Honda didn't invent the minivan, but it has come close to perfecting it. The Odyssey continues to earn sales and accolades as one of the best large-capacity family-and-friends movers on the market.
What's New for 2016
Honda joins the high-value trim line trend by adding the SE (Special Edition) to the Odyssey lineup for 2016. Otherwise the Odyssey continues onward with no significant changes.
Choosing Your Honda Odyssey
The Odyssey may still proudly wear the "minivan" description, but there is little that is mini about it. The driver and seven passengers are granted plenty of personal space. Cargo capacity in back with all three rows occupied is a decent 38.4 cubic feet; fold the two rear rows flat and available volume balloons up to 148.5 cubic feet.
All Odysseys feature sliding doors on both sides. Power comes from a 24-valve 3.5-liter V6 that sends 248 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque to the front wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission. It may not be a CRX, but the Odyssey still handles extremely well for its size and shape. The EPA estimates fuel mileage across the range at 19 mpg city and 28 mpg highway.
There are six carefully graduated trim levels in the Odyssey lineup:
The EX-L further branches into two additional sublevels: EX-L with the DVD rear-seat entertainment system ($37,525) and EX-L with navigation ($37,925).
Given how most minivan journeys include the need to both keep passengers entertained on long hauls and clean up after them upon arrival, the SE is an easy best pick for the money.