Finally, the new and upcoming 2016 Honda Odyssey comes. Minivans are generally some of the most useful vehicles you can find and Honda Odyssey is no different. After a mid-cycle facelift last year, 2015 year model will be carried over and 2016 year model will be first of a fifth generation, when US market is concerned.
2016 Honda Odyssey New Design
New generation brings new design and carlike Odyssey will get a new bigger grille with more chrome stripes, new angular headlights and revised bumper and fenders. Doors will get new inlets, but rear door will remain a slider. At the back, rear quarter window will be moved to be in line with front ones, and tail-lights will be separated.
Interior design is also going to be changed and Odyssey will get new materials in its cabin. Leather trimmed seats will be offered on higher tiers, just like they are now, and next-gen model should get more metallic accents in a base level and wood grain touches on top grades. It will keep up to eight seats in three rows, two of which can be completely folded down for additional cargo space. Sturdy instrument panel and center stack offer big storage compartment, shifter positioned highly and next to the steering wheel, plus an 8-inch TFT screen in separate cluster which comes with 2 gigabytes of storage space for navigation maps.
Top tier will most likely keep 650-watt sound system and 16.2-inch ultrawide-screen entertainment system. Odyssey is also the first minivan to offer built-in vacuum cleaner which usually comes in handy. All models come with a rearview camera, LaneWatch sideview camera (unavailable on base model) and all standard safety features. EX-L and above trims add lane-departure and forward-collision warning systems, while Touring model comes with blind-spot monitors.
Under the Hood and Fuel Economy
3.5L V6 engine with 248 hp and 250 lb-ft of torque will remain the base engine in next-gen model, but don’t be surprised if Honda decides to incorporate smaller 4-cylinder turbocharged engine as a second option. LX, EX, EX-L and Touring trim levels should remain intact, but some rotations are possible, and so isa completely new grade. FWD and 6-speed automatic gearbox will stay where they are.
Fuel economy ratings are solid and Odyssey returns the numbers of 19 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. Optional 4-cylinder engine could raise these significantly, but it is still a matter of whether Honda will decide to offer it.
2016 Honda Odyssey Price and Release date
Next generation of Odysseys will have a starting price just below the $30,000. Top models, however should cost around $45,000 which is a price tag they have now. According some rumors, this vehicle, we can expect in fall 2015 or early 2016.
Honda Odyssey should get even better when new generation arrives in 2016. However, it is a great minivan even as it is and we are anxious to see what improvements will it actually bring.