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Used 2016 Honda Odyssey EX Minivan Review

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2016 Honda Odyssey EX Minivan.

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5 out of 5 stars
New 2016 Odyssey -- First 20,000 miles
Jim Carlins,07/16/2016
EX 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
The main difference between models is features. The basic vehicle is the same. There is no factory protection applied to the fabric interior. A real oversight for a vehicle to carry around sloppy children, or in our case grandchildren. I added a dealer protection package which included interior and exterior clear coat and was the only option. It would be better to negotiate this adder … before agreeing to purchase. Internet pricing for the dealers allowed me to get the best price and the color I wanted. I highly recommend using it for your shopping. The vehicle performed well for the first 6 months and 8,000+ miles. Very reliable operation, comfortable ride, good gas efficiency. During a trip to Florida we approached 30 mpg for a few all highway segments of the drive, and 28+ was typical. Around town with combine highway and city driving yields 20 - 25 mpg. A few trips pulling a fully loaded trailer through the hills dropped vehicle efficiency to 15 - 17 mpg, which is acceptable for that infrequent type of usage. After 18 months and 20,000 miles the vehicle has continued to be a solid performer. No anomalies or problems have arisen. The vehicle delivers a comfortable ride while maintaining flexibility and versatility of use. Our vehicle carries 8 passengers with our extended family; the interior is easily reconfigured to haul supplies; the roof racks transport our kayaks; and the trailer hitch to transport our bicycles. The roof racks and trailer hitch are optional features but essential to our active lifestyle. The backup camera is a great feature. However with snowy winter weather, the camera lens must be occasionally cleared of slush to maintain visibility. Not a big issue, just something to be aware of.
4 out of 5 stars
Almost ideal minivan falls short on driver comfort
William Picard,06/15/2016
EX 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
After about a month of daily use, I have only two complaints about the 2016 Odyssey EX. First, there is very little legroom for the driver's left leg. Because of the front cabin shape and wheel well placement, it's impossible to stretch out the left leg while driving. I'm comparing this to my previous car, a Honda Accord; I haven't driven any other minivans, so I don't know whether the … Toyota Sienna, for instance, is more comfortable for the driver. This may sound minor, but it's making me dread my upcoming cross-country move, during which my leg will be bent at an unpleasant angle for 9+ hours each day. The second complaint is about the entertainment/information panels. My last car was a 1998, so I can't compare this to its modern peers, but the all-digital interface makes me pine for the days of physical knobs controlling simple things like balance and tone. I can't navigate through multiple menu screens while driving, just to control the bass or the balance. And overall, I find the computer controls to be un-intuitive.
3 out of 5 stars
Honda Infotainment System Like 2016 Flip Phone
Craig,04/28/2016
EX 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
If car manufacturers are going to bombard interiors with standard electronics, the performance of infotainment systems will be a large part of my review. As such, the Honda Infotainment system in my 2016 Odyssey seems to be 5-6 years behind what I would expect in a new vehicle today. There is a wonderful wide screen on the dash and a touch screen lower down. When you test drive you … are thinking, wow! that is pretty cool. But, you can only try so much of the Infotainment system on a test drive. So, after purchase when you sync your phone to your new van and realize, wait!....no Android Auto availability! It is available in other 2016 Honda offerings, but missing in the 2016 Odyssey. So the cool wide screen display on the dash is kind of worthless other than showing the Pandora song that is playing, or your trip computer information. So...overall the electronics are flashy but near worthless. Overall, the controls of the Odyssey Infotainment are clunky, slow to respond, and require far too much "eyes off the road" time. This is my second Odyssey, so other things I've noticed are.....this van has much more road noise than my 2008 Odyssey. Dealer on the test drive suggested to turn up the radio....LOL. Also, the body quarter-panels and hood on this appear to be plastic or some other non-metal material and probably contributes to the added road noise. Cabin body panels are still metal. Overall, though, it still has good interior utility, decent interior materials (far better than the Sienna which I looked very closely at.) I like the drive and seat comfort of my 2016 Odyssey compared to my 2008. Overall, I'm not disappointed in my purchase....it is still a great family mover. I'm just disappointed/disenchanted that the electronics are so prevalent in the dash, but seriously lacking in useful functionality.
4 out of 5 stars
Speedometers, spare tires and seats
Floyd Sense,09/07/2016
EX 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
(1). Leather seats in an Odyssey are uncomfortably hard and hot. The leather doesn't breath like high quality seat leather should, but rather it's like sitting on 1970s vinyl seats on a hot day. Solution: opt for the EX model which has cloth seats that are actually comfortable. We compared the Odyssey leather seats to competition, such as Chrysler Town & Country, and the Honda leather … was the worst. (2). The Odyssey spare tire (at least it has one) is stored INSIDE THE VEHICLE, under the floor between the second row seats. So, don't have a flat when you have the vehicle loaded with cargo or if it's full of kids on a rainy day. And, you won't believe where they expect you to store the flat tire you remove - see the manual and be ready to laugh. (3). If you normally wear polarized sunglasses while driving, make sure to take them along when you test drive the Odyssey. On a bright sunny day, the numbers on the speedometer and tachometer are simply not visible when wearing polarized sunglasses. For some reason, the designer decided the numbers should be displayed on a shiny background, making the situation even worse. With all that dashboard screen real estate, you'd think they'd have placed a digital speed display on one of the large screens. On the positive side, the Odyssey is remarkably quiet on the road. While Hondas and their upscale Acuras are noted for their tire and engine noise, you won't hear much of that in the Odyssey. You can actually carry on a conversation with people in the middle row of seats while traveling down the road at 70 mpg. And finally, you'd think that after all these years Honda would have figured out how to make it easy for an owner to get the middle row of seats out of the way for handling large cargo loads. You still have to manually remove them and store them somewhere in the garage or ? If you're a small person or older like me, you'll find that to be a difficult proposition. By the way, the gas mileage is a big surprise when compared to the competition. I can easily get 28 mpg on the open highway and rarely see less than 22 around town. Update: The problem with not being able to read the speedometer and other instruments on a sunny day, along with the difficulty of removing the second row seats has convinced us to dump the Odyssey and go with the Chrysler Pacifica later in the year.

Edmunds Summary Review of the 2016 Honda Odyssey EX Minivan

Pros & Cons

  • Fuel-efficient V6
  • quiet cabin
  • configurable second-row seat
  • easy-to-fold third-row seat
  • top crash test scores
  • confident handling.
  • Pricier than some competitors
  • removal process for the heavy second-row seats is cumbersome.


Full Edmunds Review: 2016 Honda Odyssey Minivan

What’s new

For 2016, the Honda Odyssey gets a Special Edition (SE) trim that takes several features from the range-topping Touring Elite and puts them in a more affordable package. Otherwise, the Odyssey is unchanged for 2016.

Edmunds says

The 2016 Honda Odyssey continues its reign as one of the best minivans on the market.

Vehicle overview

Let's say you've got two kids and one on the way. Then you find out the one on the way is actually twins! Less dramatically, perhaps you and several friends want to get away for a weekend, but nobody wants to double the gasoline bill by taking two cars. Either way, you're going to need the right vehicle. And for situations like these, there are few vehicles better than the 2016 Honda Odyssey.

While a three-row SUV can also accommodate you and everyone else, the third-row seat is typically cramped, and luggage space is modest when it's deployed. The Odyssey's vast cabin, in contrast, ensures that both second- and third-row passengers will be comfortable, even if they're adults. The second row is highly configurable, too, particularly on the EX trim and above -- you can spread the seats apart to create more shoulder room or slide them around to open up more third-row space. Even with the third row in use, there are a useful 38.4 cubic feet of space in the rear to store luggage, strollers or whatever else you've got.

Sexy it is not, but the 2016 Honda Odyssey is a great choice for a do-it-all vehicle.

But this Honda isn't just about functionality. Even in its base trim, the Odyssey comes pretty well equipped with features such as a power driver seat, a back-up camera and separate air-conditioning controls for front and rear passengers. Additional creature comforts, including a touchscreen interface, a rear seat entertainment system and rear sunshades, are available on the higher trim levels. Another Odyssey hallmark is the way it drives. It's far from being a sports car, but among minivans, it's an agile handler, and its 3.5-liter V6 delivers quick acceleration and high fuel economy.

As good as the Odyssey is, there are other minivans that are also worth checking out. The Toyota Sienna is fresh off a recent update, and it offers available all-wheel drive. The Nissan Quest is smaller but boasts a smooth ride and highly configurable seating of its own. We've grown fond of the Kia Sedona's crossover-inspired styling and front cabin during its long-term stay with us. You can also spend less and still get a fully functional van in the form of the Dodge Grand Caravan. But overall, Honda's Odyssey remains a top choice for when your life is, for better or worse, begging for a minivan. Notably, we picked the 2016 Honda Odyssey as one of Edmunds' Best Used Cars.

2016 Honda Odyssey models

The 2016 Honda Odyssey minivan is offered in six trim levels: LX, EX, SE, EX-L, Touring and Touring Elite.

The base seven-passenger LX model is well-equipped with 17-inch steel wheels, rear privacy glass, a rear spoiler, manual two-zone air-conditioning, active noise cancellation, an eight-way power driver seat, a four-way power front passenger seat, a 60/40-split folding third-row seat, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, full power accessories, cruise control, an 8-inch infotainment display, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a rearview camera and a seven-speaker audio system with a CD player, Pandora compatibility, an auxiliary audio input jack and a USB port.

Moving up to the eight-passenger EX model gets you 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, heated mirrors, power-sliding side doors, keyless ignition and entry, tri-zone automatic climate control, two-way power lumbar adjustment for the driver, a multi-adjustable second-row seat, a removable front center console, second-row sunshades and a conversation mirror. The EX also features Honda's "LaneWatch" blind-spot camera system and an additional 7-inch touchscreen with HondaLink smartphone app integration (including smartphone-enabled Aha radio features).

The SE includes a 115-volt household-style power outlet, an integrated vacuum cleaner, satellite radio and a rear seat entertainment system.

The EX-L gives up the SE's additional features (except satellite radio) but adds a power liftgate, forward-collision and lane-departure warning systems, a sunroof, a chilled storage box, leather seating (front and outboard second row) and heated front seats. Options include a choice of a voice-operated navigation system with an upgraded rearview camera or the rear-seat entertainment system with the 115-volt power outlet. These two systems can't be ordered together on the EX-L.

You will have to move up to at least the EX-L trim to get navigation on the 2016 Honda Odyssey.

Step up to the Touring model and you gain 18-inch alloy wheels, foglights, front and rear parking sensors, driver memory settings, the 115-volt power outlet, retractable third-row sunshades and a fold-down armrest for third-row passengers. Additionally, both the navigation and rear-seat entertainment systems are standard.

Finally, the Touring Elite adds xenon headlights, a regular blind-spot warning system (the blind spot camera is nixed), the vacuum, an upgraded rear-seat entertainment system (with a widescreen video monitor and HDMI input) and a premium 12-speaker surround-sound audio system with HD radio.

Performance & mpg

The 2016 Honda Odyssey is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 that produces 248 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque. Power is sent to the front wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission. EPA estimates are very good for a minivan at 22 mpg combined (19 city/28 highway), and we achieved close to 21 mpg in real-world mixed driving.

At the Edmunds test track, a Touring Elite accelerated from zero to 60 mph in 8 seconds, which is about average for the minivan class. Properly equipped, the Honda Odyssey can tow up to 3,500 pounds.

Safety

The 2016 Honda Odyssey comes standard with antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, front seat side-impact airbags, side curtain airbags that cover all three rows and front-seat active head restraints.

A rearview camera is standard on all models, with an upgraded multi-angle rearview camera available as an option on the EX-L and standard on the Touring and Touring Elite. Odyssey EX and above models come with Honda's "LaneWatch" blind-spot camera system, but Touring Elite models replace it with a conventional blind-spot monitor. Forward-collision and lane-departure warning systems are standard on EX-L, Touring and Touring Elite models, though it should be noted that this collision warning setup lacks the auto-braking feature found in many similar systems.

In Edmunds simulated panic-stop testing, an Odyssey stopped from 60 mph in 128 feet, slightly longer than average for vehicles in this segment.

The Odyssey earned five out of five stars for overall crash protection in government tests, with five stars for total frontal-impact safety and five stars for total side-impact safety. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave it a top rating of "Good" for its performance in the frontal-offset tests (both small and moderate overlaps) and the side-impact and roof-strength tests. It also earned a top rating in the seat/head restraint (whiplash protection) test.

Driving

While the 2016 Honda Odyssey is technically down a few horsepower compared to rivals like the Toyota Sienna and Kia Sedona, these vans perform similarly in both our acceleration tests and real-world driving situations. The Odyssey's V6 has more than enough juice to merge confidently on the freeway or overtake slower cars on the open road. Class-leading steering precision and confidence-inspiring handling make the Odyssey feel smaller and more carlike than it actually is. Thanks to active noise-cancelling technology, wind and road noise are held to pleasantly low levels, a difficult feat for what is essentially a big box on wheels.

Interior

As befits a purpose-built people mover, the 2016 Odyssey's interior offers a wide array of seating arrangements. Particularly noteworthy is the multifunction second-row seat that can be adjusted to create a middle aisle or side aisle for easier third-row access. On EX and higher trim levels, the center portion of the second-row bench can slide forward more than 5 inches to put the youngest passenger's car seat within easy reach of mom or dad. The second-row outboard seats can also slide away from the center, allowing plenty of room for three car seats side-by-side.

The Odyssey's cabin has many other clever features, like the handy flip-up trash bag holder built into the removable center console, or the cooling compartment that means a refreshing beverage is always close at hand. The large touchscreen included on all but the base LX model also serves as a rearview camera display and provides access to audio system features, including popular apps like Pandora and Aha. The remaining controls are sensibly arranged and clearly labeled in a way that makes everything very user-friendly.

The 2016 Honda Odyssey SE and Touring Elite come with a built-in vacuum. You supply the Cheerios and dog hair.

Buyers who simply must have all the toys will gravitate to the Touring Elite model, which includes a rear-seat entertainment system built around a widescreen monitor that can play two different sources -- a DVD and a video game, for example -- at the same time. This top-of-the-line model (like the new-for-2016 Odyssey SE) also comes equipped with Honda's unique built-in vacuum with a 10-foot hose capable of reaching crumbs in every corner of the cabin.

When it comes to hauling things, the Odyssey's cavernous interior is remarkably flexible. Even with a full load of passengers, there are still a generous 38.4 cubic feet of space behind the third row. Folding the 60/40-split third-row seat into the floor is simple and creates a 93.1-cubic-foot cargo hold behind the second row. The downside to the design of those second-row seats (55 pounds each) quickly becomes apparent when you discover they must be removed from the vehicle to make full use of the Odyssey's 148.5 cubic feet of total cargo capacity.

Edmunds Insurance Estimator

The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2016 Honda Odyssey in Virginia is:

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