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2019 Honda Odyssey review

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Honda Odyssey highlights

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Pros

  • Configurable second-row offers flexible seating
  • Lots of available technology, comfort, and convenience features
  • Full suite of driver aids available
  • Enjoyable to drive

Cons

  • Second row seats are bulky to remove
  • No power-folding third-row seats
  • No all-wheel drive

Mileage (EPA estimate)

19 city, 28 highway, 22 combined

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The 2019 Honda Odyssey packs in the family-friendly tech

The 2019 Honda Odyssey is a thoroughly modern minivan with tons of great features for families, though it has a few shortcomings worth keeping in mind. There’s a full suite of driver aids that includes helpful features like automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control (on the EX trim and up). The infotainment system features Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™, and on higher trims you get a wireless charging tray and two extra USB ports for second-row passengers. There’s an available rear-seat camera with night vision, and the available rear-seat entertainment system comes with a Blu-Ray™ player and streaming content integration through the on-board Wi-Fi. Wi-Fi hotspots require a data plan to activate and may also require a compatible device. See the owner’s manual or manufacturer website for more information.

The second row seats can be independently moved to allow for lots of configurations and easier access to the third row. And, of course, the available HondaVAC™ built-in vacuum cleaner is there to help with cleanup.

The biggest drawback is the lack of all-wheel drive, especially for people who live with winter weather. There’s no hybrid option either, and to access maximum cargo space you have to remove the bulky second-row seats. Also, lower trim levels get a less smooth-shifting nine-speed automatic transmission.

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What is new for the 2019 Honda Odyssey?

  • Odyssey trims have been upgraded with DVD Video System as standard equipment this year.
  • Tow Hitch features are now available as options on select trims.

2019 Honda Odyssey trims

Curious how Honda Odyssey trims differ? Use our side-by-side vehicle comparison to see the differences and similarities

LX:

  • 18-inch alloy wheels

  • 60/40-split-folding rear seats

  • Five-inch center console screen

  • Rearview camera

  • Automatic climate control

  • Powered front seats

  • Shop all Honda Odyssey LXs in stock

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

  • Shop all Honda Odyssey EXs in stock

EX-L:

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

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What We Like

Practical interior: The Odyssey has lots of cabin storage, with spots to stash everything from purses to water bottles. But the headline has to be the configurable second row, with three sliding seats that can slide forward, backward, and side-to-side. This lets you keep kids in reach of the front seat, access to the third row more easily, or put some space between your passengers.

Lots of tech: Stepping up through the 2019 Odyssey’s trim levels nets a lot of tech upgrades. There are family-friendly tech features like the night-vision camera to check on rear passengers, and the rear-seat entertainment system. A full set of driver aids are available on most trim levels, as well. And the infotainment system features the modern connectivity options you’d expect.

Good to drive: The Odyssey is more enjoyable to drive than you might expect. The strong V6 delivers plenty of power, and the Odyssey handles like a smaller vehicle than it is. The steering is quick and precise, and the vehicle feels composed around corners. Even better, it doesn’t make any compromises on ride comfort to do it.

What Needs Improvement

Max-cargo flexibility: The Odyssey brags a very impressive maximum cargo capacity, but it takes a bit more work to access than in competitors like the Chrysler Pacifica. Power-folding third-row seats aren’t offered, and the bulky second-row seats have to be removed from the vehicle to achieve maximum cargo space.

2019 Honda Odyssey video review

The Honda Odyssey has been one of Edmunds' highest-rated family haulers for quite some time. Shaking off that minivan stigma, the Odyssey offers a blend of practicality and versatility that helps to make Honda's minivan kind of cool. But is buying a used Odyssey the right choice for you and your family? In this video, Ryan ZumMallen reviews the Honda Odyssey and details the pros and cons to help you decide whether it's the right minivan for you. Ryan discusses everything from how much a used Odyssey costs to EPA mpg estimates to how it handles on the road. Ryan also takes a peek inside to show you all the space the cabin offers and highlights the numerous and cool interior features that come with the Odyssey. So if you're looking for an upgrade to your family vehicle, check out our review of the 2019 Honda Odyssey EX-L and let us know what you think.

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The 2017-2020 Toyota Sienna is a great minivan for weekday errands and weekend adventures for seven or eight (depending on the configuration). All models come with Toyota's suite of driver aids, giving you peace of mind no matter what your daily driving looks like. Climb the trim levels across 2017-2020 models and you'll find great features like a power liftgate (SE and higher trims), leather seats (XLE and higher trims), and heated front seats (Limited trim only). There's also available all-wheel drive if you need extra confidence in poor weather.

The 2017-2020 Toyota Sienna base trim L includes these standard features:

  • Three-zone automatic climate control

  • Integrated backup camera

  • Four LATCH restraint sets

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

4.8 out of 5

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RepairPal gave the Honda Odyssey an overall reliability rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks Honda Odyssey 7th out of 14 among Minivans.

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Honda Odyssey features and specs

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Standard Features

  • A/C Seat(s)
  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • CD Audio
  • Fold-Away Third Row
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Leather Seats
  • Memory Seat(s)
  • Navigation System
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Hatch/Deck Lid
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Sliding Door(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Air Conditioning
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear Entertainment System
  • Rear Sunshade
  • Rear View Camera
  • Remote Start
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Sunroof(s)
  • Third Row Seat
  • Traction Control
  • Full Roof Rack
  • Quad Seats
  • Tow Hitch

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

Engine size

3.5L

Horsepower

280

Torque (ft-lbs)

262

Engine type

Gas

Fuel capacity

19.5

Wheelbase

118.1"

Overall length

203.2"

Width

78.5"

Height

69.6"

Leg room

F 40.9"/M 40.9"/R 38.1"

Head room

F 38.7"/M 39.2"/R 38.3"

Front tires

P235/55HR19

Rear tires

P235/55HR19

Seating capacity

8

Max towing capacity

350/3500 lbs.

Transmission

Automatic

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Color options

Exterior colors

  • Crystal Black

  • Deep Scarlet

  • Forest Mist

  • Lunar Silver

  • Modern Steel

  • Obsidian Blue

  • Pacific Pewter

  • White Diamond

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