2017 Honda Odyssey Review, Seating Capacity & 3rd Row

If you are looking for a minivan that provides reliability, comfort, and versatile features, the 2017 Odyssey might be the minivan for you. It ranks toward the top of the list for overall high-quality minivans, and is a top choice among experts and average consumers alike.

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In fact, it won the title of U.S. News’ Best Cars for Families in 2017. With a lot of seating and spacious interior, the 2017 Odyssey is ideal for hauling the kids between school and extracurricular activities as well as fun family outings.

Seating Capacity and Configuration

The Odyssey LX’s roomy cabin seats a total of seven people in three rows. If you buy one of the higher trim Odysseys, you can seat up to eight people. The front seats are fully adjustable, made of leather, and are heated. Seats are incredibly comfortable, and the controls are easy to use.

You can also opt for multi-functional second row seats which has a middle seat that is able to slide forward. The multi-functional second row also has a wide mode that creates more shoulder room – a handy feature if you are cramming several adults into the second row for a long road trip.

Third Row Room

Previous Odyssey models had a removable center section for the second row seats, but the third row changes to the 2017 make it easier to access. All you have to do is pull a lever to get the second row seat to move forward in order to create extra space. The outboard seats can be moved into the middle position for even easier access. This high degree of accessibility is ideal for parents with small children who need to be seated in the back.

What’s New for 2017?

Aside from the new and improved accessibility features for second and third row seating, Honda has implemented several other changes to the Odyssey, although many beloved Honda features remain unchanged. (Numerous changes are being made to the 2018 Odyssey, which kicks off the fifth generation of Odysseys.) The SE and EX-L trims offer a noise-reducing windshield that quiets road noise within the interior.


Trim Levels, Options, and Pricing

There are a lot of trim levels and features to choose from with the 2017 Odyssey. The following descriptions of trims, their features, and their prices can help you decide which trim might be the best fit for your needs.

LX

  • 17-inch wheels with full covers
  • All-season tires
  • 3,500 lbs towing capacity
  • 7-person seating capacity
  • 19/27 mpg (22 mpg combined)
  • 21.0 gal fuel tank capacity
  • One-Touch Turn Indicators
  • Remote Entry
  • i-MID with 8-Inch High-Resolution WVGA (800×480) Screen
  • Bluetooth capabilities
  • Pandora
  • MSRP $29.850EX, SE, and EX-L

17-inch alloy wheels

  • All-season tires
  • 3,500 lbs towing capacity
  • 8-person seating capacity
  • 19/27 mpg (22 mpg combined)
  • 21.0 gal fuel tank capacity
  • One-Touch Turn Indicators
  • Remote Entry
  • i-MID with 8-Inch High-Resolution WVGA (800×480) Screen
  • Bluetooth capabilities
  • Pandora
  • Honda LaneWatch
  • Power sliding doors
  • MSRP $33,000 (EX), $33,950 (SE), and $36,500 (EX-L)

Touring

  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • All-season tires
  • 3,500 lbs towing capacity
  • 8-person seating capacity
  • 19/27 mpg (22 mpg combined)
  • 21.0 gal fuel tank capacity
  • One-Touch Turn Indicators
  • Remote Entry
  • i-MID with 8-Inch High-Resolution WVGA (800×480) Screen
  • Bluetooth capabilities
  • Pandora
  • Honda LaneWatch
  • Power sliding doors
  • Multi-angle rearview camera
  • Ambient footwell lighting
  • MSRP $42,755

Touring Elite

  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • All-season tires
  • 3,500 lbs towing capacity
  • 8-person seating capacity
  • 19/27 mpg (22 mpg combined)
  • 21.0 gal fuel tank capacity
  • One-Touch Turn Indicators
  • Remote Entry
  • i-MID with 8-Inch High-Resolution WVGA (800×480) Screen
  • Bluetooth capabilities
  • Pandora
  • Blind Spot Information system
  • Power sliding doors
  • Multi-angle rearview camera
  • Ambient footwell lighting
  • MSRP $45,325

Interior Design & Seating

Interior designs in all trims include 4-way power adjustable front passenger’s seats, adjustable seatbelt anchors, and One-Motion 60/40 Split 3rd-Row Magic Seats. The Touring and Touring Elite also have folding center armrests in their 3rd-Row Magic Seats.

The LX has an 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat while all other trims have 10-way power adjustable driver’s seats with power lumbar support for additional comfort. The Touring and Touring Elite driver’s seats have two-position memory capability.

Performance and Powertrain

All trims feature the standard V6 engine with 248 hp @ 5700 rpm. They also have a 24-Valve SOHC i-VTEC valve train, multi-point fuel injection, and a 6-speed automatic transmission. Also, each Odyssey has power assisted brakes.

Safety Features

Active safety features on all vehicles include Vehicle Stability Assist with traction control, an Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), a tire pressure monitoring system, and daytime running lights. All trims have a rear-view camera, but the Touring and Touring Elite have multi-angle cameras, and the EX-L has multi-angle rear-view cameras with navigation. The EX-L, Touring, and Touring Elite have Forward Collision and Lane Departure Warnings.

All passive safety features are standard for each trim. Passive safety features include SmartVent front side airbags, 3-point seatbelts, driver’s and front passenger’s seat belt reminders, and child-proof rear door locks.

Driving Impressions

The 2017 Odyssey gives an above-standard driving performance compared to other mini-vans. The Odyssey gives a smooth and relatively noiseless ride with impeccable handling and traction abilities. The V-6 engine gives sufficient power. The Odyssey is easier to navigate in tight spots than other mini-vans.

The Odyssey is a safe, reliable, and relatively fuel-efficient minivan that provides a lot of comfort. For those of you who regularly transport your families around, the spacious Odyssey packs quite the punch with its easy-to-maneuver seating options and safety features.

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