Honda vehicles are some of the most trusted in the car-making industry because they are reliable, well made, less expensive, and very practical for the average driver. Many families with multiple children, or anyone who needs lots of room, are looking for vehicles with three rows of seats for the spacious interior that other models don’t provide.
Two Honda models provide three rows of seats: the Honda Odyssey and the Honda Pilot. The Odyssey is a popular minivan for large families because of the extra room and seats. The Honda Pilot is another three-row seat option for those who are trying to stay away from the minivan look.
Both of these spacious vehicles have proven to be very popular over the years. Because of the differences in their details, each model might better suit one owner better than the other. Potential owners may prefer certain features and safety awards as well.
The Honda Odyssey, the only minivan Honda makes, has been around since 1995 and has carried out its popularity over the years. Throughout that time, Honda has made improvements by adding modern safety features as well as comfort features for an easier and more enjoyable experience.
Between the quiet interior, smooth driving, backseat comfortability, safety, and power upgrades, this minivan’s luxurious feel has improved over the years. The 2021 model can seat 8 people total, has a push-button start, cup holders in every row of seats, Bluetooth audio, auxiliary jack, in-car PA system for cabin talk, navigation system, rear-seat monitoring, hotspot capabilities, and a wireless phone charger.
The Odyssey has been awarded by IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) with both the Top Safety Pick+ and the Top Safety Pick, depending on each model and the year it was made. The Top Safety Pick is the second-highest safety rating IIHS offers. It is awarded to vehicles that pass the IIHS crashworthiness tests, as well as some crash prevention tests.
The Top Safety Pick+, the highest award IIHS offers, is given to vehicles that pass the same IIHS crashworthiness tests with additional and more thorough crash prevention testing. The 2021 and 2014 Honda Odyssey models were given the Top Safety Pick+ award. The 2019, 2018, 2016, and 2015-2011 models were given the Top Safety Pick award, which is the next highest safety rating.
Pricing for the Odyssey will vary based on when it was made, and how used each model is. And, like all vehicles, additional pricing will occur depending on the vehicle.
- The 2021 base price range is from $31,790-$47,820.
- The 2021 Odyssey LX has a starting price of $31,790.
- The 2021 EX model starts at $35,190.
- The 2021 EX-L has a base price of $38,460.
- The 2021 Touring model is $42,500.
- The 2021 Elite model is $47,820.
- The 2020 Odyssey LX has a starting price of $30,790.
- The 2020 EX base price is $34,790.
- The 2020 EX-L starts at $38,060.
- The 2020 Touring model is $45,060.
- The 2020 Elite model is $47,420.
The Honda Pilot is perfect for those who need just as much room as the typical minivan style, but don’t particularly enjoy the look of them. The Pilot is a four-door SUV with the extra space of three-row seating and leans away from the minivan appearance.
The Pilot has been manufactured since 2003 and has improved and adapted to the modern world as time goes on. The 2021 Pilot seats 8 total, provides all-wheel drive, has cruise control, lane-keeping assistance, blind-spot safety features, navigation, voice recognition and commands, Bluetooth, wireless charging, cabin control and PA talk, panoramic roof, push-button start, rear entertainment, and convenient lock/unlock features.
The Pilot has been awarded both the Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick+ ratings by IIHS. The 2017 and 2016 models were given the highest Top Safety Pick+ award, while the 2019 and 2018 models were awarded the Top Safety Pick rating.
The newer 2020 model was not given either award, but did test highly overall on all the crash and crash prevention tests. While the Honda Pilot has not achieved as many of these higher ratings throughout the years, the models that were awarded are just as reliable as any other vehicle that passed the test.
Pricing for the Pilot is just a touch more expensive than the Odyssey.
- The 2021 base price ranges from $32,250-$49,540.
- The 2021 Pilot LX has a starting price of $32,250.
- The base price of the 2021 Pilot EX is $36,050.
- The 2021 Elite model starts at $49,540.
- The 2021 Touring model is $44,040.
- For the 2020 Pilot LX, the starting price is $32,645.
- The 2020 EX is $35,525.
- The 2020 Elite model starts at $49,215.
- The 2020 Touring model is $43,715.
Honda’s popular minivan and three-row SUV are usually in high competition with other similar makes and models. Another popular and reliable brand is Toyota. It is often very comparable with Honda vehicles, as they are made in similar ways and have similar features. A great option for another three-row seated SUV is the Toyota Highlander. This model looks more like an SUV than a minivan and has just as many safety and comfort features as the Honda models.
The 2021 Toyota Highlander seats 8 people total with a two-tone interior design, wireless charging, heated driver and passenger seats, panoramic roof, five USB ports, WIFI connectivity, digital rearview mirror, navigation, hands-free power tailgate, multiple crash prevention systems, and lane-keeping assistance. There are multiple versions and models available with different features, making it a perfect pick for anyone’s unique preferences.
The Highlander has been awarded top safety ratings by IIHS every year consistently for the past decade. It achieved the Top Safety Pick+ in the years 2021, and 2014-2017. It was awarded the Top Safety Pick in 2018-2020, and 2011-2013.
Pricing for the 2021 Toyota Highlander ranges at a base price of $35,205-$42,000.
- The Highlander L starts at $35,205.
- The LE begins at $37,405.
- The Hybrid LE is $38,855.
- The XLE has a starting price of $40,405.
- The Hybrid XLE is $41,855.
- The XSE is $42,000.