Which 2017 Honda Odyssey Is Right for You?
The Honda Odyssey has been a minivan favorite for years, and it’s just gotten its first major remodel since 2014. Honda definitely included all it could for the price point. There are six trim options, which means you have plenty of choices! It also means those choices might be sort of overwhelming. We’re here to lay out the differences between them so you can pick the right one for your family.
The LX is the least expensive option for the Honda Odyssey with a starting MSRP of $29,850, but it comes with plenty of features. One of the coolest standard features is a rearview camera with guidelines that lays over the eight-inch multi-information display. You also get Bluetooth hands-free connectivity, a one-motion 60/40 split third-row seat, a USB audio interface, Anti-lock braking system, and child-proof rear door locks.
That’s definitely a lot of features, but that doesn’t begin to scratch the surface. The V6 engine helps the Honda Odyssey get 19 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. Eco Assist comes standard with every Odyssey, to help you get even better gas mileage. Of course, the Odyssey also has a towing capacity of 3,500 pounds if you ever want to haul a boat or trailer.
The LX has several safety features to protect you and your family, including vehicle stability assist with traction control, brake assist, a tire pressure monitoring system, daytime running lights, and a cabin full of airbags. The exterior has basic things like an intermittent rear and front windshield wiper. The biggest note is that the Honda Odyssey has rear privacy glass and one-touch turn indicators.
The interior has quite a bit that sets it apart from your average minivan. It comes with automatic up-down windows for both front seats, beverage holders for all rows, four cargo area bag hooks, front passenger seating with four-way power adjustment, and driver’s seating with eight-way power adjustment.
The EX is the next trim up and has a starting MSRP of $33,000. Some of the feature highlights include the addition of keyless entry, 17-inch alloy wheels, second-row sunshades, Honda LaneWatch, tri-zone automatic climate control, multi-functional second-row seating, and a 270-watt audio system with touchstone controls, seven speakers, and a subwoofer.
A great upgrade for the EX is the fact that it can seat eight people rather than seven. It also comes with power sliding doors, a security system, smart entry, and heated side mirrors.
The interior sees a number of upgrades including push-button start and Honda’s HomeLink System. It also comes with third-row floor mats, a conversation mirror, and a 10-way driver’s seat with power adjustment and lumbar support.
The “Special Edition” SE is the next trim and has a starting MSRP of $33,950. The SE bundles up a couple of family-friendly features from the much higher-end trims at a lower cost. It has a built-in HondaVAC system to clean while on the go, a rear entertainment system with wireless headsets, a 115-volt power outlet, and SiriusXM radio. If you care about the HondaVAC or the entertainment system, this is easily the cheapest way to get them. A vehicle that can keep the kids entertained and pick up after them may be more than enough for some parents.
The Odyssey EX-L has a few options within the trim. You can get the basic version with a starting price of $36,500, the trim with a DVD rear entertainment system for $38,100, or an EX-L with navigation and a rear entertainment system for $38,500.
No matter which trim you choose, the EX-L has several notable highlights that make it worth the extra cost. First, it comes with forward collision warnings and lane departure warnings to help keep you and your family safe. It also has a leather-wrapped steering wheel and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. Finally, the center stack lower storage bin comes with a cool box to store snacks and cold drinks.
That isn’t all you get with the EX-L. It also comes with a one-touch power moonroof and a power tailgate. The interior also sees upgrades like leather-trimmed seats on both the front and outboard second row and heated seats to keep warm during the winter.
The Touring has a starting MSRP of $42,755 and comes with everything the EX-L has and more. Some of the highlights are the 18-inch alloy wheels, integrated third-row sunshades, and driver seat with 10-way power adjustment, power lumbar support, and two-position memory. Additionally, the third-row Magic Seat allows you to fold it in one motion and also comes with a folding center armrest.
The Touring also comes with a few other upgrades. There are integrated turn indicators on the side mirrors, which can make your movements more visible to other drivers. It also has ambient footwell lighting to help passengers board in the dark. Some of the other standard features include a DVD rear entertainment system, a Honda Satellite-linked navigation system with voice recognition, fog lights, parking sensor indicator, and system message indicator.
The Touring Elite is the most expensive Honda Odyssey, but it comes fully loaded. With a starting MSRP of $45,325, it may feel like a bargain. On top of everything that the Touring comes with, it also has an ultrawide rear entertainment system with HDMI, a blind spot information system, a HondaVAC built-in vacuum, and a 650-watt premium audio system with 12 speakers, a subwoofer, and 5.1 sound. You’ll be driving in style with this minivan.
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