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Old 04-26-2016, 10:21 PM   #1
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New Odyssey Norm inspired!

Well after hearing all of Norm's praises for his 2014 Honda Odyssey and his amazing mpg as well as several other members here all saying how wonderful tow vehicles they are I picked one up myself today!! Needed the extra room traveling with 3 teens and Hubby from FL to Tx and also KS as parents and inlaws are aging so more trips needed. The tow pkg is being installed next week and it has plenty of hitch clearance!! I did get one model up from Norm's as he suggested it was worth it for the right hand camera and wow is that thing cool!! I've never even had a backup camera or a touch screen etc so I'm actually going to have to read the owner's manual. Gonna put on seat covers and all weather mats to keep everything clean from camping as this is my first non leather interior in 15 yrs. at least the kids are older now so hopefully less spills lol.
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Old 04-27-2016, 03:59 PM   #2
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You wont have any regrets. I have almost 200K miles on mine. Still pulls like my egg isn't there and my mileage is really great. Getting ready for a two month tour of Miss USA and am ready. Next car will be another Odyssey for sure. I bet the new ones are nicer than my 08. Good maintenance is key.



[QUOTE Well after hearing all of Norm's praises for his 2014 Honda Odyssey and his amazing mpg as well as several other members here all saying how wonderful tow vehicles they are I picked one up myself today!!
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Old 04-27-2016, 04:03 PM   #3
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Congratulations! Let us know how your MPGs pan out, as you get some miles (and towing miles) on your new van.
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Old 04-27-2016, 04:46 PM   #4
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Melissa,

We definitely wish you well with your Odyssey. We have had ours for almost 2 years and are very happy with it. It certainly can haul a lot of people and their things. It will easily tow your Scamp 13.

As to mile per gallon on our recent trip from FL we averaged between 17+ to 21+, typically 18-19 mpg. Our last run from NJ to ME we averaged 19.9 mpg, mostly Interstate.

We do use Synthetic Oil, just changed it here in Maine, $46.
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Old 04-28-2016, 08:33 AM   #5
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We love the concept of the Odyssey and hear wonderful things about it, but the one thing that gave us pause when we checked it out at the local dealer is how rigid and relatively unadjustable the front passenger seat was. It appeared that, for some reason, Honda discarded a very comfortable 8-way power passenger seat in previous mid-priced models and replaced it with a very firm 4-way power seat in the current model. Why did they do that? My wife is of moderate height, yet the front edge of the front passenger seat pitches up and presses uncomfortably into the back of her legs, and it can't be adjusted down. That was a deal breaker to us - especially when considering it as a tow vehicle for long road trips. Has anyone else noticed this? Or did we just happen to sit in the one oddball Odyssey on the lot?
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We've now driven our Odyssey 34,000 miles and we both think it's the most comfortable car we've ever owned, of course everyone is different. Sorry it didn't fit your wife.

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Norm, Just out of curiosity, what year and trim model is your Odyssey? And how adjustable is the front passenger seat on yours (4-way, 8-way, etc.)? It could be that a former year/model will offer a better passenger ride for us than a new one. Again, just curious.... Dale
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Dale, you could try placing a small "platform" made of plywood or other material under the floor-mat, to keep the pressure off the back of your wife's legs during your next test ride.
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Dale, you could try placing a small "platform" made of plywood or other material under the floor-mat, to keep the pressure off the back of your wife's legs during your next test ride.
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Dave, We actually discussed that, then thought it was a bit silly to spend that amount of money on a new vehicle only to have to travel with a footrest to make the seat comfortable. Especially when there are other high-quality vehicles on the market that "fit" us just fine. We still like the Honda brand (we loved our former 1992 Accord EX), and the recently re-designed Pilot (which we both find very comfortable) and the forthcoming (hopefully soon) re-designed Ridgeline are still on our list (along with the recently re-designed Kia Sorento). That said, we're not giving up on the Odyssey, just still weighing the pros and cons against the competition and expense of all the various trim levels for each. As with many things in life, comfort can be found, but it comes at a cost. Thanks again for your reply.... Dale
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Dale, I'm only 5 ft tall so always struggle with circulation being cut off at the thighs which is why several types of camp chairs don't work for me but the Odyssey EX I have does not seem to do that. I do think the leather was softer though so you might want to check into that. Looking forward to our first trip. The tow pkg is being installed next week so just have to wait for kids to get out of school
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Norm, Just out of curiosity, what year and trim model is your Odyssey? And how adjustable is the front passenger seat on yours (4-way, 8-way, etc.)? It could be that a former year/model will offer a better passenger ride for us than a new one. Again, just curious.... Dale
WE have the most basic model, with the addition of a Transmission cooler and hitch as the only options.

Doing it over I would go up one midol to get the right side mirror camera. A lot of extra stuff comes with it but I'd like that camera.

I think it must be four way adjustable, forward and backward and rear tilt.

As to our size, I'm 6'1" and Ginny is 5' 6".
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We love the concept of the Odyssey and hear wonderful things about it, but the one thing that gave us pause when we checked it out at the local dealer is how rigid and relatively unadjustable the front passenger seat was. It appeared that, for some reason, Honda discarded a very comfortable 8-way power passenger seat in previous mid-priced models and replaced it with a very firm 4-way power seat in the current model. Why did they do that? My wife is of moderate height, yet the front edge of the front passenger seat pitches up and presses uncomfortably into the back of her legs, and it can't be adjusted down. That was a deal breaker to us - especially when considering it as a tow vehicle for long road trips. Has anyone else noticed this? Or did we just happen to sit in the one oddball Odyssey on the lot?
Sounds a lot like my 5'2" wife. She never liked our Highlander's (manual cloth) seats, largely because of this same issue. She sat in a Jeep Cherokee and hated its seats even though they were leather with power. But she's very happy with our Lexus GX's power leather seats. It's a good thing there are so many vehicles to choose from.
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A fabricator could likely lower the seat base as another option to the plywood deck.
I used mid row Odyssey seats in my '67 Chevy truck. I took a couple of inches out of the height to make them fit me.
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You don't have to live with the shape of that seat the way it came out of the factory.

An auto upholstery firm could modify the seat for you by adjusting the shape of the foam cushioning and of course adjust the cover to fit the new seat shape. That way it won't cut off the circulation in the front of her legs.
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