If you’re looking for a reliable new minivan, you may want to check out the 2023 Honda Odyssey. Honda not only recently announced this new model but also that it would be the first to come with the Honda Service Pass. You may be familiar with earlier versions of the Odyssey, but what makes this new one special? And what exactly is the Honda Service Pass?
The brand-new 2023 Honda Odyssey
The 2023 Honda Odyssey comes with some noticeable improvements over its predecessors. Starting at $37,340, this new Odyssey, dubbed the Odyssey Sport, provides sportier exterior and interior styling than previous models. Like 2022 and earlier versions, the Sport trim is a three-row minivan, and it comes with a 3.5-liter V6 engine (generating 280 hp), 10-speed automatic transmission, and FWD.
But unlike other trims, the Odyssey Sport stands out with glossy black exterior trim, wheels, and taillights. The same glory trim engulfs the headlights, door mirrors, and grille. The inside of the Odyssey Sport is adorned in black leather, contrasted by a sporty red on the seats. Additionally, the Sport features an innovative child viewing system that allows those in the front seat to keep track of kids in the back.
Feature-wise, the Sport is equipped similarly to the Odyssey’s EX-L trim. Sport owners will be graced with 8-way adjustable power front seating, a moonroof, an 8-inch touchscreen, and a power tailgate. It also comes with Honda Sensing – Honda’s advanced safety feature suite that includes adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alerts, and lane-keeping assistance.
Finally, the Odyssey Sport is distinguished by the inclusion of the brand new Honda Service Pass, a new service being introduced this year.
What is Honda Service Pass?
Honda Service Pass is a maintenance plan covering two years or 24,000 miles, whichever comes first. Owners can receive complimentary oil and filter changes, tire rotations, and more for that period.
It should be noted that Honda Service Pass does not cover every maintenance service. It only covers select items in the Odyssey Sport’s Maintenance Minder system. And your Odyssey Sport must be serviced at a participating dealership.
Provided owners take advantage of them, such service plans can help lower a vehicle’s total ownership costs. A regularly maintained car has less chance of serious—and expensive—repair down the road. For example, a common cause of engine damage stems from motorists failing to change their oil regularly. And engine repairs are among the most expensive a car owner will face.
Honda’s standard warranty coverage covers serious repairs in the early years of ownership. That includes a 3-year or 36,000-mile limited warranty and a 5-year or 60,000-mile powertrain limited warranty.
Is the Odyssey Sport the only vehicle covered by the Honda Service Pass?
If you’re not entirely sold on the Odyssey Sport, you can take advantage of the Honda Service Pass on another vehicle. This new service plan now comes complimentary on all new 2023 Honda models.
That’s great news for prospective Honda buyers. It’s also great news for brand-loyal Honda buyers, gingerly considering buying their first EV. According to Car and Driver, Honda plans to introduce 30 EVs by 2030. Some people think EVs are more expensive to maintain, but this is not the case. However, there’s a lot of misinformation out there about these vehicles, and this new service plan might provide new prospective EV buyers some peace of mind.
In fact, any Honda buyer cautiously switching models, whether from sedan to minivan or from an SUV to a truck, may find peace of mind with this new plan. When used as intended, the Honda Service Pass will help new Honda drivers keep their cars in good condition for years and keep repair costs low.