Official: 2011 Honda Odyssey priced from $28,580

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 9, 2010

September 30 sees the delivery of the revised 11 Honda Odyssey minivan to dealerships by American Honda Motor Company Incorporated. With a manufacturer’s suggested retail price starting at $27,800, there is the Odyssey LX for the budget conscious. If you can stretch your budget to $43,250, you can get the ultra-premium Odyssey Touring Elite. There is a delivery and processing charge of $780 per motor.

So what are you getting for the $840 or 2.5% increase in price (sales –weighted basis 2010 models)? Think comfort, savings and convenience. The Odyssey has had a complete redesign. The interior functionality has improved, it has improved style and there are fuel economy savings. There are more than 50 new features across the full range of Odyssey models: the LX, EX, EX-L, Touring and the new Touring Elite.

The aims of these improvements are to make fuel savings, improve the driving experience and increase comfort. The intention behind the redesign of the Odyssey was captured by Vice President of Corporate Planning and Logistics for American Honda, Eric Berkman when he said that the company was seeking to “Redefine the minivan segment as the ultimate family vehicle.” This redefinition has led claims of improved space, functionality and comfort using style, fuel efficiencies and technological improvements.

The interior has changed to incorporate a ‘3 mode’ second row seat layout that is more spacious and comfortable for middle seat passengers in the Odyssey EX and above. The 2011 Odyssey has an impressive five LATCH attachment points which outstrip competitors. There are four in the Odyssey LX. Honda has retained the original features that were a success, including the one-motion, 60/40 split 3rd-row Magic Seat that is now more spacious and easier to use in the 2011 model.

The body has a new look with tapered cabin and familiar ‘lightning strike’ belt line. Third row passengers now have an improved outward view due to the belt line. The shape is more aerodynamic and technical improvements have been made which have resulted in the 2011 Odyssey Touring models obtaining an EPA highway fuel economy rating of 28 miles per gallon (mpg) which sees an increase of 3mpg on comparison with the 2010 Odyssey Touring model.

It is the highest rating for any 8-seater minivan. With a 3.5-liter i-VTEC V-6 engine, there is more power and torque. Standard on all 2011 models is the Variable Cylinder Management feature. This produces 248 hp (an increase in 4hp on the 2010 model) with an EPA-estimated city/highway/combined fuel economy of 19/28/22 mpg on Odyssey Touring models (18/27/21 mpg on Odyssey LX, EX and EX-L models).

Odyssey Touring models now feature ix speed automatic transmissions as standard to improve driving performance, with all other models having the five speed automatic transmission. The technology has improved with some models featuring rear entertainment systems with large 16.2 inch wide split –screen displays, bespoke wallpaper, auxiliary High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) video input, and "intelligent" Multi-Information Display (i-MID).

FM traffic data is also fully integrated on those models with navigation features. Practical items have also appeared for the comfort and convenience of the passengers such as a cool box, a flip up trash bag ring and a front bag hook. The useful back-up camera and available conversation mirror still remain in the newer models. Honda prides itself with safety seats when it comes to the Odyssey. The body of the car is the Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) structure which maximises occupant safety and protection during frontal collisions.

Other standard safety equipment includes Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), otherwise known as ‘electronic stability control’. The Brake Assist; anti-lock brakes with electronic brake distribution (EBD) have improved response and power of the vehicle and three-row side-curtain airbags with a rollover sensor protect all occupants. The air bag protection covers all with driver's and front passenger's side airbags at the passenger-side.

The use of the Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS) uses sensors to determine if a passenger is resting on an air bag and can disable to the airbag and alert the driver to avoid risk of injury. The dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags and active front seat head restraints provide the finishing touches on the safety features. With all these new features and an emphasis on comfort and investments as well as value for money, the 2011 Odyssey has seen a 2.5% increase on sales-weighted basis compared with the 2010 models, which equates to an average increase of $840.

The 2011 Odyssey is a home grown American motor. It was designed, engineered and assembled at Honda North America. Working collaboratively, California, Ohio and Alabama helped to take the redesign from sketch to reality. The vehicles themselves are only produced at Honda Manufacturing of Alabama (HMA) and are made with materials sourced from America and other parts of the world. Lincoln Alabama plant synchronises production of the vehicles and the engines and is the only global manufacturer of Pilot Sport Utili

Press Release

Honda Announces Pricing for All-New 2011 Odyssey

The all-new 2011 Honda Odyssey minivan is set to debut at dealers on September 30 with a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) ranging from $27,800 for the value-oriented Odyssey LX to $43,250 for the ultra-premium Odyssey Touring Elite, plus a destination and handling charge1 of $780 per vehicle, American Honda Motor Co., Inc., announced today.

With a wide range of new features adding value for economy, comfort and convenience, the increase in 2011 Odyssey pricing represents a 2.5-percent difference on a sales-weighted basis compared to the 2010 models being replaced (approximately $840 on average).

The completely redesigned Odyssey improves for 2011 with greater interior functionality, a more distinctive style and higher fuel economy. Across all available models — the Odyssey LX, EX, EX-L, Touring and now, the new Touring Elite — more than 50 standard and available features have been added for 2011 to enhance comfort, convenience, efficiency and travel fun.

"The all-new Odyssey is set to once again redefine the minivan segment as the ultimate family vehicle," said Erik Berkman, vice president of Corporate Planning and Logistics for American Honda. "Never before has so much space, functionality and comfort been combined with this much style, technology and fuel economy."

Significant enhancements to the interior include a new "3-mode" second-row seat design that is more comfortable for center passengers (Odyssey EX and above). The 2011 Odyssey is equipped with a total of five LATCH attachment points (four in the Odyssey LX), the most of any vehicle currently available on the market as of 2011 (up from three in the previous model). The one-motion, 60/40 split 3rd-row Magic Seat®, one of the Odyssey's original concepts and most versatile features, is positioned for more legroom and is even easier to operate for 2011.

Dramatic new styling creates a more dynamic appearance unlike any other minivan with the introduction of a tapered cabin and a signature "lightning bolt" belt line. The lightning bolt belt line improves the outward view for third-row passengers. The body's enhanced aerodynamic shape along with engineering improvements throughout the vehicle contribute to a class-leading EPA highway fuel-economy rating of 28 milesper- gallon (mpg) on Odyssey Touring models, an improvement of 3 mpg compared to the 2010 Odyssey Touring model and the most for any eight-passenger minivan.

A more powerful and efficient 3.5-liter i-VTEC V-6 engine features Variable Cylinder Management (standard on all models for 2011) and produces 248 hp (+4 hp over 2010) while delivering an EPA-estimated city/highway/combined fuel economy of 19/28/22 mpg on Odyssey Touring models (18/27/21 mpg on Odyssey LX, EX and EX-L models). For enhanced driving refinement on Odyssey Touring models, a six-speed automatic transmission debuts as a standard feature. All other models receive the five-speed automatic transmission.

New technology available on certain models includes a rear entertainment system with a 16.2-inch ultrawide split-screen display and an auxiliary High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) video input, an "intelligent" Multi-Information Display (i-MID) with customizable wallpaper, integration of FM traffic data on navigation models and much more. Thoughtful features have been added throughout like the available cool box, front bag hook, available flip-up trash bag ring and more. Popular features like the available back-up camera and available conversation mirror continue to be offered.

An extensive list of safety equipment comes standard on every Odyssey. The Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure is a Honda-exclusive body design that enhances occupant protection and crash compatibility in frontal collisions. Additional standard safety equipment includes Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®), commonly referred to as electronic stability control; anti-lock brakes with electronic brake distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist; three-row side-curtain airbags with a rollover sensor; driver's and front passenger's side airbags with passenger-side Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS); dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags; and active front seat head restraints.

With a wide range of new features adding value for economy, comfort and convenience, the increase in 2011 Odyssey pricing represents a 2.5-percent difference on a sales-weighted basis compared to the 2010 models being replaced (approximately $840 on average).

The 2011 Odyssey is truly an American-made vehicle, designed, engineered and assembled in the United States2, representing the vast and ever-growing capabilities of Honda in North America. Virtually every aspect of the 2011 Odyssey has been envisioned, developed, tested and finalized by Honda associates throughout California, Ohio and Alabama. The Odyssey is produced exclusively at Honda Manufacturing of Alabama (HMA) using domestic and globally sourced parts. The Lincoln, Alabama, plant conducts synchronous production of vehicles and engines and is the exclusive global producer of Odyssey minivans, Pilot sport utility vehicles and Ridgeline pickup trucks.

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