Honda is seriously considering offering all-wheel drive on the next-gen 2017 Odyssey, says a report from Edmunds.com.
“We get the question all the time. People say, ‘why not an all-wheel-drive Odyssey?’ ” John Mendel, Executive Vice President of Honda America, told the website in a recent interview. He further added: “We are looking at it for the entire vehicle line.”
Currently, the only Honda cars offered with an AWD system in the US are the HR-V, CR-V, Pilot and the Crosstour. The AWD system is also available on two of the three sedans sold by Honda’s Acura luxury division.
Moreover, the 2015 Toyota Sienna is the only minivan sold with an AWD option in North America. That said, the 2017 Chrysler Town & Country, which is slated for unveiling at the 2016 North American International Auto Show, could soon follow suit. In that case, it makes sense for Honda to contemplate an AWD Odyssey. Owing to the SUV boom, customers have become acceptable of AWD vehicles and the Odyssey won’t be up against stiff competition in the market right now.
However, some changes will have to made to the minivan in order to accommodate the AWD system. Mr. Mendel said that the floor height will have be raised by 2 or 3 inches and the weight may may also go up, which could lead to an adverse impact on the mileage. Honda may charge a couple of thousand dollars more for the AWD Odyssey, just like Toyota does for the AWD Sienna. Currently, the Odyssey comes with a FWD configuration.