2011 Honda Odyssey
While most of us think practical and boring when we hear minivan, Honda hopes to change that with the fourth generation of its best selling Odyssey. The most obvious attempt to amp-up this mommy mobile is styling. The hood dives lower, and the windshield has a steeper rake for a more continuous, less boxy profile.
But the highlight is what Honda calls a lightning bolt belt line that drops the rear side glass. And there is some function to this new form as it increases visibility for those in the third row. And speaking of the fold-into-the-floor third row, leg room has been increased, and the second row seats now slide farther forward making it easier to get back there. The outer sections of the second row bench also slide sideways to make more room for three bulky car seats.
Materials have gotten a little softer to the touch, but overall feel and placement of controls are pure Honda. Gone is the flip up cup holder/storage tray that used to reside between the front seats. In its place is a removable storage bin. Power is a carryover 3.5-liter V6, now with 247-horsepower and fuel-saving cylinder cutoff standard. But top trims do gain a six-speed automatic.
Honda also attacks boring minivan handling. Odyssey continues to be the only minivan with an independent rear suspension. A few laps through an autocross proved it is more nimble than ever and easily out handles rivals.
“The Odyssey does have the best ride of any minivan out there. It’s quiet, it’s comfortable, it’s a great place to spend some time. Whether it’s on a long vacation drive or just a trip down to the soccer field.” – Brian Robinson
The 2011 Honda Odyssey goes on sale this fall with a wide range of options, and prices beginning under $29,000.
Pricing starts under $29,000