The 2023 Honda Odyssey’s refined ride, solid handling, and quick-accelerating V-6 engine will make you forget any misgivings you may have had about minivans. If you’re looking for a minivan because of its practicality, the Odyssey won’t let you down. The Magic Seat system is a novel feature that allows you to arrange the seats in the second row in a variety of ways, including one that will keep fighting children apart.
In order to expand the vehicle’s cargo capacity, the third row can be stowed away in a floor recess. The Honda’s cabin isn’t as connected and tech-focused as rivals like the Chrysler Pacifica or Kia Carnival, but it still has plenty to keep the kids occupied, such as an available rear-seat entertainment system.
Starting at $33,040 (MSRP) for the base 2022 Odyssey LX model, including the destination fee. The top of the line Elite version costs $48,770.
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Honda’s marketers have relied heavily on pricing options to convince customers to purchase a Honda Odyssey, in addition to the “Fun Family Minivan” slogan. There are five different 2023 model year trim levels to choose from: EX, EX-L, Sport, Touring, and Elite. With a $12,000 price difference between the EX and the Elite trims, Honda encourages frugal buyers to consider this minivan.
The Odyssey is a quick and polished love interest that asks for no concessions. The Odyssey’s steering is responsive, and it’s easy to forget that you’re driving a minivan with that many seats because of how quickly it changes lanes. Although the effort required to turn the wheel is low, some additional road feel would be appreciated. While driving purists won’t gush over the Odyssey because it’s still a minivan, the vehicle’s responsive steering and agile handling make it the best minivan to operate. When we drove an Elite, we noticed that the ride wasn’t as comfortable as in our long-term Pacifica. This may have been due to the Elite’s standard 19-inch wheels. The 18-inch wheels on the EX-L we were driving made it feel more at home on the bumpy roads we frequently travel on in Michigan. However, the Odyssey provides a smooth and quiet ride over most roads, and passengers rarely have any complaints.
The EPA gives the Odyssey a rating of 19 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. Our test vehicle achieved 30 mpg on the highway, surpassing the EPA’s estimate of 25 mpg. We averaged 33 mpg in our long-term Pacifica.
The Odyssey excels at its primary function as a minivan, which is to transport passengers and cargo over long distances. The Pacifica’s second-row seats aren’t as comfortable as those in the Chrysler’s, but the second-row space and overall comfort are among the best in the class. Honda’s innovative Magic Slide seats in the second row move in two directions: side to side and forward to back.
The Odyssey is an ideal people-mover for the modern family thanks to its spacious interior, low noise level, and clever technology features like the rearview camera that lets you keep an eye on the kids in the back seats. It has a large cargo carrying capacity thanks to its square shape and low load floor, but some competitors are more convenient and efficient.
The two outer seats in the second row weigh a whopping 68 pounds apiece, so you’ll need some muscle to remove them. The Magic Slide seat mechanism is an obstruction to cargo loading because it lies on the floor after being removed. Our tests showed that the Odyssey could only fit two carry-on suitcases, while the Pacifica could fit three, with the third row of seats stowed and the second row removed.
The Odyssey’s standard infotainment system is the Display Audio touchscreen, measuring in at 8 inches. The software supports Bluetooth connectivity as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for smartphone integration. A rear seat entertainment system with integrated streaming apps is standard on both the Touring and Elite trim levels.
front-engine, front-wheel-drive, 8-passenger, 4-door van
PRICE AS TESTED
$48,940 (base price: $32,910)
SOHC 24-valve V-6, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection
212 in3, 3471 cm3
280 hp @ 6000 rpm
262 lb-ft @ 4700 rpm
Suspension (F/R): struts/multilink
Brakes (F/R): 12.6-in vented disc/13.0-in disc
Tires: Bridgestone Turanza EL440, 235/55R-19 101H M+S
Wheelbase: 118.1 in
Length: 205.2 in
Width: 78.5 in
Height: 69.6 in
Passenger volume: 163 ft3
Cargo volume: 33 ft3
Curb weight: 4574 lb
C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph: 6.5 sec
100 mph: 16.6 sec
110 mph: 20.5 sec
Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 6.7 sec
Top gear, 30–50 mph: 3.4 sec
Top gear, 50–70 mph: 4.5 sec
1/4 mile: 15.1 sec @ 96 mph
Top speed (governor limited): 111 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 182 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.76 g
Standing-start accel times omit 1-ft rollout of 0.3 sec.
C/D FUEL ECONOMY
Observed: 21 mpg
EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/city/highway: 22/19/28 mpg
The Elite trim level of the 2023 Honda Odyssey may not be the best option for your family, even if you can afford to buy one. Since the powertrain performance and handling characteristics are identical across all trim levels, you should carefully consider which features you absolutely need and which you can live without.
Given its distinct appearance and larger wheels, the Sport trim comes highly recommended by Car and Driver. This minivan is reasonably priced for what you get, but it isn’t suitable for off-road use. As opposed to that, we at Autotrader advise going with the tried and true EX. The magazine highlights the EX’s value proposition by saying that if you prioritise safety and convenience features, you should get it because it comes standard in that trim.
Interestingly, the Elite’s fun and family-friendly features, like the rear entertainment system and Cabin Watch/Cabin Talk, aren’t deemed valuable enough by either publication to warrant the premium over the base model. In any case, Honda provides a minivan that can be customised to suit a wide range of preferences, needs, and budgets.
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