"I'm NEVER going to buy a minivan"
February 6, 2019
2018 Honda Odyssey EX-L with Navigation and Rear Entertainment.
First let me start off by saying I'm not a Honda fan. Ever since I had a terrible experience with a civic I stayed away from Honda. After having my 2nd child our compact SUV was not big enough (2 kids both in car seats, a double stroller, and 2 dogs. Yeah that wasn't going to happen). I test drove every 3 row SUV on the market because I was NOT going to own a minivan. I test drove a 2016 Honda Pilot and just loved it. So that brought me back to the Honda Line. I went to a dealership and told the sales guy I was looking at the Pilot. He asked the size of my family and said "let me show you the Odyssey". I was VERY reluctant to look at it. 1 because it was same car my parents drove and 2 it was a MINIVAN! But I decided to go and look. Am I glad that I did! The amount of space this thing had, the seats were so comfortable, it's turning radius was felt like I was driving a car, and the ride was incredible! I was able to take the car home for 3 days before I made my final decision. In those 3 days, I put the stroller in it, tested the rear entertainment for my 2 year old, loved that I could open the doors and my 2 year old could climb in, oh and I didn't have to worry about hitting the car next to me in the parking lot! I was sold on the van.
I bought the van on December 28, 2018 and knew this was going to be our family car for years. I can keep all of the seats up and have the stroller in the trunk. The EX-L offers plenty of features to feel like you are driving the top of the line without the price tag. Leather seats with driver memory, keyless entry with remote start, automatic doors, Honda Sensing (thats on the EX trim as well) and the system work great. Automatic lift gate, automatic high beams, the magic sliding seats, auto lock feature so if you walk away with full hands the car will lock, and many more! I average 30 MPG combined driving (eco mode is always on).
Yes I am no longer "cool" but hey this thing can carry my family and all of our stuff comfortably. My car only has less than 6,000 miles on it now, so it is a baby, but she's a great car and we have had no problems with her. Don't stick to the SUV craze, cave and buy the minivan. You won't regret it!