2017 Honda Odyssey

Overall Score: 8.5 / 10
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2017 Honda Odyssey Overview

The Honda Odyssey sits near the top of the minivan segment because it does lots of things well. Its starting price is high, however, and its standard features list is short. 

SEATING


7-8

MPG


19

  CITY


27

  HWY

DRIVETRAIN


FWD

HP


248
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Pros & Cons

  • Refined ride and handling
  • Sturdy interior build quality
  • Versatile and useful cabin features
  • Heavy second-row seats must be removed for maximum cargo space

Notable for 2017

  • Acoustic windshield now on SE and EX-L trims.

 

Honda Odyssey Research and Awards

The 2017 Honda Odyssey has a score of 8.5 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 40 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

Scorecard

Overall: 8.5
Critics' Rating: 9.0
Performance: 9.0
Interior: 8.8
Safety: 9.4
Reliability: 2_5

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2017 Honda Odyssey Review

By Keith Griffin July 19, 2017

The Honda Odyssey sits near the top of the minivan segment because it does lots of things well. Its starting price is high, however, and its standard features list is short. 

Is the Honda Odyssey a Good Minivan?

The Honda Odyssey has long been a leader in the minivan market. The 2017 model does nothing to hurt its reputation – it hits almost all the things you want in a good minivan: a V6 engine with decent horsepower, a solidly built interior filled with soft-touch materials, and good safety scores. 

All minivans are family-friendly, but the Odyssey is the winner of our 2017 Best Minivan for Families award because it has the best combination of space, available family-friendly features and positive reviews from professional automotive writers. The Odyssey has won the award for seven years running.

Its standard V6 engine is sufficient for scooting around town or driving on the highway, and the ride is comfortable over uneven surfaces. Also, for a minivan, its handling is surprisingly nimble. Inside, you’ll find the most passenger space for the segment, with good second- and third-row legroom. As for safety, the Odyssey receives an overall five-star rating (the best possible) from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Should I Buy the Honda Odyssey?

The Honda Odyssey is one of the better minivans on the market. It’s also one of the more expensive. The Odyssey starts at $29,850. That’s a hard price to justify when you consider how few standard features come with this vehicle. The base trim offers a seven-speaker audio system, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, and an 8-inch infotainment display. For about $1,200 less, you can purchase the all-new Chrysler Pacifica. It has everything the Odyssey has, plus tri-zone climate control and a touch-screen infotainment system.

If it’s storage space you want, the Toyota Sienna offers more than the Odyssey. Neither, however, make that space as easy to access as the Pacifica. You have to physically remove the second-row seats in the Honda and Toyota to access all the available storage space. With the Pacifica, you simply flip its seats into the floor and you’re on your way.

The Honda Odyssey is a good minivan that won’t disappoint you, but why pay more? If your heart is set on an Odyssey, however, a redesigned model is coming for the 2018 model year. It’s expected to debut this spring. Honda promises new second-row seating, among other improvements.

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We Did the Research for You: 40 Pieces of Data Analyzed

Our team analyzed 40 pieces of data for this review to help you decide if the 2017 Honda Odyssey is the best choice for you. Our research includes crash test results, reliability ratings, and reviews by the automotive press. Our team does this work so you can make an informed decision.

The Odyssey was last fully redesigned for the 2011 model year. It was refreshed for 2014 but has otherwise seen few major changes. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2011 through 2017 model years.

Why You Can Trust Us

U.S. News has been analyzing and ranking vehicles for almost a decade. We’re a team with 75 years of combined experience writing about and working in the automotive industry. We use that experience to help you make a good car-buying decision. Our writers, researchers, and editors do this without accepting expensive gifts or trips from manufacturers. Also, the advertising on our site is solicited by an outside team independent from our editorial team.

How Much Does the Honda Odyssey Cost?

The 2017 Honda Odyssey starts at $29,850. There are six Odyssey configurations (Base, EX, SE, EX-L, Touring, and Touring Elite), with Odyssey prices topping out at $45,325. Unlike many vehicles, there aren’t many options you can add to the model you select. If you want additional features, you choose a different model. For example, if you want Honda’s LaneWatch, you’ll have to buy the EX, which starts around $33,000. Need a rear-entertainment system? You’ll want the SE for $33,950. If you require leather upholstery, you’ll have to purchase the EX-L, starting around $36,500. For a more detailed look at prices and trim features, see “Which Odyssey Model Is Right for Me?” below.

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Honda Odyssey Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Honda Odyssey or Chrysler Pacifica?

The Honda Odyssey ($29,850) and the Chrysler Pacifica ($28,595) are two of the best minivans on the market, but the Pacifica has the edge for its flexibility and additional power. You get a lot in the all-new Pacifica. It’s powered by a 287-horsepower V6 engine, which is almost 40 more horses than the Odyssey. That makes a difference when hauling a full load of passengers and cargo.

The Pacifica also has second- and third-row Stow 'n Go seats. The Odyssey’s heavy second-row seats have to be removed manually in order to access maximum cargo space (and then you have to find a place to store them). When not using the Pacifica’s Stow ‘n Go seats, you can use their storage areas to hold additional cargo.

A minivan’s primary purpose is hauling people and/or cargo. The Pacifica’s more powerful engine and innovative seating help you accomplish both with ease. And at a better price.

Which Is Better: Honda Odyssey or Toyota Sienna?

The Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna are closely matched in price and reliability. Inside, both the Odyssey and the Sienna offer superb cabins. However, there are still a few areas where the Odyssey clearly pulls ahead. To begin, the Odyssey has extra LATCH hardware that lets you clip more child safety seats into it. It also has a better rating on crash tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The Sienna does have a slight advantage in cargo space, but the Odyssey provides more room for passengers: nearly 6 more inches of legroom in the third row, giving tall travelers much more room to stretch out.

There’s a lot to like about both the Odyssey and Sienna. The edge, however, goes to the Odyssey. You can read more about how these two stack up in our Honda Odyssey vs. Toyota Sienna: Minivan Showdown.

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Odyssey Interior

How Many People Does the Odyssey Seat?

The base 2017 Honda Odyssey seats seven in three rows, while higher trims can hold up to eight. Power-adjustable front seats are standard, and leather upholstery, heated front seats, and multifunction second-row seats are optional. The multifunction second row includes a middle seat that can slide forward. A wide mode allows the outboard seats to slide to the side to increase shoulder room.

Odyssey and Car Seats

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has not yet evaluated the 2017 Honda Odyssey for its five LATCH systems: three in the second row and the two outboard seats in the third row. IIHS did rate the 2016 Odyssey’s LATCH system for ease of use, however, and gave it an Acceptable rating, the second-highest score. Testers found the upper tethers were in hard-to-find locations. One nice touch for parents is the Odyssey's available second-row middle seat that can slide forward. This allows you to place a child in a safety seat within reach of the front-seat passenger.

Odyssey Interior Quality

The 2017 Honda Odyssey's cabin is filled with soft-touch materials and is solidly built compared to some competitors. The climate and audio controls have a straightforward arrangement, and there are many small-item storage spaces throughout the cabin.

Odyssey Cargo Space

With 38.4 cubic feet of cargo room behind the third row, 93.1 cubic feet behind the second row, and 148.5 cubic feet behind the front row, the 2017 Odyssey offers more cargo space than nearly every competitor. The third row is easy to fold into the floor, but the second row is heavy and must be removed manually.

The Toyota Sienna has excellent cargo space behind the third row, as well, with 39.1 cubic feet. You’ll find 87.1 behind the second row (less than you’ll find in the Odyssey). Behind the first row, however, the Sienna has the best overall cargo space in the class at 150 cubic feet.

The Chrysler Pacifica has 32.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind its third row and 87.5 cubic feet with its third row folded. When the second- and third-row fold-flat seats are down, there’s 140.5 cubic feet of storage space. One of the Pacifica's standout features is its Stow 'n Go seating system. In most minivans, you have to remove the heavy second-row seats to maximize cargo space. Not in the Pacifica. Just fold them flat into the floor and you’re off.

Odyssey Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The 2017 Honda Odyssey comes standard with a rearview camera, a seven-speaker audio system, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, a USB port, and an 8-inch infotainment display. Optional features include tri-zone automatic climate control, a rear-seat entertainment system, satellite radio, HD Radio, a 12-speaker surround-sound system, and an upgraded dual-screen infotainment system with navigation.

The Toyota Sienna and Chrysler Pacifica offer a bit more as standard. Both include a rearview camera, like the Odyssey. The Sienna, however, adds its Entune infotainment system with a 6.1-inch touch screen as standard, as well as Siri Eyes Free. The Pacifica has a 5-inch touch screen and includes Chrysler’s Uconnect infotainment system. You also get manual tri-zone climate control with the Pacifica.

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Odyssey Performance

Odyssey Engine: Underpowered for Segment

A 248-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine and a six-speed automatic transmission come standard in the Odyssey. The engine provides sufficient power for moving around town or along the highway, but it delivers less power than its rivals. The Toyota Sienna’s V6 engine puts out 296 horsepower, while the Chrysler Pacifica has a 287-horsepower V6.

Each is a good choice. However, the Odyssey’s engine is the smoothest among the three, even though it has less horsepower.

Odyssey Gas Mileage: Good for the Class

The Odyssey's V6 engine gets good fuel economy, but other vehicles do as well. You can get up to 19 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway in the Odyssey. The Chrysler Pacifica gets an estimated 18 mpg in the city and 28 on the highway, while the Toyota Sienna gets 19 mpg city/27 mpg highway. All three of these minivans have identical annual fuel costs of $1,600.

Odyssey Ride and Handling: Nimble and Comfortable

The 2017 Honda Odyssey has a comfortable ride over uneven surfaces. Its handling is nimble for a minivan, though there is some body roll when taking corners at speed. The steering is sharp and delivers good feedback. The Toyota Sienna is the only minivan available with all-wheel-drive, and it delivers proficient handling and accurate steering.

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Odyssey Reliability

Is the Honda Odyssey Reliable?

The 2017 Honda Odyssey's predicted reliability rating is average at three out of five, according to J.D. Power and Associates. That score is the same as the Toyota Sienna's three out of five rating, but the Chrysler Pacifica scores a 3.5.

Honda Odyssey Warranty

Honda covers the 2017 Odyssey with a three-year/36,000-mile limited warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile limited powertrain warranty. The Chrysler Pacifica and Toyota Sienna have the same warranty. None of these rivals match the Kia Sedona, though, which comes with a five-year/60,000-mile basic warranty and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.

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Odyssey Safety

Odyssey Crash Test Results

Your children are your most precious cargo, so you'll be pleased to know that the Odyssey earns a five-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. While the 2017 Odyssey hasn't been evaluated yet by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the 2016 Odyssey, substantively the same minivan as the 2017 model, was named an IIHS Top Safety Pick.

The Chrysler Pacifica is the only minivan designated a Top Safety Pick+ by the IIHS. It also earns five out of five stars in all NHTSA crash tests except the rollover test, where it earns four stars. These are among the best crash test results in the class.

The Toyota Sienna also receives an overall five-star safety rating from the NHTSA, though it performs worse than the Odyssey and Pacifica in frontal crash testing, receiving four out of five stars (compared to perfect five stars for both the Odyssey and Pacifica). To learn more, read the Safest Minivans on the Market.

Odyssey Safety Features

The Odyssey is available with several driver assistance features, in addition to a standard rearview camera. Forward collision warning can alert you if a person or toy crosses your path while you're cruising through your neighborhood, and front and rear parking sensors make street parking easier and safer.

While you're on the road, the Odyssey’s blind spot monitoring lets you know if another vehicle creeps into your blind spot, and its lane departure warning helps you stay in line on the highway. LaneWatch is another feature designed to help you navigate lanes. When you activate your right turn signal, a camera shows the lane next to you. This helps you know whether you can safely merge.

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Which Honda Odyssey Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 Honda Odyssey seats up to eight people and comes standard with a 3.5-liter V6 engine, a six-speed automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive. The Odyssey is available in six trims: LX, EX, SE, EX-L, Touring, and Touring Elite. The EX-L trim is broken down into sub-trims offering navigation and a rear entertainment system.

The Honda Odyssey in the EX-L trim positions itself as best for families. This model includes as standard important active safety features like collision warning and lane departure warning. Easy-to-clean leather upholstery also comes standard. Parents might also like the standard “cool box” for long family road trips.

Honda Odyssey LX

The base LX trim ($29,850) comes with dual-zone air conditioning, 12-volt power outlets (front row and cargo area), steering wheel-mounted controls, an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, a four-way power-adjustable front-passenger seat, wide mode adjustable second-row seats with armrests and walk-in feature, a seven-speaker audio system, and Bluetooth for audio and telephone.

Honda Odyssey EX

The EX level (starting around $33,000) adds a few features like Honda LaneWatch, power-sliding doors, tri-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, and a 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat including power lumbar support.

Honda Odyssey EX-L

The EX-L trim, which starts around $36,500, adds leather upholstery, collision warning, lane departure warning, a multi-angle rearview camera (with navigation), a moonroof, a power tailgate, a center stack lower storage bin with cool box, and a perforated leather-wrapped steering wheel.

Honda Odyssey Touring

The Touring trim ($42,755) comes standard with navigation and a DVD entertainment system, as well as front and rear parking sensors, fog lights, and heated power side mirrors.

Honda Odyssey Touring Elite

The Touring Elite ($45,325) comes standard with pretty much every feature you can get in the Odyssey, including high-intensity-discharge headlights, HD Radio, a widescreen DVD entertainment system with an HDMI port, the built-in HondaVAC vacuum, and a 12-speaker stereo that includes a 5.1 surround-sound theater mode.

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The Final Call

The Honda Odyssey is one of the best minivans on the market. However, it’s also one of the more expensive. It handles well, has a decent engine, good safety scores, and its interior is well-built and passenger-friendly. Still, the Odyssey faces tough competition from the all-new Chrysler Pacifica, which undercuts the Odyssey’s base price by about $1,200 and offers more standard infotainment features. Neither, though, offers a rich array of family-friendly features in their base trims.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "The V6 isn't class-leading, but it's powerful enough for most duties. Good acceleration from the 248-horsepower 3.5-liter V6, with 0-60 mph in 8.0 seconds. Some rivals are a little quicker, though. The six-speed automatic shifts smoothly, but power drops more than expected between gears." -- Edmunds
  •  +"When it comes to tackling the needs of growing families, the 2016 Honda Odyssey minivan 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." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)
  • "Beneath its distinctive exterior, the Honda Odyssey is a family-friendly minivan with a flexible cabin that can be configured to seat eight passengers or haul up to 148.5 cubic feet of cargo. This practicality, along with capable handling and admirable fuel efficiency, makes the Odyssey one of the top choices in the minivan segment." -- Left Lane News (2016)
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