2015 Honda Odyssey

 
2015 Honda Odyssey
 
2015 Honda Odyssey
 

2015 Honda Odyssey

MSRP 
$29,855
Invoice 
$27,648
Target 
 
 

Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 19 mpg City, 28 mpg Hwy
  • Engine: 3.5 L Regular Unleaded V-6, 248 HP
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Drive Train: Front Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 7
  • Doors: 4

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What You Will Like

The 2015 Odyssey stands out from the pack by offering an especially thoughtful, versatile interior layout and stylish design. The Odyssey's 3-mode second-row seat is also a standout in its class, able to fold, widen for passenger comfort, or become narrower for easier access to the third row. The Odyssey remains one of the sportiest-driving minivans available -- especially with respect to handling.

Feature-wise, the Odyssey is the first minivan to offer an all-digital entertainment system with a high-resolution HDMI input to keep it compatible with modern electronics. For safety, Honda also claims to offer the most LATCH child seat positions of any vehicle -- a total of five to easily allow four child seats of any design. And for the first time, the Odyssey has earned an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Pick+, the highest honor ever bestowed upon a minivan.

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What's New For 2015

The Honda Odyssey is unchanged for 2015.

Warranty

  • Basic Warranty: 3 Years / 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 5 Years / 60,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 3 Years / 36,000 Miles

A vehicle's warranty can significant impact your maintenance costs after you drive off the dealer's lot, and it's important to understand the different parts. Typically, a new car warranty includes a Basic warranty, which covers everything except the wear items such as brakes and tires; and a Drivetrain warranty, that covers all the parts that make the car move, such as the engine and transmission

NHTSA Crash Test Rating

  • Frontal Driver: 5 stars
  • Frontal Passenger: 5 stars
  • Side Driver: 5 stars
  • Side Passenger: 5 stars
  • Rollover Rating: 4 stars

The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) provides consumers with vehicle safety information based on independent testing, primarily front and side crash rating results, and more recently rollover ratings, to aid consumers in their vehicle purchase decisions.

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Specifications for 2015 Honda Odyssey

Standard Equipment

  • Safety Options
    • VSA Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
    • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
    • Side Impact Beams
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
    • Low Tire Pressure Warning
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
    • Curtain 1st, 2nd And 3rd Row Airbags
    • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
    • Rear Child Safety Locks
    • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
    • Rear Camera
  • Entertainment Features
    • Radio: AM/FM/CD Audio System w/7 Speakers -inc: 240-watt, subwoofer, Pandora compatibility, Bluetooth streaming audio, USB audio interface, MP3/auxiliary input jack, MP3/Windows Media Audio (WMA) playback capability, and Radio Data System (RDS)
    • Radio w/Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control, Steering Wheel Controls and 2 Gb Internal Memory
    • Audio Theft Deterrent
    • Window Grid Antenna
    • Bluetooth Handsfreelink Wireless Phone Connectivity
    • 1 LCD Monitor In The Front
  • Exterior Features
    • Wheels: 17" x 7" Steel w/Full Wheel Covers
    • Tires: P235/65R17 103T AS
    • Steel Spare Wheel
    • Compact Spare Tire Mounted Inside
    • Clearcoat Paint
    • Body-Colored Front Bumper w/Chrome Rub Strip/Fascia Accent
    • Body-Colored Rear Step Bumper
    • Chrome Side Windows Trim, Black Front Windshield Trim and Black Rear Window Trim
    • Black Door Handles
    • Black Power Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding
    • Fixed Rear Window w/Fixed Interval Wiper and Defroster
    • Deep Tinted Glass
    • Speed Sensitive Variable Intermittent Wipers
    • Front Windshield -inc: Sun Visor Strip
    • Galvanized Steel/Aluminum Panels
    • Lip Spoiler
    • Black Grille w/Chrome Accents
    • Sliding Rear Doors
    • Liftgate Rear Cargo Access
    • Tailgate/Rear Door Lock Included w/Power Door Locks
    • Auto Off Projector Beam Halogen Daytime Running Headlamps
    • LED Brakelights
  • Interior Features
    • Front Bucket Seats -inc: driver's seat w/8-way power adjustment, and front passenger's seat w/4-way power adjustment
    • Removable Bucket Folding Captain Front Facing Manual Reclining Fold Forward Seatback Rear Seat w/Manual Fore/Aft and Side-To-Side Sliding
    • Driver And Front Passenger Armrests and Rear Seat Mounted Armrest
    • Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
    • Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
    • Power Rear Windows and Fixed 3rd Row Windows
    • 7 Person Seating Capacity
    • Fixed 60-40 Split-Bench 3rd Row Seat Front, Manual Recline, Manual Fold Into Floor, 3 Manual and Adjustable Head Restraints
    • Front Cupholder
    • Rear Cupholder
    • Valet Function
    • Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, 2 Door Curb/Courtesy, Illuminated Entry, Illuminated Ignition Switch and Panic Button
    • Remote Releases -Inc: Mechanical Fuel
    • Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
    • Manual Air Conditioning
    • Rear HVAC w/Separate Controls
    • HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts and Headliner/Pillar Ducts
    • Illuminated Locking Glove Box
    • Driver Foot Rest
    • Interior Trim -inc: Chrome And Metal-Look Interior Accents
    • Full Cloth Headliner
    • Vinyl Door Trim Insert
    • Urethane Gear Shift Knob
    • Day-Night Rearview Mirror
    • Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors w/Driver And Passenger Illumination
    • Mini Overhead Console w/Storage and 2 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Front And Rear Map Lights
    • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
    • Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front And Rear Floor Mats
    • Carpet Floor Trim
    • Cargo Space Lights
    • Instrument Panel Covered Bin, Driver / Passenger And Rear Door Bins
    • Power 1st Row Windows w/Driver And Passenger 1-Touch Up/Down
    • Delayed Accessory Power
    • Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
    • Systems Monitor
    • Trip Computer
    • Analog Display
    • Manual Anti-Whiplash Adjustable Front Head Restraints and Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
    • 1 Seatback Storage Pocket
    • Engine Immobilizer
    • 2 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Air Filtration
  • Mechanical Features
    • Engine: 3.5L V6 SOHC 24-Valve i-VTEC
    • Transmission: 6-Speed Automatic
    • 4.25 Axle Ratio
    • GVWR: 6,019 lbs
    • Transmission w/Driver Selectable Mode
    • Front-Wheel Drive
    • Battery w/Run Down Protection
    • Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
    • Front Anti-Roll Bar
    • Hydraulic Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
    • 21 Gal. Fuel Tank
    • Single Stainless Steel Exhaust
    • Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • Double Wishbone Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs and Brake Assist

Tech Specs

  • Brakes Features
    • Brake ABS System - 4-Wheel
    • Disc - Front (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Disc - Rear (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 12.6
    • Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 13.1
  • Cargo Area Dimensions Features
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³) - 148.5
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³) - 93.1
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³) - 38.4
  • Engine Features
    • Engine Type - Regular Unleaded V-6
    • Displacement - 3.5 L/212
    • Fuel System - Sequential MPI
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 248 @ 5700
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 250 @ 4800
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 118.1
    • Length, Overall (in) - 202.9
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 79.2
    • Height, Overall (in) - 68.4
    • Tread Width, Front (in) - 68.1
    • Tread Width, Rear (in) - 68.2
    • Min Ground Clearance (in) - 4.5
  • Fuel Tank Features
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) - 21
  • Interior Dimensions Features
    • Passenger Capacity - 7
    • Passenger Volume (ft³) - 172.6
    • Front Head Room (in) - 39.7
    • Front Leg Room (in) - 40.9
    • Front Shoulder Room (in) - 64.4
    • Front Hip Room (in) - 58.2
    • Second Head Room (in) - 39.5
    • Second Leg Room (in) - 40.9
    • Second Shoulder Room (in) - 63.5
    • Second Hip Room (in) - 66.1
    • Third Head Room (in) - 38
    • Third Leg Room (in) - 42.4
    • Third Shoulder Room (in) - 60.9
    • Third Hip Room (in) - 48.4
  • Mileage Features
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 22
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 19
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 28
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Rack-Pinion
    • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - 36.7
  • Summary Features
    • Vehicle Name - Honda Odyssey
    • Body Style - Passenger Van
  • Suspension Features
    • Suspension Type - Front - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear - Double Wishbone
    • Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) - Double Wishbone
  • Tires Features
    • Front Tire Size - P235/65TR17
    • Rear Tire Size - P235/65TR17
    • Spare Tire Size - Compact
  • Trailering Features
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - 3500
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - 350
    • Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - 3500
    • Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - 525
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - Front Wheel Drive
    • Trans Type - 6
    • Trans Description Cont. - Automatic w/OD
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - 3.36
    • Second Gear Ratio (:1) - 2.10
    • Third Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.48
    • Fourth Gear Rato (:1) - 1.06
    • Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.75
    • Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.56
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - 2.27
    • Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 4.25
  • Vehicle Features
    • EPA Classification - 2WD Minivans
    • EPA Greenhouse Gas Score - 5.0
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 8.1
  • Weight Information Features
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 4396
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 17 X 7
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 17 X 7
    • Spare Wheel Size (in) - Compact
    • Front Wheel Material - Steel
    • Rear Wheel Material - Steel
    • Spare Wheel Material - Steel

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  • Alabaster Silver Metallic Alabaster Silver Metallic Dark Cherry Pearl Modern Steel Metallic Obsidian Blue Pearl White Diamond Pearl
  • Alabaster Silver Metallic
  • Alabaster Silver Metallic
  • Dark Cherry Pearl
  • Modern Steel Metallic
  • Obsidian Blue Pearl
  • White Diamond Pearl

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Introduction

The Honda Odyssey is about function and making family life easier. It can carry a family of eight, or half a high-school soccer team, along with all their coolers, balls, tents, shoes, whatever. It can tow a small trailer with a motorcycle or watercraft. Odyssey can carry 4×8-foot plywood flat on the floor. In fact, 10-foot-long boards could be stacked on them, extending between the front seats when the convenient removable console is taken out. Best of all, it’s loaded with conveniences designed to simplify life.

The Honda Odyssey was thoroughly redesigned and re-engineered for the 2011 model year, marking a new generation of one of America’s favorite multi-purpose vehicles.

For 2014, Odyssey got minor tweaks to trim that freshened its appearance. Noteworthy equipment updates included the addition of Bluetooth and Pandora as standard equipment, plus the industry’s only built-in vacuum cleaner. Standard in the top (Touring Elite) model, it works better than any cordless vacuum we’ve used and better than most corded handhelds. Neatly stowed in the left rear cargo area wall (where lesser models secure the second-row middle seat not in use), the Shop-Vac built HondaVAC unit runs for 8 minutes on battery, indefinitely with the engine running, and can reach anywhere in the van.

The 2014 Odyssey also gained in safety, with more warning systems and driver assists, a benefit of its revised structure. Odyssey was the first van to earn an IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus, including a Good rating in the small overlap front crash test. (The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is a lobbying organization for the auto-insurance industry.)

Because the Odyssey received a number of upgrades for 2014, the 2015 model continues with no significant change.

Though still called a minivan, there’s nothing mini about the modern minivan. The Honda Odyssey, Toyota Sienna, Dodge Grand Caravan, Chrysler Town & Country, Nissan Quest, and Kia Sedona are big passenger vehicles, most stretching past 16 1/2 feet in overall length. If you need a true mini-van, you might consider the Mazda5, which is sized more like European family vans.

For many uses, and especially for carrying people, a Honda Odyssey or one of its competitors makes more sense than a full-size sport-utility or crossover. A minivan often handles better and is generally more space- and fuel-efficient. The Odyssey is less expensive than a luxury SUV, gets better fuel economy, and has more cargo room, with greater flexibility in how the space is configured.

Unless you need all-wheel drive or you tow a big car or boat, the Odyssey should work nicely. Odyssey’s third-row seats set a new standard in legroom, with as much space as the front seats in a Cadillac Escalade, or even the Odyssey itself.

Honda’s 248-horsepower V6 engine and 6-speed automatic transmission lead the class in fuel economy without lagging in performance. Active cylinder management lets the engine run on 3, 4 or 6 cylinders as needed, improving fuel efficiency. Specifically, the EPA estimates Honda’s minivan at 19 mpg in city driving and 28 mpg on the highway (22 mpg combined).

Comfort and poise are excellent, even with six large people on board. Six airbags, including three-row side curtains, are standard. Blind-spot and lane-departure warnings, Honda’s LaneWatch right-side camera view, and forward collision warning are optional.

Odyssey’s main competition is the Toyota Sienna, which offers more choices with a four-cylinder engine, a sport model and available all-wheel drive; Sienna does not offer eight seats, however. Dodge Grand Caravan and Nissan Quest are the primary alternatives to the Honda and Toyota, and Kia has redesigned its Sedona for the 2015 model year.

Model Lineup

All 2015 Honda Odyssey models use a 248-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine, 6-speed automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive. Each has a 3500-pound tow rating. The only mechanical differences among them are wheel material and size.

Odyssey LX ($28,975) seats seven on cloth upholstery. It includes front and rear manual air conditioning, eight-way power driver’s seat, four-way power passenger seat, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, one-touch signals, power windows, power locks, power mirrors (with wide-angle element for driver), adjustable second-row seats, 60/40-split fold-in-floor third row seats, 240-watt AM/FM/CD/MP3 seven-speaker (including subwoofer) stereo system, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, USB port, intelligent Multi-Information Display (i-MID) with 8-inch touch-screen, rearview camera, Bluetooth hands-free and streaming audio, Pandora interface, SMS text function, auto-off projector headlights, cruise control, reading lights for all rows, trip computer and 10 beverage holders.

Odyssey EX ($32,275) has eight seats and adds power sliding side doors, three-zone automatic climate control, 10-way power driver’s seat with power lumbar, LaneWatch, pushbutton start, second-row sunshades and multi-function seats, alloy wheels, removable front center console with two more cupholders, 270-watt audio with seven speakers, HomeLink, HondaLink with Aha, conversation mirror, security system, heated mirrors, wiper-linked auto on/off headlights, compass and outside temperature display.

Odyssey EX-L ($35,775) upgrades to leather upholstery and steering wheel-wrap, power moonroof and tailgate, forward collision and lane-departure warnings, heated front seats, XM satellite radio, front cool box, and auto-dimming mirror. EX-L is offered with rear entertainment or navigation, but not both: An EX-L with RES ($37,375) adds the rear-entertainment system (RES) with 9-inch screen, wireless headphones/jacks and a 115-volt AC outlet. Odyssey EX-L with Navigation ($37,775) adds navigation with voice recognition, FM traffic info, multi-view rear camera and 15GB disk drive.

Odyssey Touring ($42,030) gets 18-inch wheels and mild aerodynamic changes like side sills and mirrors with signal repeaters. Touring also adds to EX-L a driver-memory system linked to reverse-tilt mirrors, an acoustic windshield, standard navigation and rear entertainment, third-row sunshades, third-row center armrest, multi-information display, corner and backup sensor indicators, fog lamps and ambient footwell lighting.

Odyssey Touring Elite ($44,600) is a Touring model with blind-spot warning system, high-intensity-discharge (HID) headlamps, HondaVAC, and a dual-input 16.2-inch widescreen rear entertainment system linked to a 650-watt, 12-speaker Neural 5.1 surround sound system with HD radio.

Safety features on every Odyssey include frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, a rearview camera, three-row curtain airbags, tire pressure monitors, electronic stability control, ABS, EBD, and brake assist. LaneWatch, lane departure warning, forward collision warning and blind-spot monitors are standard on some versions.

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The Honda Odyssey got longer and wider in its 2011 revision, resulting in good aerodynamics. Refreshed styling for 2014 added new premium elements. Highlights included new black-trimmed headlights, new fog lights, a more muscular-looking hood, a black-surround grille, new body-color side mirrors, more bright trim, revised rear styling, and LED taillights with clear lenses. Weight savings came from the use of aluminum for the hood, front fenders and front-suspension lower control arms.

The LX model features 17-inch steel wheels with premium covers, while EX and EX-L models utilize 17-inch premium aluminum alloy wheels. Touring and Touring Elite models feature 18-inch premium sport aluminum alloy wheels.

Odyssey is within a couple inches of its competitors in every measure. The grille and headlamps appear to be a cross between the Honda Insight and Civic, and the Toyota Sienna. Odyssey’s looks are somewhat daring by class standards, but boxy minivan architecture, function and mission all conspire to limit styling. Touring models have aero rocker panels and mirrors, as well as larger wheels.

One distinctive visual feature is the drop at the bottom of the window line, behind the sliding doors. They call it the lightning-bolt look, a bit of an exaggeration, but it does break up the monotony and improves the view from the third row.

The front and rear door handles are paired in a mild recess, almost reminiscent of a Rolls-Royce with rear-hinged rear doors. The sliding doors and hatch can be opened with the touch of a button.

The roofline looks something like a tent pulled taut over a stake, similar to that of the Acura MDX, or even the late Mercedes R-Class. Taillights use clear lens signals with amber bulbs for visual pop without the expense of LED lamps. A spoiler atop the hatch is standard, and the power tailgate (EX-L and above) has pinch protection. Roof rails are a dealer accessory.

It may look the same as previous Odysseys, but the 2014 model got a revised body structure underneath for improved crash and rollover protection. At this writing, no van has tested better.

Interior

The Odyssey LX seats seven, but all other models seat eight. We found it roomier and more comfortable than any SUV, including a long-wheelbase Cadillac Escalade. Only full-size vans (Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Ford Transit, Ram ProMaster, Chevrolet Express, etc.) offer more interior space, until you get to buses and motor homes.

With all three rows of seats up, the cargo area is 38.4 cubic feet, approaching the capacity of a big SUV. With the third-row folded it grows to 93 cubic feet, and with the second row down there’s a breathtaking 148.5 cubic feet of cargo space. A 4×8-foot sheet of plywood will go flat on the floor, and 10-foot-long 2x4s will even fit, between the front seats when the center console is removed. The floors are lower than they are on SUVs, so loading is easy. The Lazy Susan-like cargo area under the second-row floor carries a space-saver spare tire. With the third-row seats in place, a well contains groceries instead of allowing them to roll all over the place, as they do in most SUVs.

High-quality cloth upholstery is used in the LX and EX, leather in the other three models, with carpeting and soft-touch panels above the muddy foot zone. The LX doesn’t feel cheap like a commercial vehicle, while the Touring model is as luxurious as a nice Accord. LX and EX models have slightly more front headroom than the others. The Odyssey is full of useful bins and good ideas. If you’ve never owned a van, the Odyssey makes you wonder how you managed without one.

The dashboard, center stack and controls are conventional, and the styling is conservative. Some other minivans’ wood-grain trims and leathers may be fancier, but no more functional and no better assembled. Indeed our only gripe was wishing the shift lever had an indicator light alongside, rather than just the in-instrument display.

Primary gauges are easy to see through the steering wheel, which can be tilted and telescoped. Any of four displays at top center is shaded by a hood, and we could see them even wearing polarized sunglasses. Center vents frame the climate controls, including a sync button to match all the zones. Below those sits another screen for audio functions, with the audio/navigation controller at the bottom: Sometimes, you’re not sure which screen your input will show up on, with some audio functions appearing on the audio screen and some on the upper (navigation/camera) screen.

The rear climate controls are above the right sliding door, where only a kid could spill a milkshake on them. There are eight overhead vents for the back two rows. Some models contain window shades for the second, or second and third, rows.

A power driver’s seat is standard. Adjustable pedals are unavailable. Some drivers will find their right leg resting against the center tunnel, which is not padded.

The Odyssey chassis uses active noise cancellation and active engine mounts to minimize unwanted noise. A laminated windshield reduces wind noise in the Touring. In the middle row, any noise comes from the sliding door, and in the third row it comes from the rear tires. We found it is easy to carry on a normal conversation at freeway speeds.

The view out the windshield from the rear seats is very good, with tidy pillars and front headrests. Of course, if the passengers are watching a movie using the available entertainment system, the drop-down screen takes away visibility; but for most families, that feature is probably worth it. Having six passengers in back will be more of an issue, because the center shoulder belts anchor in the roof on opposite sides. Upper models have parking sensors, multi-view rear camera and blind-spot warning; but in the rearview mirror, the driver can see through the right rear anyhow, unlike some SUVs with thick pillars.

There’s a generous 40.9 inches of legroom in the second row with the seats lid rearward, with enough room behind that for your 6-foot, 3-inch correspondent. The seats can be moved apart so that three child seats will fit, or you can have two child seats and still be able to move the third section for back-row access. The middle section slides forward to provide an easier reach for front-row occupants, or creates a large center armrest, and all can be removed for cargo. One lever will fold, tilt, slide or remove the seats. We love it all.

Third-row seats set a new standard in legroom, with as much space as the front seats in a Cadillac Escalade: a cited 42.4 inches. It’s three-wide for kids and two for adults, with good headrests. Like the second seat, the split-folding third-row seat can be folded into the floor with one tug. It’s like magic, and it works great.

If gadgets and details make the minivan, the Odyssey does not disappoint. Besides that removable center console, you can get grocery bag hooks, more beverage holders than occupants, coat hooks, a purse (or trash bag) holder, and bins, cubbies and reading lights throughout. Indeed, the Odyssey is a great vehicle for six adults out on the town.

The ultimate gadget for many will be the Odyssey Touring Elite’s built-in vacuum cleaner. A leading consumer publication that knows about vacuum cleaners approved, and we tried dirt, Goldfish, gummy bears and M&Ms without issue. The vacuum looks and feels like a high-quality unit, with a long, high-quality hose and carpet and crevice tools. Pulling it out and re-stowing it is delightfully quick and easy.

On Odysseys with leather, you can get DVD rear-seat entertainment. On the Touring Elite it’s a 16-inch HDMI widescreen that shows side-by-side images or one panorama, using 650 watts driving 12 speakers in 5.1 surround sound. If someone ever asks, Are we there yet? you won’t hear them.

Driving Impressions

It’s easy to see why the Honda Odyssey is called a benchmark. When it comes to road manners, it’s the most refined of its kind. When it grew in 2011, it also got tighter.

The 3.5-liter V6 is smooth, quiet, and efficient. All versions use a 6-speed automatic, so EPA ratings are 19/28 miles per gallon across the line. Over thousands of very hard miles, our unit had averaged more than 19 mpg; our personal experience was 17 mpg in town and 28 mpg cruising at 65-75 mph. Odyssey’s EPA ratings beat the six-cylinder Toyota Sienna, Nissan Quest, and Chrysler Town & Country, none of them better than 19/25 mpg. The Odyssey’s V6 has higher EPA ratings than a four-cylinder Sienna.

Odyssey comes with an excellent 6-speed automatic transmission. It shifts quickly and smoothly as needed. The transmission lacks a sport mode, but we don’t think it’s needed. If using lower gears in snow or ice, we recommend selecting them from a standstill.

Vans generally handle better than people expect. They’re often more stable than SUVs, because their center of gravity is lower. Among minivans, the Odyssey is one of the best combinations of benign, predictable handling and smooth ride quality. Fully loaded, an Odyssey splits the weight almost perfectly among all wheels, so handling behavior doesn’t change significantly.

The steering is light on center, and weights up with cornering effort. It’s direct without being overly quick, gives good feel for the front tires, and can pull a U-turn in 36.7 feet, which is very good for a big box. We found the Odyssey corners like a heavy, front-wheel-drive sedan: stable, predictable and secure. The electronic stability control is not invasive; on the one occasion we managed to reach the limit, it gently and quietly put things back on the ideal course.

The Odyssey rides like a big sedan, too, admirably soaking up bumps. The Toyota Sienna is stiffer but, compared to the Odyssey, it feels rubbery, leaving the driver slightly less connected and passengers rolling more. Among the vans, the Sienna Sport is the one we’d put closest to a driver’s car.

The brakes also have good feel, unfazed by our downhill charges. No van is tuned for sports-car handling, but that didn’t stop us from trying sports-car roads and parking-lot autocross courses. That tells you something about how it would behave in an emergency maneuver.

The Odyssey doesn’t offer all-wheel drive, so it’s not a van for places with lots of snow. The Toyota Sienna is available with AWD.

Summary

The Honda Odyssey seats plenty of people, has a vast cargo capacity, excellent room, and is chock full of storage places and good ideas for convenience. Its crash ratings are the best of any minivan. Honda’s V6 is smooth and efficient, with excellent fuel economy. The handling and ride are sweet. The Odyssey can be equipped for full-tilt style and fun, with a rear-seat entertainment system. For most people, the Honda Odyssey is a better vehicle than a crossover SUV.

G.R. Whale and Sam Moses contributed to this NewCarTestDrive.com report.

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Three important prices we may show on a particular vehicle

CarQuotes.com Estimated Target Price is for research purposes only. It reflects a typical, negotiated price (before taxes and other customary fees and charges, such as dealer documentation fees, tire and battery disposal fees, license and registration, and where applicable, finance charges) generally found for the vehicle that you selected. The Estimated Target Price is NOT a price quote from CarQuotes.com or any other dealer. If you request a price quote from a dealer via CarQuotes.com displaying an estimated target price, your price may differ.

Invoice is commonly known as the published amount that the dealer paid the manufacturer for the vehicle. This may or may not represent a close relation to the dealer’s actual cost, but can be beneficial as a benchmark. This figure is available on many other web sites however CarQuotes.com adds an estimate of local and regional fees from manufacturer to the dealers to this price, which makes it very close to the actual invoice amount for cars at your local dealer.

MSRP is the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price. This is a proposed price only. For most vehicles, the CarQuotes.com price is below this amount. Some high demand cars may be priced over this amount.

Estimated Target Price

The CarQuotes.com Target Price is to be used as a general guide that reflects a typical, market price (before taxes and other customary fees and charges) generally found for the vehicle that you selected. This price is based on our research and estimates of supply and demand in the marketplace. There are many factors that go into the final price of a particular vehicle including local supply and demand. Your final price may differ.

CarQuotes.com Estimated Target Prices include

The ’base’ price of the vehicle
All options that you select
Base Destination Charges — this is a charge that is added to the base price for every vehicle
Any related Estimated Manufacture to Consumer Cash Rebates. Note: rebates are subject to change at any time. Please make sure to confirm any consumer Cash rebates with your dealer representative at the time of purchase.

CarQuotes.com Estimated price(s) do NOT include any of the following:

Local taxes, license fees and other local fees, such as dealer documentation fees, tire and battery disposal fees, and where applicable, finance charges — these fees are also excluded from Dealer Invoice and MSRP and would be excluded from most advertisements you might see.
Random ’special qualification’ rebates — i.e., for new college grads only; for customers trading in a specific type of car.  Ask your dealer Representative for more information on ’special qualification’ rebates.

CarQuotes Estimated Dealer Price

The Estimated CarQuotes Dealer Price is an estimate of the pricing presented to CarQuotes members from CarQuotes Authorized Dealers in your area, and is calculated by subtracting an estimated savings value from the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price ("MSRP") as well as a value that relates to invoice for the "ideal vehicle" you configured. Dealer documentation, administrative or similar processing fees are not included in the price estimate. Any vehicle configured on the CarQuotes website is an "ideal vehicle" and may not exist at a CarQuotes Authorized Dealer or any other partner dealer. Each Dealer attempts to match a member’s vehicle preferences with the best possible selection from current, in-stock inventory.

Estimated Savings

The Estimated Savings represents the estimated amount of savings off of MSRP available to you from CarQuotes Dealers for a vehicle consistent with your configured preferences plus any customer incentives currently available.  This is also true when it comes to CarQuotes estimated target prices. Your actual savings will depend on several factors including market conditions, the style of vehicle you select, installed options, dealer coverage, and applicable manufacturer incentives. Each dealer sets its own pricing.

Advertised Rebates, Special Manufacturer Financing or Leasing Programs

In most cases, you must choose between these programs OR a customer rebate or a special manufacturer-to-dealer incentive that may or may not already be included in your CarQuotes.com Target Price. So, your final price may go up if you take advantage of special manufacturer financing. Credit Union members should contact their Credit Union loan department to determine what type of loan and financing options are right for you.

Please note that CarQuotes.com strives to include identified manufacturer incentives within the CarQuotes.com Target Price. CarQuotes.com does not administer these programs, which are subject to and often change without notice. Eligibility for these programs is subject to verification by a licensed auto dealer.

Ask your dealer representative for complete manufacturer program details for your area, and how participation in these programs will affect your price.

Base Vehicle

The base vehicle is the vehicle before any optional equipment or destination fees have been added. All of the standard features are included in the base vehicle.

Options

This is the total charge for all optional equipment included in the configuration of your virtual vehicle. The Options charge varies depending on whether it is calculated based on the Factory Invoice or MSRP. Options are not included in the base vehicle price and are not considered standard features.

Regional Fees

A Regional Fee is the fee a manufacturer charges a dealer to advertise and promote the vehicle in the dealer’s market. CarQuotes also includes estimated manufacturer preparation charges (manufacturer charges to the dealer to cover any work done on the car prior to delivering it to the dealership) and fuel charges (the charge for the fuel in the tank when the buyer purchases the vehicle) in this total. CarQuotes attempts to include regional ad fees in its Factory Invoice calculations; other sites at times do not.

Destination Fees

These are the amounts that manufacturers charge to deliver a vehicle from the factory to the dealership.

Customer Incentives

Customer incentives are also commonly known as customer cash or bonus incentives. These incentives are offered by manufacturers as a way of enticing buyers into purchasing a vehicle.

 

Note: Dealer Invoice amount might not be the amount that the dealer paid to the manufacturer

Dealer Invoice price may or may not bear close relation to a dealer’s actual cost for the vehicle. In some cases, a cost for a vehicle may be significantly less than the invoice price originally paid for the vehicle. Any difference between invoice price and the dealer’s final cost may be caused by many factors including factory refunds, rebates, allowances, or incentives which the manufacturer or distributor may provide to the dealer.

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