- Flexible seating and cargo options
- Available class-exclusive HondaVac system
- IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award recipient
The family friendly 2015 Honda Odyssey offers great seating and cargo area flexibility, a long list of standard features, and the first ever in-car vacuum, the HondaVac.
For 2016, the biggest change to the Odyssey is a new trim level, the Special Edition (SE) which slots in between the EX and EX-L trim levels. It offers a rear entertainment system, 115-volt (household) outlet, and, in a big help for parents with messy kids, the HondaVac. This gives the Odyssey six trim levels now: LX, EX, SE, EX-L, Touring, and Touring Elite.
The Odyssey’s styling is very in line with what can be seen on other Honda vehicles, with an aggressive front grille that is similar to what is found on the Accord. 17-inch wheels are standard, with 18-inch wheels, a power lift gate, xenon HID headlights, and power-sliding side doors all optional.
Under the hood, there is only one engine option: a 248-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 that makes 250 pounds-feet of torque. It is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission and features cylinder deactivation, which enhances fuel economy. The Odyssey takes regular fuel and returns 19/28 mpg city/highway. It can tow up to 3,500 pounds when equipped with the towing package.
The ultimate measure of a minivan is how family friendly it is and the Odyssey performs well in this regard. Spread throughout the cabin are no less than fifteen cup holders and a plastic ring for a trash bag flips up from behind the center console to help keep the car clean. If it does get dirty, the class-exclusive HondaVac is there to clean things up. HondaVac has enough hose to reach all corners of the car and stashes in a cubby in the rear cargo area; it is only available on Special Edition and Touring Elite models.
Seating is flexible as well with a three-piece second row in which each of the parts can move independently. The center seat can slide six-inches forward so parents can easily reach a child in a car seat, while the side seats move forward/back and can even slide out laterally for more shoulder room. The three-seat third-row is split 60/40 and can fold completely into the floor to create a flat cargo area. There is 38.4 cubic feet of cargo room behind the third row, which expands to 148.5 cubic feet with the third row stowed and the second row removed.
Standard features include air conditioning, an 8-inch screen, Bluetooth connectivity, powered front seats, USB/iPod port, and cruise control. A rear seat entertainment system is optional, while Touring Elite models get a larger ultra-wide 16.2-inch display. Heated front seats, a navigation system, and leather upholstery are also available.
The 2016 Odyssey received a Top Safety Pick+ award from the IIHS (for models with forward collision equipped), their highest honor. Side-impact and three-row side curtain airbags are standard, along with active front head restraints, antilock brakes, a rearview camera, and electronic stability system with traction control. A blind spot warning system, expanded view driver’s mirror, forward collision warning, and lane departure warning are available.