American Honda Motor Co has announced that the 2016 Honda Odyssey will go on sale in the US on August 4th. The 2016 Odyssey will get eight variants including a Special Edition variant which will be slotted in between the EX and EXL trim levels.
The Special Edition variant will feature additional equipment like the rear entertainment system (RES) along with SiriusXM radio. It will also feature the HondaVAC in-vehicle vacuum cleaner which was earlier seen only on the top spec Touring Elite, integrated into the rear panel of the cargo area, operating on the vehicle’s 12V electrical system.
The manufacturer claims that the HondaVAC will easily outdo other handheld rechargeable vacuum cleaners in terms of performance. It includes an extendable hose with the ability to reach every corner of the vehicle along with two separate head attachments.
The infotainment system makes use of touch panel controls with the special edition featuring a DVD player as standard. HandsFreeLink has been made standard across trim levels along with Bluetooth. The EX,SE,EXL, Touring and Touring Elite trim levels also get HondaLink featuring ‘Aha’ that offers hundreds of channels through smartphone tethering.
The Odyssey features the Honda Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) for the body structure using high strength materials. Safety features like Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW) are offered on higher spec trims.
The 2016 Odyssey is powered by a 3.5-litre V6 i-VTEC engine that produces 248 hp of power at 5,700 rpm and 250 lb-ft (338.9 Nm) of torque including Honda’s Variable Cylinder Management. The 2016 Honda Odyssey range starts at $29,275 for the base LX trim. The Odyssey Special Edition is priced at $33,375 with the range topping Touring Elite trim priced at $44,750.