Every automaker has a segment it excels at compared to rivals. For Honda, it is the minivan segment. The automaker’s Odyssey is the most popular minivan in the U.S.A. To keep up this reputation Honda has revised the Odyssey for the 2017 model year. The 2017 Honda Odyssey is the ultimate family vehicle that offers the excellent convenience, comfort and flexibility that families need. In addition, with a 3.5 L, mill under its hood, it is no slouch. In fact, it can beat many sedans and hatchbacks in terms of speed and acceleration. To cap it all, the minivan is also very fuel-efficient. Read along for more information.
2017 Honda Odyssey Exterior
The Odyssey carries a bespoke exterior look that makes it quite the ideal family hauler. All trims feature a unibody construction along with MacPherson strut suspension system at the front while the rear features a Multi-Link dual wishbone system. The minivan stretches 203.5-inches long, 79.5 inches wide and has a height of 69 inches. Its wheelbase, on the other hand, is 118.1 inches long. The minivan weighs 4,396 lbs.
The front fascia has received minor upgrades on the grille, bumper and the headlights. The model also features variable sporadic wipers. At the rear, the Odyssey comes with a rear privacy glass, a rear defogger, an intermittent wiper all as standard. A power liftgate and LED fog lights are available as standalone options. The flanks remain largely unaltered. Base trims will ride on 17-inch steel wheels wrapped in all-season tires. Buyers can, however, opt for 18-inch aluminum wheels on the Touring and Touring Elite trims.
Stopping power comes from 12.6-inch cooled disk brakes at the front while the rear wheels feature 13.1-inch solid disc brakes.
Like the outgoing models, the new Odyssey will be offered in five exterior colors, they are Obsidian Blue Pearl, Deep Scarlet Pearl, Luna Silver Metallic, White Diamond Pearl and Modern Metallic Pearl.
2017 Honda Odyssey Interior
Many people love the Odyssey because of its spacious cabin. For the 2017 model year, Honda has added attractive features that make the model stand out. The cabin will be had either in Beige, Gray or Truffle cloth upholstery. Even the entry-level mode of the Odyssey is well equipped.
Standard features in the cabin include power adjustable front seats, 60-40-split folding rear seats, a privacy glass, as well as active noise cancellation. USB ports, Auxiliary audio input jack, a 7-speaker sound system and an 8-inch infotainment system are offered as standard. The cabin will also feature a cruise control system, dual-zone climate control, a rearview camera, Pandora compatibility and a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel.
Optional features available for all trims include a 12-speaker sound system, third-row retractable sunshades, rear passenger entertainment system, a voice-operated navigation system, a 115-volt power outlet, driver memory settings, satellite radio and leather upholstery.
Being a family vehicle, safety is well taken care of. The Odyssey features as standard a brake assist system, tire pressure monitoring, child-proof rear door locks, forward collision warning and blind-spot monitoring. Higher trims add Honda’s LaneWatch and Lane Departure warning.
Engine and performance
All the six trims of the 2017 Honda Odyssey will be powered by a single drive-train. The unit is a 3.5 L, V-6 that produces 248 hp and 250 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a 6-speed automatic gearbox. The minivan accelerates from 0-60 mph in 8.8 seconds, which is fast for a minivan. It achieves a top speed of 120 mph.
The engine is also economical as it returns 19 mpg in city, 28 mpg on highway and 22 mpg on combined drives. Only the Chrysler Pacifica can boast such excellent fuel economy figures in the segment.
Price and release date
The 2017 Honda Odyssey models are slightly expensive compared to the outgoing models. At $29,850, the base LX trim is $300 more expensive. The EX goes for $33,000 while the SE starts at $33,500. On the other hand, the EX-L attracts a starting price of $36,500 while the Touring trim attracts a price tag of $42,755. The top-of-the-range Touring Elite fetches a whopping $45,325.
More automakers are entering into this segment and the Odyssey will soon face fierce competition from upcoming models such as the 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan, 2016 Lincoln MKT, 2016 Toyota Sienna, Ford Flex in addition to the Chrysler Town and Country.