Note: This review also applies to the 2013 Honda Odyssey as no major changes were made since the 2012 Honda Odyssey.
This 2012 Honda Odyssey video review compares this popular model to other minivans. It also details fuel economy, price, comfort, safety and features like Bluetooth and a navigation system.
While other vehicles make all sorts of concessions to style, minivans are all about function, and that function is getting kids and their stuff in and out with ease. In this class, the Honda Odyssey is one of our favorites.
Pricing starts around $29,000 and tops out in the mid-$40,000s. All versions of this minivan seat eight, but many owners like to pull out the center seat in the second row so they have walk-through access to the third row. There's plenty of room for adults to sit in each of the rows. Safety is paramount for a minivan and the Odyssey has a five-star crash rating from the government and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named it a Top Safety Pick.
The well behind the third row is convenient for storing a stroller. Folding this seat is easy and it opens up a ton of cargo space.
The midrange EX model comes with essentials like Bluetooth and a USB input. This more upscale Touring model offers features like leather upholstery, a navigation system, a back-up camera and a rear entertainment system.
You'll notice that there are a lot buttons and dials in the cabin. While they don't look the greatest, they're at least well organized and easy to use. The quality of the materials is good, but the Nissan Quest is better in this department.
All Honda Odysseys come with a V6 engine. Acceleration is more than adequate, but more demanding drivers might prefer the quicker Toyota Sienna. The Honda is more fuel-efficient, though, as Touring models like this one earn 19 mpg city and 28 mpg highway ratings. Note that LX and EX models have a different transmission and have a slightly lower 18 city/27 highway mpg rating.
We really like the Odyssey's smooth, quiet ride. It also handles well for this class. It isn't a sports car, mind you, but it doesn't feel as bulky going around a corner compared to some other vans.
In this class, the Honda Odyssey is a great overall choice. It does tend to be pricey, though, so you're wise to look at the Quest and Sienna, as well as the less expensive Dodge Grand Caravan.