Certified Benz and Beemer Compares 2015 Honda Odyssey VS 2015 Ford Transit Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2015 Honda Odyssey

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2015 Ford Transit

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front, middle and rear seat shoulder belts of the Honda Odyssey are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Ford Transit Connect Wagon doesn’t offer height-adjustable middle or rear seat belts.

The Odyssey EX-L/Touring/Touring Elite has a standard collision warning system, which detects an impending crash through forward mounted sensors and flashes a bright light and sounds a loud, distinctive tone to warn the driver to brake or maneuver immediately to avoid a collision. The Transit Connect Wagon doesn't offer a collision warning system.

The Odyssey EX-L/Touring/Touring Elite’s lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The Transit Connect Wagon doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Odyssey offers optional Parking Sensors to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or, for the Odyssey Touring/Touring Elite in front of the vehicle. The Transit Connect Wagon doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

Both the Odyssey and the Transit Connect Wagon have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

The Honda Odyssey weighs 417 to 983 pounds more than the Ford Transit Connect Wagon. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Odyssey its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2014, a rating granted to only 52 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Transit Connect Wagon has not been tested, yet.

Reliability Comparison

The engine in the Odyssey has a single overhead cam for simplicity. The engines in the Transit Connect Wagon have dual overhead cams, which add to the number of moving parts and the complexity of the cylinder heads.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2014 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Honda vehicles are better in initial quality than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 8 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 16th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2014 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 6th in reliability, above the industry average. With 26 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 17th.

Engine Comparison

The Odyssey’s 3.5 SOHC V6 produces 79 more horsepower (248 vs. 169) and 79 lbs.-ft. more torque (250 vs. 171) than the Transit Connect Wagon’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. The Odyssey’s 3.5 SOHC V6 produces 70 more horsepower (248 vs. 178) and 66 lbs.-ft. more torque (250 vs. 184) than the Transit Connect Wagon’s optional 1.6 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Odyssey’s fuel efficiency. The Transit Connect Wagon doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

The Odyssey has 5.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Transit Connect Wagon (21 vs. 15.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Odyssey has larger tires than the Transit Connect Wagon (235/65R17 vs. 215/55R16).

For better load carrying, ride, handling and brake cooling the Odyssey has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Transit Connect Wagon. The Odyssey Touring/Touring Elite’s 18-inch wheels are larger than the 17-inch wheels optional on the Transit Connect Wagon XLT/Titanium.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For superior ride and handling, the Honda Odyssey has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Ford Transit Connect Wagon has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

The Odyssey has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Transit Connect Wagon’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Odyssey’s wheelbase is 13.3 inches longer than on the Short Wheelbase Transit Connect Wagon (118.1 inches vs. 104.8 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Odyssey is 6.7 inches wider in the front and 6.5 inches wider in the rear than on the Transit Connect Wagon.

Chassis Comparison

The Odyssey uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Transit Connect Wagon doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Odyssey offers optional seating for 8 passengers; the Transit Connect Wagon can only carry up to 7.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Odyssey’s middle and third row seats recline. The Transit Connect Wagon’s middle and third row seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Odyssey’s cargo area provides more volume than the Long Wheelbase Transit Connect Wagon.

Odyssey

Transit Connect Wagon

Behind Third Seat

38.4 cubic feet

19.8 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

93.1 cubic feet

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Third Seat Removed

n/a

58.9 cubic feet

Max Cargo Volume

148.5 cubic feet

104.2 cubic feet

The Odyssey’s cargo area is larger than the Transit Connect Wagon’s in almost every dimension:

Odyssey

Short Wheelbase Transit Connect Wagon

Long Wheelbase Transit Connect Wagon

Length to seat (3rd/2nd/1st)

23.5”/62”/98”

n.a./70.8”

n.a./87.2”

Max Width

49.7”

n/a

n/a

Min Width

47”

48.2”

46.9”

Height

55”

49”

49.7”

The Odyssey has a standard third row seat which folds flat into the floor. This completely clears a very large cargo area quickly. The Transit Connect Wagon doesn’t offer seats that fold into the floor.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults or children, the Odyssey EX-L/Touring/Touring Elite has a standard power cargo door, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button. The Transit Connect Wagon doesn’t offer a power cargo door.

Ergonomics Comparison

When two different drivers share the Odyssey Touring/Touring Elite, the memory seats and mirrors make it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position and outside mirror angle. The Transit Connect Wagon doesn’t offer a memory system.

If the windows are left down on the Odyssey the driver can raise them all using the key in the outside lock cylinder. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from outside the vehicle using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote. The driver of the Transit Connect Wagon can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Odyssey EX/EX-L/Touring/Touring Elite’s power side sliding doors make it much easier to load and unload kids and cargo. One touch opens the door, before you even get to the van. The Transit Connect Wagon doesn’t offer a power rear door.

The Odyssey has standard power remote mirrors. The Transit Connect Wagon only comes with remote mirrors at extra cost. Without them the driver will have to roll down the windows and reach across the car to adjust the mirrors.

When the Odyssey Touring/Touring Elite is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Transit Connect Wagon’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The Odyssey Touring/Touring Elite has a standard center folding armrest for the third row rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The Transit Connect Wagon doesn’t offer a third row rear seat center armrest.

The Odyssey (except LX/EX) offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Transit Connect Wagon doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Odyssey owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Odyssey will cost $645 less than the Transit Connect Wagon over a five-year period.

The Odyssey will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The Intellichoice estimates that the Odyssey will retain 48.26% to 50.32% of its original price after five years, while the Transit Connect Wagon only retains 45.72% to 46.81%.

Recommendations Comparison

The Honda Odyssey has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

Odyssey

Transit Connect Wagon

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

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Car Book “Best Bet”

TRUE

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Kiplinger’s Awards

3

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the Odyssey second among minivans in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Transit Connect Wagon isn’t in the top three.

The Odyssey was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2011. The Transit Connect Wagon has never been an “All Star.”

The Honda Odyssey outsold the Ford Transit Connect by over three to one during the 2014 model year.

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