The 2015 Honda Odyssey is widely regarded as one of the best minivans on the road. While it received a lot of attention for the HondaVAC, there are many other features that make the Odyssey one of the most popular choices in the minivan category. Like every other vehicle in the 2015 Honda lineup, the Odyssey comes standard with a rearview camera, but with an upgrade to the EX-L with Navi and Touring trims, drivers will receive a multi-angle rearview camera. While both serve a similar purpose, we’ll compare the standard vs. multi-angle rearview camera in the 2015 Honda Odyssey to help you decide whether it’s worth the upgrade.
The Case for the Standard Rearview Camera
The standard rearview camera does exactly what you expect it to do — provide a behind-the-vehicle view that is free from blind spots created by the vehicle’s structure. That single view is a handy aid when backing out of the driveway or parking spaces. It provides a single, straight-forward view from a mounted, stationary camera whenever the van is put in reverse. While it might not provide as expansive of a view as the multi-angle option, it is standard on the base model and doesn’t require any additional cost to you as the buyer.
The Case for the Multi-Angle Rearview Camera
The multi-angle rearview camera provides three unique views. Of course, the Normal view provides the same function as the standard rearview camera, but Wide and Top-Down view give unique perspectives. The Wide view tends to be the most frequently used angle, as it provides a complete side-to-side view of what’s behind the vehicle. That wide-angle view helps you see oncoming traffic and pedestrians from both sides.
The Top-Down view is designed to help you more easily connect a trailer, as it provides an overhead angle of the hitch so you know how closely and in which direction the vehicle needs to move to connect a trailer.
Standard vs. Multi-Angle Rearview Camera
While the multi-angle rearview camera is impressive in its functionality, the 2015 Honda Odyssey EX-L NAVI trim starts at nearly $12,000 more than the base model. Of course, you get a number of other amenities when you upgrade, including, but not limited to:
- Built-in navigation with voice recognition
- Honda LaneWatch
- Tri-zone climate control
- One-touch power moonroof,
- 8-inch I-MID infotainment system
- LED taillights
- Pushbutton start
- Proximity key entry
The best way to experience the standard vs. multi-angle rearview camera in the Honda Odyssey, and to get a feel for the other features in higher Odyssey trims, is to get behind the wheel for a test drive at Wheaton Honda. Both cameras are available in the current Honda Pilot as well. Schedule a test drive today and find out which Odyssey trim is the best option for you and your family.