The 2015 Odyssey: ‘Now That’s Pretty Cool’
It didn’t take long. Kabeir Dilawri, the general manager at Crown Honda, was pleased to report that the first 2015 Honda Odyssey “was sold last week.”
Of course, to Dilawri, that was anything but a surprise.
“Ever since the new design came out in 2011m, it’s been a top seller,” Dilawri said. “Frankly, the customer demand is so high, it’s hard for us to keep them in stock.”
At edmunds.com, where the reviewers even take into consideration the reviews of drivers, the Odyssey always gets top marks.
“Fresh off last year’s makeover, this best-selling minivan offers seating for up to eight passengers in three rows,” Edmunds wrote. “The cabin is full of innovative features, including second-row seats with sections that can be spread apart to keep sparring siblings at arm’s length or rearranged to create a middle or side aisle. On upper trim levels, the center portion of the seat can even be scooted forward to keep high-maintenance young’uns close at hand. Dark-tinted rear privacy glass and side-window sunshades do their part to help backseat passengers keep their cool.
“There are a number of nifty technology items here as well, like an 8-inch color touchscreen audio interface, smartphone app integration, active noise cancellation, a standard rearview camera and even a built-in vacuum designed to take care of the messes kids inevitably leave in their wake. Top scores in government and insurance industry crash tests, combined with advanced safety features like optional forward collision alert and lane-departure warning, are available to help drivers avoid potential collisions altogether.
“Perhaps the Odyssey’s most notable attribute, however, is a driving experience that feels a good bit more engaging than what you get from other competing minivans. Though the Odyssey — like virtually all modern minivans — long ago outgrew its ‘mini’ dimensions, it rides and handles like a smaller vehicle. The 3.5-liter V6 engine complements this with quick acceleration and respectable EPA fuel economy ratings.”
As for Dilawri, he’s pretty keen on “the nifty technology.”
“There’s a vacuum in the back,” Dilawri said with a grin. “If you have kids, that’s pretty cool.”
The Dilawri Automotive Group
Founded in 1984 by Ashok Dilawri, the Dliawri Automotive Group has more than 400 employees and includes seven Winnipeg-based car dealerships. It also provides customers with the Waverly Auto Mall (WAM) Collision Center, a 24-bay glass, paint and auto body center; D-MAX, a 14-bay detailing center; and GAS Performance, a specialty aftermarket and performance accessory showroom with the largest inventory of custom wheels and tires in Winnipeg. The Dilawri Automotive Group has been named one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies.