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.