"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. Find a Honda Odyssey for sale
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