The recently announced 2016 Honda Odyssey is a car which is currently on the top of the minivan’s list and gains a large upper hand on its rivals with a new design flair that it combines with exceptional driving characteristics and enjoyment.
As this is essentially a minivan and an important trait and characteristics of a minivan is to haul myriads of people, the Odyssey manages to do its primary purpose well. It is a perfect vehicle and has enough room and driving potential to carry any group from point A and point B. But this is not the only thing that makes this car a top tier vehicle in the minivan compartment, it also comes with some driving flair and enjoyment. You will feel more than great every time you take this car for a spin and the enhance safety ratings rate it at one of the four top minivans currently available in the market.
The design of the car has been refreshed a few years ago and it was an immediate smash when it comes to the looks for the car. As the lightning bolt beltline design has done wonders for the car it managed to become a popular model immediately after its release. Now the Odyssey continues on its path of contention as it brings us a new model year vehicle with a few tweaks here and there which still rate it among the best minivans on the market. See the rest of the review and see what the Odyssey can bring its fans for the upcoming year.
2016 Honda Odyssey exterior
The exterior design of the 2016 Honda Odyssey remains true to its minivan roots. It is essentially a box in wheels and still holds some of the characteristics of the previous design the vehicle has been given. But the innovation with the design is the lightning bolts look of the beltline and the sides of the car which have been included for this year. This addition may be a bit controversial to the design of the car, but it is initially what enables the passengers at the back to have a better outer look of their surrounding and also something that manages to bring some style to the box that this vehicle is. So the Odyssey adopts some chrome and expensive looking elements and also adds a unique profile to its look which manages to differentiate it from your everyday minivan stock available on the market currently.
The Odyssey has actually more in common with the brand’s sedan lineup or the crossover lineup, which is perhaps a unique feature for the minivan market. There is more bright work added and the roofline is a bit arched, and if we add the distinctive beltline design and small windows ahead of the side mirrors, we get a futuristic kind of a design that was not expected in this sort of a segment. The back side also does not feature some characteristic minivan cues as it has an aerodynamic back with some edges and visual enhancements. It is a bit wider than you would expect and has a more planted look.
The inside of the 2016 Honda Odyssey minivan has only the changes that can be described as evolutionary. The utilitarian inside design is owed to the development of the previous one that now has some pretty nice features and changes for the better with this facelifted look. The instrument panel design is already a familiar one, so if you have driven this car before you already know what comes inside and how you are going to use it, but it is adapted a bit with an upscale look this time.
It is a complete different story compared to the design of some other Honda vehicles where you have a multitude of buttons scattered all across the dashboard. Here the space is maximized as much as possible and the knobs and buttons have been made a bit larger, enabling easier and better use. The swoopy design offers a great feel about the car and provides a very nice interior setting for the passengers who are going to be driven inside but also equally for the driver as well.
With the new model comes an engine choice that is going to be very appropriate and more than usable for the car. The 2016 Honda Odyssey comes with a 3.5-liter V-6 engine choice which is going to produce a power output of 248 horsepower and also provide 250 pound-feet of torque. The powertrain will be combined with a six-speed automatic transmission and is also going to come with a front-wheel drive system which will provide enough power in reserve and enable the car to pass any vehicle on the road, even with a full road if necessary but not in any case advisable. Perhaps the look of the Odyssey does not give off a sedan-like one but its handling will fool you for a moment as it handles more like an Accord vehicle in certain situations.
Price and release date
As the car gets ready for its release date, you may expect the car to come out in April next year. The 2016 Honda Odyssey is going to be immediately available for sale at your local dealers so you may find more about purchasing one by contacting them. The base price you will need to pay comes to a base MSRP level of 29,275 dollars US. The highest trim level is the Touring Elite which will cost you as much as 44.750 dollars as a base MSRP price.