2011 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite

Nathan Leach-Proffer

Driving the Odyssey confirms that it is indeed worthy of being a member of our All-Stars team. This Honda has most anything you could want in a minivan -- a cleverly designed dash and a center console with lots of storage cubbies, a versatile layout with a third row that folds into a storage well in the floor (if only the second row folded the same way), an entertainment system with a 16.2" split screen, navigation, etc. Plus, the materials in the interior are all first-rate, and it's also very nice to drive. Despite its minivan proportions, it drives like a smaller vehicle, with no shakes or rattles and a well-tuned suspension that effectively minimizes the effects of the winter's increasingly pothole-marred roads. The Odyssey also gets 28 mpg on the highway (27 mpg if you opt for a lower trim level with the five-speed transmission), which could be a big selling point with gas prices edging their way up to $3.50 per gallon. The only thing I don't like about this vehicle is its styling. The odd kickdown on the side glass is jarring - the mismatched lines almost make it look as if a separate vehicle were welded onto the rear third of the minivan.
- Amy Skogstrom, Managing Editor

Having just driven four minivans back-to-back, I am at peace with our decision to award the Honda Odyssey a 2011 All-Star. It's the most rewarding to drive and has the best entertainment system of the group. So the kids are happy, and so are Mom and Dad. Perhaps the only downside this loaded Elite Touring model has going against it is the price: $44,030 is a whole lot to fork over for a minivan. Especially when Dodge makes a pretty good Grand Caravan for $10,000 less. But for many people, what you get with the Honda is worth the extra dough: a powerful V-6 engine, a smooth 6-speed automatic transmission, and a very attractive 28-mpg highway fuel economy.
- Mike Ofiara, Road Test Coordinator

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