For most of its lifespan, the Honda Odyssey has been a favored pick among minivans. Although the vehicle had a rather humble debut, it quickly hit its stride once Honda came out with the second-generation model, which featured a spacious cabin and an innovative third-row seat that folds into the floor. Now in its fourth generation, the Odyssey is one of the top minivans currently available.
The Honda Odyssey has made a strong showing, usually earning top honors in every minivan comparison test we've held. There are other minivans that rival the Odyssey's family-friendly features, but the Honda combines those attributes with confident driving dynamics and a long-standing record of reliability, making it an all-around family favorite.
Current Honda Odyssey
The fittingly popular Honda Odyssey comes in five trim levels: LX, EX, EX-L, Touring and Touring Elite. The entry-level LX comes fairly well equipped with features like a power driver seat, a 60/40-split-folding third-row seat, air-conditioning, Bluetooth phone and audio, a rearview camera and a USB/iPod interface. The EX's additional highlights include alloy wheels, power-sliding side doors, tri-zone automatic climate control, a multifunction second-row seat and an upgraded audio system. The EX-L's enhancements include a power liftgate, a sunroof and leather upholstery. The Touring and Touring Elite models will get you navigation and a rear-seat entertainment system.
All Honda Odysseys are powered by a 248-horsepower 3.5-liter V6. The LX, EX and EX-L models come with a five-speed automatic transmission, while Touring and Touring Elite receive a six-speed for slightly better fuel economy and acceleration.
On the road, the Odyssey impresses thanks to its smooth V6 and relatively agile handling. Inside, Honda's minivan boasts tight build quality and spacious, comfortable seating areas. Compared to previous Odyssey generations, the current model is significantly quieter on the road, but the button-heavy cockpit remains. All things considered, the Odyssey remains a favorite of Edmunds editors.
Read the most recent 2014 Honda Odyssey review.
If you are looking for older years, visit our used Honda Odyssey page.