To SUV or to Minivan? If you’re past the cool or comfortable debate and comfort, aka minivan, won, then you have some choices to make. Namely which minivan is for you.
Lately it’s been all about the new Chrysler Pacifica we recently test drove. But Honda is hoping to steal some of the limelight back come Monday when it rolls out the 2017 Odyssey.
The Odyssey, the best-selling minivan for six years, will arrive with just a slight increase of $300 for the base model. It starts at $29,850. That compares to the new Pacifica’s slightly lower price tag of $28,595.
There aren’t any huge changes to the fourth generation model, which has been around since 2011. Those will come next year with the new fifth generation.
For the new model year it adds a few touches here and there. The acoustic windshield now comes as an option on the lower SE and EX-L trims. Before it only came on the top two trims: the Touring and Touring Elite. What’s so great about an acoustic windshield is that it improves overall quietness in the cabin.
Along with the windshield, the SE will start offering Forward Collision Warning (the EX-L through Touring Elite already offer it). The HondaVac will now be available on all but the base LX and EX trims. A huge boon considering the fun, and handiness, of the built in vac. The Pacifica offers a vac as well, but only on the Limited trim.
The rear entertainment system still comes on all but the LX and EX. So if you’re planning on using your minivan for kids keep that in mind.
Across the board it gets 19 mpg city and 27 mpg highway. The non-hybrid Pacifica falls in the same range with 18 mpg city and 28 mpg highway. Meanwhile, Chrysler Pacifica’s Hybrid model leaves those numbers in the dust with an estimated 84 MPGe miles-per-gallon-equivalent in all electric mode.
Oh and if American-made makes you happy, here’s another thing to know. The Odyssey is built in Lincoln, Alabama. The Pacifica is built in Canada.