I agree with Joe that the 2011 Odyssey is a step backwards in terms of exterior design. The previous generation was certainly not sexy, but it was simple and straightforward. Honda has gone in the opposite direction with the new Odyssey, by giving it somewhat rounded sheetmetal and several overwrought design elements that make it look both busy and slightly bloated.
Looks aside, it doesn't take long to see why we awarded the Odyssey a 2011 All-Star. It rides great, has an excellent engine/transmission, and is as comfortable as a living room while offering nearly as many amenities. Turn off the DVD and the radio though, and you'll notice something else that sets the Odyssey apart from the T&C and the Sienna; silence. Even at highway speeds, the cabin is remarkably isolated from road, tire, and engine noise. I'm still not sure about the busy dash though. The individual screens for radio, HVAC, and nav are nice but the number of buttons for each can be overwhelming at first. The dash-mounted shifter is also a bit if a nuisance. It's mounted just to the left of the central dash which means that it interferes physically and visually with the radio display and controls.
- Jennifer Misaros, Production Editor