Sometimes only a minivan will really do the job you want, whether it's hauling people or cargo or needing convenience. When that's the case, the 2017 Honda Odyssey need to be at the top of your list. For many of today's buyers, crossovers have taken over from the minivan in the traditional role of the "go-to" family vehicle, but even the best crossovers don't offers the sheer practicality and flexibility of the Honda Odyssey. Though it may feel like the end of the fun, the Honda Odyssey offers plenty of features that will impress you and you'll know that you can survive a family vacation with both your wits and your family intact-and that's not nothing.
2017 Honda Odyssey
The Odyssey benefitted from a mild refresh for the 2014 model year, which saw a six-speed automatic transmission on all trims, a new sleeker exterior with a new aluminum hood and front fenders, a twin-bar grille and revised lower front fascia. The Odyssey also gained integrated fog lights and darker-finish projector headlight housings, while smart entry and LED rear taillight bars became available as an option. As inherent practicality is always the priority with any minivan, there's only so much that can realistically be done to make them stylish. However, Honda has done a really good job with the Odyssey and it's definitely one of the best-looking minivans out there right now.
The interior of the 2017 Honda Odyssey is exactly what you'd want from a family transporter. Honda has addressed every detail with genuine care and attention. It's comfortable and luxurious but not so upscale that you'd be worried about the spills and scrapes of family life ruining it, which is a smart move by Honda. The layout of the dash is a straightforward, no-nonsense affair with large, easy to use knobs and buttons instead of finicky touchscreen menus for everything. The second row features a thoughtful option to separate the seats a few inches, to allow for more space and also allows the installation of a car seat in the middle seat for easier access from the driver or passenger front seats.
Practicality and Flexibility
Why choose the 2017 Honda Odyssey over the standard three-row crossover? For a start, you can seat up to eight people in the Odyssey, even adults, and that puts it way ahead of almost every crossover out there. The seats can also be moved and folded in lots of ways to allow for any number of creative seating and cargo space combinations to be utilized. In fact, if all the rear seats are folded down the Odyssey affords buyers a massive 90 cubic feet of cargo space for transporting those really big, awkward objects from time to time. The family-friendly credentials are further enhanced with convenience features such as an in-car vacuum, rear-seat entertainment, and even a special rung for hanging a trash bag. The ultimate selling point for the convenience of the minivan is the sliding entry doors on both sides. It makes accessing the third row infinitely easier than in a crossover, while also minimizing the footprint of the van since the doors don't need to swing wide for access. Being able to open the doors from the key? Priceless when your hands are full or the weather has turned against you.
If any vehicle is going to be scrutinized for its safety, it's going to be a minivan and this is another important area where the 2017 Honda Odyssey excels. Honda gets a five-star rating in federal tests and independent testing has confirmed this assessment. Of course, all Odyssey models offer the full complement of airbags and other essential safety features you'd expect to see in a modern minivan. Higher trim models are also available with some very advanced safety features, including forward collision warning and lane-departure alerts.
Stylish and Practical Interior
Adult-size seating for up to eight and easy entry and exit courtesy of large outward-opening side doors
Flexible Storage Space
Interior seating can be folded and stowed for numerous seating/cargo combinations
An interior HondaVAC vacuum system helps you keep messes contained and SmartEntry keeps your keys in your pocket but allows you quick access to your vehicle
Top of the Line Entertainment
Ultrawide 16-inch drop-down screen with dual inputs means no more fighting, as passengers can choose between DVD, video game, or other entertainment choices with two side-by-side 8-inch displays with wireless headphones to keep the noise at bay
If you need to transport a big family around on a regular basis, few models come close to the Honda Odyssey. While some manufacturers choose to abandon all hope of desirability in their pursuit of utmost practicality, the Honda proves you can have a minivan that does everything you need and still looks good on your driveway.
*Any MPG listed is based on model year EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery pack age/condition (hybrid only) and other factors. For additional information about EPA ratings, visit http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/label/learn-more-PHEV-label.shtml.
** Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA's) New Car Assessment Program. Model tested with standard side airbags (SABs). For additional information on the 5-Star Safety Ratings program, please visit www.safercar.gov.