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2008 Honda Odyssey Review

A top competitor with great handling.

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The minvan market has evolved significantly over the last few decades. With a rather large boom in crossover vehicles, former minivan drivers choose a crossover sport utility vehicle (SUV) for an updated replacement. On the other hand, larger families understand that the minivan cannot be beat in terms of seating and cargo capacity. The issue with the explosion of crossover vehicles becoming the primary trend is that multiple types of minivans are being discontinued. However, the 2008 Honda Odyssey is thankfully not one of those to be left in the cold.

The Honda Odyssey has led the minivan class since its debut on the market. Rather than being a mere family-mover, the Honda Odyssey is the ideal combination of refined luxury and overall driving responsiveness. The exterior design of this sleek minivan is nothing to be ignored. The 2008 Honda Odyssey embraces all the great qualities of previous models with a moderate handful of changes that pulls it in line with other competitors.

The Range

Body Styles: Minivan
Engines: 3.5-liter V-6
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: Odyssey LX, Odyssey EX, Odyssey EX-L, Odyssey Touring

What's New

Since the Odyssey very recently underwent a total makeover, the 2008 model keeps modifications minimal. The front end of the exterior is restyled; the EX-L and Touring models get an updated version of the Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) system to help with fuel economy. New features , such as Bluetooth, a standard auxiliary audio jack, a back-up camera with an integrated screen on the rear-view mirror, memory-linked side mirrors with a reverse-gear tilt-down, and a power passenger seat, aim to increase convenience. Materials inside the cabin are upgraded with additional interior storage space.


The 2008 Honda Odyssey front end has been restyled to create an appearance that is better integrated with the rest of the vehicle. It features a swept-back look of smooth curves and widely-stretched headlights. However, other than the new shape, the 2008 Honda Odyssey's exterior has been kept identical to recent designs. After all, the smooth appearance is not necessarily something that needs to be changed until the next major overhaul.


One 2008 Honda Odyssey primary selling point is its passenger capacity. This means that Odyssey seats truly take center-stage. Seven or eight passengers can fit comfortably in the Odyssey, which is made possible by a storable center seat fitted into the second row. If carrying a smaller group of people, this unique seat can be made into a tray table or even removed completely to be put into the in-floor storage space. Other seats within the minivan can maneuver as well. The second-row captain's chairs can be moved together to form a two-person bench in the middle of the vehicle. The 60/40 split bench that composes the third row can seat three or be folded flat to increase rear cargo space to 91 cubic feet. The number can be increased even more to 147 cubic feet of cargo space if the second-chairs are removed.

Performance & Handling

All 2008 Honda Odyssey models are powered by a 3.5-liter, V-6 engine which can produce 244 horsepower and 240 lb-ft of torque on the base-level LX and EX trims. These numbers drop slightly to 241 horsepower and 242 lb-ft of torque with the engine included in the EX-L and Touring trims. The EX-L and Touring's Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) system are responsible for the slight drop in exchange for a boost in fuel economy. The 2008 Honda Odyssey is a front-wheel drive minivan, like the rest in its class. It comes with a mandatory five-speed automatic transmission. The 2008 Honda Odyssey is widely known to be almost car-like in its drivability due to its rather tight turning radius and can handle corners with ease.


There are numerous 2008 Honda Odyssey standard safety features. Anti-lock disc brakes with brake assist, active front head restraints, and stability control are all included. There are several airbags included in the Odyssey due to the potential number of passengers. Front-seat side-impact airbags and full-length head curtain airbags with a special rollover sensor make up the airbag options.

EPA Fuel Economy

Odyssey LX, EX: 16/23 mpg city/highway
Odyssey EX-L, Touring: 17/25 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Very capable handling
  • Fold-flat rear bench seat
  • Smooth V-6 engine

You Won't Like

  • Higher-level trims can be expensive

Sum Up

A top competitor with great handling.

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See the New 2015 Odyssey.

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