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8.7

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.4
Performance: 9.1
Interior: 8.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.6
Safety: 9.8
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2016 Honda Odyssey Review

The 2016 Honda Odyssey leads the pack in our minivan rankings. Standout qualities include excellent safety scores, a comfortable cabin, useful features, and a cushioned and composed ride.

Pros & Cons

  • Class-leading safety scores
  • Versatile and useful cabin features
  • Sturdy interior build quality
  • Balanced ride and handling
  • More expensive to buy than rivals
  • Heavy second-row seats must be removed for maximum cargo space 

2016 Honda Odyssey Overview

Is the 2016 Honda Odyssey a Good Used Minivan?

The Odyssey is so good that it earned our 2016 Best Minivan for the Money and 2016 Best Minivan for Families awards. When it comes to hauling kids, pets, and cargo, few minivans can match this Honda. It has solid performance paired with a well-built interior that's loaded with family-friendly features.

Why You Can Trust Us

Our goal is to make shopping for your next car as easy as possible. You'll find everything you need to know about the Honda Odyssey in our comprehensive review. It combines concrete data (like fuel economy estimates, horsepower specs, and cargo space dimensions) with 43 professional Honda Odyssey reviews.

The Best Cars team – a division of U.S. News & World Report – has been reviewing cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007. With more than 75 years of combined automotive experience, our editors, writers, and analysts rank a wide variety of new and used cars and issue three annual awards: Best Cars for the Money, Best Cars for Families, and Best Vehicle Brands. To keep our recommendations unbiased, we decline expensive gifts from carmakers, and a third party handles our advertising.

How Much Is the 2016 Honda Odyssey?

The Odyssey's biggest drawback is its price. The average price for a 2016 Odyssey on our site (based on almost 900 listings) is $29,000. That's about $12,000 more than the average price of a 2016 Nissan Quest, the least expensive minivan in our rankings. Because used car prices vary depending on trim level, mileage, and vehicle condition, you'll see a range of prices for the 2016 Odyssey: from as low as $22,000 to as high as $35,500.

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How Much Does the 2016 Honda Odyssey Cost to Own?

The Odyssey's below-average ownership costs help counterbalance its high price tag. Over five years, you'll pay approximately $24,500 to insure, fuel, maintain, and repair a 2016 Odyssey. That's lower than the average costs for a Kia Sedona or Dodge Grand Caravan.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Odyssey?

A new 2018 Odyssey is a better buy for most shoppers than the 2016 model, in part because it costs only about $100 more than the average price of the older model. You may be able to whittle this price gap down even further with a Honda car deal. Just be aware that the entry-level new model may include less equipment than a similarly priced used model.

When Honda redesigned the Odyssey for 2018, it took the opportunity to add some clever optional features that members of a busy household will appreciate. You can keep an eye on the back seat with the available CabinWatch camera system, or chat with third-row passengers using the available CabinTalk microphone. Enjoy streaming videos with the optional high-speed Wi-Fi hot spot, or adjust the climate in the rear from your smartphone with the available CabinControl app. The available second-row Magic Slide seats quickly switch between configurations in the rear, and they can even slide forward with a car seat installed. (The bad news is you’ll still have to lift the seats out of the vehicle to haul oversized items.) Overall, these nifty add-ons make the 2018 Odyssey an indispensable partner as you shuttle your crew around.

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The 2018 Chrysler Pacifica, another highly ranked minivan, has a base trim level that costs about $2,000 less than the average price of a 2016 Odyssey. If you’re willing to look beyond minivans, you may want to consider a new 3-row SUV to carry your crew. Some of the more affordable models that are in the same price range as a 2016 Odyssey include the Hyundai Santa Fe and Kia Sorento. Be aware that SUVs typically have smaller rear seating areas and cargo holds than minivans, so you may give up some interior space if you opt for one of these alternatives.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Honda Odyssey?

The 2016 Odyssey has a reliability rating of 3.5 out of five, which is slightly above average for a used vehicle.

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2016 Honda Odyssey Recalls

Four recalls have been issued for the 2016 Odyssey as of this writing. The bulk of these pertain to the second-row seats, which may not properly lock into place after you slide them forward or backward. A very small sample of Odysseys may also have an issue with the fuel tank. It's easy to find out any of these recalls affect a vehicle you are looking at by searching the VIN. If any of these recalls apply to the model you are looking at, be sure they have been addressed before you buy.

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Which Model Year of the Honda Odyssey Is Best? 

The 2016 model is part of the Odyssey's fourth generation, which launched for the 2011 model year and concluded with the 2017 model year. Notable changes include a midcycle refresh for 2014 and the addition of the SE trim for 2016. You may be able to save money by shopping for a 2014 or 2015 model year instead.

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Which Used Honda Odyssey Is Right for Me?

The 2016 Odyssey comes in six trims: LX, EX, SE, EX-L, Touring, and Touring Elite. While the base LX trim is well-equipped, stepping up to the EX model is a good move. The Honda Odyssey EX adds tri-zone automatic climate control, power-sliding rear doors, an additional 7-inch touch-screen infotainment display, and the LaneWatch passenger-side blind spot camera.

The Honda Odyssey SE adds a few family-friendly features, like a rear DVD entertainment system and the HondaVAC built-in vacuum cleaner. Higher trims add more luxury features, like leather seats, navigation, heated seats, a surround-sound audio system, HD Radio, and advanced driver assistance features.

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Certified Pre-Owned Honda Odyssey Warranty

You might consider a certified pre-owned Odyssey. Honda – which has one of the best CPO programs among nonluxury brands – extends its original new-car limited powertrain warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles for all certified pre-owned models, and it extends the new-car nonpowertrain warranty to four years or 48,000 miles. If the CPO Honda you purchase is more than four years old or has more than 48,000 miles, you’ll receive a one-year/12,000-mile nonpowertrain limited warranty. Honda CPO vehicles must pass a 182-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read Honda’s warranty page carefully. The model's original sale date determines whether it is eligible for the CPO program.

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How Safe Is the Odyssey?

The Odyssey leads the class with excellent crash test scores. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named it a 2016 Top Safety Pick, and the Odyssey received a perfect five-star overall rating in National Highway Traffic Safety Administration crash tests.

The Odyssey comes standard with a rearview camera, and it's available with numerous other advanced safety systems, like blind spot monitoring, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, and front and rear parking sensors. The Odyssey also has an available LaneWatch passenger-side blind spot camera, which no other minivan offers.

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2016 Honda Odyssey Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Honda Odyssey or 2016 Toyota Sienna?

You can't really go wrong with the Odyssey or its chief rival, the Toyota Sienna. Both offer the comfortable ride, ample cabin space, and long list of features that matter to families. However, the Odyssey gets our recommendation for a few reasons. The Odyssey has more composed handling, a more refined powertrain, and better safety scores. The Sienna can feel a bit unsettled around corners, and its engine makes a lot of unpleasant noise under acceleration. The Odyssey gets better fuel economy, too.

Which Is Better: 2016 Honda Odyssey or 2016 Kia Sedona?

The Kia Sedona has an upscale interior and top-tier safety scores like the Odyssey, but it falls short of Honda's minivan in nearly every other way. There are fewer standard features in the base Sedona, and even upper trims don't have as many family-friendly features as the Odyssey. There's also no multifunction second-row seat in the Sedona, and you’ll find less passenger room (the third-row seats are only suitable for children). The Sedona has sloppy handling and an underpowered engine as well.

Which Is Better: 2016 Honda Odyssey or 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan?

The Dodge Grand Caravan has one advantage over the Odyssey: its Stow 'n Go seating. To use all of the Odyssey's available cargo space, you have to remove its heavy second-row seats. In the Grand Caravan, the Stow 'n Go seats in both the second and third row simply fold flat into the floor with a few quick lever pulls. When the seats aren't folded, they leave large under-floor storage bins to stow away toys or other items. Other than that, the Grand Caravan falls short of the Odyssey. It earns lower safety scores and worse fuel economy estimates. It has an unsettled and sometimes uncomfortable ride, and its cabin has low-rent materials and few features.

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2016 Odyssey Performance

How Does the 2016 Honda Odyssey Drive?

Like most minivans, the Odyssey is powered by a V6 engine that makes it feel fairly quick, especially around town. The ride is tuned for comfort, but this minivan is also reasonably nimble thanks to its front-wheel drive. The Odyssey stays tight and composed, which you’ll be grateful for if you ever need to swerve to avoid an accident.

Does the 2016 Honda Odyssey Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Odyssey, which comes with a six-speed automatic transmission, gets up to 19 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. These estimates are decent for a minivan.

2016 Honda Odyssey Towing Capacity

The 2016 Odyssey can tow up to 3,500 pounds.

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2016 Odyssey Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 Odyssey Seat?

The Odyssey has one of the nicest cabins in the class, with soft-touch materials and excellent build quality. In its standard configuration, the Odyssey has seven seats. Upper trims have seating for eight. The front seats make it easy for the driver to find a comfortable driving position. There's ample room for adults in the second-row seats, and the multifunction middle seat is useful for families with children in safety seats because it can be configured in a number of ways. The third row has enough room for adults on short trips.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 Honda Odyssey?

The Odyssey has five sets of LATCH car-seat connectors – one set on each second-row and outboard third-row seat. There's an additional upper tether anchor on the middle third-row seat. All of the lower anchors are easy to find and access, but the upper tethers require a bit more effort to locate.

2016 Honda Odyssey Features

Every trim comes loaded with family-friendly features, like Bluetooth, a rearview camera, and an 8-inch infotainment display. Higher trim levels offer the HondaVAC built-in vacuum, a rear DVD entertainment system, and power-sliding rear doors.

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2016 Honda Odyssey Dimensions

Honda Odyssey Cargo Space

The Odyssey is a great minivan for hauling cargo; in fact, it has the largest overall cargo capacity in the class. However, you have to completely remove the heavy second-row seats to use the space in its entirety. The third-row seats fold into the floor.

Honda Odyssey Length and Weight

The Odyssey stretches almost 17 feet from end to end. Its curb weight depends on the trim level, ranging from the 4,396-pound Honda Odyssey LX to the 4,613-pound Honda Odyssey Touring Elite.

Where Was the 2016 Honda Odyssey Built?

The 2016 Odyssey was built in Lincoln, Alabama, alongside the Honda Pilot, Honda Ridgeline, and Acura MDX

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