At the risk of wandering off topic, a reader recently asked about when the Honda Odyssey will be re-designed. This isn’t exactly Highlander-related, but SUV buyers often cross-shop vs. minivans, so… Here goes nothing.
The Honda Odyssey was originally introduced in 1994, and that 1st generation design stuck around through model year 1998. That’s a total of five years, one less than the typical lifecycle of a Honda design.
Then, in 1999, the 2nd generation Odyssey started rolling off assembly lines. That design stuck around through 2004. The 3rd generation was built from 2005-2010. And the current (4th) generation was introduced in 2011.
Side note: We used to own a 2004 Odyssey. It was a nice vehicle with a questionable transmission. We currently own a 2011 Odyssey. Also a nice vehicle, and hopefully we won’t have transmission trouble.
As you can see, the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th generation designs all lasted six years, though all three received a minor, mid-generation refresh following their 3rd year in production. The latest was in the 2014 model year.
So… Assuming that Honda sticks to their regular schedule, I would expect to see a complete redesign of the Odyssey in the 2017 model year, which will likely hit the market sometime in mid-2016.
That being said, Honda doesn’t always stick to their normal release schedule. We just saw this with the Honda Pilot which, based on the normal six year cycle, was due for a full redesign in 2015. But that didn’t happen.
The smart money is now on a model year 2016 redesign for the Pilot, with the delay having possibly been caused by Honda going back to the drawing board after seeing Toyota’s 2014 redesign of the Highlander. Or maybe it safety-related. Or perhaps it was something else entirely.
So there you have it. My best guess is that Honda will introduce an all-new Odyssey in 2017, with the first units appearing in showrooms during the second half of 2016. But it’s still just a guess at this point.