2011 Honda Odyssey: official details, photos and specs

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2010

Honda will commence sales of the new 2011 Honda Odyssey minivan on September 30, now featuring a higher degree of comfort, convenience and efficiency. Completely redesigned for the 2011 model year, the new Odyssey comes with a unique design, better fuel efficiency and superior interior functionality.

Customers can choose from five available models -- the Odyssey LX, EX, EX-L, Touring and Touring Elite. They can also take advantage of over 50 standard and available features. Erik Berkman, vice president of Corporate Planning and Logistics for American Honda, quipped that the new Odyssey is ready to become, once again, the ultimate family vehicle, offering ample space, comfort and functionality along with style, fuel economy and technology.

Inside, the EX and above versions of the minivan features a new "3-mode" second-row seat design made to make center occupants more comfortable. The latest Odyssey comes with five LATCH attachment points (four in the Odyssey LX), compared to just three in the previous model and four to most rival minivans. It also features the one-motion, 60/40 split third-row Magic Seat that allows for more legroom.

The original Odyssey concept has been improved to make it easier to operate. Design-wise, the new 2011 Honda Odyssey minivan comes with a tapered cabin as well as a signature "lightning bolt" belt line. This lightning bolt belt line enhances the outward view for the minivan's third-row occupants. Moreover, the 2011 Honda Odyssey minivan has an improved aerodynamically shaped body that -- along with a number of engineering enhancements -- contribute to a class-leading EPA highway fuel economy rating of 28 miles per gallon (Odyssey Touring models).

This figure represents a three-percent improvement over the mileage numbers of the 2010 Odyssey Touring model. Moreover, the Odyssey's fuel economy ratings are the highest among eight-passenger minivans. The latest iteration of the Honda Odyssey minivan is powered by a 3.5-liter i-VTEC V-6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management as standard.

The V6 engine develops up to 248 hp (an improvement of 4 hp over the 2010 engine) and returns an EPA-estimated 19 mpg city/28 mpg highway/22 mpg combined on Odyssey Touring models, and 18 mpg city/27 mpg highway/21 mpg combined on Odyssey LX, EX and EX-L models.

This powerful engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission as standard on Odyssey Touring models and to a five-speed automatic gearbox on other models. As expected, some Odysseys models feature new technologies like a rear entertainment system with a 16.2-inch ultra-wide split-screen display and an auxiliary High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) video input.

Other featured new technologies are an "intelligent" Multi-Information Display (i-MID) with customizable wallpaper and integrated FM traffic data on navigation models. Moreover, the 2011 Honda Odyssey minivan comes with a number of functional features like the available cool box, available flip-up trash bag ring and front bag hook.

Also available are the back-up camera and conversation mirror. The manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) for the 2011 Honda Odyssey minivan range from $27,800 for the Odyssey LX to $43,250 for the Odyssey Touring Elite.

Buyers also need to pay $780 in destination and handling costs. These prices represent a 2.5-percent increase, on a sales-weighted basis, over the price of corresponding 2010 models, for an average of $840.

Press Release

2011 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite Fact Sheet

The all-new 2011 Honda Odyssey seeks to redefine the concept of the minivan with its aggressive stance and sporty "lightning-bolt" beltline. The lightning bolt not only provides an exclusive appearance, but also adds increased visibility for third-row passengers. New interior features add more convenience for families, while available entertainment technology introduces high-definition connectivity and split-screen viewing. Currently the best-selling minivan in the U.S., the all-new 2011 Honda Odyssey is set to go on sale this fall. Compared to the current Odyssey, the 2011 model's lower roofline (-1.6 inches versus 2010 Odyssey EX) and wider track (+1.4 inches) contribute to a sleeker, stronger and more dynamic presence with improved aerodynamics that help increase fuel economy and also translate into more interior width.

Specifications

3.5-liter i-VTEC™ V-6 engine with three-mode Variable Cylinder Management™
Preliminary estimated fuel economy, Odyssey Touring Elite (City/Highway): 19/28 miles per gallon*
* Preliminary EPA mileage estimates determined by Honda. Final EPA mileage estimates not available at the time of printing. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.

Features of the 2011 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite model as shown in the June 17, 2010, reveal video:
(please reference the June 17 reveal video script @ hondanews.com for items not listed here)

Interior:

AM/FM/XM/CD Premium Audio System with 12 Speakers
Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ with Voice Activation
Ultra-Wide Rear Entertainment System (RES) with split-screen capability
External HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) input
150-watt AC power outlet
Media tray with integrated beverage holder
Removable 1st row center console with hidden storage
New cool box in lower center stack (keeps items cool when vehicle is running)
Leather-trimmed seating with heated front seats
Memory-linked 10-way power driver's seat
LATCH child seat anchors in five seating positions, including three positions in the second row to accommodate three child seats simultaneously
Two captain's chairs in the second row provide adult comfort with center seat folded down
One-strap stowable 3rd Row Magic Seat®
Second- and third-row passenger window sunshades
15 beverage holders
Trash bag ring
Exterior:

HID front headlights
18-inch alloy wheels
12.6-inch ventilated front disc brakes
Power side mirrors with integrated turn indicators
Power tailgate

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