2017 Honda Odyssey

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.

Competition

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.