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2015 Honda Odyssey Review

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2015 Honda Odyssey Expert Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 9.0

The idea that purchasing a minivan like the 2015 Honda Odyssey is a strictly logical, left-brain purchase is as outdated as the idea of strict brain-function lateralization itself. Obviously, the Odyssey has its functional side. The sliding doors make it easy to get in and out, even in tight parking lots, there's plenty of room for eight passengers, and cargo space is unparalleled. But the Honda Odyssey also has a fuel-efficient and powerful V6 engine, surprisingly good handling, and enough creature comforts to let you think you're behind the wheel of a luxury car, and not the quintessential family hauler. The Odyssey also boasts excellent crash-test scores and an enviable reliability record. It's enough to win over almost any minivan skeptic.

You'll Like This Car If...

The Honda Odyssey is a clear choice for a family looking for a practical, comfortable, fuel-efficient, feature-packed 8-passenger hauler. It's easily better at those tasks than a full-sized SUV, and there's nothing like those sliding doors when you're in a tight parking lot.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Prices for the 2015 Honda Odyssey start just below $30,000 and balloon to more than $45,000 if you go for a fully loaded Touring Elite with the built-in vacuum. The Dodge Grand Caravan is more value-oriented, and if you want an all-wheel-drive minivan, the Toyota Sienna is your only option.

KBB Expert Ratings

  • 9.0
  • 8.3
  • 8.9
  • 8.1
  • 7.5
  • 9.7
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Consumer Rating

8.4 out of 10
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2015 Honda Odyssey Low/wide front photo What's New for 2015

After several updates last year, the 2015 Honda Odyssey rolls along virtually unchanged.

Driving the Odyssey
2015 Honda Odyssey Front angle view photo

Driving Impressions Considering its primary mission is to haul passengers and cargo in safety and comfort, the 2015 Honda Odyssey is surprisingly satisfying to drive. The 248-horsepower V6 isn't the most powerful,...

... but it has no problem moving this big van along without fuss, and paired with the standard 6-speed automatic it gets a class-leading 28 mpg on the highway. Around town and on the highway, the Odyssey's suspension soaks up road imperfections to ensure a comfortable ride, yet it manages to provide reassuringly competent handling on winding mountain roads, and very good braking. It's also loaded with clever gadgets that aid driving. We're particularly fond of Honda's LaneWatch, which uses a camera mounted in the passenger's outside mirror to provide a clear view of that side of the van whenever the right turn signal is activated.

INTERIOR FUNCTIONALITY
The 2015 Honda Odyssey may just have the most flexible interior layout of any vehicle you can buy. Not only can it seat up to eight passengers, the second row cleverly reconfigures to fit three child booster seats at the same time.

THEATER-LIKE REAR-SEAT ENTERTAINMENT WITH 5.1 SURROUND SOUND AND HDMI PORT
Just because you're on a road trip doesn't mean you can't have a first-class home-theater experience. Use the HDMI port for gaming consoles, or just put aside the wireless headphones and enjoy the Dolby 5.1 surround-sound system that turns the Odyssey into a symphony hall on wheels.

2015 Honda Odyssey Details
2015 Honda Odyssey Dashboard, center console, gear shifter view photo Interior

The 2015 Honda Odyssey uses every part of its generous interior space. The 3rd- row "Magic Seat" splits 60/40, folding into the floor with one pull, while the 2nd-row seats can slide outward 1.5 inches, permitting three child safety seats to be placed side by side. If you need small-item storage, there are bins aplenty, and we lost track of how many cup and bottle holders there are. The driver's seat and driving position are comfortable and commanding, and the controls are understandable and within easy reach. We particularly like the new Accord-based touch-screen center stack, introduced last year.

Exterior
2015 Honda Odyssey photo

Despite being a motorized cargo box, the 2015 Honda Odyssey somehow manages to look hunkered down, thanks to its relatively low roofline and wide stance. The angular lines also emphasize the van's length, while the "lightning-bolt" window line breaks things up, and gives 3rd-row passengers a better view out. Is it attractive? Well, that's subjective, but suffice it to say our staff is mixed, with some liking the unique styling, and others pining for more conventional lines. However, even naysayers admit that the exterior styling isn't a deal-killer.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The base model 2015 Honda Odyssey LX offers up power front seats, a 7-speaker AM/FM/CD audio with an 8-inch color interface screen, Bluetooth connectivity and a rearview camera. However, a much more popular choice is the EX model, the next step up. That offers 8-passenger seating, 3-zone automatic climate control, power sliding doors, push-button start and Honda's LaneWatch camera system. Higher trim levels add to that with leather seating, blind-spot monitoring, and in Touring Elite models the HondaVAC, a built-in vacuum, which operates continuously with the engine running or up to eight minutes with it off.

Optional Equipment

Like most Honda vehicles, traditional option packages are nonexistent with the Odyssey, and are instead grouped into different trim levels. Want an EX with leather seats? You'll get the EX-L. Do you want the available HondaVAC? You're in the Touring Elite then. There are a handful of individual options though, most notably backup sensors, remote engine-start, a trailer hitch, and a variety of roof attachments for cargo boxes and sports gear. There's also a tent that attaches to the rear that enables in-car camping. Top-line Touring trims can make an even bigger statement by rolling on 18-inch black alloy wheels.

Under the Hood
2015 Honda Odyssey Engine photo

From LX to Touring Elite, there's only one engine available for the 2015 Honda Odyssey: a 3.5-liter V6 with 248 horsepower. A 6-speed automatic transmission routes that power to the front wheels; all-wheel drive isn't available. The engine is plenty powerful, and the Odyssey is actually on the quick side, but more important to minivan buyers is fuel economy. Here, the Odyssey handily beats its competition with a highway fuel-economy rating of 28 mpg. Helping the Odyssey attain that figure is its Variable Cylinder Management, which shuts off cylinders depending upon driving conditions for maximum fuel efficiency.

3.5-liter V6
248 horsepower @ 5,700 rpm
250 lb-ft of torque @ 4,800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/28 mpg

The 2015 Honda Odyssey LX has a reasonable-sounding Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of just under $30,000 when you include the $830 destination charge. However, we recommend stepping up to the $33,000 Odyssey EX, which gives you eight seats, power sliding doors and a lot of other standard equipment. From there, prices creep up through the EX-L and Touring models to the Odyssey Touring Elite, which costs more than $45,000. That's way higher than the segment's value leader, the Dodge Grand Caravan and its roughly $21,000 starting price. It's also higher than competitors like the Toyota Sienna and Nissan Quest, but slightly lower than that of the Chrysler Town & Country. Be sure to check the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price to see what others in your area paid for their Odyssey, and rest easy knowing that your minivan's resale value will be rivaled only by the Toyota Sienna.

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2015 Honda Odyssey Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.4
Out of 10

Based on 85 Ratings for the 2011 - 2015 models.

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  • Value
    8.4/10
    Quality
    8.4/10
  • Reliability
    8.6/10
    Performance
    8.5/10
  • Comfort
    9.0/10
    Styling
    8.8/10

Fulfills our reasons we acquired the Odyssey.

By on Tuesday, September 09, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20,200

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Excellent for long road trips. Drives well."

Cons: "none"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Excellent for long road trips. Plenty of storage for golf clubs, luggage, and hanging clothes. Drives like a luxury car."

5 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Best Odyssey ever!

By on Wednesday, July 02, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 14,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Refinement, size, gas mileage"

Cons: "A little bit underpowered, price"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"We purchased a 2014 Odyssey Touring Elite in October 2013. Currently at 14,500 miles with no problems whatsoever. Purchased our first Odyssey in 2005 and our second in 2008 and will keep buying as long as they are produced. Ride quality and NVH of the 2014 is exceptional -- as quiet and refined as a luxury car. Engine feels a little bit underpowered but that is a small complaint. Averaging about 22.5 mpg in mixed city/highway travel."

21 people out of 40 found this review helpful

Excellent vehicle

By on Friday, June 13, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 55,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Easy to drive and see. Very reliable."

Cons: "Manufacture quality of interior could be higher."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Its well designed and built. I bought this after my 2000 Odyssey had 220000 miles and needed $3k of maintenance. I've had no trouble with this van at all and no work done other than standard preventative. It has consistently started, run just fine, and been very comfortable on long trips despite being full of kid's college furniture. I drive slowly and carefully and have an average of 22MPG city and 31 Highway. Not bad for a minivan! I got the lowest end model one could buy and do wish the quality were higher. For example, there are carpet seams under the center row feet I think could have been avoided."

11 people out of 15 found this review helpful

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