This post, a 2016 Honda Odyssey review, was written by guest author Brendon Turner. If you enjoyed reading this post please use the social share buttons above to share it with your friends.
I wasn’t a fan of Honda until I married into a family of Honda owners. My wife’s parents both drove a Honda and always spoke favorably about the brand. I myself was always a fan of domestic’s and had only ever owned GM vehicles. While today I still drive a GMC Sierra 1500 Denali pickup truck, my wife up until last week drove a Honda Civic model with DXG trim.
Last weekend we took delivery of a brand new 2016 Honda Odyssey from Calgary Honda for my wife. We purchased the EX-L trim. I would say that she’s rather enjoying her new ride since I’ve barely seen her in the three days since she took delivery of the vehicle because she’s been out driving.
The 2016 Odyssey is available in six different available trim packages with an MSRP* as follows.
- LX – $29,275
- EX – $32,425
- SE – $33,375
- EX-L – $35,925
- Touring – $42,180
- Touring Elite – $44,750
We purchased our EX-L with a White Diamond Pearl paint color, however the 2016 Odyssey is available in 7 different colors from the factory.
- White Diamond Pearl
- Smoky Topaz Metallic (EX and above)
- Crystal Black Pearl (EX and above)
- Modern Steel Metallic
- Lunar Silver Metallic
- Deep Scarlet Pearl
- Obsidian Blue Pearl
Although the 2016 Odyssey already has a sharp look and style to it, there are a lot of accessories available for the Odyssey. I won’t list them all here but they include roof rails, door guards, wheels, locking wheel nuts, towing equipment, lighting, body side molding, all weather floor mats and even a Honda camping tent that attaches to the rear open hatch. There are no shortage of add-ons that can be purchased for the Odyssey.
Standard features that vary by model include the HondaVAC, which is essentially a built in vacuum. Handy if the children are throwing Cheerios around.
Also the kids can enjoy a rear entertainment system with wireless headsets. In the Touring model you’ll find an HDMI port on the side panel interior of the 3rd row of seating. And a 115V power outlet. This is great if you want to plugin a gaming console. Did I mention that the Odyssey also features an air conditioned cooler box too?
The Odyssey features a 6 speed automatic transmission and a very smooth powertrain. The engine also has a cylinder-deactivation switch on its 248 horsepower 3.5 liter V6 block, making it quite fuel efficient. The EPA rating on the 2016 Odyssey is 19/28 MPG. The engine can produce 0-60 MPH in 7.5 seconds. And has a top speed of about 120 MPH.
The 2016 Honda Odyssey is an 8 passenger minivan that has 5 doors. It features dual sliding doors for the second and 3rd row seating. The sliding doors can also be remotely opened and closed with the key fob. We found that with two boys ages 2 and 6 years old it’s quite easy to lean into the vehicle and buckle them up into their car seats in the second row without actually having to step into the vehicle. This is a definite plus. The second row of seats can be removed from the vehicle completely. The third row of seats easily fold down into the trunk area creating a flat cargo space behind the second row of seats.
Other Highlights of The 2016 Honda Odyssey
This vehicle drives well and handles most road conditions with agility and grace. I test drove a 2016 Honda Odyssey Touring model a few weeks ago in very heavy rain conditions and the vehicle held the road very well. What surprised me the most was the Lane Departure Warning feature. Even in very heavy rain when I could not see the painted lane lines on the road ahead the vehicle’s camera mounted at the top center of the windshield was able to accurately warn me when I was departing my lane without using my turn signal. Clever technology!
The dashboard features easy to read gauges and has a central display mounted lower that shows audio and phone functions apart from the upper central display screen – on EX models and up.
The second row of seating offers built in retractable sun shades on the side windows. There are two external view cameras. One rearview camera mounted on the rear hatch of course and one right adjacent lane view camera mounted on the right side external mirror. Activated when signaling right the right side mirror camera is a nice touch enabling you to see what’s directly in the lane to the right of you.
The headlights on the 2016 Honda Odyssey’s have a dark trim housing HID, High Intensity Discharge, bulbs. They also feature LED lit taillights too.
With a roomy interior, an exterior length of 202.9 inches, width of 79.2 inches and height of 68.4 inches most families would agree that the Odyssey has more than enough space to accommodate their needs.
The 2016 Honda Odyssey outperforms most any three row crossover and looks a lot nicer than some of its direct competitors.
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*MSRP is noted in US dollars.