The Honda Odyssey is Japanese company Honda’s minivan offering in North America.
It is a five-door minivan produced and marketed since 1994. The Odyssey is currently in its fifth generation and is assembled at the Lincoln Assembly in Alabama, United States.
In this article, we’ll examine the Honda Odyssey’s success by considering some stats, facts and numbers. Here we go!
How Many Honda Odyssey Have Been Sold Per Year In The U.S?
The Honda Odyssey has been in the United States since 1994 and has pulled some enormous yearly numbers since then.
The debut year started on a slow note with just a few hundreds sold, and that’s understandable when you consider that it was launched in October of that year.
The following year, the Honda Odyssey barged into the five-figure club and later started the 21st century with six-figure sales. Below is a table showing the number of Honda Odyssey units sold every year since 1994.
|Year||Total Units Sold|
Honda Odyssey went on an impressive six-figure sales run from 2000 to 2018. The run ended in 2019 when it fell just 887 units short of a hundred thousand.
In total, the Honda Odyssey has sold 2,878,192 units, just a few hundred thousands shy of three million.
Please also read our article about how long the Honda Odyssey lasts.
What Year Did Honda Start The Odyssey Models?
Honda launched production of the first generation Odyssey in October 1994 for the 1995 model year. It began producing the second generation models in 1998 and ended production in 2004.
The company introduced third generation models right after in August 2004 and production ended in 2010.
The fourth-generation models were launched in May 2010 and production ran until 2017. April 2017 marked the beginning of the production of fifth-generation Odyssey models and they are still very much in production.
How Is The Fuel Economy on a Honda Odyssey?
The Honda Odyssey is a minivan so we really can’t expect much from it in the fuel economy department.
What we can do however is compare its fuel economy with that other of other minivans on the market.
Below is a table detailing the Odyssey’s MPG numbers and comparing them with other vehicles in its class.
|Model||City MPG||Highway MPG||Combined MPG|
|Toyota Sienna 2WD Hybrid||36||36||36|
The table shows that the Honda Odyssey ranks at the very top of its class in terms of fuel economy. It is second only to the Toyota Sienna Hybrid, which has the electric advantage over the other vehicles.
It is, therefore, safe to conclude that the Honda Odyssey is one of the most fuel-efficient minivans.
Make sure to also read our article about the Honda Odyssey and keys.
How Quickly Do Honda Odyssey Depreciate?
As soon as you move your car out of the dealership, you can expect it to lose value, thanks to depreciation. The Honda Odyssey is no exception and also depreciates.
Car Edge estimates that the Honda Odyssey will depreciate by 49% over the course of five years. This means if you get one for $38,631, the value might drop to about $19,640 in five years.
Auto Padre corroborates this estimation and predicts a 49% depreciation rate for the Odyssey in five years. It ties the Toyota Sienna’s depreciation rate, which is also 49% and depreciates slower than the Kia Sedona’s 55%.
This shows that the Odyssey can hold over half its value after five years, which is an impressive feat considering how well people use their minivans.
Did Honda Recall Any of the Odyssey Models?
Honda has recalled many of the Odyssey models over the years mostly for issues hampering the vehicle’s efficiency.
The company recalled some models more times and for more issues than the others. Let’s find out how many times each model has been recalled from the table below:
|Model Year||Number of Recalls|
The Honda Odyssey has been recalled a total of 164 times and every model has been recalled at least once.
The model with the highest number of recalls so far is the 2019 model with 18 recalls followed by the 2003 model with 15.
If you plan on buying a pre-owned Odyssey, you might want to avoid years with a high recall rate. And if you are going for problematic model years, ensure that the owner has resolved all recall-related issues before buying the vehicle.
How Much Do The Honda Odyssey Pollute?
The Honda Odyssey emits a lot more gas than the average vehicle. It certainly isn’t anywhere close to being a “green vehicle”.
The Honda Odyssey has a Greenhouse Gas Emissions estimate of 394 grams per mile and 5.9 metric tons per year. Its energy impact score is 15.0 barrels of regular gasoline and its EPA smog rating is 4/10.
These numbers are clearly below average but it isn’t out of the ordinary for non-hybrid minivans.
Also check out our article about the Honda Odyssey in snow and winter driving.
How Much Can The Odyssey Models Tow?
The Honda Odyssey has a curb weight of 4526 pounds.
With its weight and stellar V6 engine, the Honda Odyssey can tow up to 3500 pounds of weight.
How Reliable Is a Honda Odyssey?
You can often judge a vehicle’s reliability based on what the greater majority of its current owners say about it.
U.S. News & World Reports gives it an overall rating of 8.7/10. According to J.D. power, the 2021 scores 76/100 in terms of reliability rating.
It also enters J.D. Power’s list of top minivans at #3 having lost ground to the Kia Sedona and Toyota Sienna.
How Safe Is A Honda Odyssey?
The Honda Odyssey gets an incredible 9.8 rating on U.S. News & World Report’s safety scorecard.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gives it an overall five-star rating. It also gets five-star ratings in every category except the Rollover where it was given four stars.
The Insurance Institute For Highway Safety (IIHS) rates the Odyssey “Good” in categories including Side Impact and Rear Crash. It gets an “Acceptable” in Headlights tests and the coveted “Superior” in Front Crash Prevention tests.
Without a doubt, the Honda Odyssey holds its own in terms of safety. Below are some of its most sophisticated safety features:
- Vehicle Stability Assist With Traction Control
- Advanced Compatibility Engineering Body Structure
- Anti-Lock Braking System
- Electronic Brake Force Distribution
- Three-Point Seat Belts For All Seating Positions
- Tire Pressure Monitoring System
- Daytime Running Lights
- Child-Proof Rear Locks
- Rear View Camera
- Airbags (Front Head, Rear Head, Front Side, Passenger, Driver)
What Is The Typical Buyer Demographic for this Model?
Minivans are often called family cars in some quarters; that gives you the idea that most Odyssey buyers likely have a family.
There has been no recent release by Honda about the Odyssey’s buyer demographic.
The last known data was released in 2010 and showed that the average Odyssey buyer then is 48 years old and 93% of them are married.
When you see a Honda Odyssey, you can literally imagine a mum or dad dropping off their kids (seated in the back) at school. So, the typical buyer demographic for the Odyssey are married folks with a family and that is likely the same for other minivans.
Honda Odyssey Theft Numbers
Much like most other minivans, the Honda Odyssey is not a favorite of car thieves.
It also hasn’t made any NICB Hot Wheels list or any other reputable “stolen vehicles” list so far.