2016 Minivan Reviews Place the 2016 Honda Odyssey at the Head of the Class

  • 2016 Honda Odyssey

    If you’re looking for a spacious vehicle that will not only accommodate your family members but pamper them, too, the exceptional 2016 Honda Odyssey is a definite cut above the rest, offering a variety of amenities that are not found onboard competing vehicles.

    In their 2016 minivan reviews, automotive experts agree the impressive Odyssey is a top choice among family-friendly vehicles.

    Are you ready to explore this outstanding minivan?

Captain of Capacity

The Honda Odyssey is truly one of the very best minivans on the market for a variety of reasons.

Not only does the Odyssey provide seating for up to eight passengers, but this incredibly roomy minivan also delivers up to 172.6 cubic feet of passenger space for your loved ones to spread out and get comfortable in.

Cargo capacity is impressive onboard the Odyssey, as well, with an amazing 38.4 cubic feet of cargo volume when all of the passenger seats are in use. When the third-row seats are lowered—which is easily done thanks to the Odyssey’s standard One-Motion 60/40-split 3rd-Row Magic Seat—cargo room expands to an incredible 93.1 cubic feet. But the Odyssey isn’t done there. If you need even more cargo space, the second-row seats can be folded down to reveal an incredible 148.5 cubic feet of total cargo volume.

Unbelievably, the Odyssey still isn’t finished when it comes to its impressive capacity. If drivers need even more space to transport cargo, the Odyssey’s standard 3,500-pound towing capability enables motorists to hitch up a cargo trailer for greater storage space, and Odyssey owners can even tow along recreational toys for the family vacation.

Competition Crusher

A few significant changes to the 2016 Odyssey over the 2015 model include the addition of a rear entertainment system, satellite radio, and a 115-volt power outlet to the Odyssey SE trim’s offerings. Another change is the addition of Honda’s celebrated built-in HondaVAC vacuum cleaner—which used to only be offered in the Odyssey Touring Elite trim—to the SE model.

With its extendable reach and handy removable waste bin, the HondaVAC makes cleaning your vehicle a snap—a particularly invaluable amenity for drivers with young children onboard. HondaVAC is just one of the various premium features the Odyssey boasts that various rival vehicles do not offer. Competing minivans that do not feature a built-in vacuum cleaner include the 2016 Chrysler Town & Country, the 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan, the 2016 Kia Sedona, the 2016 Nissan Quest, and the 2016 Toyota Sienna.

Other outstanding amenities that are ideal for family motoring include the Odyssey’s high-resolution Honda DVD rear entertainment system, which comes standard in three of the Odyssey models and is available in a fourth trim. Bliss belongs to the parents in the minivan when their kids are happily occupied in the backseat, watching a favorite cartoon or movie instead of arguing or complaining about boredom.

Honda Odyssey

The highest-level Odyssey Touring Elite trim further offers a standard Honda DVD UltraWide Entertainment System with HDMI technology, a 16.2-inch screen, and two wireless headphones.

Onboard entertainment is just one more area in which Odyssey competitors fall flat. The Toyota Sienna, for example, does not offer a standard entertainment system in any of its trims; a feature that is similar to the Odyssey’s entertainment system is only available as an optional upgrade for an added cost in the Sienna. The same goes for the Kia Sedona, which also only offers a rear entertainment system as an available upgrade—not a standard feature. The Dodge Grand Caravan, as well, only provides its two available entertainment systems as optional upgrades, and only the top two Caravan trims can be upgraded to include them.

In the Nissan Quest, a DVD entertainment center comes standard—but only in the highest-cost, top-level Platinum model. None of the other Quest trims have the option of an entertainment system.

The story is the same for the Chrysler Town & Country’s Blu-ray/DVD player, which is only offered standard in the very highest trim level.

Other amenities that are provided as standard features in all of the Odyssey models but are not found in rival vehicles include:

  • Anti-theft stereo system (not available in the Town & Country, Grand Caravan, Kia Sedona, Nissan Quest, or Toyota Sienna)
  • Rearview camera with guidelines (not offered in the base-model Nissan Quest and only offered as an optional upgrade in the Dodge Grand Caravan base model)
  • Standard power driver’s seat (not available in the Grand Caravan, Kia Sedona, Toyota Sienna, or Nissan Quest base models and only available as an optional upgrade in the Chrysler Town & Country)

The Experts Weigh in

Drivers everywhere have fallen in love with the Honda Odyssey—and they aren’t the only ones.

Check out what experts within the auto industry are saying about the outstanding Odyssey:

  • Edmunds.com: Edmunds.com gives the Odyssey an “A” rating while Edmunds.com customers rate the Odyssey with four stars. The Edmunds reviewer says of the Odyssey: “The 2016 Honda Odyssey continues its reign as one of the best minivans on the market.”
  • Car and Driver: Car and Driver gives the Odyssey a premium five-star rating, reporting that it’s obvious a great deal of care and attention went into crafting the Odyssey. Car and Driver’s reviewer states: “If you’re looking for the best way to haul a family with small—or even large—children, as well as their varied paraphernalia, look no further.”
  • Kelley Blue Book: Rating the Odyssey an impressive 9.3 out of 10, Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com says of this exceptional minivan: “From its sliding side doors to its in-car vacuum, the 2016 Honda Odyssey was built with the family in mind. Easier to park than a full-size SUV, not to mention being less fuel thirsty, the Odyssey is the feature-packed 8-passenger shuttle your family has been looking for.”
  • U.S. News & World Report: The Odyssey is ranked number one among minivans by U.S. News & World Report, which says of the Odyssey: “Critics love its huge, versatile cargo area, family-friendly interior features, and well-built cabin.”
  • Cars.com: Customers on Cars.com rate the Honda Odyssey with 4.8 out of 5 stars. Some of the elements Cars.com reviewers like best about the Odyssey include its roomy second row, which can accommodate three child safety seats when properly equipped; its excellent fuel economy (the Odyssey delivers an EPA-estimated 19 city mpg and 28 highway mpg*); its high-quality interior; its good visibility; and its exceptional amenities for backseat passengers.
  • The Car Connection: Automotive review site The Car Connection gives the Odyssey an 8 out of 10 rating, saying of Honda’s premier minivan: “The 2016 Honda Odyssey stands at the top of the minivan heap, with more design flair and more driving enjoyment than most other three-row rivals.”

Enjoy Your Next Adventure Behind the Wheel of the Odyssey

Consumers can further explore the incredible 2016 Honda Odyssey at any Detroit Honda Dealers location. Stop in or contact one of our affiliated dealerships today!

*Based on 2016 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.
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