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2018 Honda Odyssey Ownership: Convenience Equals Love

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author photo by Tara Trompeter June 2018

Our executive editor, Brian Moody, recently published an update on his time with our long-term 2018 Honda Odyssey. His final thought about the minivan was this:

"The Honda Odyssey has no inconvenience; everything it does it does for a reason. I admire that kind of usefulness. I admire it, I recommend it, but I don't love it."

I say this with the utmost respect for Brian's professional opinion: HE IS CRAZY!

How can you not fall madly in love with a machine that has absolutely NO inconvenience? I admit, my feelings about the minivan may be closely tied to the ages of my kids. I have a 7-year-old and a 4-year-old, which means I am knee-deep in whining, occasional tantrums, food preferences, after-school activities, homework, toy disputes and extremely strong opinions about clothing. I live in a state of constant inconvenience. So when I get in the car each morning or after a busy day of work, the last thing I want to deal with is something going wrong with my car. I just want it to do what it's supposed to do, and do it well. And you know what? The Odyssey does just that.

I think Brian's lack of affection for the minivan simply has to do with its fun-to-drive factor (or lack thereof). But that literally doesn't enter my mind when I drive the Odyssey ... or most cars, for that matter, which may be a strange thing for the managing editor of an automotive publication to admit, but it's the truth. I don't really care much about speed or power or handling. I care about how easy it is for me to install my kids' car seats (super easy in the Odyssey, FYI). I care about how seamlessly my phone pairs to the car's bluetooth system and how well it works on a daily basis (I've previously sang the praises of the Odyssey's Bluetooth system, and it still works like a charm). I care about the fact that it offers Apple CarPlay, which is a huge plus for me, especially right now, as Georgia's new hands-free law goes into effect July 1st. This is a big one, and if I were looking to buy a new car right now, I don't think I'd consider one without this feature. Everything I care about with regard to my vehicle at this stage of my life has to do with convenience ... and the 2018 Honda Odyssey just might be the most convenient car I've ever driven.

So that's where I'm at right now ... convenience = love, and I'm totally OK with it. I'll have plenty of time later in life to fall head over heels with cars that are gorgeous but maybe a bit unreliable, or fun-to-drive but won't hold their value ... but for now, useful, easy and dependable have my heart.

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