Ever since it debuted the second-generation Odyssey in 1999, Honda's been setting the bar for minivan quality and performance. Last year, the company completely overhauled its family hauler, and this year doesn't see much change to the new platform. That's not a bad thing, however, as the 2005 edition brought a more powerful 3.5-liter/255-horse V-6, power side windows, and a host of technical innovations for the segment, such as available Michelin PAX run-flat tires, engine cylinder deactivation, and a noise-canceling audio system. The only major feature the Odyssey lacks compared with some of its competitors is all-wheel drive. Though it does feature front-wheel drive with standard traction control and electronic stability control.
A typically conservative Honda design, the Odyssey its sheathed in elegant lines wrapped around the basic minivan box, creating a suitably upscale appearance. You'll find no Nissan Quest-like swoopy lines or GM-style SUV snouts grafted on the front here, just a clean design that doesn't call attention to itself--perfect for a minivan. Large, reflective headlamps and a trapezoidal grille bear a family resemblance with Honda's popular car lines, reinforced by the prominent "H" badge.... Read full article