When it comes to tackling the needs of growing families, the
2016 Honda Odysseyminivan is the undisputed champ. While big SUVs might be tempting, they can’t match the efficiency provided by the Odyssey’s sliding doors, low step-in height, configurable passenger compartment and fuel-efficient V6 engine. On the safety front, the Odyssey receives top marks in crash tests and holds an excellent reliability and repair history. You can get into a Dodge Grand Caravan for less money, but it won’t have the same quality feel. You can also opt for the
Kia Sedona and its longer warranty or the
Toyota Sienna, which rivals the Odyssey for quality and resale plus offers the option of all-wheel drive.
The 2014 Honda Odyssey has slight revisions to its front and rear exterior, and prominent interior updates that include a standard power front-passenger seat and available safety features like lane-departure warning. Top trims receive a built-in vacuum cleaner dubbed "HondaVAC." All Odysseys now use a 6-speed automatic transmission.
All 2013 Honda Odyssey minivans now come with a standard rear backup camera and a simplified center stack instrument panel with an 8-inch full-color multi-information display screen (i-MID). Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity and a USB port are also standard.
Once exclusive to the EX-L trim, the 2012 Odyssey EX minivan now includes Bluetooth hands-free phone technology, an 8-inch Multi-Information Display (MID), a USB audio interface, and a 2-GB CD library.
2008 Honda Odyssey receives a major exterior freshening, with a new front and rear fascia, new wheels and a new, more fuel-efficient engine (EX-L and Touring). The interior gets a major makeover offering new fabrics and trim colors, as well as some new options.
"Have been a suburban family for nearly 12 years. With 4 kids I need the space but the 3rd row seat was becoming uncomfortable for my kids as they grew and most of our errands were in town so gas mileage was poor.
We were looking at mid-size SUV's like the pilot but nothing was standing out. I finally convinced my wife to test drive the Odyssey an she loved it. We just took a road trip to Iowas (14hrs) 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 yr 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 :-)"
"I own a 2012 Odyssey touring model and it's my second Odyssey. Although I like the van, I preferred the 2008 model better which was an EX-L. I find the van to be very comfortable to drive but do have a few issues. The 2008 model sat up higher and I liked that a lot better. This version sits lower and makes it harder to see on the highway. The 2012 is awful in the snow. I have all season tires and always have on all my cars. Living in the northeast, I know to expect snow, but until recently, only the highest end Sienna offered AWD (they now do on lower models). It would be nice if Honda offered this. For whatever reason, the 2008 drove much better in the snow. As mentioned by other users, the radio system in the rear is non existent. I'm always being asked to turn up the radio when I have a car load - to no avail. And as others have mentioned, when you remove the middle (8th) seat in the 2nd row, the arm rests go too. Sounds silly, but feels like you can fall out of the seat. As my family currently owns four Honda's, we know we are getting a good value with the options in each car and even at the high mileage I have, the car value is still good. Overall, I would recommend this van."
"I recently traded in a Toyota Sienna for a 2016 Honda Odyssey. We were looking for a change and since Toyota's body style hadn't changed in several years, we decided to give the Honda a try (not much else to choose from in the minivan line). Not a very good decision on our part. While we like the styling and creature comforts of the Odyssey, I have come to realize that the ride is not nearly as smooth as the Sienna. In fact, ours has a feeling of unbalanced tires, somewhat bouncy and with a fine vibration. In the month that I've owned it, I have taken it in to the dealership 3 times and am now currently awaiting for a Honda rep to come and check it out. Service rep says they changed all tires and rims, then next time they did a "road force balance" on all tires, still no change. Service rep has test driven (with me in car) on 2 occasions and when I point out the vibration, he acts like he doesn't feel a thing. If you're thinking about purchasing one of these, really check out the ride (I should have taken a longer test drive). Oh well, if the Honda rep doesn't do something to rectify this problem, this will be the shortest owned vehicle we ever had. Which also means they will have lost another sale because next year, I was going to trade my Nissan Frontier on a new Ridgeline."