2019 Honda Odyssey


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2019 Honda Odyssey Interior Review


Interior: 9.2

The 2019 Honda Odyssey looks and feels modern inside. It's well-built and uses plenty of high-end materials, giving this minivan a more upscale feel than some competitors. There are three rows of comfortable, adult-friendly seats and many tech features, including a user-friendly infotainment system. Few vehicles in any class can rival this Honda when it comes to cargo space.

  • "Overall, the Odyssey looks modern and upscale inside, with leather seats and soft-touch material on most surfaces that you come in contact with. Everything is solidly put together with consistent panel gaps and tolerances; there were no squeaks or rattles during our test period." -- Edmunds
  • "The interior materials are high quality, with good fit and finish and plenty of soft-touch surfaces where it counts. The line-topping Elite model is spiced up with some classy textured satin-metal-look dash trim and great-looking high-gloss piano-black inserts on the dash and door panels. All three interior color choices – Mocha, Beige, or Gray – come with black carpeting and seat belts, which Honda says are designed to conceal stains." -- Consumer Guide (2018)
  • The interior of the new Odyssey is modern looking and nicely laid out. It's a good combination of functional and premium. Still, we think the Chrysler Pacifica … has a more luxurious feel inside even though the Honda offers more tech features." -- Autotrader (2018)


The Odyssey seats up to eight people and comes standard with spill-resistant cloth upholstery and a power-adjustable driver's seat. Available amenities include leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a heated steering wheel, a 12-way power-adjustable driver's seat with memory settings, power sliding doors, and Magic Slide second-row seats, which adjust laterally, backward, and forward in five different positions.

All three rows of seats in the Odyssey provide comfortable accommodations, and even the third-row seats provide enough head- and legroom for adult passengers. It's also easy to access all three rows. The driver has great visibility in all directions.

There are complete sets of LATCH child-seat connectors on the second-row and outboard third-row seats, as well as an upper tether on the third-row middle seat. The IIHS gave the Odyssey's LATCH system the highest rating of Good+ for its ease of use.

  • "The front seats are soft in all the right places and are extremely accommodating and comfortable, while the lower dashboard has been pushed forward to create more front-seat knee room. The second-row buckets are similarly comfy, one advantage of not having to be slim enough to fold into the floor like the Pacifica's do. The Odyssey's latest seating innovation is what Honda calls Magic Slide second-row seats. … Now, both center-row bucket seats can slide 13 inches laterally with five latching locations, while retaining fore-aft adjustability. Shifting the seats over creates a larger pathway to the rear seat, without requiring scampering through the middle aisle."-- Car and Driver (2018)
  • "The seats are comfortable in all three rows, and even the third row should be spacious enough for most adults – at least if the second-row seats are not all the way back. The third row also has generously sized side windows with a relatively low beltline, which makes the area feel a little less closed-in. There are cushy flip-down armrests on the second-row seats and adjustable inboard armrests on the front seats." -- Consumer Guide (2018)
  • "Pop out the middle seat, and the outboard second-row seats can be manually slid toward the center of the car in several different positions. It makes a lot more room for accessing the third row, and it puts the kids closer to the center of the vehicle and within easier reach of the front row. The seats also tilt forward for more access to the third row. Most important, they can make all these movements with a car seat installed. Regardless of where the second row is set, there's plenty of legroom, shoulder room, hiproom, and toe room in the second and third rows, even for tall adults." -- Motor Trend (2018)

Interior Features

Standard features in the Odyssey include a multi-angle rearview camera, remote entry, push-button start, a 5-inch display, a seven-speaker sound system, Bluetooth, hands-free text messaging, and two USB ports.

Available features include an 8-inch touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, HD Radio, satellite radio, a moonroof, navigation, voice recognition, a rear-seat Blu-ray entertainment system, a Wi-Fi hot spot, an 11-speaker sound system, park assist, blind spot monitoring with cross traffic alert, a wireless phone charger, and the Honda Sensing suite of driver assistance features. Honda Sensing includes pre-collision braking, forward collision warning, lane keep assist, road departure warning, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control.

You can also add features like CabinControl (which lets you control the rear-seat entertainment system and climate settings and send destinations to the Odyssey's navigation system with your smartphone), CabinTalk (which lets the driver communicate with the second- and third-row passengers using a microphone), HondaVAC (an in-vehicle vacuum), CabinWatch (which uses a camera to provide a view of the second and third rows on the touch-screen display), and HondaLink (which gives you remote access to your minivan).

You should have no problems with the Odyssey's infotainment system. Its menus are smartly arranged and easy to navigate, and the touch screen responds well to inputs. You can rearrange app icons on the touch screen, which isn't possible in many rival systems. There are physical buttons for several functions as well, so you don't have to rely on the touch screen for everything.

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  • "This new Odyssey is the most tech-heavy family car we've seen so of course Wi-Fi is available – you can even control some in-car functions via smartphone. Up to seven passengers can add to a master playlist via smartphone and there's wireless charging for Android phones. In addition to Cabin Watch, there's Cabin Talk which allows you to interrupt the rear seat entertainment system – it pauses the movie and your voice comes through the wireless headphones." -- Autotrader (2018)
  • "The Display Audio interface boasts an 8-inch high-resolution screen with large, clear graphics, smartphone-like pinch-and-swipe capability, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto functionality, and noticeably quicker response times than previous Honda systems we've tested. The system has been designed so that most functions are close to the 'surface' – i.e., no drilling down into multiple levels to get to the function you want. The layout of the app 'tiles' is also customizable, so frequently used functions can be placed closest to the driver." -- Consumer Guide (2018)
  • "The infotainment system itself is a big step forward for Honda. The software is all-new and Android-based, and it's been designed to resemble the home screen on your smartphone. All the major functions have been broken out into apps, each appearing as a tile you can drag around to customize the screen. There are also three favorite slots at the top of the screen that are always present, allowing you to create shortcuts to specific functions such as satellite radio or navigation. Not only does it allow you to pinch, swipe, and drag, but it also actually responds as quickly as a phone screen, something many manufacturers can't say. Honda even brought back an audio volume knob. Below the screen, hard buttons have been selected for functions Honda thinks you might want to use the minute you get in the car rather than waiting for the infotainment screen to load—climate control and seat heaters/coolers." -- Motor Trend (2018)


With all seats in use, the Odyssey provides 38.6 cubic feet of cargo space. That number jumps to 92 cubic feet with the third-row seats folded and 158 cubic feet with the second and third rows folded. The third-row seats fold down fairly easily, but you have to take out the second-row seats to get maximum cargo space, and it's a troublesome task to remove them.

This Honda provides plenty of small-item storage throughout the interior, and you can opt for a power liftgate or a hands-free power liftgate.

  • The storage well behind the third row is always useful for grocery bags. Those third-row seats aren't power-operated, but the strap and handle system is easy enough to use. … The second-row seats are bulky and hard to remove." -- Edmunds
  • "There's a ton of room in the Odyssey, too. Even the rear cargo space behind the third row is huge. Some people prefer a flat load space that is even with the bumper to easily plop in heavy items. The Odyssey, however, has a deep load floor. While it might make it a little more difficult to unload that 40-pound bag of cat litter, it provides more vertical room for storage, and has the added advantage of helping to keep your groceries from spilling out as soon as you open the liftgate. We were able to pile in a medium soft-sided cooler, a beach umbrella, two folding chairs, a stroller, a couple of large tote bags, a few loose beach towels, and some other random odds and ends behind the third row without it creeping up into our rear view. That deep well also accommodates the folding third row to fold flat if you need the extra space more than the extra seating." -- Autoblog (2018)
  • "Small-item storage spots abound. There are two tiers of storage trays in the front doors, a large purse shelf at the leading edge of the front console, and a deep – but not particularly long – covered storage bin in the center console. The front console has four cupholders – two at the front and two in the back – but they might not hold super-sized beverages." -- Consumer Guide (2018)
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