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7.9

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.2
Performance: 8.7
Interior: 8.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.8
Safety: 9.8
Reliability:
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2013 Honda Odyssey Review

The 2013 Honda Odyssey earns a top spot in our rankings, thanks to its spacious cabin, family-friendly features, surprisingly agile handling, and a great safety score.

Pros & Cons

 

  • Athletic handling for a minivan
  • Plenty of passenger and cargo space
  • Lots of high-tech features
  • Class-leading safety score

 

  • Some interior controls are confusing

2013 Honda Odyssey Overview

Is the 2013 Honda Odyssey a Good Used Minivan?

A used 2013 Honda Odyssey is an excellent pick for families, which is why we named it the 2013 Best Minivan for Families. It offers sharper driving dynamics than most minivans, as well as plenty of features that keep you and your crew comfortable and entertained. It also has a number of active safety features, like a standard rearview camera. However, it’s one of the more expensive used minivans, with higher-than-average ownership costs.

Used 2013 Honda Odyssey Performance and Interior

The 2013 Odyssey has a 248-horsepower V6 engine that provides plenty of pickup for highway driving. Odyssey LX, EX, and EX-L trims come with a five-speed automatic transmission, while Touring and Touring Elite trims have a six-speed automatic. Both transmissions work well overall, but the five-speed can be slow to downshift when more power is needed. With the base powertrain, the Odyssey returns an estimated 18 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway, which is a bit better than most rivals offer. The Odyssey has fairly nimble handling and good composure through corners. That’s an uncommon praise for minivans, which typically have awkward handling due to their size and ride height.

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The Honda Odyssey is a three-row minivan. The base model has standard seating for seven, while all other trims can accommodate eight. Space is generous in the first two rows. As with most minivans, the third row has good room for kids but is a tight squeeze for most adults. There are five full sets of LATCH connectors for child safety seats. The Odyssey’s good-looking cabin features soft-touch surfaces. However, its dashboard has an overwhelming number of buttons and controls, especially with the extra technology features found in the upper trims. Behind its third row, the Odyssey has 38.4 cubic feet of cargo space, which increases to 93.1 with the third row folded flat. Removing the second row gives you 148.5 cubic feet of storage space, which is good for the class.

The 2013 Odyssey comes standard with Bluetooth, cruise control, and a USB port. Available features include a navigation system, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, power-sliding doors, and a moonroof.

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Used 2013 Honda Odyssey Prices

The average price of a used 2013 Odyssey ranges from nearly $14,000 for the base LX model up to about $22,000 for the Touring Elite model, which comes with navigation and a rear-seat DVD entertainment system. However, the price you pay depends on the vehicle’s mileage, condition, location, and features.

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We Did the Research for You: 33 Reviews Analyzed

We base our used car rankings and reviews on an analysis of hard data – including crash test scores, reliability ratings, and total cost of ownership estimates – as well as the opinions of the automotive press. We researched and analyzed 33 Honda Odyssey reviews for this 2013 Odyssey overview.

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How Reliable Is the 2013 Honda Odyssey?

The 2013 Honda Odyssey has an above-average reliability rating of three out of five from J.D. Power.

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How Safe Is the Odyssey?

The 2013 Odyssey has the highest safety score in the class. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named it a Top Safety Pick and gave it the highest rating of Good in all four IIHS crash tests. From the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Odyssey earned five out of five stars overall and in the frontal and side safety evaluations. It received four stars in the rollover test.

A rearview camera is the only standard advanced safety feature. A multi-angle rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, and blind spot monitoring are available.

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Is the 2013 Odyssey the Best Model Year to Buy?

The 2013 Honda Odyssey is a part of a generation that includes the 2011 through 2017 model years. While 2011 and 2012 Odyssey models may cost less, the 2013 Odyssey is the earliest model that comes standard with Bluetooth, a rearview camera, and a USB port.

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Which Used Honda Odyssey Is Right for Me?

The 2013 Odyssey has five trims: LX (base), EX, EX-L, Touring, and Touring Elite. Although the Odyssey EX comes with desirable standard equipment like a rearview camera and Bluetooth, the higher trims give you features for additional comfort, convenience, and peace of mind. 

If you need seating for eight, you’ll want the Odyssey EX trim or higher. The EX model comes with power sliding doors, tri-zone climate control, and a power-adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar support. The EX-L model comes with a moonroof, a power tailgate, heated front seats, and leather-trimmed front and outboard second-row seats.

The Odyssey Touring adds more technology and safety equipment, including navigation, an 8-inch high-resolution screen, front and rear parking sensors, and a multi-angle rearview camera that provides greater visibility than the standard rearview camera. The top-of-the-line Odyssey Touring Elite includes blind spot monitoring, a widescreen rear-seat DVD entertainment system, and an upgraded stereo.

Consider checking out a certified pre-owned model at your local Honda dealer. Honda extends its original new-car limited powertrain warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles for all certified pre-owned models, and it extends the new-car non-powertrain warranty to four years or 48,000 miles. If the CPO Honda you purchase is more than four years old or has more than 48,000 miles, you’ll receive a one-year/12,000-mile non-powertrain limited warranty. Honda CPO vehicles must pass a 182-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read Honda’s warranty page carefully.

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2013 Honda Odyssey and Other Minivans to Consider

Which Is Better: 2013 Honda Odyssey or 2013 Toyota Sienna?

The Toyota Sienna has a couple of advantages over the Odyssey, like a stronger V6 engine and available all-wheel drive. By contrast, the Odyssey has the technology advantage with standard features the Sienna lacks, including Bluetooth and a rearview camera. You can’t go wrong either of these excellent minivans.

Which Is Better: 2013 Honda Odyssey or 2013 Chrysler Town & Country?

The Honda Odyssey bests the Chrysler Town & Country in most ways. While the Honda has nimble handling, the Chrysler Town & Country’s ride is somewhat clumsy. The Honda’s engine is quiet and gets good fuel economy. The Town & Country’s power plant is stronger, but it’s rather noisy and less fuel efficient than the Odyssey. The Chrysler isn’t without its advantages, though. It has more standard equipment, such as leather upholstery, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, a Uconnect touch-screen infotainment system, and Stow-n-Go seating to maximize cargo space.

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