Odyssey: The Best Minivan of 2016?

  • 2016 Honda Odyssey

    In our eyes, the 2016 Honda Odyssey is the best minivan of 2016. Spacious and well-appointed, efficient yet powerful, and available in six trim levels, the Odyssey is a favorite family vehicle here at West Michigan Honda Dealers, and we think that when you put it up next to its competition, you’ll agree with us about just which minivan takes the lead in this competitive market.

Trims and Pricing

With six different trims, the 2016 Honda Odyssey offers a combination of versatility and affordability that helps make it one of the best minivans of 2016. Each of these competitively priced trim levels has something special to offer, and we can go over all of the details during your test drive:



2016 Odyssey LX: $29,550 (MSRP)*


2016 Odyssey EX: $32,700 (MSRP)*


2016 Odyssey Special Edition: $33,650 (MSRP)*


2016 Odyssey EX-L: $36,200 (MSRP)*


2016 Odyssey Touring: $42,455 (MSRP)*


2016 Odyssey Touring Elite: $45,025 (MSRP)*

Performance and Fuel Economy

You might not put the engine of a minivan as a top priority, but when you need to make up for lost time in the morning, you’ll be happy for the extra power. And its fuel economy specs only add to the affordable pricing we detailed above.

  • Under the hood of the Odyssey is a 3.5L V6 with 248 hp and 250 lb-ft of torque, capable of towing up to 3,500 pounds when properly equipped.
  • Each 2016 Honda Odyssey minivan is rated at an EPA-estimated 28 mpg on the highway and 19 mpg in the city, for 22 mpg city/highway combined.**

Passenger and Cargo Room

The 2016 Honda Odyssey seats as many as eight passengers, and it has one of the most spacious cabins we’ve seen on a minivan. Whether you have all of the seats filled after a little league game or have folded them down to cart the kids’ stuff off to college, you’ll have plenty of room.

  • Passenger Volume: 2016 Odyssey models feature up to 172.6 cubic feet of passenger space, with the Odyssey LX seating seven passengers and the five remaining trims seating up to eight passengers.
  • Cargo Volume: The Odyssey’s standard cargo area has room for up to 38.4 cubic feet of groceries, school supplies, and soccer gear. Fold down the rear seats and the cargo area can expand to as much as 148.5 cubic feet—for comparison, the 2016 Nissan Quest only has 108.4 cubic feet of max cargo space.
Honda Odyssey Cargo

Interior Amenities

For a vehicle to be one of the best minivans of 2016, it has to have amenities that cater to a family’s needs. The Odyssey has features engineered to keep it clean, to entertain the kids, and to keep you connected behind the wheel.


Honda Odyssey

HondaVac Vacuum: This Honda-exclusive feature is found on Special Edition and Touring Elite trims. Designed to reach every nook and cranny, this vacuum cleaner helps keep your minivan clean.

Honda Odyssey

Rear DVD Entertainment System: The Odyssey’s available rear entertainment system makes keeping the kids occupied as easy as sticking their favorite show in the DVD drive.

Honda Odyssey

Satellite-Linked Navigation: The Odyssey has an available navigation system that routes around slow traffic and lays out points of interest for road-trip pit stops.

Honda Odyssey

Bluetooth: Pair your smartphone with the Odyssey using the standard Bluetooth feature and make and receive hands-free phone calls or stream your favorite music.

Honda Odyssey

HondaLink Telematics: Bridge the gap between smartphone and minivan with the available HondaLink telematics, bringing social media, podcasts, Internet radio, and more to your drive.

Honda Odyssey

Power-Adjustable Front Seating: Power-adjustable driver and front passenger seats keep you comfy on the long drive, with available lumbar support, seat memory, and heating elements for a seat you won’t want to leave.


Convenience, comfort, and connectivity features like these are why we think the Odyssey is one of the best minivans of 2016. You won’t find HondaLink or the HondaVac vacuum on competing models (read our 2016 Toyota Sienna review to see just how different the competition is).

Honda Odyssey

Safety Features and Crash Test Scores

Family vehicles have to be built for safety, and the Odyssey is no exception. Standard and available safety features on Honda’s minivan include:

  • Rearview camera with guidelines
  • Lane Departure Warning and Forward Collision Warning
  • Parking sensors (front and rear)
  • LATCH-compatible safety seat anchors
  • Side, front, and side-curtain airbags

It’s with features like these that the Odyssey was able to earn high marks from safety organizations, including a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Safety Rating from the NHTSA*** and a 2016 Top Safety Pick from the IIHS (on models with Forward Collision Warning).**** It’s not easy to earn those recognitions, either; competing models like the 2016 Chrysler Town & Country only managed 4 stars on the NHTSA Overall Vehicle Safety Rating.

Test Drive an Odyssey

We want to help you find the Odyssey that fits your needs, but with six trim levels, we think that’s best done in person. Visit a West Michigan Honda Dealer near you today to get behind the wheel of an Odyssey and see if it’s the right fit for you.

*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $900.00 destination charge, and options. Dealers set their own prices.
**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.
***Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s New Car Assessment Program (www.safercar.gov). Model tested with standard side airbags (SAB).
****The following 2016 models have been awarded an esteemed TOP SAFETY PICK rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in recognition of their excellent safety performance: Accord Sedan, Accord Coupe, CR-V, Pilot, and Odyssey.
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