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Here’s Why I Replaced My Honda Odyssey With Another Honda Odyssey

About 3.5 years ago, I leveled up as a dad and bought a minivan. Specifically, a 2007 Honda Odyssey Touring, which was the fanciest minivan you could buy in 2007. Now that that beauty is over 200,000 miles and parts are starting to fall off, I’ve decided it’s time for a replacement. I now drive the fanciest minivan you could buy in 2018: a 2018 Honda Odyssey Elite.

This was a pretty easy car-buying decision because I loved my boring Honda minivan. So it seemed obvious that its replacement would be a more modern version of the same car. That’s what I bought and I couldn’t be happier with my second minivan.

The simple joy of minivans

The reason I’m a minivan enthusiast is simple: I have four kids (so far). I need a lot of seats and I’m just not into the idea of a 3-row crossover. The sliding doors, more space-efficient interior, and more family-friendly features make a minivan way more practical than an SUV for my everyday needs.

A 3-row crossover is good if you only occasionally need a third row of seats. However, I need all three rows almost every time I drive my van. I need the third row to be roomy and easy to access. There’s simply no SUV with a third row that fits that requirement as well as my Honda Odyssey does.

Family-friendly luxury

All of the luxury brands are too cowardly to sell a true luxury minivan in the U.S. However, you won’t hear me complain, because my Honda Odyssey Elite is as luxurious as it makes sense for a minivan to be. Besides, having Honda badges rather than Acura badges makes it cheaper for me to pick up on the used market.

The level of refinement and the quality of the interior materials are excellent, but it’s still durable and practical on the inside, which means it’s still good for family use. This interior will take a beating. Muddy shoes, wrappers, banana peels, cases for movies like “Lego Batman,” and other foreign substances will litter this interior. But that’s okay because it has durable and easy-to-clean factory rubber floor mats and the HondaVAC.

We need to talk about HondaVAC

Now that I have HondaVAC in my life, I can’t begin to understand why anyone would choose to buy a modern car that does not have a built-in vacuum. What I thought was just a funny gimmick is a feature that I use all the time. It’s so fun to use that I use it to clean up even the smallest messes that happen anywhere in the interior.

Since messes are instantly cleaned up by HondaVAC, the interior of my Odyssey is still very clean a few weeks after buying it. I know that will change and eventually it will require more thorough cleaning than what HondaVAC can manage, but so far, it’s a very handy feature that really does keep my interior cleaner.

One less thing

When Forrest Gump found out he didn’t have to worry about money any more thanks to the investing savvy of Lieutenant Dan, his response was,“That’s good… one less thing.”

Having a Honda Odyssey is “one less thing.” It’s one less thing to worry about. I have enough on my plate and it’s a pretty good feeling to just not have to worry about my car. It’s safe, reliable, comfortable, and extremely practical. I don’t worry about big maintenance costs. It’s not a hassle to get the whole family loaded up in the van. I can even open the doors with the push of a button on the key fob.

I know it’s not a very exciting car, but I’m more than willing to sacrifice a little adrenaline for all of the benefits the Honda Odyssey gives my family. The pros drastically outweigh the cons. And if I do feel like having a little more driving fun on the way to church, there’s always sport mode and paddle shifters. Find a Honda Odyssey for sale

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Eric Brandt
Eric Brandt is an author specializing in Oversteer content, new car reviews, and finding the best car, truck, and SUV deals each month. Born and raised in Wisconsin, Eric can often be found exploring the north woods on his 1983 Honda Gold Wing when the weather allows it. Father of four, husband of one, and unapologetic minivan enthusiast. Eric mastered driving stick by having a 3-cylinder Chevy... Read More

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