Honda Odyssey

2018-2020 Honda Odyssey

The Odyssey was redesigned for 2018. It is available as a 7 or 8 seater model. See the pictures below and the additional text for more on these two models.

And since you’ll definitely be putting car seats into this Odyssey (after all, why else are you buying this minivan!) you’ll absolutely want to check out our other page dedicated to installing car seats in the 2018 Odyssey – which includes recipes for fitting 3-across.

7-seater model:

8-seater model:

To get 3rd row access with a car seat installed in 2D or 2P, you can use what Honda calls the “walk-in mode” which won’t disturb the installation of the car seat. See video below. We think it is important to mention that tilting this vehicle seat was not the easiest – and one will need to be very careful to not let the seat accidentally drop on a person’s foot as they are walking into the 3rd row (this is not the same type of tilt like on a Chrysler Pacifica – in the Pacifica the vehicle seat will not accidentally slam back down if you let go for a second). We’ve found that “walk-in mode” works best when you slide the seat forward as far as it goes (use lever under the vehicle seat) and then you tilt for walk in mode – as the weight distribution is more favorable this way. You will need the front seat moved up in many cases to accommodate this.

Despite what appears to be a hollow floor in the center, Honda does allow the use of a load leg in this center position. The floor isn’t completely hollow – there is a wooden? door that lifts up to reveal the spare tire.


2011-2017 Honda Odyssey

The Odyssey was redesigned for 2011 – and it was a marvelous redesign!

It is available as a 7-seater or 8-seater… and we STRONGLY encourage getting the 8-seater as you don’t want to lose out on the best seat of the house (2C). The 7 & 8 seater models are identical except for the 8 seater model adds an easily-removable seat in the 2nd row center.

With this redesign, 2C is now a legitimate, full-fledged seat – it even has both lower anchors and a tether anchor! It has a good head restraint and a shoulder belt that comes from the roof (like the one for 3C as well) – and yes, shoulder belts that come from the roof are safe. Click here to see how to connect, use, and disconnect these seat belts.

There are now tether anchors in every single seat and lower anchors in every seat except 3C.

7-seater model:

8-seater model:

If you have the 8-seater model, you need to know about wide mode – it is a must for fitting 2 car seats side-by-side in the 2nd row (or 3-across in the 2nd row), or even having one car seat in 2C and allowing 2D/2P to move for 3rd row access. Due to a recall for the 2011-2017 Odyssey, changing between narrow and wide modes is trickier after your vehicle has had the recall fix – but this video will show you how to make the change.


2006-2010 Honda Odyssey

2006 was the first year that all seating positions in the 3rd row have factory-installed tether anchors (in prior years you had to retrofit for 3D/3P). Otherwise the vehicle is identical to the 2005.

7-seater model:

8-seater model:


2005 Honda Odyssey

The Odyssey was redesigned for 2005. It now has the option for an 8th seat – 2C (the LX is only available as a 7 seater).

There is 1 tether anchor in the 3rd row – it may be used for either 3C or 3P, but never for both 3C & 3P at the same time. This means that only 1 forward-facing car seat can be tethered in the 3rd row of this Odyssey – and the car seat has to go in 3C or 3P in order to be tethered.

The lower anchors in 3C are overlapped into 3D in a way that if you install a car seat in 3C with the lower anchors you can not put anyone or anything in 3D. So long as you are OK giving up 3D, you may install a car seat in 3C with the lower anchors. However, you can not use the lower anchors to secure a booster in 3C as the booster will sit on top of the seat belt it needs.


2001-2004 Honda Odyssey

2001 saw the introduction of an additional factory-installed tether anchor – in 3C. Tether anchors can still be retrofitted for 3D & 3P into the tailgate sill.

2001 saw the introduction of lower anchors for 2D & 2P. Lower anchors can not be retrofitted in other positions.

The vehicle interior is otherwise the same as since 1999.


2000 Honda Odyssey

2000 saw the introduction of tether anchors for 2D & 2P. Tether anchors can be retrofitted for 3D, 3C, 3P. The tether anchors for the 3rd row are retrofitted into the tailgate sill.

Lower anchors can not be retrofitted.

The vehicle interior otherwise looks the same as for 1999.


1999 Honda Odyssey

The Odyssey was redesigned for 1999. While it still has 5 seats in back, it is now 2 seats in the 2nd row and 3 in the 3rd row (instead of 3 and 2 as it was for 1995-1998).

All positions now have a shoulder belt and head restraint. 3C’s shoulder belt is quite unique – it at first looks like a regular lap belt and the silver tongue of the lap belt has a small silver notch sticking up – and if you look up to the roof you will see a shoulder belt you can pull down and it connects to the silver notch in the lap belt to create a shoulder belt. When installing a car seat in 3C, just use the lap belt (it has a locking latchplate so makes for easy car seat installation). When using a booster or having an adult ride in 3C, use the shoulder/lap belt.

There are no tether anchors or lower anchors in this vehicle. Lower anchors can not be retrofitted. Tether anchors can be retrofitted for all 5 seats (2D, 2P, 3D, 3C, 3P).┬áThe tether anchors for the 3rd row are retrofitted into the tailgate sill – (see pictures of the 2005-2010 Odyssey to see what it looks like when a car seat is tethered to an anchor on the tailgate sill – as the tether strap stretches across the trunk area).


1995-1998 Honda Odyssey

There are 5 seats in this van – 3 in the 2nd row, and 2 in the 3rd row.

2C has only a lap belt and no head restraint. All other positions have shoulder belts and head restraints.

There are no tether anchors or lower anchors in this vehicle. Lower anchors can not be retrofitted. Tether anchors can be retrofitted for all 5 seats (2D, 2C, 2P, 3D, 3P). The tether anchors for the 3rd row are retrofitted into the tailgate sill.