2005 Honda Odyssey

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2005 Honda Odyssey Review

An agile minivan with many standard and optional features.

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Overview

The Honda Odyssey is a high-end minivan designed for comfort and handling. The large, spacious interior can accommodate up to eight passengers with an optional seating option. The cargo space inside the vehicle, if the seats are removed, is massive. However, despite the large amount of space in the Odyssey, it still handles very well. The difference in performance compared to a car is surprisingly minor given the large size of this vehicle.

The standard features for the Honda Odyssey Ex and Honda Odyssey Touring Models include things, like six-disc CD players, that are more typically only found as optional features. A DVD player installed in these models also provides a robust means of entertainment that can keep passengers entertained during long road trips. The entry-level Honda Odyssey LX lacks these extra features, but still provides the standard entertainment system package found in most vehicles. Numerous optional features are also available that allow consumers to customize their vehicle as desired.

The Honda Odyssey is a high-quality family vehicle that can be used for day to day driving or long road trips. It is not the cheapest minivan on the market, but all of the extra features make this a worthwhile option for drivers that can afford the higher price tag. There are virtually no vehicles that provide the same combination of handling, performance, entertainment features, and cargo space on the market. The Honda Odyssey is a fully featured vehicle that still manages to drive as though it were a car.

The Range

Body Styles: minivan
Engines: 3.5-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: Honda Odyssey LX, Honda Odyssey EX, Honda Odyssey Touring

What's New

The Honda Odyssey received a complete design overhaul with the 2005 model. The body is wider than the 2004 Odyssey. Features like stability control, side curtain airbags, and sunshades are standard features. The entire interior of the vehicle was almost completely redesigned, according to how headrests function. The engine power of the 2005 Odyssey is significantly higher than the previous models.

Exterior

The Honda Odyssey is a fairly typical minivan in terms of overall appearance. Expected features, such as the roof rack, are present. One nice aspect of the Odyssey is that it has rear doors on both side of the vehicle, which allows for easy entry and exit. A liftgate is used to access the cargo area in the back of the vehicle. The Odyssey Touring has a powered liftgate that can be opened with the press of a button. All models have a wiper for the rear window. Sunshades are built into the rear windows.

Interior

The Honda Odyssey has a massive interior. With the passenger seats removed, it has 147.7 cubic feet of storage space. It is more than twice as large as the interior of the Honda CR-V, a sport utility vehicle. Even with all of the seats in place, the Odyssey still has a respectable 38.4 cubic feet of storage.

The entry-level Honda Odyssey LX has fairly limited interior features. However, the Honda Odyssey EX and Odyssey Touring have a DVD player, six-disc CD player, and six speakers as standard features. The Odyssey Touring also has a leather seats, a heated driver seat, and heated mirrors as standard features.

Performance & Handling

The Honda Odyssey's handles much better than would be expected from a vehicle of its size or type. The 3.5-liter, six-cylinder engine provides enough power for the vehicle to accelerate fairly quickly. The handling is almost as good as a much smaller car, as well. For a vehicle that can accommodate up to eight passengers, the Honda Odyssey handles extremely well.

Safety

The Honda Odyssey has front, rear, and side airbags for the front seats. In addition, both rear rows of seating also have airbags. An engine immobilizer, anti-lock brakes, and emergency braking assist are standard features. The Honda Odyssey received a five-star safety rating in front and side collisions from the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA).

EPA Fuel Economy

Honda Odyssey LX: 17/23 mpg city/highway
Honda Odyssey EX: 17/26 mpg city/highway
Honda Odyssey Touring: 17/26 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Large interior
  • Extensive entertainment system
  • Many standard features
  • Many optional features

You Won't Like

  • High price tag even on entry model
  • Low production run
  • Slim optional features

Sum Up

An agile minivan with many standard and optional features.

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See the New 2014 Odyssey.

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