The popular-with-families 2016 Honda Odyssey offers great value, top safety ratings and unique features such as an available in-vehicle vacuum cleaner. The Odyssey features a roomy design, a wide stance and offers outstanding utility with room for seven or eight passengers. It also has 148.5 cu ft. of cargo space with the second- and third-row seats folded down. A 3-mode second-row seat allows third-row access with second-row child seats in place. A total of five Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) setups are available on all but the base LX model.
Model year 2016 brings a new, midpriced SE trim with standard rear-seat entertainment, the HondaVac onboard vacuum cleaner, a 115-volt power outlet and SiriusXM satellite radio.
The Honda Odyssey remains a good used-car choice for growing families on the go, and it enjoys an above-average resale value.
What We Like
In-car vacuum cleaner; up to five LATCH positions for child seats; three rows of adult-friendly seats; sliding side doors; great fuel economy for the segment; fold-into-floor third-row seat
What We Don’t
Nearly as long as a Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedan; upper trims as expensive as some midsize luxury crossover SUVs; all-wheel-drive unavailable
Fuel Economy & Engine Specs
The 2016 Odyssey is powered by a 3.5-liter single-overhead-camshaft V6. Equipped with four valves per cylinder, variable valve timing and a dual-stage intake manifold, the 3.5-liter V6 generates 248 horsepower and 250 lb-ft of torque on regular unleaded fuel. Equipped with a 6-speed automatic transmission, the Odyssey is rated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) at a segment-leading 19 miles per gallon in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. Front-wheel drive is standard, while AWD is not available. Variable Cylinder Management system shuts down two or three cylinders during light-throttle cruising to save fuel. The Odyssey can tow up to 3,500 pounds but requires premium unleaded fuel and an electric trailer brake when towing.
Standard Features & Options
The 2016 Honda Odyssey is available in LX, EX, SE, EX-L, Touring and Touring Elite trims.
The LX trim includes a standard backup camera, 17-in steel wheels, front and rear air conditioning, remote keyless entry, cruise control, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, a 7-speaker AM/FM/CD stereo with an MP3 decoder and subwoofer, Bluetooth audio streaming, text and email functions, 3-row seating for seven passengers, cloth upholstery, a power driver’s seat with manual lumbar adjustment, a fold-into-floor split third-row bench seat, anti-lock brakes with brake assist, dual front- and side-impact airbags, overhead airbags and power locks, windows and mirrors.
The EX upgrades to 8-passenger seating, 17-in alloy wheels, power-sliding doors, keyless entry, push-button start, a removable front center console, a trash-bag ring, HondaLink smartphone audio tethering, an 8-in color center-stack display, the HomeLink system, 3-zone automatic air conditioning, wiper-linked automatic headlamps, passenger-side Honda LaneWatch rear camera, second-row sunshades, a power driver’s seat with lumbar support, audio and cruise-control buttons on the steering wheel, a conversation mirror, a compass and an outside temperature gauge.
The new-for-2016 SE brings rear-seat entertainment, a 115-volt power outlet, SiriusXM and the HondaVac in-car vacuum cleaner.
The EX-L gains forward-collision and lane-departure warning systems, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, first- and second-row leather seats, a power lift gate, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, heated front seats and a power front passenger seat. Optional EX-L packages add navigation or a rear entertainment system.
The Touring trim upgrades to 18-in alloy wheels, a multi-angle backup camera, navigation, HD Radio, rear entertainment with a 9-in display, wireless headphones, RCA video input, driver’s-seat memory, fog lights, third-row sunshades, a 1-motion folding third-row Magic Seat, and front and rear ultrasonic parking assist.
The Touring Elite includes the HondaVac, a 12-speaker audio system with surround sound, rear entertainment with an ultra-wide 16.2-in screen, HID headlamps and a blind spot monitoring system.
The Odyssey has consistently ranked at the top of the minivan class in quality ratings and retail sales. As a result, resale values remain high, and the prices of used Odysseys reflect that. One smart option is to purchase a certified pre-owned (CPO) Odyssey, which receives a rigorous inspection and extended warranty protection. These models typically have prices that can save buyers a considerable sum compared to the cost of a new Odyssey.
To get a good idea of the 2016 Odyssey’s price range, investigate Kelley Blue Book’s used-car values at KBB.com. You can also search the Autotrader Classifieds to see what models are for sale in your area.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued the following recalls for the 2016 Odyssey:
Insufficient fuel tank welds may result in fuel leakage, which may create a fires risk in the presence of an ignition source.
The outboard second-row seats have a lever to slide the seats forward to gain access to the third-row. This lever may inadvertently remain in the unlocked position, allowing the second-row seats to slide forward suddenly in a crash and increased risk of injury to passengers.
The outboard second-row seats can tip forward unexpectedly under braking if not latched properly in one of two set positions, increasing the risk of injury in a crash.
The second-row center seat adjuster may stick in the unlocked position, allowing the seat to slide unexpectedly, elevating the injury risk in a crash.
Recall repairs are required by law, even if the vehicle is out of warranty. Your dealer can check to see if the repairs were performed and, if not, will fix the car at no charge to you.
Safety Ratings & Warranties
The NHTSA gave the 2016 Odyssey a 5-star overall rating, with five stars in frontal- and side-impact tests and four stars for rollover performance.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2016 Odyssey a Top Safety Pick rating, with Good scores for both small- and moderate-overlap front impacts, as well as side impacts, roof crush, head restraints and seats.
Honda sold the 2016 Odyssey with a 3-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty with roadside assistance, a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty and a 5-year/unlimited-distance corrosion-perforation warranty.
Honda CPO vehicles must be less than six years old and can’t have more than 80,000 miles on the odometer. Every CPO Odyssey undergoes a 182-point inspection. Those that pass receive a 12-month/12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, extending the basic new-car warranty to 48 months or 48,000 miles and powertrain coverage to 7 years or 100,000 miles from when the vehicle was first sold (whichever occurs first). Also included is a vehicle-history report and three free months of SiriusXM radio.
Other Cars to Consider
2016 Chrysler Town & Country — Chrysler’s landmark minivan is powered by a 283-hp 3.6-liter dual-overhead-camshaft V6 mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission that’s EPA-rated at 17 mpg city/25 mpg hwy. The Town & Country offers standard leather seats, rear-seat entertainment and fold-into-the-floor second-row seats, but the third-row seat is a bit tight, and the navigation screen is small.
2016 Toyota Sienna — The Sienna offers a 266-hp 3.5-liter V6 that’s EPA-rated at 18 mpg city/25 mpg hwy, up to 150 cu ft. of cargo space with the second-row seats removed, flat-folding third-row seats and second-row seats that slide fore or aft by nearly two feet. AWD is available (EPA ratings drop to 16 mpg city/23 mpg hwy).
The value-leader for 2016 is the new SE model which comes standard with the HondaVac, a rear-seat DVD player, a 115-volt outlet and SiriusXM. The EX-L is also a good choice, offering standard leather seating and power sliding doors. Look for well-maintained, lower-mileage examples when possible, and always get a car history report. Going down the Honda certified pre-owned route is a wise choice. Be sure to check that any applicable recalls have been performed by a factory-authorized dealer on the Odyssey you’re considering.