2019 Honda Odyssey
Honda’s deservedly popular Odyssey minivan offers comfortable seating for up to eight, along with plenty of standard features to keep them safe and connected. As a minivan, it’s obviously aimed at the family market, and Honda has equipped it with thoughtful features that make life easier for people traveling with little ones.
One engine, a 3.5-liter 280-horsepower V6, serves all five trim levels. It is mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters on the first three of the five trim levels – LX, EX, and EX-L. The Touring and Elite trims get a ten-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. The EPA rating of 19 mpg city and 28 mpg highway is above average in the segment.
Standard Equipment and Trims
The base LX gets a multi-angle backup camera, push-button start, power-adjustable front-row seats, and automatic climate control. The EX adds Magic Slide seats in the second row, a blind-spot monitor, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, remote start, auto high beams, and the Honda Sensing crash-mitigating technology suite. The EX-L receives leather seating, a power tilt/slide moonroof, driver’s seat memory feature, and a power tailgate with height adjustability. Moving toward the top, the Touring trim gets a rear entertainment system, mobile hotspot capability, a hands-free power tailgate, LED headlights and foglights, and front and rear parking sensors. The ultimate trim level, the Elite, is loaded with amenities such as heated and cooled front seats, rain-sensing windshield wipers, wireless device charging, and a premium audio system with 11 speakers and multiple zones for entertaining everyone in the cabin.
Safety and Technology
The Honda Sensing bundle of active safety technologies comes standard on all but the base LX trim. This excellent feature includes collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control, road departure mitigation, and lane keeping assist. All trims get a multi-angle rearview camera with guidelines, but the trims above the base are upgraded with dynamic guidelines. Those four top trims also receive auto high beams and a blind spot information system with cross-traffic monitoring; Touring and Elite get front and rear parking sensors.
Once again, the base trim misses out on the goodies that the four higher levels are given. That list includes a 7-inch driver information display and the infotainment system with an 8-inch high-resolution touchscreen and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability. The base trim gets a 5-inch touchscreen for its infotainment system, plus Bluetooth capability. The top two trims get the most bells and whistles, as expected, including Wi-Fi hotspot capability, a rear entertainment system, the CabinTalk P.A. system, the CabinWatch rear-seat monitor (which even shows a view of children placed into rear-facing car seats), a front power outlet, and the Honda navigation system. The Elite gets wireless phone charging and multi-zone audio.
Passenger Comfort and Cargo Space
Not only is the Odyssey a spacious minivan, but it is also set up for hassle-free access to the second and third rows, especially for those with small children. The available Magic Slide second-row seats move effortlessly out of the way, even with child seats installed, to provide a clear route to the third row (where the Magic Slide feature, which can move one bucket seat forward with one touch, is available). Hands-free access is available in the form of power sliding doors and a hands-free tailgate to aid those who are approaching with their arms full. Roof rails and crossbars can be added for carrying gear on the rooftop.