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    NYT Review: Honda Odyssey - "The Cadillac of Minivans"

    October 23, 2005

    2005 Honda Odyssey: A Family Cocoon With Frills

    By JOHN BRODER

    WHEN Chili Palmer, the loan shark played by John Travolta in the 1995 film "Get Shorty," shows up at the rental counter to pick up his image-appropriate Cadillac, he is presented keys to the last car on the lot, an Oldsmobile Silhouette, a lamentable attempt at a minivan.

    The rental clerk demonstrates the power sliding door and assures the skeptical Mr. Palmer, "It's the Cadillac of minivans."

    Ten years on, it is Honda's third-generation Odyssey that can credibly claim that mantle. The paragon of its class, it is a van with features and passenger comfort comparable to what you'll find on all but the highest-end luxury cars.

    The Odyssey, particularly in top-of-the-line Touring trim, rivals many luxury sedans in fit and finish; in entertainment options; in its interior quiet; and in long-distance comfort. The middle-row captain's chairs, which adjust fore and aft and side to side and offer a clear view of the nine-inch video screen, are as pleasant a place to spend a day on the road as almost anywhere short of, say, the back seat of a Maybach.

    On a trip from Detroit to northern Michigan to drop off my teenage daughter and a friend at camp, those middle chairs were the scene of a marathon DVD viewing of the entire first season of "Sex in the City." All we heard for four hours from the girls, snug in their wireless headphones, was laughter and an occasional gasp at some risqué line. I think they wished their camp was farther away, perhaps in Duluth.

    My wife and I played with the XM Satellite Radio, switching between public radio stations and the all-Motown channel. This is what the lifestyle gurus call cocooning; we did it at a cruise-controlled 72 m.p.h.

    Most Odysseys sell at close to sticker price. If you want a discount, some other automakers have bargain-bin vans and are ready to deal.

    INSIDE TRACK: The Maybach of minivans.

    Read the whole review at:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2005/10/23/au...s/23HONDA.html

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    Re: NYT Review: Honda Odyssey - "The Cadillac of Minivans"

    Uhhhhmmmm...NO!

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    Re: NYT Review: Honda Odyssey - "The Cadillac of Minivans"

    I'll have to agree with them in most respects. The new Odyssey is extremely comfortable. But, it seems as though their going a bit over the top in their praise of the van.

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    Re: NYT Review: Honda Odyssey - "The Cadillac of Minivans"

    Quote Originally Posted by CRBoyd91
    Uhhhhmmmm...NO!
    You're going to have to elaborate on that. A puking emoticon doesn't provide much insight.

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    Re: NYT Review: Honda Odyssey - "The Cadillac of Minivans"

    Quote Originally Posted by Infiniti Z350
    You're going to have to elaborate on that. A puking emoticon doesn't provide much insight.
    I guess he ponder if the Odyssey transmission will be cursed like the previous gen?

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    Re: NYT Review: Honda Odyssey - "The Cadillac of Minivans"

    Quote Originally Posted by CRBoyd91
    Uhhhhmmmm...NO!
    Imports rule the van segment. But I like the Sienna best, I know from experience how comfortable it is. Best people mover sold today.

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    Re: NYT Review: Honda Odyssey - "The Cadillac of Minivans"

    I'm sure it's a "nice" mini-van (if there is such a thing), but I'm pissed they used "The Cadillac of..."
    This is a Cadillac;

    NOT this;

    Got it?
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    Re: NYT Review: Honda Odyssey - "The Cadillac of Minivans"

    Quote Originally Posted by 86fleet
    I'm sure it's a "nice" mini-van (if there is such a thing), but I'm pissed they used "The Cadillac of..."
    This is a Cadillac;

    NOT this;

    Got it?

    umm you do know WHY that phrase "The Cadillac of..." exists right?

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    Re: NYT Review: Honda Odyssey - "The Cadillac of Minivans"

    We recently looked at all the Minivans on the market and it was clear that it Honda and Toyota, then the Chrysler Vans, then everything else.
    2005 Chevy Malibu V-6, 9 trips to the dealer (repairs) and 65,000 miles and that POS is out of my life.
    Hidden Content Driving all over the Carolinas. 2007 Ford Fusion SE V-6 is here and gone, 100 times the car the POS Malibu was.

    New (retread) Ride 2008 Saturn XE 3.5, hard to be worse then the Malibu, but I think that they have done it!

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    Re: NYT Review: Honda Odyssey - "The Cadillac of Minivans"

    Quote Originally Posted by Mags
    I thought this was a Cadillac?



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    That is the Cadillac of Cavaliers. Or more precisely the Cadillac of J-cars.

    Actually my dad is a used car dealer, and my mom drove a used Cimarron that had a V6 for a few months in the late 1980s. They sucked as far as Caddys go, but were definitely better than the other Js were. The leather seats smelled great, it had upgraded audio, a trip computer, and extra sound deadening material in the firewall, A-pillar, etc.

    All that baby needs is an Art & Science front clip! :p
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    Re: NYT Review: Honda Odyssey - "The Cadillac of Minivans"

    I haven't seen a Cimarron in ages.

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    Re: NYT Review: Honda Odyssey - "The Cadillac of Minivans"

    Quote Originally Posted by griswold44
    I haven't seen a Cimarron in ages.
    Sure you have, bits and pieces of them are in the dirt upon which you walk and in the air by which you breathe... at least by now.

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