2011 New Cars: Asia

Brian Konoske

Honda Odyssey

New: A fresh take on Honda's minivan.

Noteworthy: With every new minivan, automakers can't seem to resist the claim that they are "redefining" the segment. Honda is no exception, calling attention to the new Odyssey's lower roofline and wider track along with its "lightning-bolt" beltline. However, styling cues hardly count as reinvention, and the Odyssey remains a classic minivan-the epitome of an efficient people mover. Power still comes from a 3.5-liter V-6, but fuel economy should climb substantially, to 19/28 mpg in certain trims. Standard equipment includes seating for eight and fifteen (!) beverage holders.

On sale: Now
BASE PRICE: $27,500 (est.)
SPECS: 3.5L V-6, 250 hp, 245 lb-ft; front-wheel drive

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Automakers are fixated on making minivans cooler, but we admire the Odyssey and its peers for their unparalleled versatility.

The best execution to the completely the wrong solution. I hope Nissan will build us a new power plants in every state, to recharge the thousands of cars and upgrade the distribution grid, the transformer stations, the transformers on the streets and upgrades the electric meter and service in every household, where cars have to be charged up.
Misguided design, looking for misguided buyers.
It should be a prudent to be detached from the brainwash and false promises politicians disseminate about the auto industry. The Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf are NOT the cars of the future, they are the cars of the misled designers and less than 15 years from now, the statement will look stupid. Vehicles carrying heavy batteries with very limited energy density are PRIMITIVE. The cars of the future either pick up energy from a grid in the streets or have energy storage density at least comparable to the present gas or diesel cars.
First of all, there is no such word as "weaved". The correct word is "woven". With the LFA, Toyota builds a car that virtually no one can own. There hasn't been a well designed, sporty Toyata since the baby Ferrari-looking MR2. Granted, cars are tools, but do Toyotas have nothing in their design kit bag? Their cars are bland and unexciting.
AGAIN, the US doesn't get the best model, the GT. The UK has been getting hot rodded Hondas for a long time. Who is telling Honda Americans won't buy it if they bring it? I assure you, I won't even consider this car until it is equal to it's own UK sibling.

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