2016 Honda Odyssey Gets Friendlier for Families

The 2016 Honda Odyssey goes on sale August 4 and its now eight available trim levels offer more family-friendly options.

Under the Hood

The 2016 Odyssey is powered by a 3.5-liter, 24-valve V-6 engine producing 248 hp and 250 lb-ft of torque. The engine is paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission.

The van has received an EPA fuel-economy rating of 19/28/22 mpg city/highway/combined.


While the words Honda uses to describe the exterior of the 2016 Odyssey- “refined and youthful, sporty and advanced,” don’t exactly come to mind when we look at it the new model year does stay true to the Honda Odyssey brand without much changing from the 2015.

Upgraded wheels come on the 2016 Odyssey with more expensive trim level packages. The LX model features 17-inch steel wheels with covers, while EX and EX-L models utilize 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels. Touring and Touring Elite models feature 18-inch premium sport aluminum alloy wheels.

The 2016 Odyssey EX, SE, EX-L, Touring and Touring Elite models have a wiper-linked headlight system that automatically turns on the headlights when the front wipers are activated.

A keyless entry system with push button start comes on EX, SE, EX-L, Touring and Touring Elite trim levels.


Honda touts their high-grade meter illumination and interior lighting, chrome-trimmed instrument dials and door handles, an available 7-inch touchscreen, and DVD player for the available Rear Entertainment System as its best 2016 Odyssey interior features while boasting that it has “sophisticated styling” that we’re more likely to call “dated.”

An Expanded View Driver’s Mirror is standard on all Odyssey models. The driver’s side mirror provides a 19-percent increase in visible area.

The Odyssey SE and Touring Elite trim levels still feature the in-vehicle vacuum cleaner system, HondaVAC for 2016.


Seating configurations and options have not changed from the 2015 to the 2016 model.


All 2016 Odyssey models and trim levels include a rearview camera. Odyssey LX, EX, SE and EX-L models feature a single-angle “Normal View” display, while EX-L Navi, Touring and Touring Elite models have a Multi-Angle Rearview Camera with wide, normal and top-down views – all with improved optical quality. All rearview camera systems feature guidelines.

Odyssey EX, SE, EX-L, Touring and Touring Elite models have touch panel controls. Honda has split up those screens into an upper 8-inch display and a lower 7-inch display.

A variety of audio app options are available in the 2016 Odyssey but are divided up by trim level.

Audio system output to seven speakers is 240 watts for Odyssey LX, 270 watts for EX, SE, EX-L and EX-L RES, and 246 watts for EX-L Navi and Touring. The premium audio system in the Odyssey Touring Elite boasts 650 watts of power and 12 speakers.

HandsFreeLink® is included on all models, and Bluetooth® audio streaming, SMS and email functions are available with compatible smartphones. Additional features include a phonebook, call history, speed dial and contact picture. Odyssey EX, SE, EX-L, Touring and Touring Elite include HondaLink™ featuring Aha™ which offers content from hundreds of channels through a tethered compatible smartphone.

Advanced driver-assistive technologies available based on trim level of the 2016 Odyssey include:

  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Honda LaneWatch™
  • Blind Spot Information

Trim Levels

Odyssey LX $29,275 19/28/22
Odyssey EX $32,425 19/28/22
Odyssey SE $33,375 19/28/22
Odyssey EX-L $35,925 19/28/22
Odyssey EX-L with RES $37,525 19/28/22
Odyssey EX-L with Navi $37,925 19/28/22
Odyssey Touring $42,180 19/28/22
Odyssey Touring Elite $44,750 19/28/22

The Odyssey was designed and engineered by Honda R&D Americas in its Los Angeles design studio and Raymond, Ohio, new-model development center. The Odyssey is produced exclusively by Honda Manufacturing of Alabama in Lincoln, Alabama.


all images courtesy of Honda

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