Minivan; Built in USA
  • 4-door van
  • transverse front-engine/front-wheel drive
Good condition price range: $9,300 – $33,400*


2011 Honda Odyssey Front


2011 Honda Odyssey Profile


2011 Honda Odyssey Interior


2011 Honda Odyssey Rear

Pros:
  • Entry/exit
  • Passenger and cargo room
  • Quietness
Cons:
  • Control layout
  • Rear visibility

Some manufacturers have given up on minivans, but Honda came out swinging for 2011 with a sleekly styled people-mover that tops its esteemed predecessor in virtually every way. Even base LX models came with a host of standard features, while upper-line models offered a dizzying array of high-tech gizmos. Those extras could raise new-car to prices rather lofty levels, but the difference between models on the secondhand market is generally less dramatic. All are family-friendly vehicles that are quiet, enjoyable to drive, and dynamically competent, making the Best Buy (2012) Odyssey a must-see in the shrinking minivan market.

Overview

Redesigned for 2011, the Honda Odyssey gained fresh styling and a wider interior. Additional power was accompanied by significantly improved EPA fuel-economy numbers. Honda’s front-wheel-drive minivan came in LX, EX, EX-L, Touring, and Touring Elite trim levels. A 3.5-liter V6 with Honda’s Variable Cylinder Management cylinder deactivation was the only engine; it now produced 248 horsepower, up from the prior year’s 244. With this engine change, EPA fuel-economy figures rose by 2 to 5 mpg. Honda’s Active Noise Control, designed to electronically quell engine noise, was standard on all models. A five-speed automatic transmission was standard on all but the Touring and Touring Elite models, which got a six-speed automatic.

Standard safety features included all-disc antilock braking, traction control, an antiskid system, front side airbags, and curtain side airbags (with rollover deployment) that covered all seating rows. Power sliding rear-side doors were standard on all but the LX. The second row of the LX model had two bucket seats, giving it seven-passenger capacity. All other models added a center second-row seat for eight-passenger capacity. Second-row seats could move fore-and-aft about 5 inches and the outboard seats could move laterally about 1.5 inches. In all models, the third row seated three and folded into a well in the cargo floor, which otherwise might be used for storage. LX models had four child-seat anchors, while other models offered five. Available features included a tilt/telescopic steering wheel, three-zone automatic climate control, a navigation system with voice recognition and FM traffic monitor, and a wide-angle rearview camera. Also offered were a wireless cell-phone link, blind-spot alert, a refrigerated “cool box,” and 115-volt power outlets. The available DVD entertainment system could be fitted with a 16.2-inch-wide screen capable of displaying one wide image or two narrower ones, along with HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) ports for video game systems, Blu-Ray players, or other electronics. Honda’s Odyssey competed against such minivans as the Dodge Grand Caravan, Nissan Quest, and Toyota Sienna, as well as the Chrysler Town & Country and Volkswagen Routan.

Yearly Updates

2012 Odyssey
The only change of note to the 2012 Honda Odyssey was that the EX edition now had a Bluetooth HandsFreeLink multi-information display, previously exclusive to the EX-L.
2013 Odyssey
The base Odyssey LX gained some new standard equipment for 2013. Other models saw minor trim but otherwise no major changes.
2014 Odyssey
The 2014 Odyssey had refreshed styling for 2014 and a 6-speed automatic transmission was standard on all models. Previously, LX and EX models got by with a 5-speed automatic. Forward-collision warning and lane-departure warning were newly available. Topline Touring Elite gained a built-in vacuum cleaner.
2015 Odyssey
Honda’s minivan saw no changes of note for 2015.

Engines

transverse front-engine/front-wheel drive

Sole powertrain for the front-drive Odyssey has been a 248-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6 engine and five-speed automatic transmission (six-speed on Touring and Touring Elite models).

ohc V6
Engine Size (liters/cubic inches) 3.5/212
Engine HP 248
Engine Torque (lb-ft) 250
Avail. Trans. EPA MPG (city/hwy) MPG avg. as tested
5-speed automatic
6-speed automatic
18/27
19/28
18.5-18.8

Road Test

Acceleration is strong in all situations, with good response from a stop and decent passing power. Both transmissions upshift smoothly, but the five-speed doesn’t always downshift promptly in passing maneuvers; the six-speed behaves better in that area. Cylinder deactivation, used to save fuel, is virtually seamless.

Fuel economy is still essentially minivan-typical, but the boost in EPA estimates over prior Odysseys is quite welcome. In Consumer Guide testing, Odyssey models equipped with the six-speed automatic transmission averaged 18.5 to18.8 mpg with slightly more city driving than highway use. Top-line Touring and Touring Elite versions use the six-speed; all others have a five-speed automatic. Regardless of transmission, Odyssey uses regular-grade gasoline.

Odyssey’s ride is among the firmest in the class, yet most road imperfections are well-absorbed. Some tire patter is noticeable in around-town driving, but highway cruising is impressively smooth. Ride quality differs little between the Touring’s 18-inch tires and other models’ 17s.

Handling qualifies as sporty for a minivan. Odyssey exhibits only moderate body lean in fast turns. The electrically-assisted power steering feels very light at all speeds, but responds well. Response is a bit sharper with the Touring models’ 18-inch tires. On all models, a relatively tight turning radius aids in close-quarters maneuvering.

Quietness is a virtue. In fact, Odyssey exhibits near-luxury levels of serenity. Wind and road sounds are well muffled at highway speeds, and bump noise is low around town. When it’s heard at all, the engine produces a refined note that grows to a muted growl under throttle.

Climate controls are mounted high and mostly handy, but while temperature is adjusted with a rotary knob, mode and fan speed are selected using repetitive-step pushbuttons. The audio system has volume and tuning knobs but tiny, pencil-diameter station-select buttons. The dash-mounted transmission lever partially blocks access to some audio functions, though redundant steering-wheel controls compensate somewhat. Overall, Odysseys have too many small, lookalike buttons. The available navigation system is controlled by a low-mounted joystick, though its images are displayed on a high-mounted, easily-read dash screen.

Odyssey’s interior is artfully designed and decently trimmed, with many soft-touch surfaces along with hard plastic that don’t look down-market. The available two-toning and leather upholstery add some richness, if such an example can be found.

Adults can expect plenty of room up front. Entry and exit are easy through large door openings, and step-up height is modest. Visibility is generally good except to the rear corners, where the second-row headrests block the view unless they’re either removed or the seatback is folded. Oddly, third-row headrests retract and don’t block the view behind when they’re lowered; too bad the second-row’s headrests don’t do the same. The available wide-angle rearview camera, which “sees” in a 180-degree arc, helps greatly when backing out of parking spots.

An Odyssey LX has two bucket seats in the second row, but all other models add a narrower center seat with a backrest that folds down to become an armrest/console. All second-row seats slide fore/aft about 5 inches and can be removed. Outboard seats also slide laterally about 1.5 inches. Set wide, there’s more shoulder room for the center passenger — or a larger walk-through between the seats to the third row. Setting them closer together expands an already generously-sized side pass-through to the third row. Head, leg, and toe room in the third row are sufficient for adults, particularly if the second-row seat is moved forward, but shoulder room is tight for three-across seating. LX models have four child-seat anchors, while all other models offer what Honda claimed was a class-leading five. All but the LX have power-sliding side doors with convenient open/close buttons mounted on the side pillars next to front seatbacks. Models with DVD entertainment can have either an 8-inch drop-down screen or a 16.2-inch screen that can display one wide image or two narrower ones. An HDMI plug for external electronic devices is included.

Cargo room is impressive, and not just in terms of space. The third-row seats flip down into a floor well (larger folks can pull on a strap and do it one-handed) that otherwise serves as a big cargo bin. Second-row seatbacks flip down easily, and if the seats are removed, Honda says a 4×8 sheet of plywood will fit flat on the floor with the tailgate closed. Passengers will find a bounty of cupholders, trays, and storage bins of various sizes. Front-seaters get both upper and lower map pockets. Also available is a “cool box” in the lower front dash for keeping drinks cold.

Ratings

Model Tested: 2011 Honda Odyssey EX

Ratings values are on a 1-10 scale, with 10 being the best. With the exception of Value, these numbers reflect how the vehicle compares against the universe of vehicles, not just against rivals in its class.

Performance

Acceleration - 6
60%
Fuel Economy - 5
50%
Ride Quality - 7
70%
Steering/Handling - 6
60%
Quietness - 7
70%

Accommodations

Controls/Materials - 6
60%
Room/Comfort Front - 8
80%
Room/Comfort Rear - 9
90%
Cargo Room - 10
100%

Other

Value - 9
90%

Total: 73

Specifications

4-door van
Wheelbase (in.) Length (in.) Width (in.) Height (in.) Weight (lbs)
118.1 202.9 79.2 68.4 4337
Cargo Volume (cu/ft) Payload Capacity (cu/ft) Fuel Capacity (gal.) Seating Capacity
148.5 21 8
Headroom Legroom
Front Rear Front Rear
39.7 39.4 40.9 40.9
Safety Ratings

Model Tested: 2011 Honda Odyssey 4-door van

NHTSA

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Impact Test

Driver Injury - 5
100%
Front Passenger Injury - 5
100%

Side Impact Test

Driver Injury - 5
100%
Rear Passenger Injury - 5
100%

Trouble Spots

Brake wear
Description: Brake rotors may warp and cause vibration in the steering when braking. (2011-15)
Doors
Description: The power-sliding doors may detach from their rollers. Power-sliding-door cables may break. (2011-15)
Engine knock and oil leak
Description: Cylinder head may have crack that would result in oil mixing with coolant and coolant mixing with oil. (2011-15)
Engine misfire
Description: Variable Cylinder Management rocker arms may stick and result rough running between 30 and 65 mph. (2011-15)
Engine stalling
Description: Some engines may have premature piston wear which could result in stalling. (2013)
Oil consumption
Description: Oil consumption may increase due to issues with the variable cylinder management system requiring a software update to the engine control module. (2011)
Spark plugs
Description: Some engines may misfire because faulty piston rings can cause fouled spark plugs. (2011-13)
Suspension noise
Description: Noises from the front suspension at low speeds may be caused by a loose strut or the strut body striking and sticking to the rubber stop. (2011)
Windows
Description: The front door windows on some models my not go up or down because they detach from the regulators when the glue fails and there was a campaign to fix them. (2011)
Check-engine light
Description: The check engine light may come on due to a random cylinder misfire caused by a bad spark plug which must be replaced along with an software update to the engine control module. (2011)

Recall History

2011 Odyssey
Description: On some vehicles, if front wiper blades become frozen to the windshield and the wiper motor is switched on, one of the wiper linkage rods may bend or separate from the motor due to insufficient stiffness of the rod; wipers may then fail to operate.
2011 Odyssey
Description: Power windows in driver and front-passenger doors could come off their track, causing window to become inoperative and preventing it from being rolled up or down, or allowing it to drop into door; window could shatter into the passenger cabin.
2011-13 Odyssey
Description: One or more airbag attachment rivets could be missing and reduce the airbag’s effectiveness during a crash.
2011-15 Odyssey
Description: The release lever of the second-row seats may remain in the unlocked position and allow seats to move unexpectedly.
2012 Odyssey
Description: Retention nut for right front lower-suspension damper bolt may not have been tightened to the proper torque, which could allow the nut to loosen; front hub assembly would then be attached by one bolt and could shift inward to an extreme angle, which could result in loss of steering.
2012-13 Odyssey
Description: Sub-freezing temperatures could slow the brake-shift interlock blocking mechanism, allowing the car to be shifted out of park without applying the brakes.
2013 Odyssey
Description: Pistons could wear prematurely and cause the engine to stall.
2014 Odyssey
Description: An electrical connector may have been damaged during assembly of the passenger-side curtain airbag. The airbag could fail to deploy during a crash.
2015 Odyssey
Description: Fuel tanks may have insufficient welds which could result in leaks and possible fire.

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Pricing

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