Only two certainties exist in life: Death and taxes. Or is it three: Death, taxes and the Honda Odyssey earning the distinction of being the one of the best family vans in America?
Every single year, parents across the country pay down on a family vehicle. And every single year, they overwhelmingly choose Honda’s magnum opus, its showpiece, its crown jewel, the Odyssey. In fact, over the last decade and a half, no family minivan has beaten the Honda Odyssey on the sales chart. Not the Toyota Sienna. Not the Dodge Grand Caravan. Not even the Chrysler Pacifica.
For 2022, Honda goes all-out-Honda yet again by putting forth another Odyssey that knows no rivals. Here’s why the newest Honda Odyssey continues to be regarded as one of the best vehicles for parents to buy during back-to-school season.
The 2022 Honda Odyssey LX boasts a family-friendly 38.6 cubic feet* of space behind the third row, and up to 158 cubic feet* with all rows removed from the equation. Cargo bins underneath the trunk area increase small-item hauling, as do grocery hooks on the back of the third-row seats.
If you’re wondering how the Odyssey compares to the Pacifica, you’ll be glad to know that the Odyssey does cargo space better — a lot better, as the Chrysler minivan only accommodates 140.5 cubic feet up to the front row.
Honda Odyssey’s available hands-free power tailgate makes loading and unloading breezy like Sunday morning. Kick your foot underneath the rear bumper, and the Odyssey van does the rest. Thanks to a height-adjustable floor, Honda Odyssey features one of the best minivan liftgates — or at least one of the most convenient ones for hauling items.
Eight seats. Multiple seating configurations. Tommy and Timmy fighting with each other, proving that the Terrible Twos evolve to become the Terrible Tweens? Separate them by pushing the outboard mid-row seats apart. New baby (congrats!) keep losing her pacifier? Push her seat forward for easier access. Need room for some lumber, while also keeping the kid’s booster seat in place? Odyssey’s innovative 60/40-split rear Magic Seat will help you accommodate your tyke and some 2x4s. With the Odyssey, you’ve got plenty of options for hauling people.
Choosing the best vehicle for a family of 6 (or 7 or 8) usually comes down to space. The 2022 Odyssey is just what your family’s doctor ordered. Total passenger volume for the Odyssey LX and EX equals 163.6 cubic feet, which is more than the Toyota Sienna. Legroom abounds in all rows, but particularly in the very back, which offers 38.1 inches, nearly 2 more inches than the Pacifica.
Odyssey doesn’t just haul people and things; it also hauls gluteus. As much as it’s become a parent’s top choice in minivan, it’s also become the driver’s top choice. That is to say that the Honda Odyssey, with its 280-hp 3.5L V6 and 10-speed automatic transmission, can really fly. An excellent suspension system makes for smooth drives, too.
For parents who despise driving in Ohio during the winter, Odyssey makes the task a little less arduous. That’s because it can be built with a special driving mode: Snow mode. In icy conditions, Snow mode recalibrates Odyssey’s traction-control system to give you more control where it’s needed most.
Peace of Mind
There’s no doubt that you’re looking for a safe family van, not just one that has enough space for a family of 6. With the Odyssey, you get both.
Every Honda Odyssey is equipped with Honda Sensing, the brand’s suite of high-tech safety features. This includes collision mitigation, road departure mitigation, forward collision warning, and lane departure warning systems.
Other driver-assist features that also come standard are adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, automatic high beams, and Honda’s patented Traffic Sign Recognition System. (Blind Spot Information System with Cross Traffic Monitor is standard starting with the Odyssey EX model.)
Of course, even the best minivan safety features are no substitutions for actually driving safely. Parents should be aware of all child car seat laws in their state, stay off the phone when behind the wheel, and practice defensive driving.
Rear Seat Reminder
Added peace of mind comes in the form of a standard Rear Seat Reminder system. If the minivan’s rear door opens prior to a trip, Odyssey will make note. Once the engine is turned off, the system alerts the driver to check the back rows for occupants. It’s one of Odyssey’s best new features for parents.
Superb Safety Ratings
The Honda Odyssey is also rated as one of the safest minivans for families. Last year’s model received a near-flawless NHTSA safety grade, plus the coveted IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award — an accolade that the Dodge Grand Caravan, Kia Sedona, and Chrysler Pacifica failed to nab. All that acclaim carries over from 2021 to 2022, as well.
If you’ve got a sleeping baby in the back row, but you just need to get your Olivia Rodrigo fix, Odyssey’s multi-zone audio system aims to please both babe and parent. Using Odyssey’s touchscreen, simply select the cabin area you want to play your jams; all other zones will get muted.
CabinControl, CabinTalk & CabinWatch
Give everyone access to control their own personal comfort level with CabinControl. Using an app, users can change interior temperatures, change stations, or even add songs using the social playlist feature, which is one of our favorite Odyssey features.
CabinTalk gives parents the ability to communicate with all passengers. This in-vehicle PA system works through Odyssey’s premium sound system and rear entertainment system. It works flawlessly.
CabinWatch makes parenting even easier when driving. When you need to check up on the back rows, activate CabinWatch on Odyssey’s touchscreen. A video feed will pop up to show you who’s slapping whom. It even has night vision so that you can keep an eye out even when it’s pitch black.
Rear Entertainment System
What kind of family minivan would the Odyssey be without a rear entertainment system? Odyssey Touring and Elite models come fully equipped with Honda’s Advanced Rear Entertainment System, which includes a 10.2-inch HD screen, Blu-Ray player, HDMI inputs, two pairs of wireless headphones, and several built-in streaming apps. Don’t leave home without one.
Find Your Family Van at a Honda Dealer Near You
Ready to ditch the old family vehicle and buy a new minivan? Visit your nearest Miami Valley Honda Dealers in Ohio or Indiana to lease, build and finance an Odyssey this back-to-school season. We serve families throughout the Dayton region, including Tipp City, Springfield, Beavercreek and Richmond (IN). Contact our sales teams to request a Honda quote before the school year begins.
Based on SAE J1100 cargo volume measurement standard plus, where applicable, floor space between seating rows and seats in their forward-most and upright position.