Balancing the practicality of the minivan's one-box design with a sense of style can be tricky at best. Honda at least tried in this latest generation, using careful applications of chrome, expensive-looking lighting elements, and a unique profile to differentiate it from the rest of the minivan crowd.
The 2015 Odyssey borrows more of its styling cues from the sedans in Honda's lineup than it does from the brand's crossovers. In its most recent redesign, small bits of brightwork and a more arched roofline found their way to the Odyssey, but the most interesting addition was the "lightning bolt" hump along the rear window. Intended to improve visibility for rear-seat passengers, it also serves as a way to hide the Odyssey's sliding-door tracks and attempts to provide some visual interest. Whether or not it works as a design element is up to personal opinion.
There are also small windows in front the side mirrors, which make the Odyssey look a little futuristic while adding a smidge of visibility for front occupants looking out. The rear sheetmetal under the "lightning bolt" is also a little more flared and sculpted, giving this minivan an aerodynamic edge and a little bit of outward excitement. The Odyssey appears lower to the ground than most minivans because of its slightly greater width dimensions—this also provides more room for occupants.
Inside, the Odyssey is more utilitarian, with the last redesign bringing only evolutionary changes. The instrument panel design is familiar and upright, remaining somewhat swoopy and space-maximizing. In stark contrast to the sea-of-buttons look that's offered up in the dashes of some Honda and Acura passenger-car and crossover interiors, what's here is a refreshingly simple control layout containing large knobs and controls.