Honda is giving you a minivan so loaded down with accessories and available options that the final price tag puts it into base-level Porsche territory.
And really, the kind of person they’re advertising to would probably want the Porsche.
Honda’s 2018 Odyssey minivan is actually pretty great as far as minivans go. It’s spacious, comes with a (relatively) powerful 3.6-liter engine, and has sold in the sextuple digits for the past 17 years. That’s pretty good.
Base level Odysseys start at $29,990, which is a perfectly reasonable price for a minivan. Once you start going upmarket at the Elite trim you’re shelling out $46,770, which is a lot more but still within the realm of reasonable for a luxury minivan - if such a thing exists.
However, once you get into all the available options on your Elite Odyssey things start to go kinda nuts.
If you get every option that you possibly can, the final Odyssey is wearing enough extra trim to look like an ‘90s underground race car and costs nearly $10,000 more than where you started.
To start, the Elite Odyssey comes standard with in-car entertainment system, collision detection systems, 550-Watt Premium Audio System with 11 Speakers, wireless phone charging, heated seats, and rain-sensing wipers.
But once you opt for options you can wind up with a surfboard rack and a tent. Because the outdoorsy surfer would definitely want to drive an Odyssey on the way to their surf parties. Or whatever you call it when a bunch of surfers get together to surf.
On top of that, you can even get your own Honda branded first aid kit for when you inevitably get bitten by a shark. While surfing. That’s a normal occupational hazard for surfers, right?
The Elite also comes with standard stuff from lower trim levels, such as Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™, LED head and taillights, and CabinWatch - which is a set of security cameras in the rest of the cabin to make sure your kids haven’t murdered each other. Which is a little creepy.
Moral of the story: if you want a $56,000 Honda, get a Porsche.