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by Brett Davis

Honda Australia has introduced the mildly facelifted 2012 Honda Odyssey people-mover with a $2000 sharper price tag than the previous model. Prices now start at $37,100 for the standard model and $44,920 for the Luxury variant ($1000 saving). The new model gets satellite navigation and a reversing camera as standard.

The 2012 Honda Odyssey remains very similar stylistically to the outgoing 2011 model. The facelift consists of a revised front grille and headlights, silver metallic finish for the door handles and centre panel, and new LED taillights.

Standard on all variants is a satellite navigation system using a multifunction touch-screen interface, which also provides a display for the reverse camera, DVD and USB functions. There’s also iPod and Bluetooth connectivity.

Other standard features include the Ecological Drive Assist Program, which helps you drive in the most economical manner, and shift paddles behind the steering wheel for the automatic transmission.

Like the outgoing model, the 2012 Honda Odyssey comes with a 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine producing 132kW of power and 218Nm of torque. It’s backed up by a five-speed automatic transmission. Average fuel consumption is rated at 8.9L/100km.

The price reduction comes as Honda tries to claw back some of its dwindling sales. Honda sold 97 Honda Odysseys in November, making it the forth most popular people-mover on the market. The Kia Carnival remains as best-seller, with 322 sales in the same period.




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