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2023 Honda Odyssey Touring

Starting from CAD $47,723

Vehicle Score 8.3/10
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The 2023 Honda Odyssey is still class-leading thanks to its stylish exterior, spacious cabin and refined ride. Our favourite feature of the Odyssey was the 2nd-row seating configuration which allows you to remove the middle seat and move the other seats together or keep them separate. The cabin watch and cabin talk feature on our tester were also greatly appreciated as they allow you to see your 2nd and 3rd-row passengers through the infotainment display and speak with them through the cabin intercom.

The lack of a hybrid model and no power folding 3rd-row seats were disappointing. However, if you can do without those, the Odyssey is a solid choice when shopping for a reliable and spacious minivan.

Performance & Handling

Under the hood, all trims are equipped with a 3.5-liter V6 engine, capable of generating 280 horsepower. This powertrain is mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The V6 engine proves itself capable, ensuring that the minivan never feels underpowered. It took us 7.8 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h, which is quite respectable for a vehicle in this segment. Merging onto highways or executing passing maneuvers is smooth and doesn’t demand excessive throttle input. The 10-speed automatic transmission is praiseworthy for its ability to deliver seamless gear shifts. It consistently finds the right gear for the driving situation. However, one feature we found less appealing was the engine stop-start system, but thankfully, it can be easily disabled to suit your preference.

When it comes to handling, the Honda Odyssey is a standout among minivans. The steering is light and responsive, contributing to a sense of agility in the corners. Its driving dynamics defy the typical three-row minivan stereotype, feeling more akin to a smaller vehicle in terms of how it handles on the road. This means that the Odyssey combines the practicality of a minivan with a driving experience that is surprisingly nimble and enjoyable.

Interior & Comfort

The 2023 Honda Odyssey is a minivan that fully embraces the concept of space and practicality. Its cabin exudes a sense of openness and roominess, making it ideal for families and those who value interior space. Up front, you’ll find ample storage options for your convenience. But the real magic happens in the second row, thanks to the removal of the middle seat and the introduction of slidable seats that elevate versatility to new heights. With the middle seat removed, you can easily adjust the remaining seats from left to right, optimizing passenger comfort and granting effortless access to the third-row seating. Speaking of the third-row, it’s one of the roomiest in its class, ensuring that most adults won’t have any trouble with legroom.

The leather seats in the Odyssey are comfortable and perfect for extended road trips. The driver’s seat in our test model boasted a 12-way power adjustment, including a 4-way power lumbar support, while the front passenger seat had an 8-way power adjustment with a 4-way power lumbar support. During nighttime drives, you’ll appreciate the soothing blue ambient lighting that graces the instrument panel, front door handles, and footwell.

To keep the cabin comfortable, the tri-zone automatic climate control system, complete with an air-filtration feature, works efficiently. The touring trim offers an added bonus with heated and ventilated seats, a true blessing during extreme winter and summer conditions.

Ride quality is another area where the Odyssey truly excels. It delivers a comfortable and smooth ride, effectively absorbing bumps and imperfections in the road. Additionally, the Odyssey impresses with its remarkable quietness on the highway, effectively keeping road and wind noise to a minimum, contributing to a serene driving experience. This further enhances the van’s family-friendly appeal, making it an excellent choice for those in search of a spacious and comfortable ride.

Technology & Connectivity

In terms of technology, while the 2023 Honda Odyssey might not take the top spot in its class, it still provides a commendable array of features. The cabin is well-connected, featuring the CabinWatch and CabinTalk functions. These features allow you to monitor what’s happening in the second and third rows via the infotainment display and communicate with passengers through the cabin intercom. This is a significant win in terms of safety and convenience, as it enables you to interact with rear-seat passengers without the need to physically turn around, keeping your attention on the road.

All Odyssey models come equipped with an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. Honda’s user interface has earned favor for its simplicity, making it user-friendly for many. However, it’s worth noting that there was a slight lag in response when interacting with the touchscreen, which may be a minor point of concern for some users.

One area where Honda truly shines is its commitment to safety and driver-assist technologies, even on the base models. The Honda Odyssey Touring, for instance, comes with a comprehensive suite of safety features:

  1. Road Departure Mitigation
  2. Lane Departure Warning
  3. Forward Collision Warning
  4. Collision Mitigation Braking System
  5. Traffic Sign Recognition
  6. Lane Keeping Assist System
  7. Blind Spot Information System with Rear Cross Traffic Monitor
  8. Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow

These advanced safety features enhance the overall safety of the Odyssey and provide peace of mind for both the driver and passengers, making it a family-friendly option for those who prioritize safety and tech-savvy features.

Cargo Space & Storage

Minivans are known for their exceptional cargo space and storage, and the 2023 Honda Odyssey lives up to this reputation. The Odyssey offers a generous 929L of cargo volume behind the third row, thanks to a deep storage well. This space is perfect for accommodating groceries, sports equipment, or luggage while still comfortably seating passengers in the back.

When you need to transport larger items, the flexibility of the Odyssey truly shines. Folding down the third-row seats opens up a vast 2,452L of cargo volume, which can handle larger loads or even help you move furniture or other sizable items. If you require even more room, folding the second-row seats down provides an impressive 3,973L of cargo volume, transforming the Odyssey into a versatile and capable cargo hauler.

In addition to the abundant cargo space, the Odyssey offers thoughtful storage solutions for smaller items. The front area features a substantial compartment in front of the gear shift and a deep center armrest bin, providing convenient places to stow away your personal belongings, making it easy to keep the cabin organized and clutter-free. This attention to practical storage solutions further reinforces the minivan’s appeal for families and those with a need for ample cargo space.

Fuel Economy

While the Odyssey may not be the most fuel-efficient option in its segment, it offers average fuel efficiency for a minivan, which is reasonable given the size and capacity of the vehicle. The Odyssey is rated at 12.2 L City and 8.5 L highway with 10.6 L/100km combined.

In our own testing, we achieved an average fuel consumption of 10.9 L/100km during a mix of city and highway driving. This result falls in line with the manufacturer’s combined rating, suggesting that the Odyssey is fairly consistent with its fuel efficiency claims.

It’s worth noting that Honda provides an ECON drive mode, which can assist in improving fuel economy. When engaged, this mode may lead to some reduction in performance, but it can be a useful feature for those looking to save more at the pump, especially during everyday commuting and family errands.

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