The 2017 Odyssey stands out from the pack by offering an especially thoughtful, versatile interior layout and stylish design. The Odyssey's 3-mode second-row seat is also a standout in its class, able to fold, widen for passenger comfort, or become narrower for easier access to the third row. The Odyssey remains one of the sportiest-driving minivans available -- especially with respect to handling.
Feature-wise, the Odyssey is the first minivan to offer an all-digital entertainment system with a high-resolution HDMI input to keep it compatible with modern electronics. For safety, Honda also claims to offer the most LATCH child seat positions of any vehicle -- a total of five to easily allow four child seats of any design. The Odyssey has earned an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Pick+, the highest honor ever bestowed upon a minivan.
The Honda Odyssey is one of the country's longest-standing minivan nameplates, first arriving for the 1995 model year. The latest version, the van's fifth generation, was introduced for the 2018 model year. The Odyssey continues into 2019 unchanged from last year. While minivans can have an uncool image, the Odyssey remains a favorite among our staff because it offers incredible practicality, a huge feature seat and excellent driving dynamics.
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The 2019 Honda Odyssey offers one engine and a choice of two automatic transmissions, both of which come standard with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. The engine is a 3.5-liter V6 rated for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. That's almost exactly how much power is offered by the Odyssey's main rival, the Chrysler Pacifica (287 horsepower/262 pound-feet.) Most versions of the Odyssey use a nine-speed automatic transmission. That returns fuel economy ratings of 19 miles per gallon city and 28 miles per gallon city -- again right on par with the Pacifica (19/28 mpg).
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