2016 Honda Odyssey vs. Chrysler Town & Country
Gone are the days of minivans destined to deliver dull handling, challenging visibility, and more trouble than help with seating configurations. The 2016 Honda Odyssey and the 2016 Chrysler Town & Country come from a long line of minivan models that transformed this family-friendly segment in more ways than one.
Which of these movers is the right pick for your family’s journeys around Denver, Aurora, Centennial and beyond? Read Mile High Honda’s comparison to find out.
With mighty 3.5- (or 3.6-) liter V6 engines as their main power source, the 2016 Odyssey and the 2016 Town & Country aren’t limited to the slow lane of traffic.
The Honda takes home the prize for higher efficiency though, returning an EPA-estimated 19 city/28 highway mpg* over the T&C’s 17 city/25 highway mpg stats. 2.5 miles more per gallon may not seem like much, but it’s a definite advantage that parents will be able to notice at the pump.
Another all-important modern minivan pre-requisite is handling that’s far from the average van. The 2016 Honda Odyssey has been applauded as a superiorly smooth operator, from its even suspension to effortless shifts from a six-speed automatic transmission. The 2016 Chrysler Town & Country isn’t far behind the Odyssey when it comes to well-connected steering, but it doesn’t do as good a job of keeping uneven pavement from disrupting its ride feel.
* Based on 2016 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.
Mile High family, party of seven? Your van is ready. The 2016 Odyssey or the 2016 Town & Country provide room for seven passengers across three rows in each of their cabins. But when it comes to versatility in said seats, one van offers notably more flexibility.
The Odyssey’s easy sliding second row has become a bit of a legend in the class: Its middle seat can either be removed to create an aisle to the back or brought forward and locked into position to keep young travelers closer to parents upfront. The Chrysler T&C, unfortunately, doesn’t come equipped with seats that slide.
When it comes time to talk cargo, these two have some useful tricks up their sleeves. The Town & Country offers Stow ‘n Go, a neat feature that allows you to tuck the whole second row under the floor. (This mechanism isn’t standard for the third row but can be added as an option, even though to us, the back row seems more practical.) Compared to the Town & Country, the Odyssey provides more cargo room overall (148.5 vs. 143.8 cubic feet) and a 60/40-split Magic Seat that, you guessed it, makes the whole third row disappear.
Travel Essentials and Safety Scores
Both offering top-notch entertainment systems and a slew of luxury-level convenience features, the Odyssey and the Town & Country are on an even playing field when it comes to available interior upgrades. With standard rearview cameras, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, USB connections, and infotainment displays, each base model is stocked with what you need to get from point A to point B. The Chrysler Town & Country does come with a few more auxiliary tech programs included, but doesn’t offer the hallmark HondaVAC to keep van surfaces crumb-free. This, of course, is an Odyssey-only feature.
Safety is another huge category to consider for those on the hunt for a family vehicle. Comparing each model’s safety ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 2016 Honda Odyssey is the clear winner, earning the highest possible score of 5 stars overall*.
The 2016 Town & Country missed the mark in its NHTSA evaluation, earning less-than-perfect scores in frontal crash and rollover tests.
*Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s New Car Assessment Program (www.safecar.gov). Model tested with standard side airbags (SAB).
Odyssey or Town & Country?
The Chrysler Town & Country is an upscale van that offers attractive entertainment features, but when it comes to handling, interior versatility, and safety, the Honda Odyssey comes out on top. Denver, Aurora, and Centennial area drivers after the minivan that has it all can sign up to test drive the 2016 Odyssey with their local Denver Honda dealer, Mile High Honda, today!