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1107 2011 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite June Update
four seasons long-term tests

2011 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite - Four Seasons Update - June 2011

Miles to date: 7754 / Months in service: 3

Matt Tierney
SUMMER
2011 Honda Odyssey reviews to date

As it's $45,000 price tag suggests, our Honda Odyssey Touring Elite has a full array of electronics, including driver aids, comfort and convenience features, and entertainment systems. Now that it's been three months, the logbook is beginning to fill with opinions from staff and their respective families on how well they all work.

Being a father of two, art director Matt Tierney was one of the first people to weigh in on the ultra-wide rear display. He was keen on the fact that it can display two videos side-by-side but soon found out that it's a little more complicated than he had hoped. "I expected the DVD player to work like a multi-disc CD a changer but this isn't the case. Instead, you have to plug in your own source, like another DVD player or a video game console." He still managed to enjoy the Odyssey's subwoofer and 12-speakers, though. "The surround sound is phenomenal, and it can be focused rearward by selecting 'rear theater mode,' allowing for front row conversation." New assistant web producer Ben Timmins agreed. He hadn't had time to hit Best Buy after his recent relocation so he dropped in a concert DVD and rocked out in the Odyssey's spacious rear accommodations. "The Dolby Pro Logic surround sound is both sophisticated and glorious."

It hasn't all been sweetness and light, though, as a couple staffers have experienced some frustrating technological gremlins. Like many modern cars, the Odyssey is equipped with Bluetooth which allows cell phone calls to be conducted using the vehicle's sound system so there's no need to take your hands off the wheel. Associate web producer Donny Nordlicht decided to take advantage of this for a quick roadtrip, but gave up after trying several different approaches with no luck. "Even after praying to the Bluetooth-pairing gods, the system wouldn't allow me to access the phone setup menu to pair my phone." After plugging in his phone using the USB port, he had a similar fate with the voice command system when attempting to access his music. Strangely, both of these systems functioned for him several days later without a problem. The Bluetooth gremlin returned a few weeks later for deputy editor Joe DeMatio. Unlike Nordlicht, he was able to pair his phone but the system would disconnect every time he received a call. "When I pushed the Transfer button, it would send the call to the speakers for a second, and then revert back to my phone. Very frustrating."

Despite these sporadic electronic issues, the Odyssey is likely to be one of our most requested road trip vehicles as the summer travel season heats up. Check back soon to read more.

2011 Honda Odyssey Specs
  • Overview
  • powertrain
  • chassis
  • measurements
  • equipment
  • options
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
Packages & Options
  • Roof rails
  • $210
  • Cross bars
  • $373

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