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2009 Honda Odyssey big on style, safety and space


The new Honda Odyssey combines the drivability and performance of a sports sedan with the space and versatility of a 7-seater

Honda says the Odyssey is the vehicle for families who don't want to sacrifice style, safety or space for handling.

It's available in two models - the S and luxury L.

The new Odyssey is powered by a 2.4 litre i-VTEC engine, producing 133kW at 6500rpm and 218Nm of torque at 4500rpm.

There has been a weight reduction in the engine and transmission. The Odyssey's fuel economy is ADR 9.3, however Honda says its optimal Auckland-Taupo-Auckland drive produced ADR 6.5 and 6.7 for the S and L models respectively. The Odyssey's emissions fall within both LEVII and Euro4 standards.

The 2009 Odyssey is lower externally and boasts more interior space including extra headroom, leg space and knee clearance. There is an extra 40mm of legroom and 20mm of knee space for third-row passengers.

Driver visibility is improved by a reduction in the width of the A pillar and removing the front door's quarter-light window's rear pillar.

The car features a seat-folding system that includes a three-way split back so the left, right, and centre seatbacks can be independently folded down to create any seating combination from two to seven seats.

Reclining/walk-in second row seats and single folding third row seats make it easy to transform the Odyssey into a loading van or alternatively to use it as a 5-seater - with the final two seats easily popping up when it needs to stretch to a 7-seater.

The L model boasts a steering wheel with tilt and telescopic features, plus a 6-CD stacker, leather interior, heated front seats, electric drivers seat, one-touch electric sun roof and separate front and rear climate control.

As with its entire fleet, Honda has given special attention to improving the safety of drivers, passengers and even pedestrians and other vehicle users when creating the new Odyssey.

Among the key safety technologies included as standard is Advanced Compatibility Engineering. Essentially ACE's "catcher's mitt" technology means, in the event of a frontal accident with another vehicle, occupants inside the Odyssey have a higher level of protection because size and height differences between the two cars are accommodated.

Child seats are catered for with top tether anchor points and all seating positions are fitted with 3-point ELR safety belts, plus six airbags and front active headrests have been added.

Electronic Stability Control, Honda's Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) includes traction control and Enhanced Motion Adaptive EPS with crosswind driver assist. These work in conjunction with Electric Power Steering (EPS) and Drive-by-Wire (DBW) throttle .

The low centre-of-gravity/high roll centre chassis will combine nimble handling with a comfortable ride. In the front, a double-wishbone suspension delivers straight-line stability and ride comfort. In the rear, the reactive-link, double-wishbone suspension achieves a compact design that significantly contributes to the low-floor platform.

16" steel and 17" inch alloy wheels come as standard on the S and L models respectively.

The Honda Odyssey S is priced at $46,000 and the L at $56,000 (plus on road costs). The Odyssey is available in Gunmetal, Luminous Blue pearl, Obsidian and Quick Silver.

View previous model Honda Odysseys for sale here.

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