Minivans have largely fallen out of favor with consumers but it appears Honda will try to mitigate that trend by offering all-wheel drive on the next-generation Odyssey.
In an interview with Edmunds, American Honda Motor Executive Vice President John Mendel confirmed the company is considering all-wheel drive for the redesigned 2017 Odyssey.
If the company green-lights an all-wheel drive Odyssey there will be a few tradeoffs as Mendel noted the floor height would need to be raised 2-3 inches in order to accommodate the all-wheel-drive system. This would hamper the van's ingress and egress which is "one of the things buyers love" about the current model. The all-wheel-drive system would also add weight which would negatively affect the model's fuel efficiency.
Regardless of whether or not the model is offered with all-wheel drive, the redesigned Odyssey is slated to arrive at dealerships in the second half of 2016.