Is The 2022 Honda Odyssey a Good Family Car?

October 1st, 2021 by

The answer is most definitely a big yes! The Honda Odyssey is a family car that has enough room for an extended family and drives like a smooth sailboat.

Reasons Why The 2022 Honda Odyssey Is a Family-Friendly Choice

There are two major reasons why the 2022 Honda Odyssey is the family-friendly choice when looking at minivans:

The unparalleled safety in the form of Honda’s acclaimed Honda Sensing Safety & Driver-Assistive Technology and a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration overall rating of five out of five stars, with five stars in the frontal and side crash tests and four stars in the rollover test.
It has the most spacious interior among comparative minivans with a great infotainment system.

Interior Seating & Comfort

The Odyssey minivan seats 7 or 8 people in expansive comfort. The ample leg room for occupants in the second and third rows is more spacious than that offered by rival minivans and most sedans. On the EX-L and higher models, the front seats and the outer seats of the second row are luxurious leather. There are fifteen cupholders distributed throughout the interior, which means less squabbling about cup space.

The EX and higher models feature three-zone automatic climate control with additional second-row controls and integrated humidity control and air filtration system. Heated front seats with power adjustment and memory settings are standard on the higher models. Ambient cabin lights are great for night driving with the kids.

Cargo Space

The standard cargo space in the rear is 32.8 cubic feet. The rear seats fold flat into the floor, increasing the cargo space to 92.3 cubic feet. The second-row seats do not fold flat but must be removed from the minivan, fortunately by an easy operation. This removal increases the overall cargo space of the Odyssey to 158 cubic feet, which is comparable to most delivery vans.

The exciting feature of the cargo space in the Honda Odyssey is that if the second-row seats are moved but the third row is kept upright, it creates ample room for equipment to be easily loaded through the side doors. Seating is then reduced to five people, which is enough for most families.

Exterior Features

Honda tweaked the exterior look for the 2022 revamp of the Odyssey with only minor changes. New 19-inch alloy wheels and updated fog lights are pretty much it, but then again, the 2021 iteration was pretty much a perfect family minivan.

Once moving up from the base LX model, standard features include programmable power door and tailgate locks, power sliding doors and automatic on/off LED headlights. The Elite models have acoustic glass fitted all around, whereas only the windshield on the EX-L and Touring models. The tailgate is powered and offers programmable height settings on the EX-L, Touring and Elite models.

The Best Safety Technology

The Honda Odyssey is a family minivan, and Honda takes safety seriously. The vehicle incorporates several advanced safety features, and Honda has wisely decided not to make safety dependent on the model chosen. This means that the entry-level LX model does not lack essential features only found on the more expensive models.


The Collision Mitigation Braking System™ uses advanced sensors to determine the probability of a crash with an object in front of the vehicle and then automatically applies light braking pressure. The objective is not to replace the driver’s attentiveness, but to prevent accidents through a faster response time.


The Road Departure Mitigation System uses the windshield camera to identify and observe certain parts of the road ahead and detect when the vehicle is about the leave the road. If no action is taken, a warning is presented to the driver to either guide the vehicle back onto the road using the power steering system or by applying the brakes if the former is unsuccessful.


Adaptive Cruise Control is a nice feature that adjusts the vehicle’s speed to maintain a safe following distance from the traffic ahead. Note that this system will only decrease the vehicle’s speed and not increase it to higher than the driver’s setting.


Low-Speed Follow is part of the adaptive cruise control system in the Odyssey. It uses advanced radar sensors and a camera to maintain a safe following distance from the vehicle in front. The following distance can be adjusted by the driver using the control console.


The Lane Keeping Assist System uses the same hardware as the Road Departure Mitigation System and operates similarly. It uses Botts’ Dots and other lane markings to detect lane changes without turn-indicator signals. Once such a lane change is detected, the system lowers the responsiveness of the steering system so that the driver must assert slightly more effort to turn the wheel.


The Traffic Sign Recognition System is a great feature, especially when traveling with kids when we tend to miss road signs because of an argument in the rear seats. The TSR system uses the front-facing camera to read traffic signs, determine their relevance and then display it on the information screen for a predetermined time or distance beyond the sign.

Infotainment and Interconnectivity

The base LX model might be an option if you are only buying the Honda Odyssey for its spacious interior and outstanding safety features. Otherwise, it is best to look at the EX instead because of the infotainment system.

The EX starts with an 8.0-inch touchscreen with smartphone compatibility, satellite radio, two USB ports, Bluetooth streaming audio and a 160-watt audio system with 6 speakers and a subwoofer. Each model then adds successive features. The Elite has the CabinTalk in-car PA system, CabinWatch rear seat monitor, and a 550-watt premium audio system with ten speakers and a subwoofer.

Performance & Fuel Economy

The Honda Odyssey is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque, which provides the vehicle with a top speed limited to 111 mph. The rated mileage by the EPA** is 19 mpg city and 28 mpg highway.

2022 Honda Odyssey Minivan Pricing

Trim Levels MSRP*
2022 Honda Odyssey LX $32,090
2022 Honda Odyssey EX $35,490
2022 Honda Odyssey EX-L $38,760
2022 Honda Odyssey Touring $42,800
2022 Honda Odyssey Elite $47,820

Visit Classic Honda of Texoma

While it may be a great Honda family car, choosing the right model of Odyssey can be a difficult task. That is why you should visit Classic Honda of Texoma today and experience the different features in person. We’ll help you find the perfect Honda Odyssey minivan for your family.

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*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $955 destination charge and accessories. Dealer prices may vary. MSRP does not include $395 charge for select premium colors. $395 charge only applies to 2021 models.

**EPA estimates for comparison purposes only. Actual mileage may vary.

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