-L, and Odyssey Touring. Honda offers two powertrain units for these models.

The 2008 Odyssey LX and Odyssey EX will be equipped with a 3.5-liter all-aluminum SOHC VTEC engine under their hood, capable of pumping out 244 horsepower at 5750 rpm and pulls out 240 lb-ft. amount of peak torque at 5000 rpm. Meanwhile, the Odyssey EX-L and Odyssey Touring models will feature the top of the line 3.5-liter all-aluminum SOHC i-VTEC V6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) to provide additional fuel economy. This power unit delivers 241 horsepower at 5700 rpm and prduces 242 lb-ft. amount of torque at 4900 rpm. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rated the 3.5-liter engine to have a fuel economy of 16/23 mpg city/highway, while the 3.5-liter V6 engine has a fuel economy of 17/25 mpg2 city / highway.

The 2008 Honda Odyssey's exterior styling focuses on a bolder and aggressive stance, according to the Japanese automaker. Changes on the exterior include a six-sided grille design and front bumper fascia with crisp lines, and . Wheel and tire combinations for the 2008 Honda Odysseys include 16-inch wheels with all-season 235/65R16 tires for standard for LX, EX and EX-L, and 17-inch alloy wheels and all-season 235/60R17 tires for the Odyssey Touring. In addition, customers can also get the Michelin PAX System run-flat technology wheels and tires measuring 460 mm and 235-710R 460 A, respectively.

On the inside, the 2008 Honda Odyssey comes with a host of functional and comfortable interior, with other information and entertainment in-car systems.

Interior highlights for the model trim levels of the 2008 Honda Odyssey include new colors and textures for the instrument panel, 2nd Row PlusOne Seat, standard MP3/Windows Media Audio (WMA) compatibility, standard auxiliary input jack, One-Motion 60/40 Split 3rd-Row Magic Seat, 3rd-Row Magic Seat, available Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System with voice recognition and an 8-inch screen, Zagat Survey restaurant guide information, and Honda DVD Entertainment System with a 9-inch screen, rearview camera. Other available interior features include Bluetooth HandsFreeLink (available on Odyssey EX-L and Touring), 4-way power passenger seat, and memory-linked side mirrors with reverse gear tilt-down, dual-zone air conditioning, tilt and telescope steering wheel, power windows and door locks, keyless entry and cruise control.

Safety is one of the most significant factors considered by Honda as stated in the company's "Safety for Everyone" program. For the 2008 Honda Odyssey, Honda equipped the vehicle with numerous active and passive safety components. These include new active front seat head restraints, new daytime running lights, Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), standard anti-lock brakes with brake assist, advanced dual-stage dual-threshold driver's and front passenger's SRS airbags, front side airbags with passenger-side Occupant Protection Detection System (OPDS), and three-row side-curtain airbags with a rollover sensor, and three Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) child seat attachment systems. In addition, the 2008 Odyssey is made of Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure. With these safety systems, the 2008 Honda Odyssey earned the highest five-star crash safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

American Honda did not release the availability and manufacturer's suggested retail price of the 2008 Honda Odyssey.

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