The 2011 Honda Odyssey is fully redesigned with a fresh look inside and out. This fourth-generation Odyssey is wider and lower than the 2005-2010 generation and has a lightning bolt side profile that sets it apart from other minivans. Improved fuel economy and attachment points for five child safety seats (the most in any vehicle) are part of the 2011 Odyssey redesign.
Should you buy a 2011 Honda Odyssey or wait for the 2012 Honda Odyssey? Buy a 2011 Odyssey. Fresh off its model-year 2011 redesign, the 2012 Odyssey should not get any changes. Modern computer-aided design and automated manufacturing techniques have undercut the rule of thumb about waiting for the automaker to work out bugs in a first-year model. That rule hardly applied to Honda, anyway. Some popular trim levels and colors might be difficult to find during the 2011 Odyssey’s first few months on sale.
Styling takes a back seat to utility for minivan buyers. Honda added 1.4 inches of track versus the outgoing model, which it touts as increasing stability and space. Up front, the new Odyssey boasts a “media tray” that slides out from the lower dash to hold cell phones and other electronics. Below the tray sits a “cool box” that can store up to six beverage cans or four 20-ounce bottles. The removable center console, which large enough to swallow purses, has cup holders designed to secure anything from a Red Bull can to an extra-large fountain drink. There are also newly padded door panels and armrests.
Moving to the second row, the two captain’s chairs have a “wide mode” whereby they each move two inches toward the doors, creating four additional inches of shoulder room for the foldable seat in the center. Wide mode also allows three full-size infant seats to be anchored across the second row. The middle position can slide forward for easier access to a child from the front seats. A new entertainment system is available with a 16.2-inch widescreen display with split-screen.
- Unprecedented feeling of spaciousness
- Responsive driving experience tempts you to forget this is an eight-passenger vehicle
- Best fuel economy of any minivan
You don’t just have to take my word for it about the new Odyssey. Here are some links to several other websites that have reviewed the van.