It is always impressive when a car can remain on top of its segment despite being in its final year before a complete redesign as is the case with the 2017 Honda Odyssey. This aggressive minivan has definitely had its fair share of years. But still, it manages to shine in the areas most important to families all around the world. It's big, versatile and dependable. It also comes with all sorts of features to make the kids happy and your life easier. The Odyssey has been a popular choice for a very long time. Reasons include a great driving experience, and a long list of standard available features. The 2017 Odyssey serves as a good alternative to an SUV if you need the room but don't need the off-road capabilities of a Honda Pilot.
Which features stand out for the 2017 Honda Odyssey?
The 2017 Honda Odyssey has a multitude of strengths, and this really makes it stand out from the crowd. First is the combination of generous and ingenious packaging with superb handling giving you a super ride that is almost too good for a minivan. This fully versatile hauler has wondrous capabilities powered by a brawny 3.5-liter V6 engine paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. Overall, the Odyssey's V6 scores 21 mpg which is a good figure for a minivan. It has enough room to comfortably seat eight inside with the adaptability to various passenger and cargo needs.
The 2017 Odyssey did not get too many updates as a redesigned 2018 model was set to hit the market soon after its launch. You will, however, note that the SE and EX-L trims got an acoustic windshield, a rear entertainment system (RES), SiriusXM Radio, Forward Collision Warning and a HondaVAC cleaner.
Which trims are available for the 2017 Honda Odyssey?
This versatile family vehicle comes with six trims, which is a great opportunity to those that have specific requirements since there is plenty to choose from. However, this might come off as overwhelming to some people. Starting at just over $30,000 for the base LX model, the 2017 Odyssey is also offered in EX, SE, EX-L, Touring, and Touring Elite trims that can cost more than $43,000.
How does it feel to drive the 2017 Honda Odyssey?
You will love the fact that the Honda Odyssey offers an above average driving experience. Being on top of its segment, it provides great handling and is very responsive to the slightest action at the steering wheel. The car hangs onto its predecessor's V6 which churns out 248 hp motivating the Odyssey to pick up speed without much of a hassle.
As a driver, you also get the opportunity to look at the second and third rows from the dashboard-mounted touch screen without turning your head, courtesy of the CabinWatch. Despite the lack of some features on lower trims, the Odyssey still manages an agreeable suspension and good power steering. Given the ease of use it comes with, the 2017 Odyssey remains a top choice for families who want a fun-to-drive hauler.
How safe is the 2017 Honda Odyssey?
The 2017 Odyssey comes with ABS, front airbags, traction and stability control, front-side airbags, a rearview camera and full-length curtain airbags. Except the LX and Touring Elite, the other trims have Honda's LaneWatch blind spot camera. The Touring Elite instead got an entire blind spot monitoring system. The top three trim levels come with forward collision warning and lane departure alerts, but you will not like the fact that there is no automatic braking or steering feature incorporated into these systems.
According to crash test results from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Honda Odyssey received an overall 5-star crash test rating which makes it a pretty safe minivan to drive around, especially if you will be carrying the family.
How does the 2017 Odyssey compare to its competitors?
Despite being the class leader in some areas, the 2017 Odyssey's interior is definitely showing signs of age. The quality of plastic used inside is inferior to that of competitor cars from Toyota and Kia. To add on to the misery, this car features an oddly confusing dual-screen tech interface placing it behind the likes of the Chrysler Pacifica, which also trumps the Odyssey in terms of cargo carriage. The beloved Odyssey also loses in terms of comfort to the Toyota Sienna. On the upside, it is set to pave the way for an all new and redesigned 2018 Odyssey.