When it comes to tackling the needs of America’s families, the roomy and reliable 2017 Honda Odyssey minivan is the undisputed champ. It’s America’s best-selling minivan. Big SUVs are tempting, but savvy moms and dads are drawn to the Odyssey’s 5-star crash-test rating and its long list of family-friendly features like a built-in vacuum and power sliding doors. The Odyssey is available in eight trim levels ranging from the entry-level LX to the popular SE and luxurious EX to the fully loaded Touring Elite. All Odysseys are front-wheel drive and each is powered by a 3.5-liter all-aluminum V6 backed by a 6-speed automatic transmission. The engine makes a strong 248 horsepower, but manages impressive fuel economy ratings of 19-mpg city and 27 highway.
For 2017, Honda’s Odyssey minivan carries over largely unchanged from the 2016 model year. This year the Odyssey expands the availability of an acoustic windshield to SE and EX-L trim levels. The package includes the desirable Rear Entertainment system, Forward Collision Warning, Satellite radio and HondaVAC in-vehicle vacuum cleaner.
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.