New Car Reviews

2011 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite – Four Seasons Update – May 2011

Miles to date: 5,222 / Months in service: 2

Long-Term 2011 Honda Odyssey Update: Spring 2011 Array Miles to date: 5,222

The Odyssey has been with us for a couple months now and our editors have begun to weigh in on its functionality and design. It’s been enlisted as a cargo carrier for numerous errands and chores including duty as a work van for DIY home improvement projects, where the reconfigurable seats have come in handy. The third-row bench, which Honda calls a “Magic seat,” folds flat into the floor, a common feature in modern minivans, but what sets this one apart is how effortless it is. “Honda’s fold-flat third-row seat is arguably one of the easiest to use,” commented assistant web producer Evan McCausland, who used the Odyssey to transport a door and several sheets of drywall. “It’s literally a one step process; yank firmly on the release strap and continue to pull it towards you until the seat tumbles into the floor in one fell swoop.” Senior web editor Phil Floraday, added that it’s also nearly as easy to pull the seat back out of the floor and restore it to its upright position when the cargo is removed or when more people room is needed.

Minivans are rarely credited with being stylish or fashionable but, as evidenced by the company’s recent racy ad campaign that portrays the vehicle as an object of desire, Honda is hoping to change that with the redesigned 2011 Odyssey. Staff opinions on the exterior styling range from “dynamic” and “futuristic” to “overstyled” and “busy,” but most agree that, if nothing else, the Odyssey’s new design makes it stand out in the minivan crowd. Copy editor Rusty Blackwell was the first to come to the defense of the controversial zigzag rear windowline and art director Matt Tierney agreed, but he went on to say: “I like the Odyssey’s stylized look, but I think the concept version was better. I wish the inset door handles, which created a seamless, smooth side surface, had been preserved in the production model. It was one of the most striking details.”

Looks aside, the versatile and entertainment-packed Honda is sure to become a coveted vehicle as the summer travel season gets into full swing. Check back for our latest adventures in the Odyssey.


  • Base price (with dest.) $44,030
  • As tested $44,613
  • Body style 5-door minivan
  • Accommodation 8 passenger
  • Construction Unibody construction


  • Engine 24-valve SOHC V-6
  • Displacement 3.5 liters (212 cu in)
  • Power 248 hp @ 5700 rpm
  • Torque 250 lb-ft @ 4800
  • Transmission type 6-speed automatic
  • Drive Front-wheel
  • EPA Fuel Economy 19/28/22 (city/hwy/combined)


  • Steering Hydraulically assisted
  • Lock-to-lock 3.5
  • Turning circle 36.7 ft
  • Suspension, front Strut-type, coil springs
  • Suspension, rear Multilink, coil springs
  • Brakes f/r Vented disc brakes; ABS
  • Wheels 18-inch aluminum alloy
  • Tires Michelin Primacy MXv4 all-season
  • Tire size 235/60TR18


  • Headroom f/m/r 38.3/38.8/38.0 in
  • Legroom f/m/r 40.9/40.9/42.4 in
  • Shoulder room f/m/r 64.4/63.5/60.9 in
  • Wheelbase 118.1 in
  • Track f/r 68.1/68.2 in
  • L x W x H 202.9 x 68.4 x 79.2 in
  • Passenger capacity 170.1 cu ft
  • Cargo capacity 38.4/93.1/148.5 cu ft (behind third/middle/first row)
  • Weight 4560 lb
  • Weight dist. f/r 56/44%
  • Fuel capacity 21.0 gal
  • Est. fuel range 460 miles
  • Fuel grade 87 octane (regular unleaded)


  • standard equipment

    • 3.5L V-6 engine
    • 6-speed automatic transmission
    • Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA)
    • Traction control system (TCS)
    • Electronic brake force distribution (EBD)
    • 4-wheel Antilock Braking (ABS)
    • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
    • Blind-spot Information System (BSI)
    • Front and rear parking sensors
    • 650-watt AM/FM/CD audio system with 12-speakers and subwoofer
    • MP3/Auxiliary jack
    • USB audio interface
    • MP3 CD-ROM playback capability
    • Navigation with voice recognition and multi-view rear camera
    • 16.2″ DVD rear entertainment system w/ HDMI and wireless headsets
    • SiriudXM Satellite radio
    • Bluetooth
    • Hard disk drive
    • 115-volt power outlet
    • 12-volt power outlets
    • Multi-function steering wheel
    • Tilt/telescope steering column
    • Tri-zone automatic climate control
    • 10-way power driver’s seat with memory
    • 4-way power passenger seat
    • Heated front seats
    • 60/40 split 3rd-row seat that folds into floor
    • Multi-function 2nd-row center seat
    • Power windows, locks
    • Second- and third-row sunshades
    • Exterior temperature gauge
    • Power moonroof, with tilt
    • 18-inch allow wheels
    • Dual power sliding doors
    • Power tailgate
    • Auto-leveling HID headlights
    • Heated power-door mirrors


  • Roof rails $210
  • Cross bars $373