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2019 Honda Odyssey: What You Need to Know

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The 2019 Honda Odyssey finishes near the top of our minivan rankings. It has a ton of family-friendly bells and whistles and a high-quality interior; it even delivers good performance by minivan standards.

The 2019 Honda Odyssey is ranked:

Is the Honda Odyssey a Good Minivan?

The Honda Odyssey is an excellent minivan. The well-built interior has three rows of spacious, comfortable seats, and it offers many user-friendly tech features, including handy items like a built-in vacuum. Because it has the best combination of quality and value in its class, the Odyssey was named our 2019 Best Minivan for the Money award winner. The Odyssey has more cargo space than many class rivals, its fuel economy estimates are among the best in the class for a nonhybrid, and it delivers a smooth ride and solid performance. In short, the Odyssey delivers everything that buyers look for in a minivan, and then some.

Should I Buy the Honda Odyssey?

This Odyssey is a terrific vehicle that makes a great choice for minivan shoppers. It costs a bit more than some of its competitors, but many would argue that it's worth the money, as evidenced by its high finish in our minivan rankings. Still, if you want to shop around, you should check out the Toyota Sienna and Chrysler Pacifica.

Should I Buy a New or Used Honda Odyssey?

The 2019 Honda Odyssey is part of a generation that began with the 2018 model year. There aren't any notable changes for 2019, but the changes for the 2018 model were plentiful. Compared to the 2017 model, the redesigned Odyssey featured a more powerful engine (by 32 horsepower), a nine- or 10-speed automatic transmission (instead of a six-speed), and more cargo space (by about 10 cubic feet).

If you're looking at a new Odyssey, you should also check out our 2018 Odyssey review. It's essentially the same vehicle, and you may save some money by shopping used. You can likely save even more money by shopping for a 2017 Odyssey, but you won't enjoy the benefits of the 2018 redesign.

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This review uses applicable research and data from all model years of the current Odyssey generation, which includes the 2018 and 2019 models.

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How Much Does the Honda Odyssey Cost?

The Odyssey starts at around $30,000, making it more expensive than most minivans. However, the price gap isn't enormous. The same holds true at the high end of the spectrum. The Odyssey Touring, which starts at around $45,000, is more expensive than rivals' top trims, but not by a crazy amount.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Honda dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Honda deals page.

Honda Odyssey Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Honda Odyssey or Toyota Sienna?

The Toyota Sienna brings a lot to the table, but it doesn't hold a candle to its Honda rival. The Odyssey has more standard and available features than the Sienna, and it provides more room for passengers and cargo. The Odyssey wins when it comes to performance too. Its comfortable ride and poised handling surpass the Sienna's so-so driving dynamics. However, the Sienna is the only minivan available with all-wheel drive. Both vehicles have above-average price tags for the class, but the Odyssey makes a better buying option.

Which Is Better: Honda Odyssey or Chrysler Pacifica?

The Chrysler Pacifica delivers nimble handling and swift acceleration, making it the only minivan besides the Odyssey that delivers a semblance of fun driving dynamics. The Odyssey beats the Pacifica in overall cargo volume by about 18 cubic feet, but the Pacifica is more versatile. The Pacifica’s second-row seats collapse easily into the floor. In the Odyssey, you have to completely remove the second row to maximize storage capacity. That's about the only downside to the Odyssey's seats, as they're more comfortable than the Pacifica's. The Chrysler costs less than the Honda, but it doesn't offer as many family-friendly features as the Odyssey does.

Odyssey Interior

How Many People Does the Odyssey Seat?

The Odyssey seats up to eight people with ease. No matter which row you're in, you'll enjoy a comfortable, supportive seat and ample head- and legroom.

Odyssey and Car Seats

There are four complete sets of LATCH connectors for installing car seats. The Odyssey's LATCH system earned a rating of Good+ for ease of use from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Additionally, the highly adjustable second-row seats make it easy to create enough space for almost any type of car seat.

Odyssey Interior Quality

With soft-touch materials throughout, it's easy to like this Honda's interior. The attractive design makes it look fresh and modern, and the solid build quality makes it feel more luxurious than some rivals.

Odyssey Cargo Space

The Odyssey gives you nearly 39 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats. That's enough room for the family dog and some beach gear. The Odyssey's maximum cargo capacity – 158 cubic feet – is a total that few vehicles in any class can match, and it provides enough space for you to haul just about anything you can fit through the minivan's doors.

Odyssey Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Standard features in the Odyssey include a 5-inch display screen, a seven-speaker sound system, Bluetooth, hands-free text messaging, and two USB ports. Available features include an 8-inch touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, satellite radio, navigation, a rear-seat Blu-ray entertainment system, a Wi-Fi hot spot, an 11-speaker sound system, and a wireless phone charger.

Honda got it right with the Odyssey's infotainment system. The intuitive menus are easy to navigate, and physical controls complement the touch screen. The screen itself is responsive to inputs, and you can even rearrange the app icons, letting you prioritize the ones you use most often.

Odyssey Performance

Odyssey Engine: Plenty of Pickup

You only have one engine choice in the Odyssey: a 280-horsepower V6. Though this minivan is a big vehicle, the V6 engine moves it easily, delivering good acceleration whether you're taking off from a stoplight or passing someone on the highway.

Odyssey Gas Mileage: Solid Ratings

The Odyssey gets 19 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. Those are good ratings for a minivan. Still, there are rivals with similar ratings, and you'll spend about as much on gas in the Odyssey as you would in the Toyota Sienna or Chrysler Pacifica.

Odyssey Ride and Handling: Smooth Sailing

Ride quality is a positive standout for the Odyssey, as it can absorb most road imperfections without you or your passengers noticing them. This minivan also handles well. It doesn't have much body roll around corners, and the steering is well-weighted.

Odyssey Reliability

Is the Honda Odyssey Reliable?

The 2019 Odyssey does not yet have a reliability rating from J.D. Power. The nearly identical 2018 model has a predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five. That's an above-average rating for the industry, but it's a typical score for a minivan.

Honda Odyssey Warranty

Honda backs the Odyssey with a three-year/36,000-mile limited warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. 

Odyssey Safety

Odyssey Crash Test Results

The 2019 Odyssey earned a perfect five-star overall crash test rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Odyssey Safety Features

The Odyssey comes standard with a multi-angle rearview camera. Available active safety features include park assist, blind spot monitoring with cross traffic alert, and the Honda Sensing suite of driver assistance features. Honda Sensing includes pre-collision braking, forward collision warning, lane keep assist, road departure warning, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control.

Which Honda Odyssey Model Is Right for Me?

The Odyssey comes in five trims: LX, EX, EX-L, Touring, and Elite. All models come with a 280-horsepower V6 engine, and all models seat eight except the seven-seat base LX. A nine-speed automatic transmission is standard in all but the Touring and Elite trims, which come with a 10-speed automatic transmission.

Most buyers will want the EX trim, which costs thousands less than the highest trim levels, but offers a lot of the driver assistance, comfort, and infotainment features that people care about. If you are OK spending a little more, the EX-L makes a fine choice also.

Honda Odyssey LX

The base Odyssey LX starts at $30,090. It comes standard with spill-resistant fabric upholstery, a multi-angle rearview camera, remote entry, push-button start, a 5-inch display, a seven-speaker sound system, Bluetooth, hands-free text messaging, two USB ports, and an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat.

Honda Odyssey EX

The EX model ($34,060) adds proximity entry, pre-collision braking, road departure warning, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring with cross traffic alert, power sliding doors, Magic Slide second-row seats, heated front seats, an 8-inch touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, HD Radio, satellite radio, and CabinControl, which lets you control the rear-seat entertainment and climate settings and send destinations to the Odyssey's navigation system via an app on your smartphone.

Honda Odyssey EX-L

The EX-L ($37,610) adds a moonroof, a power liftgate, a 12-way power-adjustable driver's seat with memory, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and leather-trimmed seats.

Honda Odyssey Touring

The Touring trim ($44,660) adds park assist, a hands-free power liftgate, HondaVAC (an in-vehicle vacuum), CabinWatch (which provides a view of the second and third rows on the touch screen), HondaLink (which gives you remote access to your minivan), and a Wi-Fi hot spot.

Honda Odyssey Elite

The top-of-the-line Elite model ($46,970) comes standard with lower trim features. It adds ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, an 11-speaker sound system, and a wireless phone charger.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Honda dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Honda deals page.

The Final Call

The 2019 Honda Odyssey finishes near the top of our minivan rankings in what has become an annual tradition for the Odyssey. Minivans don't get much more complete than this Honda. If you're in the market for a new minivan, you should consider the Odyssey.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

Read the full 2019 Honda Odyssey review on U.S. News & World Report for more details, photos, specs and prices.

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