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Best-Selling Honda Odyssey Returns for 2015 with Stellar Reputation for Safety Performance, Innovation, Fuel Efficiency, Purchase Value and Retained Value

Multiple awards, accolades and its top sales position speak to Odyssey’s pinnacle status as the best minivan for families

MARKHAM, ON (August 18, 2014) – Beginning today, the 2015 Honda Odyssey goes on sale with a starting Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price (MSRP)1 of $30,250. The Odyssey was among the top selling minivans in Canada in 2013.

The Odyssey received a host of powertrain, styling, interior, feature and safety equipment upgrades for the 2014 model year, including the acclaimed in-vehicle vacuum cleaner, the HondaVAC™, featured on the Odyssey Touring Elite. Other upgrades designed to meet the needs of active families included the addition of a standard 6-speed automatic transmission resulting in class-leading NRCan fuel-economy ratings, enhanced safety equipment and connectivity upgrades.

These changes plus the functionality of the fundamental design elicited numerous 2014 awards. These ranged from Auto123.com and CarGuide for Best Minivan and a Best Value award ALC Canada and Canadian Black Book.  View, build and price at 2015 Honda Odyssey at www.honda.ca.


Powertrain
The 2015 Odyssey features a 3.5-litre, 24-valve V-6 engine producing 248 hp at 5,700 rpm and 250 lb-ft of torque at 4,800 rpm. Honda’s i-VTEC® enhances power delivery while Variable Cylinder Management™ (VCM®) helps maximize fuel efficiency and reduce emissions. The engine is paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission for NRCan fuel-economy ratings of 12.3/8.5/10.6 L/100 km2 city/highway and California Air Resources Board (CARB) ULEV-2 emissions certification3.

Body
Refined and youthful, sporty and advanced, the Odyssey’s styling includes premium elements including black-trimmed headlights, available fog lights, a muscular hood, and black-surround grille for an upscale appearance. Body-colour matched side mirrors and bright chrome trim add to the premium appearance. Rear styling and LED taillights with clear lenses and eye-catching perimeter “light pipes” add to the polished look.

Lightweight aluminum is used for the hood, front fenders and front suspension lower control arms. The LX model features 17-inch steel wheels with covers, while SE, EX and EX-L models utilize 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels. Touring models feature 18-inch premium sport aluminum alloy wheels.

Interior
The 2015 Odyssey’s interior is ideal for families, with high-grade meter illumination and interior lighting, chrome-trimmed instrument dials and door handles, an available 7-inch touch-screen, and an ideally positioned DVD player for the available Rear Entertainment System. Sophisticated styling and white halo lighting make the instrumentation easier to read and the climate controls easy to operate.

All 2015 Odyssey models and trim levels include an Expanded View Driver’s Mirror. The driver’s side mirror provides a 19-percent increase in visible area, offering an enhanced view of objects that might otherwise be hidden in the vehicle’s blind spot. Included on Odyssey EX, and EX-L models, the Honda LaneWatch™ display provides an expanded rear view of the passenger side roadway. The system uses a camera mounted on the bottom of the passenger door mirror, which when activated by the right turn signal or the signal-stalk LaneWatch™ button, displays a live, 80-degree view of the passenger-side roadway, compared to 18- to 22-degrees typical of a standard door mirror.

HondaVAC™
The Odyssey Touring features the first minivan in-vehicle vacuum cleaner system, HondaVac™ which is designed to help families keep the minivan interior neat and clean. Engineered for dry use, the HondaVAC™ operates on the vehicle’s 12-volt electrical system, and its performance easily surpasses that of a handheld rechargeable vacuums.

Integrated in the rear cargo area of the vehicle, the HondaVAC™ includes an extendable hose that can reach every interior corner of the vehicle. Two separate head attachments expand versatility, while a removable debris canister and replaceable filter bag makes maintaining the vacuum easy. To protect the vehicle battery’s state of charge, the HondaVAC™ runs up to eight minutes when the vehicle’s ignition is in Accessory mode – or continuously if the engine is running.

Audio, Connectivity & Rear Entertainment
Odyssey EX and above models have intuitive touch panel controls that reduce button clutter on the centre stack. An upper 8-inch display and a lower 7-inch display provide a simpler overall interface improving usability of multiple features at one time (i.e. phone and audio. navigation and audio, etc.).

When paired to a compatible cellular phone, Aha™ interface is available on EX, EX-L and Touring models. A rear DVD player is standard in EX RES and EX-L RES models. The Touring also anew Neural 5.1 Surround™ audio.

HandsFreeLink® is included on all models, and Bluetooth® audio streaming, SMS and email functions are available with compatible smartphones. Additional features include a phonebook, call history, speed dial and contact picture. Odyssey EX, EX-L and Touring models include HondaLink™ featuring Aha™ which offers content from hundreds of channels through a tethered compatible smartphone.

Safety Equipment & Performance
The Odyssey utilizes the next-generation of Honda’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure and makes extensive use of high-strength steel in the A-, B- and C-pillars, roof rails, floor rails, front body area, and front subframe. This results in a very strong front door opening with less chance of deformation in a frontal collision.

Advanced driver-assistive technologies available on the Odyssey include Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW). Using the Odyssey’s front camera module, FCW warns of a possible collision with a vehicle detected in front, while LDW notifies the driver of departures from detected lanes4. The two systems are packaged together on Odyssey EX-L and Touring and models, and provide visual and audible warnings.

For More Information
Consumer information is available at www.honda.ca. To join the Odyssey community on Facebook, visit facebook.com/HondaCanada. Additional media information including features and high-resolution photography of the 2015 Honda Odyssey is available at www.hondanews.ca.

1Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
22015 NRCan mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.
3ULEV-2 (Ultra-Low-Emission Vehicle) models as certified by the California Air Resources Board (CARB).
4FCW cannot detect all objects ahead and may not detect a given object; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and other factors. System operation affected by high interior heat. FCW does not include a braking function. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and avoiding collisions. LDW only alerts drivers when lane drift is detected without a turn signal in use. LDW may not detect all lane markings or lane departures; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and road condition. System operation affected by extreme interior heat. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and avoiding collisions.

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