New Zealand: New Honda Odyssey launched

November 14, 2014

Honda has launched the new people-mover – Odyssey – in New Zealand. Available in two versions – as a 7-seater and 8-seater – the new van is priced from NZ $45,990. The fifth-generation Odyssey is 30 mm longer and 150 mm taller than its predecessor, which was launched back in 2008. The wheelbase is now 70 mm longer and the floor is 60 mm lower which makes ingress and egress car easier and increases the head room.

2015 Honda Odyssey front three quarters right

Under the hood there’s a four-cylinder 2.4-litre i-VTEC petrol engine that produces 129 kW (173 hp) power and 225 Nm of torque. Honda has equipped the van with an automatic transmission (CVT) with Idle Stop and G-Design Shift, and also provided steering wheel mounted paddle shifters. The Odyssey S is available with eight seats and the more feature-equipped Odyssey L is available with seven seats.

2015 Honda Odyssey cabin

Standard features on both variants include one-touch power sliding doors, multi-angle reversing camera and a touch screen. The ‘L’ variant has added premium features such as, leather interior, captain seats, park assist, 360 degree surround camera, blind spot monitoring, smart entry, push-button start, cross-traffic warning system and navigation.

2015 Honda Odyssey dashboard

The fifth-generation people-mover is made with 20 percent more high-tensile steel and extra chassis bracing for higher torsional rigidity. Honda claims that it has increased noise-cancelling material by 50 percent. The new Odyssey has 5-year warranty and roadside assistance as standard. The ‘S’ variant is priced at NZ $45,900 whereas the ‘L’ variant is priced at NZ $52,500; both are imported from Japan.

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  1. Seriously? Being a Mom of 4, I want it to look like a girl car. No man I know in Texas would drive a mini van. Why are you making them so male looking? sporty? EW! Toyota got it right. The interior had sparkle meaning chrome accents everywhere. The dash and sides mimicked my Louis Vuitton Epi leather. The reason I traded my honda mini van in and got a toyota sienna, was because the current body style and inside are designed for men. I drive ALL day from baseball to gymnastics, to dance to tennis. I am sitting for hours. Your microscopic thin drivers seat looks painful, and I test drove it and it was. The body looked like a hyena bottom….hyenas have that body where their back end drags down. FINALLY you got rid of that horrific design. You need to glam it up, cushion it up, make it soft, pretty and lots of chrome for sparkle ( not the sicker onto plastic chrome either, did you know the sticker comes off and actually cut my sons finger?) Men and women alike call us mini van nerds. I never thought I would be a mini van nerd till I got my first Honda Mini Van in 2008, then 2010…then I got the Toyota Sienna. I loved and missed my Honda Odyessy, but your design was ugly and manly. I happily drove the toyata and am thinking of a new one. I would really like a Honda again, but the inside is so sporty and plain and not cushy. Who ever is in charge, please get your act together and realize this mini van is for MOMS! not DADS…well not herterosexula dads. My husband LOVES the mini van secretly, but bashes it in public. I love it and do not care about being a mini van nerd. PLEASE Honda people….get a woman in there to design it…I guarantee if you did it would fly off the lots. One suggestion, maybe two suggestions (1st have a noise barrier from just behind the passenger and driver seats, Im sick of hearing yelling, and tattling, and their music (2nd Don’t add a DVD. Your DVD’s are terrible. Just add a docking station for the iPad or some kind of tablet, and we can just click it in and out and watch netflix if we want. The iPads or Samsungs are bigger with better pixles and we can remove it for safety. So, just some ideas. MOM to 4 kiddos and a really immature husband.

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