You can’t beat a minivan when it comes to comfort, utility, safety, and value in a family-sized vehicle. And among minivans, the 2020 Honda Odyssey is a favorite for a multitude of reasons.
What makes the Odyssey appealing is a strong showing across a broad cross-section of evaluation metrics. Competitors from Chrysler, Kia, and Toyota all offer exclusive features unavailable on the Honda, but each is also flawed in a way that can turn potential buyers off. That’s where the Honda, which offers a handful of exclusives of its own, draws in minivan fans, delivering high customer satisfaction across the board. With family visiting from out of state to celebrate the holidays, I needed something that could comfortably carry eight people. Wishing to avoid a gas-guzzling full-size SUV that would be hard for my elderly parents to climb into, I elected to examine a minivan, and specifically the 2020 Odyssey, which proved even more impressive when used in exactly the way its maker intends.