Honda’s best selling Odyssey is getting Special Edition treatment. This Tuesday, the 2016 Odyssey minivan will go on sale with an expanded eight model trim lineup including a new SE trim that comes with premium features previously only available on the higher trim levels. The minivan is also getting a slight price increase.
“Our Odyssey customers have told us some of the features they value most and we have packaged these in the new Odyssey SE model to create a special value edition that we know American families are going to love,” says Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of Honda Sales.
The SE model adds onto the EX trim with the Rear Entertainment System (RES), a 115V power outlet in the control panel, SiriusXM Radio, and the HondaVAC. The SE trims starts at $33,375, which is $950 more than the EX, which starts at $32,425.
The Rear Entertainment System features a rear seat DVD player with a control system designed to be simple for rear occupants to use. It also has a separate, rear seat controlled, rear audio system.
As a minivan, the Odyssey is ready for kids in all their lovable and messy glory. The HondaVAC is an in-vehicle vacuum that serves the simple purpose of helping families keep things nice and clean. It operates on the Odyssey’s 12-volt electrical system and is stored in the rear cargo area with an extendable hose that can reach every corner of the car. It also comes with a battery protection system that only allows it to run continuously while the engine is running and for only eight minutes when the ignition is in Accessory mode.
The base LX model gets a $300 price increase for 2016 starting at $29,275. After the base model, there is the EX and SE trims followed by the EX-L, which starts at $35,925. After the trim is two new trims that add to it for 2016 and round out the eight trim lineup. They are the EX-L RES and the EX-L Navi. The EX-L RES comes standard with the Rear Entertainment System and starts at $37,525. The EX-L Navi comes standard with an HDD audio system and a special Multi Angle Rearview Camera with a starting price of $37,925.
The top of the line Touring and Touring Elite trims start at $42,180 and $44,750. Both models come with RES and the Touring Elite comes with the HondaVAC as well.
All trims are come with a 3.5-liter V6 engine that cranks out 248 horsepower with 250 lb-ft of torque. This engine allows the Odyssey to get an estimated 19 mpg city and 28 mpg highway.
The 2016 models, including the new SE, EX-L RES, and EX-L Navi, are available at dealerships this week.