What are the best years for a used Honda Odyssey?

I’m looking to buy a used minivan for the family. The girls and their friends have become a crack team of Girl Guide Cookie sellers, and we’re fanning out across the state over the weekend to raise money to build the Guides’ first fiber laser—there’s a heap of scrap metal the girls are just dying to cut to shreds! What are the best years for a used Honda Odyssey?

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Jason Tushinski · Answered on Jan 20, 2023
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
The best year for a used Honda Odyssey is a 2017 model. This ranking is mainly due to its top-notch safety record and limited complaints—according to Edmunds, a 2017 Honda Odyssey sells for between $22,400 to $33,000, depending on condition and mileage.
As the final year of the 4th-generation Odyssey, the 2017 model worked out the kinks of previous years to become arguably the most dependable used Odyssey model on the market. Gone are nearly all the mechanical issues that plagued both the Odyssey’s brakes and transmission the previous few years. In fact, the 2017 Odyssey, which sold more than 100,000 units according to Car Sales Base, had just 19 complaints logged by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The 2017 Odyssey was also tabbed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) as a Top Safety Pick.
The 2017 Odyssey also had a remarkably low yearly maintenance average, at roughly $296. According to Vehicle History, the 2017 Odyssey ranked first among minivans in both fuel economy and owner satisfaction.
If you can’t get your hands on a 2017 model, the used 2021 Honda Odyssey, which goes for between $31,790 to $47,820 according to Edmunds, is also worth a look for your Girl-Guiding, laser-cutting daughters. The 2021 model was an IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus, sports a standard autonomous forward collision avoidance system, and has excellent resale value.
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