The 2016 Honda Odyssey and 2016 Chrysler Town & Country minivans are consistently at the top of savvy shoppers’ lists when looking for a spacious, versatile, fuel efficient, and capable family hauler. Both vehicles have lots going for them, but when you compare them side-by-side, which minivan comes out ahead?
Let’s first check out the 2016 Honda Odyssey’s vital stats. For starters, the 8-passenger Odyssey offers up to 148.5 cubic feet of cargo and passenger space. The Odyssey’s multi-function 2nd-row center seat provides convenient access to the rear seats with just the pull of one lever. Another clever innovation that you will find on the Odyssey is a unique “wide mode” that gives 2nd-row passengers additional elbow room. This feature is especially handy when the kids are jostling for more space. Another convenient feature worth pointing out is the Odyssey’s 3rd row “Magic Seat®” that folds completely flat in one easy motion for added carrying capacity. The Odyssey’s interior also comes laden with a host of creature comforts, including available leather seating tri-zone climate control, and power driver’s seat. You’ll also find an abundant number of storage areas and cubbies for all sorts of family gear.
Gaining access to the Odyssey’s cavernous interior space is a snap, thanks to its power rear tailgate, power sliding doors, and keyless smart entry system that lets you open the Odyssey’s doors without having to fumble for your keys.
By comparison, the 2016 Chrysler Town & Country offers seating for 7 people one less than the Odyssey’s. With up to 143 cubic feet of total passenger and cargo volume, the Honda Odyssey from your South Florida Honda Dealers edges out the Town & Country in this category. Of course, you would expect the Chrysler product to offer its own luxury amenities, such as leather seating and flexible seat configurations, and it does. The Town & Country can also be equipped with a power tailgate, keyless remote, and power sliding doors as well.
There’s one innovation exclusive to the Honda Odyssey, and that’s its groundbreaking available HondaVac®. Neither the Chrysler Town & Country nor other comparable minivans in this class have this handy feature. HondaVac is a built-in vacuum with a long reach and removable waste collector that makes cleaning the Odyssey’s spacious interior a breeze.
Technology & Entertainment
When looking at technology, both the 2016 Honda Odyssey and 2016 Town & Country offer a long list of standard and available high-tech “infotainment” functions. The Odyssey puts you in control with a crisp 8-inch touchscreen “Intelligent Multi-Information Display” (iMID). The iMID allows you to control the Odyssey’s wireless Bluetooth® for hands-free calling, along with many other functions. You can also enjoy Honda’s available “Streaming Audio by Voice®” that lets you access a variety of streaming audio choices using voice commands. The iMID also displays navigation and such standard and available services as Pandora®, SiriusXM® Radio, and HD Radio® Digital AM & FM. A USB audio interface lets you hook up your audio device and control it either via the iMID display. HondaLink® takes connectivity to the next level, letting you connect your smartphone to search for restaurants, listen to audiobooks, and access an array of other functions. The similarly equipped Town & Country also offers its own suite of “infotainment” functions, including streaming audio, bundled as part of its UCONNECT® system. Bluetooth® and voice-activated features are also available in the Town & Country.
Both minivans know how to keep passengers entertained. The Odyssey, for example, presents its available “Ultrawide” Rear Entertainment System. The Ultrawide system consists of a large 16.2-inch split screen with wireless headphones that lets rear-seat passengers enjoy DVDs or use it to play their favorite video games. The Town & Country counters with its own similarly-equipped Blu-ray™ DVD entertainment system.
Performance & Fuel Economy
In the performance and fuel economy department, both the Odyssey and the Town & Country are pretty evenly matched. The Town & Country edges out the Odyssey with slightly more horsepower and just 100 more pounds of towing capability. However, the lighter Odyssey returns fire with better fuel economy. The Odyssey gets an EPA-estimated 19 mpg city/28 mpg highway compared to the Town & Country’s 17 mpg city/25 mpg highway numbers. When it comes to handling, the Odyssey’s multi-link suspension delivers a more “Accord-like” driving experience. The Town & Country’s torsion bar suspension is more softly-tuned and, according to TheCarConnection.com’s editor Marty Padgett, “…bounds more than the fairly responsive Odyssey.”
Safety & Style
Both Honda and Chrysler put a premium on passenger safety. The Odyssey and Town & Country come well-equipped with some of the latest active safety features on the market. The Odyssey’s available “Honda Sensing®” suite of driver-assist technologies, for example, features a standard multi-angle rearview camera with dynamic guidelines, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, road departure mitigation, adaptive cruise control, expanded view driver’s mirror, forward collision warning, and collision-mitigation braking.
The Town & Country features a similar suite of safety features it calls SafetyTec™. This safety package includes blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-path detection, and rear park-assist, along with a rearview monitor as well. However, the Odyssey is the clear winner regarding top industry crash safety ratings, earning 5-stars for overall safety from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), compared to the Chrysler’s 4-stars.
Both the Odyssey and Town & Country are good-looking vehicles. In this category, the adage “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” applies. That being said, the Odyssey’s sleek sheetmetal with its “lightning bolt” beltline was recently restyled, giving it a more low-slung, aerodynamic, and contemporary appearance. By comparison, the Town & Country’s aging exterior was last refreshed in back in 2011.
In the final analysis, both the 2016 Honda Odyssey and 2016 Chrysler Town & Country are pretty evenly matched in many areas. Nevertheless, the Odyssey edges out the Town & Country when it comes to more interior space, a more car-like ride, better fuel economy, and better safety ratings. Overall, we give the nod to the Odyssey for those reasons and more. We invite you to test-drive the new 2016 Honda Odyssey today at a South Florida Honda Dealer near you.
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