2019 Honda Odyssey Walk Around

The Odyssey has presence, with its chrome beltline suggesting a bolt of lightning. However, it’s not the prettiest minivan in the parking lot. That would be the Chrysler Pacifica.

The face of the Odyssey shows a family resemblance to the Pilot crossover and Civic sedan. Behind the big chrome grille there are shutters to improve the aerodynamics and increase fuel mileage a bit; at the edges of the grille there are LED running lamps. LED headlights and fog lights come on the Touring model.

There is a deep swoop carved into the front and side doors. The channels for the sliding rear doors are relocated under the third-row glass, to better conceal them.

A chrome-bar design in the rear matches that in the front, and is framed by LED taillamps.

Interior

The center console is massive, functional if not pretty, with two main storage areas, one of them deep and the other wide and flat. There’s a digital instrument display and clear touchscreen on the dash. The 4G LTE WiFi hotspot can drive the rear entertainment system, while there is a wireless charging pad for smartphones, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

With its many configurations, you can custom tune the Odyssey to be what you need for each trip, project or adventure. Honda’s Magic Slide seating system in the rear features a second row composed of three sculpted and roomy seats that can be moved separately. With just the middle seat removed, it’s like captain’s chairs. Four kids with that setup is perfect, but it can carry eight when needed.

If what you need is a flat floor and cargo space, you remove the second-row seats that weigh 70 pounds each, and store them in your garage, or somewhere. It’s not as convenient as the Chrysler Pacifica’s Stow ‘N Go system, which has rear seats that fold flat into the floor.

But if you do get those seats out of there, the Odyssey has the most cargo space in the class, 144.9 cubic feet–and 86.6 cubic feet of that is behind the second row. That’s with the third row folded flat, which it easily does with a tug on a strap.

Behind the third row there’s still 32.8 cubic feet, which is twice the size of a trunk of a full-sized sedan. And the third row can actually fit an adult.

The rear seat entertainment system uses 10-inch screens with 4G LTE, with apps like PBS Kids, iHeart Radio, Spotify, and more. There’s even an app called “How Much Farther,” that maps the van’s path to the destination. Another app allows passengers to use their smartphones to control their entertainment screens and climate control, and send music to the sound system and destinations to the navigation system.

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