KBB Editors' Overview
By Keith Buglewicz
- Updated Date: 9/9/2014
The idea that purchasing a minivan like the 2015 Honda Odyssey is a strictly logical, left-brain purchase is as outdated as the idea of strict brain-function lateralization itself.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.
What's New for 2015
After several updates last year, the 2015 Honda Odyssey rolls along virtually unchanged.
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.
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.
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