2017 Honda Odyssey Buyer's Guide
The Honda Odyssey is arguably the best family car out there, and for the second year in a row, it's our Minivan Best Buy. In addition to all the family-friendly advantages that distinguish the minivan segment -- cavernous interior, three roomy rows of seats and sliding rear doors -- the Honda Odyssey boasts available trophy features like an ultra-wide rear-seat entertainment screen that can show two movies side by side, and even a built-in vacuum cleaner. Topped off by all the refinement and reliability for which the brand is known, it's no wonder the Honda Odyssey is a family favorite.
A Perennial Family Favorite That's Soon to be All-New
The Honda Odyssey is among the best family cars money can buy. In addition to all the family-friendly advantages that distinguish the minivan segment -- a cavernous interior, three roomy rows of seats, and sliding rear doors -- the Honda Odyssey boasts available trophy features like an ultra-wide rear-seat entertainment screen that can show two movies side by side, and even a built-in vacuum cleaner. Topped off by all the refinement and reliability for which the brand is known, it's no wonder the Honda Odyssey has been named to our annual list of Best Family Cars every year since the list began. This excellent minivan is about to get even better, as an all-new Odyssey is just around the corner for 2018.
"Although its primary mission is to transport people and cargo in comfort and safety, the new Honda Odyssey is also quite enjoyable to drive. With 248 horsepower, the Odyssey’s V6 isn’t the most powerful in this class (the Chrysler Pacifica takes that honor), but it never feels strained or overburdened, even with a full complement aboard." Get more driving insights in our 2017 Honda Odyssey full review.
Vacuum cleaners aren't cool on their own, but put one in a minivan and now they're both cooler. Instead of finding a car wash or dragging a vacuum out of the garage, with the HondaVAC you can tidy up after the kids or the pets right in the middle of a road trip, or whenever the mood strikes. The kids, however, will be more impressed by the Odyssey's rear entertainment system, which comes with a screen so wide it can show a movie on one side and a video game on the other.
Honda's value-packed SE model is a midlevel trim that falls between EX and EX-L. It includes popular features such as the HondaVAC, heated side mirrors, 17-inch alloy wheels, rear entertainment system, 115-volt outlet in the third row and SiriusXM satellite radio. Pricing starts at about $35,000.
KBB.com reader Flipper moved from an SUV to the Odyssey, and had this to say about the change: "We were looking at mid-size SUVs like the Pilot but nothing was standing out. I finally convinced my wife to test drive the Odyssey and she loved it. We just took a road trip to Iowa (14 hours) and the kids loved it. With the wide screen you can split it and have two different movies playing at the same time which helps when I have a 6-year old and my oldest is 14. The built in vacuum is actually utilized, the cooler bin is a nice add, and the roominess and storage space is perfect. Glad we bought it, just have to get over the fact its a minivan :-)" Read more Honda Odyssey consumer reviews.
First Look: 2018 Honda Odyssey
The all-new 2018 Honda Odyssey was introduced at the Detroit Auto Show. Honda's minivan has sporty new styling, a more powerful engine, extensive interior refinement, and new family-friendly storage and convenience features. The new Odyssey is expected to go on sale this spring.
Build and Price
The 2017 Honda Odyssey starts below $31,000 and tops out above $46,000 for the top-of-the-line, vacuum-packed Touring Elite. But those are sticker prices, and you should expect to pay a little less. Build and price your own 2017 Honda Odyssey to unlock this week's Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price, 5-Year Cost to Own and more.
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Photo Gallery: Honda Odyssey Inside and Out