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2011 Honda Odyssey Front
2011 Honda Odyssey Profile
2011 Honda Odyssey Interior
2011 Honda Odyssey Rear
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.
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.
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.
The base Odyssey LX gained some new standard equipment for 2013. Other models saw minor trim but otherwise no major changes.
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.
Honda’s minivan saw no changes of note for 2015.