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A spacious and super-comfortable minivan!

2019 Honda Odyssey | CarMax

If you're on the lookout for the ultimate family car, there are few types of vehicles better suited to the task than the humble minivan. For when you need even more space and practicality than an SUV or full-size sedan, the minivan is tailor-made for transporting you, the kids, and all the associated luggage with space to spare.

The third-generation Honda Odyssey was introduced in 2018, making 2019 the second year of the current generation. And with three-row seating, a stout V6 engine, and no shortage of space and available features, the 2019 Honda Odyssey is the minivan for all seasons that will help make even the most ambitious family journeys feel like a walk in the park.

In this review of the 2019 Honda Odyssey, you'll:

Key Specs & Features

  • The 2019 Odyssey comes standard across the range with a 3.5L V6 engine, producing 280 horsepower and 262 lb.-ft. of torque.
  • All models are front-wheel drive.
  • The 2019 Odyssey comes with a nine-speed automatic transmission on the LX, EX, EX-L, and EX-L with Navi and RES trims.
  • On the top Touring and Elite trims, a 10-speed automatic transmission is included as standard.
  • The base model LX can seat seven people and every trim level above that features seating for eight people.
  • The 2019 3.5L V6 engine is good for an EPA-estimated 22 mpg combined, with an estimated 19 mpg in the city and an EPA-estimated 28 mpg on the highway.1
  • The 2019 Honda Odyssey features a generous 163 cubic feet of passenger volume across its three rows of seating, with an additional 32 cubic feet of cargo volume in the trunk.

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5 Reasons to Buy

1. ALL THAT PASSENGER SPACE

2019 Honda Odyssey: Front Seats | CarMax

Being a three-row minivan, the 2019 Honda Odyssey's main selling point is always going to be its interior space and roominess. And it certainly doesn't disappoint in that regard. That whopping 163 cubic feet of passenger volume means you can carry kids and adults alike across the three-rows. Couple that to equally impressive legroom—40.9 inches for the front- and second-row seats and 38.1 inches for the rear seats—and even the taller passengers will have space to stretch out in the vast Odyssey.

2019 Honda Odyssey: Backseats | CarMax

2. CARGO SPACE FOR DAYS, TOO

2019 Honda Odyssey: Third Row | CarMax

It isn't just passengers that have plenty of room in the 2019 Honda Odyssey—the 32 cubic feet of cargo volume is good enough for most everyday purposes, but with 60/40-split-folding third-row seats, this can be expanded up to 89.2 cubic feet. And if that's still not enough, the second-row seats can be manually removed altogether, taking the total cargo capacity up to 144.9 cubic feet. Whether it's a lot of people or a lot of goods to transport—or even both at once—the 2019 Honda Odyssey can take it all.

2019 Honda Odyssey: Trunk Cargo | CarMax

3. EASY TO OPERATE

The last thing you need when moving a group of people, be they family or all adults, is the car itself making things more difficult for you. The 2019 Honda Odyssey has that covered. Sliding rear doors make getting in and out an absolute breeze, and once everyone is seated inside, the dashboard interface is comprised only of physical buttons—no touchscreens to get your head around. Each row of seats has its own cupholders and extra convenience features such as automatic climate control (all models) and powered sliding doors (EX trim upwards). That makes operating the 2019 Honda Odyssey to a truly low-stress affair.

4. A JOY TO DRIVE

2019 Honda Odyssey: Engine | CarMax

Safe to say that if you're looking for a large family car, driving pleasure might not be too high on the priorities list. But here's the good news: no matter how good the 2019 Honda Odyssey is at being a large family car, it's still surprisingly fun to drive. That 3.5L V6 engine produces smooth and satisfying acceleration even when fully loaded with passengers and cargo, and the steering is nice and fast, making twisty city driving an adventure. Additionally, paddle shifters for the automatic transmission are included as standard, even on the base model.

5. A LONG FEATURE LIST

2019 Honda Odyssey: Tech Dash | CarMax

The 2019 Honda Odyssey is certainly one of those vehicles where you get plenty of standard features. Right from the base LX model, you get a rearview camera, powered front seats, Bluetooth, and two USB ports. And from the EX trim upwards the feature list really gets extensive. An eight-inch touchscreen, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring with rear traffic alert, lane-keeping assist, and the aforementioned powered sliding doors isn't even a complete list of the EX's standard features.


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What You Need to Know

2019 Honda Odyssey Trim Levels

The 2019 Honda Odyssey is available in six separate trim levels: LX, EX, EX-L, EX-L with Navi and RES, Touring, and Elite.

LX:

  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • 60/40-split-folding rear seats
  • Five-inch center console screen
  • Rearview camera
  • Automatic climate control
  • Powered front seats

EX:

  • Power-sliding rear doors
  • Automatic three-zone climate control
  • Heated front seats
  • Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ compatibility
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking
  • Lane-keeping assist and blind-spot monitoring

EX-L:

  • Sunroof
  • Power rear liftgate
  • Leather seats
  • Second-row USB ports
  • Noise-reducing windshield

EX-L with Navigation and RES (Rear Entertainment System):

  • Navigation system
  • Rear-seat entertainment system with a 10.2-inch overhead display, a Blu-Ray player, and HDMI input.
  • 110-volt power outlet
  • Cabin intercom system for communicating from front seats to the rear

Touring:

  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • CabinWatch rear-cabin camera system
  • 4G LTE and WiFi Hotspot connection services onboard1
  • Engine start/stop
  • LED headlights

Elite:

  • 19-inch wheels
  • Wireless phone charger
  • 11-speaker sound system
  • Front and rear noise-reducing windows
  • Power-folding mirrors

2019 Honda Odyssey Color Choices

The 2019 Honda Odyssey is available in the following colors:

  • Crystal Black
  • Deep Scarlet
  • Forest Mist
  • Lunar Silver
  • Modern Steel
  • Obsidian Blue
  • Pacific Pewter
  • White Diamond

Similar Vehicles

Toyota Sienna

The minivan segment might not be as popular as it once was, but the field is still loaded with contenders. Over at Toyota is the Sienna, and while the current third generation might've been introduced way back in 2011, this is a minivan that has certainly kept up with the times—especially in terms of tech features on the 2019 model. Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa® functionality are both included as standard, as are three-zone automatic climate control, keyless entry, and five USB ports.

Additionally, the 2019 Toyota Sienna features a standard 3.5L V6 engine that produces 296 horsepower—enough to get you and your passengers moving swiftly and smoothly. And it's a breeze to drive too, especially when driver convenience features such as forward collision warning and pedestrian detection, lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, and automatic emergency braking come standard on all trims, and all-wheel drive is optional on trim levels above the base L model. For a huge amount of features as standard and a fun driving experience, the Sienna deserves a look.

Honda Pilot

Alongside the Odyssey in Honda's own stable is the Honda Pilot. Part of the third generation, first introduced back in 2016, the 2019 Honda Pilot is a midsize SUV. The Pilot includes three-row seating, a 3.5L V6 engine, and a front-wheel-drive chassis with all-wheel drive available as an option on all trim levels—and standard on the top-of-the-range Elite trim.

This is a midsize SUV that offers a lot of space inside: the 2019 model offers a total of 152.9 cubic feet of passenger volume and 16 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats, with a total cargo volume of 82.1 cubic feet with the second and third-row seats folded down. Tie this together with smart interior storage and a great selection of tech features from standard—including active noise cancellation, air conditioning, adaptive cruise control, and forward collision warning—and the 2019 Honda Pilot is a superb choice for those looking for the perfect blend of SUV poise and minivan practicality.

Chrysler Pacifica

Still relatively new on the market, the Chrysler Pacifica was introduced in 2017. Three years into the first generation, it still feels fresh and exciting. The 2019 model comes standard packing a 3.6L V6 engine offering 287 horsepower and three-row seating for seven people; eight seats are optional on every trim above the base L model. A big selling point for the Pacifica is its foldaway seats—on the 2019 model both the second and third row can fold into the floor, freeing up a huge amount of cargo space. That space starts at 32.3 cubic feet with all seats in place, rising to 140.5 cubic feet with the second- and third-row seats folded down.

Dodge Grand Caravan

The 2019 Grand Caravan offers a 3.6L V6 - similar to the Pacifica - a six-speed automatic transmission, and a similar system of fold-down second- and third-row seating. Additionally on the 2019 Grand Caravan, you also get tri-zone climate control, a rearview camera, and a six-speaker sound system as standard, as well as the optional Uconnect Hands-Free Group package of features that includes Bluetooth connectivity, a USB port, and satellite radio. And the real ace up the 2019 Grand Caravan's sleeve is interior space: a grandiose 158.6 cubic feet of passenger volume, 31.1 cubic feet of cargo volume behind the rear seats, and up to 140.3 cubic feet of cargo volume with the second- and third-row seats folded down. Need a minivan with maximum storage space for passengers and luggage but with minimum fuss? The Dodge Grand Caravan is the one for you.

The Bottom Line

The 2019 Honda Odyssey is the minivan that covers every base you could want from a minivan—including vast storage space and a comfortable interior—with the driving experience, tech features, and simplicity of operation you might find in sedans or mid-size SUVs. It's the ideal family vehicle for all seasons and journeys.

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