Among minivans, the Honda Odyssey has a reputation for quality and reliability, and is a front-wheel drive, three-row model with room for up to eight. Released in 1995, the Honda Odyssey is loaded with family favorite features and consistently performs exceptionally well in crash tests.
2011 to Present: Honda Odyssey
Introduced in 2011, the fourth-generation Honda Odyssey came in larger and wider than ever before with its curb weight averaging 4,500 pounds. Its 3.5-liter V6 engine was tweaked to deliver 248 horsepower and Touring editions received a six-speed automatic transmission. All other trim levels were paired with a five-speed automatic until 2014 when the six-speed transmission became standard across the model line.
The Honda Odyssey is EPA-rated at 19/28 mpg city/highway. It is available in LX, EX, EX-L, Touring and Touring Elite trim levels.
The Odyssey’s front fascia is dominated by a broad grille and wraparound lighting assemblies outfitted with automatic, projector-beam halogen headlights. The lower grille is punctuated by fog lights in the Touring and Touring Elite editions.
Sliding side doors are standard; this model has upper and lower character lines as well as a twisting beltline. The roofline is linear with a slight taper to the rear liftgate. Alloy wheels are set within all-season tires.
To the rear is a roofline spoiler with an integrated tail lamp, oversized taillights with integrated LED light bars and a rear wiper.
All models come with front bucket seats and second- and third-row folding bench seats. The 60/40 split-folding third-row seat flips and folds in sections to increase storage capacity. The Honda Odyssey has 172.6 cubic feet of passenger volume and offers 39.7 cubic feet of standard storage space behind the third row. Folding the third row opens up 93.1 cubic feet behind the second-row seats, and there’s up to 148.5 cubic feet behind the first row. The Odyssey has a towing capacity of 3,500 pounds.
All models come equipped with power front seats, air conditioning, power accessories, a tilt and telescopic steering column, Bluetooth connectivity, beverage holders for all rows, multiple storage compartments, hooks, front row and cargo area 12-volt outlets, an auxiliary input jack and USB outlets.
Navigation packages and a 115-volt outlet are available with the Touring and Touring Elite editions. Integrated sunshades, footwell lighting, push-button start and safety equipment, including a blind spot information system are also available.
Earlier Honda Odyssey Models
The first-generation Honda Odyssey was produced from 1995 to 1998 and was more wagon-like than a minivan. Based on the Honda Accord platform, the first-generation model was powered by a 2.2-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a four-speed automatic transmission.
The second generation Honda Odyssey was produced from 1999 to 2004. That model assumed its current minivan look and brought in the 3.5-liter V6, pairing it initially with a four-speed automatic before introducing a five-speed in 2002.
The third-generation Honda Odyssey was produced from 2005 to 2010. It continued with the same engine and transmission combination of the previous generation model.