2011 Honda Odyssey

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2011 Honda Odyssey Review

In most cases, upgrades are improvements

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In a Nutshell
The 2011 Honda Odyssey is an eight-passenger front-wheel drive minivan with a novel, new design. The Odyssey now has a lower roof line and a wider track than previous models. It has a brand-new style, newer sheet metal, and lightning bolt styling. Equipped with a 3.5 liter V-6 engine, the Honda Odyssey has a six-speed transmission, which improves acceleration and fuel economy in the range of 18 mpg city/27 mpg highway.

The Honda Odyssey offers five trims, including the Touring, EX-L, EX, LX, and Touring Elite. The EX and EX-L trims host a navigation system and rear seat entertainment systems, such as a wide screen television. The Odyssey is equipped with all of the standard safety features and equipment Honda usually provides.

New for 2011

The 2011 Honda Odyssey is all new this year, featuring a roof line 1.6 inches lower than previous models and a track that is 1.4 inches wider. The i-VTEC 3.5-liter V-6 engine is now mated to a six-speed transmission in the Touring trim, which helps the Odyssey compete with its rivals. The new transmission and Honda's variable cylinder management system help to great increase Odyssey's fuel economy numbers. A top of the line Honda Odyssey Touring Elite makes its debut this year.

Essentials

Engine: 3.5L V-6
Transmissions: 6-speed automatic, 5-speed automatic
Body Style: Minivan
Trims: LX Passenger Minivan, EX Passenger Minivan, EX-L Passenger Minivan, Touring Passenger Minivan, Touring Elite Passenger Minivan

On the Outside

Lower, wider, and significantly more angular, the new Honda Odyssey has a lightning bolt belt line that provides a larger side window for the third row. The front end now sports smaller headlights and Honda's new grille.

From the Inside

The Honda Odyssey offers innovative storage solutions and exceptionally large interior space. Options include a powered tailgate, captain's chairs, a chill chest, and an extra-wide video entertainment system for rear passengers.

Driving Performance

Odyssey's smooth running 3.5-liter V-6 engine is able to operate on as few as three cylinders to conserve fuel. The new six-speed transmission improves both fuel efficiency and acceleration. The 2011 Honda Odyssey's track is now 1.4 inches wider than previously, which increases cornering capability. The Touring Elite trim has 18-inch wheels and 12.6-inch vented front brakes to provide greater performance.

Safety Equipment

Standard safety equipment on the Honda Odyssey include three point seat belts for all passengers well as traction and stability control. Outboard passengers have side curtain airbags, while the driver and front passenger have dual stage front and front side airbags.

Gas Mileage

Touring: 19 mpg city/28 mpg hwy
LX, EX and EX-L: 18 mpg city/27 mpg hwy

Plusses

  • Great fuel economy
  • Abundant interior space
  • Novel storage options
  • New 6-speed transmission

Minuses

  • Edgy styling

Rating

In most cases, upgrades are improvements

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