Those in search of an affordable family-friendly vehicle should strongly consider the 2017 Honda Odyssey. This minivan is just over a year old, so you get a long list of modern features but still get to take advantage of pricing depreciation. To enhance the savings with this Honda minivan, it was the final model year for its generation, with a full redesign for 2018. The 2017 Odyssey delivers convenience, reliability, safety, and incredible interior space, all of which families want.
Most drivers are not optimistic when it comes to styling for minivans, but the 2017 Honda Odyssey is reasonably appealing. It is known for its “lightning bolt” character line that enhances rear-passenger visibility. Opinions about this styling element vary, but everyone will appreciate its functionality. The Odyssey also has a handful of futuristic elements, like small windows in front of the side mirrors and a roofline that is a bit more arched than previously. Compared to the average minivan, the rear of the Odyssey is more sculpted and flared.
It should come as no surprise that the 2017 Odyssey is not designed to win any races. Yet it will get you to your destination without feeling as if you do not have enough power. All Odysseys have a 3.5-liter V6 engine with 248 horsepower, regardless of trim level. This is paired with front-wheel drive and a 6-speed automatic transmission. This transmission has smooth and decisive shifts. The only options are an O/D-off button and lower-gear mode, so mountain roads do require some creativity but are doable.
Interior Comfort and Versatility
Perhaps the strongest point in favor of the 2017 Honda Odyssey for your affordable auto is its interior versatility. You can comfortably fit eight passengers, with the front seats providing all-day comfort. The second-row seats actually deliver equal legroom to the first row. Even better, they can slide outward. In addition, average-sized adults will be mildly comfortable in the third row on shorter drives. Honda even figured out how to fit five sets of LATCH connectors in the 2017 Odyssey, making it a great choice for those with multiple kids. Cargo space is also impressive, with 38.4 cubic feet behind the third row and 93.1 behind the first. You will have more than enough room for home improvement supplies, as well, such as 4-by-8 plywood sheets or 2-by-4 studs that are 10 feet long.
Even the base models come loaded with features, such as power accessories, air conditioning, Bluetooth, power adjustment for the front seats, an 8-inch audio display, and USB connectivity. Upgrading can add nearly everything you can think of, including a rear-seat entertainment system and the HondaVac.
Parents will appreciate the 2017 Odyssey’s safety features and 5-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA. Every Odyssey has a rearview camera, and all but the base LX include Honda Lane Watch, as well. If you want forward-collision warning or lane-departure warning, you will need to find at least an EX-L trim. Opt for the Touring Elite if you want blind-spot monitoring.