The 2016 Honda Odyssey is one of the more enjoyable minivans. It's stylish and more engaging to drive than rival family vehicles, and has an exceptionally cushioned ride. The Odyssey is a prime example of a family-focused, car-like van doing its job well.
The Odyssey was refreshed in 2014. Since then, Honda has changed the Odyssey only minimally - a few design tweaks here and there, but no additional features.
More than anything else, the Honda Odyssey stands out for its engaging driving experience. The ride is a bit firm, but overall, the drive is comfortable. The Odyssey's responsive handling is more akin to a midsize sedan than it is a minivan; it feels well-weighted and precise, even with fully stocked cargo and passengers. The cabin is completely silent - active noise cancellation and active engine mounts will filter any vibration or excess road noise. Additionally, the seats are comfortable and relatively wide; day-to-day driving should be a breeze.
The Honda Odyssey stands out in a sea of all-purpose family vehicles and is one of the best examples of a minivan done right. It is versatile enough to carry any combination of passengers and cargo while still being engaging to drive. It handles like a Honda Accord, despite its size. The car is feature-rich, not bloated - every included option or gear in the Odyssey has utility. The Odyssey is not a cheap vehicle, but keeping it fueled remains affordable as the mileage is at the top of its car class. Whether you're a carpool driver or a working parent, the versatility, comfort, efficiency, and interior space make the Odyssey well worth the price tag.
The Honda Odyssey was recently refreshed. Its base Odyssey LX design options provide a more appealing silhouette, with a sculpted hood, more aggressive grille, a darker finish on headlamps, and other front-end tweaks. In the back, LED tail lights streamline the look. Additionally, the LX has Bluetooth hands-free calling, an 8.0-inch screen with information display, and 2GB of audio storage. It's quite well-equipped, though many of the best features are on higher-level trims. Past the base level, the Odyssey has four trim levels, including:
In terms of performance, the Odyssey achieves top-class fuel efficiency. It gets 19 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.
Although it's tuned for fuel efficiency over performance, the Honda Odyssey brings a surprising amount of power to the table. Standard Honda Odyssey models are built with a 3.5L V6 engine and a six-speed automatic. Together, they power the Odyssey with 248 horsepower. Even with a fully-stocked cargo and rows of passengers, the Odyssey will have no problem passing other vehicles on the road.
The recent design refresh still adds flair and visual interest to the Odyssey. New for the 2016 Honda Odyssey is a lightning bolt detail along the side. With this generation of Odyssey vehicles, it's clear that the minivan lineup is becoming more car-like than the other crossovers. The overall style has been tweaked to be more arched and curved. The back is a bit sharper than the rest of the vehicle, giving the car an aerodynamic feel.
The interior matters the most for a minivan The Odyssey does not disappoint - the cabin is quiet and the space is well-organized. Though not every row can fold into the floor, each row of seats is quite comfortable.
Notably, the seating layout can be configured to split the second row to make more space for adults to sit side-by-side. The back rows can also shift to provide more access to the cargo area.