New Car Reviews

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

Miles to date: 17,011 / Months in service: 6

Long-Term 2011 Honda Odyssey Update: Fall 2011 Array Miles to date: 17,011

After returning from its 1500-mile adventure to the Kanrocksas music festival last month, the Odyssey has been largely relegated to short trips and around-town tasks. As such, it’s received mixed reviews.
Assistant web editor Donny Nordlicht was pleased to find the big Honda waiting for him at the airport after a whirlwind trip to the Frankfurt auto show. “I don’t pack lightly, but the Odyssey was, of course, more than spacious enough to swallow my luggage without having to adjust or fold a single seat. More important, it’s extremely comfortable, with a ride that’s just soft enough to soothe an achingly stiff body that’s just come off a ten-hour flight and seat heaters that are hot enough to relax muscles. The high driving position and the great sightlines make driving a stress-free event.”

Although it hasn’t ventured far from Ann Arbor during the past thirty days, the Odyssey’s utility has not gone untested. Motor gopher and college student Rich Otto enlisted the big Honda to relocate all of his belongings for the start of the school year and found that it lacked some of the versatility of its competitors. “The second-row seats don’t fold into the floor, so I had to completely remove them in order to squeeze my futon into the Odyssey. Chrysler’s ‘Stow ‘n Go’ seats, which fold flat, are a better system.”
The Odyssey might not be the perfect tool for every imaginable hauling job, but assistant web editor Ben Timmins praised the big Honda for helping him accomplish the more mundane tasks of everyday life. “For small shopping trips, the ability to open the sliding rear door using the key fob allows for quick and easy stowage behind the driver’s seat. It also unlocks the driver’s door, making getting your bags and self into the car a one-touch affair.”
As is often the case with our family-friendly, utilitarian Four Seasons vehicles, the Odyssey has rarely been left to gather dust. With just about 17,000 miles on the odometer, assistant editor David Zenlea noted how well the Odyssey is holding up after its first six months of hard use by our staff, saying, “The Odyssey has spent significant time pacifying kids and carrying random cargo. It’s even served as a mobile home for three adults. And yet I don’t notice much in the way of rattles or feel any deterioration in the steering or suspension. It’s a good reminder, as we worry about Honda’s malaise, that the automaker still has the basics covered.”


  • 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