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Critics' Rating: 9.0
Performance: 9.0
Interior: 8.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.2
Safety: 9.8
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2017 Honda Odyssey Review

The well-built, spacious 2017 Honda Odyssey is one of the best minivans you can buy. However, it tends to have higher ownership costs than the rest of its class, which pulls it down slightly in our rankings.

Pros & Cons

  • Refined ride and handling
  • Sturdy interior build quality
  • Versatile, useful cabin features
  • Heavy second-row seats must be removed for maximum cargo space
  • Average purchase price and select ownership expenses are higher than rivals’

2017 Honda Odyssey Overview

Is the 2017 Honda Odyssey a Good Used Minivan?

The 2017 Odyssey is a superb minivan. It received excellent safety scores and is expected to be more reliable than the average used car. With its agile handling and spirited V6 engine, the Odyssey never feels like a chore to drive. Its cabin offers comfortable, spacious seating for up to eight people, and there’s a lot of room in the back for everyone’s gear. A wealth of family-friendly features (check out the optional built-in vacuum) makes errands that much easier. In fact, the Odyssey so artfully blends together spacious accommodations with convenient features, it has won our Best Minivan for Families award for eight years running (2011 to 2018).

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How Much Is the 2017 Honda Odyssey?

Prices for the 2017 Honda Odyssey range from about $24,900 to $38,000. The average price is about $31,900. These estimates, which are based on more than 200 listings for this vehicle on our used car site, are higher than the estimates of a number of competitors. For example, you’ll pay around $21,400 for a 2017 Kia Sedona and $20,100 for a 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan. Keep in mind that the exact list price of each used minivan depends on factors such as mileage, vehicle condition, trim level, and regional demand.

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How Much Does the 2017 Honda Odyssey Cost to Own?

Insurance, fuel, repairs, and maintenance are also collectively more expensive for the 2017 Odyssey than for competitors. Over five years, you can expect to pay about $26,500 for these expenses, which is about $1,000 more than the class average. 

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Odyssey?

You should seriously consider buying a new Odyssey instead of a used one for several reasons. While the 2017 and 2018 models are both great choices, the redesigned 2018 Odyssey is the better of the two because of its available features. You can stay better connected to back-seat passengers with the newly offered CabinWatch setup (a ceiling-mounted camera system) and CabinTalk (which acts like a PA system). Other new features include an enhanced infotainment system, an app to control the rear-seat entertainment system from your smartphone, and a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot. Honda’s suite of advanced safety systems (which includes adaptive cruise control and an emergency braking system to mitigate collisions) comes in all but the base trim level for 2018. This helps it earn a Top Safety Pick label from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Even pricewise, it makes sense to buy new. The starting MSRP of a 2018 Odyssey – at around $30,000 – is less than the $32,000 average price of a 2017 Odyssey.

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In fact, you can buy the base model of any new 2018 minivan for less than the average cost of a 2017 Odyssey. We recommend taking a look at well-rounded rivals like the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica ($26,995) and 2018 Toyota Sienna ($30,850).

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Which Model Year of the Honda Odyssey Is Best? 

The 2017 Odyssey marks the last model year of this generation, which launched in 2011. Tech essentials like Bluetooth, a rearview camera, and a USB port became standard for 2013, and the minivan was refreshed for 2014. In this generation, the Odyssey earned the highest predicted reliability ratings from 2015 on. Because of this, we recommend shopping for a 2015, 2016, or 2017 Odyssey.  

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Honda Odyssey?

The 2017 Odyssey has a predicted reliability score of 3.5 out of five, which is slightly above average for a used vehicle.

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2017 Honda Odyssey Recalls

To date, one recall has been issued on the 2017 Honda Odyssey. This recall installs an additional bracket to prevent the second-row seats from unlatching.

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Which Used Honda Odyssey Model Is Right for Me?

For 2017, Honda offered six trims of this minivan: Odyssey LX, Odyssey EX, Odyssey SE, Odyssey EX-L, Odyssey Touring, and Odyssey Touring Elite. Every version includes a 3.5-liter V6 engine, a six-speed automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive, with seating for either seven or eight people.

The entry-level trims are nicely equipped with essential amenities, but busy households will find the best blend of features and price with the Odyssey EX-L. Spills are easy to wipe off its standard leather seats. Convenient extras include a power tailgate and a “cool box” in the lower storage bin of the center stack. Also included are a number of advanced safety features that don’t come in the base trim, such as collision warning, lane departure warning, and an optional multi-angle rearview camera.

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Certified Pre-Owned Honda Odyssey Warranty

You may want to consider buying a certified pre-owned Odyssey, partly because Honda’s CPO program is one of the best among nonluxury brands. Honda 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 non-powertrain 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 non-powertrain 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.

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How Safe Is the Odyssey?

The 2017 Odyssey performs very well in crash tests. It received the highest score in every Insurance Institute for Highway Safety simulation, and it was given a five-star overall rating by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

A rearview camera is standard in every 2017 Odyssey. Some models may also come with advanced safety features such as forward collision warning, front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring (part of Honda’s LaneWatch system), lane departure warning, and a multi-angle rearview camera.

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2017 Honda Odyssey Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Honda Odyssey or 2017 Toyota Sienna?

The Toyota Sienna is a close match to the Honda Odyssey; its build quality and convenience features are on about the same level, and you won’t go wrong with either model. Still, the Honda narrowly beats out the Toyota in a number of ways. Among its winning traits are better crash test scores, more LATCH anchors for clipping in child seats, and more legroom in all three rows. You may still want to consider the Sienna if your budget is too tight for the Odyssey, as its average purchase price and estimated expenses (for insurance, fuel, repairs, and maintenance) are lower than the Odyssey’s. The Sienna is also a good pick if you need a cavernous cargo hold without folding down any seats, and it’s the only minivan available with all-wheel drive.

Which Is Better: 2017 Honda Odyssey or 2017 Chrysler Pacifica?

The Chrysler Pacifica (and the Pacifica Hybrid, which we review separately) is another good alternative. The average 2017 Pacifica costs about $6,000 less to buy than the average Odyssey. You’ll also save about $200 a year on insurance, fuel, repairs, and maintenance with the Pacifica. It’s still hard to beat the amount of space the Honda offers, though – its spacious cabin gives rear-seat passengers more room to spread out, and there’s an extra 6 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row. That said, making the most of the maximum cargo capacity is much easier with the Chrysler, as its Stow 'n Go seats conveniently fold into the floor. To maximize cargo space in the Odyssey, you have to remove the heavy second row. At the end of the day, either model is a smart buy, but for different reasons.

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2017 Odyssey Performance

How Does the 2017 Honda Odyssey Drive?

The Odyssey’s V6 engine moves this minivan with ease, even when it’s loaded with a full crew. It’s paired with a smooth-shifting, efficient six-speed automatic transmission. Out and about, the Odyssey feels more nimble than you’d expect a minivan to be, and its steering and brakes are responsive.

Does the 2017 Honda Odyssey Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 2017 Odyssey gets 19 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. You’ll get about the same fuel economy with the Chrysler Pacifica and Toyota Sienna.

2017 Honda Odyssey Towing Capacity

The 2017 Odyssey can tow up to 3,500 pounds.

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2017 Odyssey Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 Odyssey Seat?

You can seat seven people in the 2017 Odyssey’s standard configuration, or eight people with the optional second-row middle seat. Cloth upholstery is standard, while some models come with upgrades like leather upholstery and heated front seats. There’s ample cushioning for all-day comfort, as well as class-leading legroom for third-row passengers. The available multifunction second-row seats can be arranged in a variety of configurations, so you can move a child seat closer to the front, offer lots of shoulder room for adults, or create a pathway to the rearmost seats.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Honda Odyssey?

The 2017 Odyssey comes with up to five sets of lower anchors, all of which are easy to access. Most take little effort to use. As many as five tether anchors may be on board, though caregivers may have to search for some of them. The Odyssey’s LATCH child-seat system received an Acceptable rating (the second highest) from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety for ease of use.

2017 Honda Odyssey Features

Drivers will breathe a sigh of relief when it comes to the Odyssey’s technology. Its infotainment system – which includes an 8-inch display, a rearview camera, and Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity – is very straightforward. A number of conveniently located buttons and knobs let you make quick adjustments without taking your eyes off the road. To make your life extra easy, look for upgrades like the HondaVAC built-in vacuum, the rear-seat entertainment system, and power-sliding doors.

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2017 Honda Odyssey Dimensions

Honda Odyssey Cargo Space

The 2017 Odyssey gives you more room for your stuff than almost any other minivan. It has 38.4 cubic feet of space behind the rearmost seats, and a class-leading 93.1 cubic feet with the third row folded flat. You must remove the second-row seats to maximize the cargo space, which is an awkward and arduous task.

Honda Odyssey Length and Weight

From bumper to bumper, the 2017 Odyssey measures almost 17 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 4,396 to 4,613 pounds, depending on its configuration.

Where Was the 2017 Honda Odyssey Built?

Honda built the 2017 Odyssey in Alabama, alongside the Honda Ridgeline and Honda Pilot.

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