New for 2015
The Honda Odyssey remains largely unchanged for the 2015 model year.
The Honda Odyssey is an eight-passenger minivan that slots above the Pilot in the automaker’s lineup.
The 2015 Honda Odyssey comes with a 3.5-liter V-6 that makes 248 hp and 250 lb-ft of torque, and gets paired with a six-speed automatic to drive the front wheels. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 19/28 mpg city/highway, as the V-6 uses Variable Cylinder Management to run on three or four cylinders when cruising. Especially when cold, we have commented on the rough nature of the six-speed transmission at part-throttle, where it had a tendency toward abruptness.
Notable family friendly features: up to five car seats, the center armrest now has a place to hang a trash bag, center console drink cooler, fifteen cupholders, a vacuum on the highest trim level, and the easy-to-fold third row.
The 2015 Honda Odyssey earned a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars), and is considered a Top Safety Pick+ for 2014 by the IIHS.
What We Think
When the latest generation of Odyssey was introduced in 2011 it earned a place on our All-Stars list two years in a row. A mostly cosmetic refresh in 2014 updated the styling and made the six-speed automatic standard on all models, instead of a five-speed automatic. The fourth generation Odyssey is nearing the end of its life cycle before the next major revision, but does that mean it has grown old? It remains in the top three for sales, competing with the Toyota Sienna and the Chrysler Town & Country. Opting for the Touring Elite will also get you the handy HondaVAC, which might seem over the top, but is a practical boon for parents.
In a Four Seasons review of a 2011 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite we praised the engine, saying “the V-6 pulls so hard and sounds so nice that I’ll forgive that it’s probably a touch too vocal for a minivan.” Handling is also competent, and steering was praised by the staff. One said, “Steering feel is so good that you have to remind yourself that you’re lugging around a van that weighs 4559 pounds.” The one source of complaint would have to go to the six-speed automatic (now on all models) that was abrupt at part throttle, and especially so when the van was cold. One thing that stands out is the 36,630 mile tab we racked up in our 12 months with it, more than most 12-month vehicles we drive.
- Seats up to eight
- HondaVAC for easy clean up
- Smooth V-6
You Won’t Like
- Clunky six-speed auto
- Eighth seat is a bit small for an adult
- Toyota Sienna
- Chrysler Town & Country
- Nissan Quest
- Kia Sedona