Universally agreed upon to be the best minivan on the market, Honda’s Odyssey seats up to eight in a three-row configuration. The second row seats can be spread apart to keep kids out of reach of one another, or create a middle aisle to ease access to the third row. The Honda also boasts excellent driving manners, a strong roster of safety technology, top crash test scores and even a built-in vacuum cleaner. Fresh off of a redesign for the 2014 model year, the Honda Odyssey goes into the 2015 model year with no changes.
2015 Honda Odyssey Quick Spin Review
It’s a handsome piece, as minivans go. The Odyssey’s overall shape is largely dictated by what the model needs to accomplish. Readily identifiable as a member of the Honda family of automobiles, Odyssey has a cavernous interior. So much so, some reviewers have wondered if the prefix “Mini” really applies to the Honda Odyssey anymore. The body gives it 38.4 cubic feet of cargo capacity—with all three rows of seats deployed. Fold the third row, you’ll claim 93.1 cubic feet. Eliminate the second and third rows and you’ll get an amazing 148.5 cubic feet of cargo capacity. However, there is a caveat here. The second row seats must be removed—they don’t fold. This can be a problem for smaller people, as the seats weigh some 55 pounds each.
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Power for the front-drive Odyssey comes from a 248-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6 with 250 ft-lbs of torque flowing through a six-speed automatic transmission. The EPA says to anticipate 19 miles per gallon in the city, 28 on the highway, and 22 mpg combined. Properly configured, Odyssey can tow up to 3,500 ponds.
Standard safety features include ABS, stability control, traction control, a rearview camera, and a full complement of airbags—including side curtain bags for all three rows. Upper trim level models get features like forward collision and lane departure warning, they also get Honda’s LaneWatch camera system fitted to the right-side exterior rearview mirror. While we’re on the subject, as good as Odyssey is, the collision warning system doesn’t include automatic braking.
According to NHTSA, Odyssey is a five-star car in all of its testing—including frontal impact, side impact, and roof strength. Odyssey claimed the top IIHS ranking (“Good”) in all of the Institute’s crash testing (including the small overlap frontal test). Odyssey also scored “Good” in the IIHS side impact and roof strength tests.
Pricing & Features
For the 2015 model year, Honda is offering the Odyssey in five states of trim.
The base model is the $28,975 LX. Standard features include a rearview camera, Bluetooth audio streaming and phone connectivity, power adjustable front seats, a 60/40 folding third row seat, two-zone air conditioning, text to speech capability with compatible smartphones, variable intermittent windshield wipers, keyless entry, an eight-inch multi information display, and of course a full set of power accessories.
The $32,275 EX package adds heated exterior mirrors, power-actuated sliding side doors, pushbutton start, tri-zone automatic climate control, a removable center console between the front seats, a conversation mirror for keeping tabs on the kids in the second and third rows, the LaneWatch system, and a seven-inch touchscreen interface.
The $35,775 EX-L adds a sunroof, forward collision and lane departure warning, leather upholstering for the first two rows, heated front seats, and a chilled storage box.
The $42,030 Touring package adds foglights, front and rear parking sensor arrays, a 115-volt AC electrical outlet, navigation, and rear-seat entertainment.
The $44,600 Touring Elite package adds xenon headlights, blind spot warning, a vacuum cleaner, surround audio, and a widescreen rear entertainment system with HDMI inputs.