2023 Honda Odyssey

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While American driveways are awash in SUVs and crossovers, many families instead find the trusty minivan the best people-mover choice. Chief among these options is the Honda Odyssey – the longest-selling minivan still in production. Now in its fifth generation, the Odyssey offers sleek and modern styling along with the latest advanced safety and infotainment technology. The reworked lineup for model year 2023 includes a better-equipped base model and the all-new Sport trim with trendy accents.

Versatility is the Odyssey’s hallmark: it has room for up to eight passengers or – when all of those seats aren’t needed – up to 158 cubic feet of cargo space, thanks to easily removed second-row seating and third-row seats that effortlessly stow away in the floor. It can also tow up to 3,500 pounds.

Trims and Powertrain

To simplify the Odyssey lineup for 2023, Honda dropped the base LX, meaning that things kick off with the well-equipped EX and move up with the EX-L, Sport, Touring, and Elite. All versions are front-wheel drive and get the same powertrain: a 3.5-liter V6 (280 horsepower and 262 lb.-ft. of torque) paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. Honda’s Variable Cylinder Management system uses deactivation technology to maximize fuel economy, which the EPA has estimated at 19 mpg around town and 28 mpg on the highway.

Standard Equipment

Every 2023 Odyssey comes with a full roster of standard features. As the new base trim, the EX is well set up with power-sliding side doors, LED exterior lighting with automatic headlights, LED fog lights, heated front seats, proximity keyless entry with push-button start, power side mirrors, and 18-inch alloy wheels. The easily reconfigurable cabin has tri-zone automatic climate control, a 12-way power driver’s seat, a four-way power front passenger’s seat, Magic Slide second-row seats, a 60/40-split folding third-row Magic Seat, second-row sunshades, and rear privacy glass.

Leather-trimmed seating and a power moonroof come on the EX-L, along with a power tailgate, a driver’s memory system, power heated side mirrors, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, sound-reducing windshield glass, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. The Sport includes everything from the EX-L plus a black grille and exterior accents, black leather upholstery with red stitching, red ambient LED lighting, and 19-inch gloss black alloy wheels.

Elevating the Odyssey is the Touring, which adds front and rear parking sensors, 19-inch alloy wheels, third-row sunshades, ambient LED cabin lighting, and additional infotainment amenities, as detailed below. The Elite trim cranks up the luxury factor with a heated steering wheel, heated and ventilated front seats, a hands-free tailgate, sound-reducing windshield and side glass, rain-sensing windshield wipers, power-folding side mirrors, and wireless device charging.

Active Safety Features

The 2023 Odyssey comes standard with Honda Sensing, an updated collection of advanced driving aid technologies, including forward collision warning, collision mitigation, road departure mitigation, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, and traffic sign recognition. All Odysseys also get blind-spot monitoring with cross-traffic alert, a rear-seat reminder, and automatic high beams.

Infotainment and Other Technology

The Odyssey’s infotainment system uses an 8-inch touchscreen to manage its components: the seven-speaker audio system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, Bluetooth connectivity, SiriusXM satellite radio, and SMS text messaging. Also standard are multiple USB ports and 12-volt outlets, and the HondaLink smartphone interface.

The Touring and Elite are upgraded with navigation, a rear-seat entertainment system, CabinWatch rear-cabin monitoring, CabinTalk headphone-based cabin intercom, access to a Wi-Fi hotspot and Honda connected services, and a third-row USB charging port. The Elite also gets an 11-speaker premium audio system.