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In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Odyssey are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Voyager doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.
The Odyssey has a standard Whiplash Mitigation Front Seat Design, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Whiplash Mitigation Front Seat Design system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Voyager doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.
The Odyssey has standard Collision Mitigation Braking System, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Voyager doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.
The Odyssey’s lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Voyager doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.
The Odyssey Touring/Elite has standard Parking Sensors to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or in front of their vehicle. The Voyager doesn’t offer a front parking aid.
The Odyssey Touring/Elite has standard HondaLink Assist, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Voyager doesn’t offer a GPS response system, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.
Both the Odyssey and the Voyager have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.
The engine in the Odyssey has a single overhead cam for simplicity. The engine in the Voyager has dual overhead cams, which add to the number of moving parts and the complexity of the cylinder heads.
J.D. Power and Associates rated the Odyssey second among minivans in their 2020 Initial Quality Study. The Voyager isn’t in the top three in its category.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2020 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Honda vehicles are better in initial quality than Chrysler vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 19th in initial quality. With 12 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chrysler is ranked 28th.
From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Chrysler vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Honda 7 places higher in reliability than Chrysler.
An engine control system that can shut down some of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Odyssey’s fuel efficiency. The Voyager doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.
The Odyssey has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Voyager doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.
For more complete vehicle control the Odyssey has a manually controlled automatic, with the available convenience of an automatic transmission and the complete gear control of a manual transmission without the inconvenience of a clutch. A manually controlled automatic allows the driver to eliminate unwanted shifts and maximize engine braking by down shifting while cornering. The Voyager doesn’t offer a transmission that allows complete gear control.
A 10-speed automatic is standard on the Honda Odyssey, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a nine-speed automatic is available for the Voyager.
The Odyssey’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Voyager’s standard 65 series tires. The Odyssey Touring/Elite’s tires have a lower 55 series profile than the Voyager’s 65 series tires.
For better load carrying, ride, handling and brake cooling the Odyssey has standard 18-inch wheels. Only 17-inch wheels are available on the Voyager. The Odyssey Touring/Elite has standard 19-inch wheels.
The Odyssey has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Voyager doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.
The Odyssey has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the Voyager; it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.
The front grille of the Odyssey uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Voyager doesn’t offer active grille shutters.
The Odyssey offers optional seating for 8 passengers; the Voyager can only carry 7.
The Odyssey has .6 inches more front headroom, 1.9 inches more rear legroom and 1.6 inches more third row legroom than the Voyager.
The Odyssey’s cargo area provides more volume than the Voyager.
Behind Third Seat
38.6 cubic feet
32.3 cubic feet
Third Seat Folded
92 cubic feet
87.5 cubic feet
Max Cargo Volume
158 cubic feet
140.5 cubic feet
A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Odyssey easier. The Odyssey’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 22.5 inches, while the Voyager’s liftover is 24.3 inches.
To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the Odyssey EX-L/Touring/Elite has a standard power liftgate, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button, or on the Odyssey Elite, by just kicking your foot under the back bumper, completely leaving your hands free. The Voyager doesn’t offer a power liftgate.
When three different drivers share the Odyssey EX-L/Touring/Elite, the memory seats and mirrors make it convenient for all three. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position and outside mirror angle. The Voyager doesn’t offer a memory system.
The Odyssey EX-L/Touring/Elite’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Voyager doesn’t offer an easy entry system.
The Odyssey’s standard front power windows open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Voyager’s standard passenger windows don’t open or close automatically. The Odyssey EX/EX-L/Touring/Elite’s front and rear power windows all open or close with one touch of the switches. The Voyager LX’s rear windows don’t close automatically.
If the windows are left open on the Odyssey the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Voyager can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.
The Odyssey Elite’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Voyager’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The Odyssey’s available headlights were rated “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the Voyager’s headlights are rated “Poor.”
While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the Odyssey detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Voyager doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.
Manual rear side window sunshades are available in the Odyssey to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The Voyager doesn’t offer rear side window sunshades.
When the Odyssey EX-L/Touring/Elite is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Voyager’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.
The Odyssey EX-L/Touring/Elite’s standard rear and side view mirrors have an automatic dimming feature. These mirrors can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Voyager doesn’t offer the luxury of automatic dimming mirrors.
Standard air-conditioned seats in the Odyssey Elite keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The Voyager doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.
The Odyssey’s standard automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The Voyager doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.
To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Odyssey has a standard Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Voyager doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.
To direct the driver from any location to a given street address, a GPS navigation system is available on the Odyssey Touring/Elite. The Odyssey’s navigation system also has a real-time traffic update feature that offers alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The Voyager doesn’t offer a navigation system.
To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Honda Odyssey Elite has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The Voyager doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.
The Odyssey (except LX/EX) offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Voyager doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.
The Odyssey will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Odyssey will retain 47.19% to 50.84% of its original price after five years, while the Voyager only retains 37.83% to 38.94%.
The Car Book by Jack Gillis recommends the Honda Odyssey, based on economy, maintenance, safety and complaint levels. The Chrysler Voyager isn't recommended.
The Honda Odyssey outsold the Chrysler Pacifica/Voyager by 1408 units during 2019.
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