Minivans have never aroused any great emotion in me. Of course, I’m a responsible father, so I have one in my driveway. How can a good family man and race car driver accommodate his top three passions — his son, his sweetie and his steering wheel?
|Choosing the 2010 Honda Odyssey to meet your family needs couldn’t make more sense. (Photo: Honda)
Honda provided me with the answer: the 2010 Odyssey. While nowhere near as exciting as Ulysses’, this Japanese vessel has managed to set benchmarks for every other minivan since the second-generation model was launched. Nearly all auto journalists and writers agree that the Odyssey stands alone in its class.
The exterior design isn’t too shabby and successfully counters the boxy styling required by a minivan’s utility aspirations. It’s a fact that reason takes over passion when you purchase a minivan instead of sports car, for instance. Fortunately, the 2010 Honda Odyssey doesn’t let you down with regard to style and, dare I say it, character.
Families will enjoy the abundant room and hauling capacity of this vehicle. The five seats in the back all prove easily accessible and comfortable once you get there. The power sliding doors open in a breeze (especially true with the remote control button), while the power second-row windows literally let in a breeze.
You can store a number of valuables away from preying eyes thanks to the myriad of compartments spread across the cabin. For added parental peace of mind, an available rear-seat entertainment system with wireless headsets allows your kids to watch movies or play video games in quiet, orderly fashion. Time sure goes by faster, believe me!
SUVs and crossovers may have replaced minivans as the preferred choice of transportation for families, but there are still people out there who remain loyal to the genre. Unless you have a Chevy Suburban or a trailer, you’ll be hard-pressed to cram as much gear into a single cabin.
|The five seats in the back all prove easily accessible and comfortable once you get there. (Photo: Philippe Champoux/Auto123.com)