Description: The Honda Odyssey minivan lives up to Honda's reputation for refinement, convenient features and great fit and finish.
The Odyssey is available in four trims: LX, EX, EX-L and Touring. All trims use a 3.5-liter V6 engine mated to a five-speed automatic transmission. The EX-L and Touring trims carry the most recent version of Honda's variable cylinder management system (VCM), which allows the V6 engine to switch among three, four, and six cylinders to increase fuel efficiency. The interior features a third-row Magic Seat that folds into the floor. Maximum seating capacity for the Odyssey is eight passengers. Safety features such as side-impact and curtain airbags, four-wheel disc anti-lock brakes, traction control and an electronic stability system are standard on all models. Luxury features such as leather trim, dual-zone automatic climate control, satellite radio, navigation and entertainment systems are available.
The Odyssey carries-on for 2010 with minimal changes
More utility than a Swiss army knife. This is one car that can handle most anything you throw at it, including seating for 8 passengers and lots of space.
It offers a limousine-like 58 cubic feet up front and in the second row seats, as well as 38 cubic feet for parcels (behind the third row) and up to 149 cubic feet with the seats folded flat
Car-like driving despite its behemoth size
Thoughtful and convenient features such as the “magic” third row seats, low rear liftover, “conversation mirror”, and built-in cooler for drinks and sandwiches up front
Serene ride and luxurious appointments
The family-hauler records a respectable 19 mpg
Exterior styling is a step backwards
Not available in all-wheel drive
Ruling: The 2011 Honda Odyssey is an extremely competent minivan. Though it doesn’t have a hybrid option, fuel economy is remarkably good. It offers an incredibly practical package without any real sacrifices and it continues to be a world-leader in the minivan segment.
Strengths: Makes oil disappear without a trace, can be used to clean up the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Weaknesses: Makes oil disappear without a trace, can be used to clean up the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Summary: Bought brand new 2010 Honda Odyssey in Aug. 2009. At between 7,000-8,000 miles the engine ran really rough and the warning light came on. My wife was afraid to drive a 1/2 mile to our house. We towed it to the dealer. They replaced the completely fouled spark plugs.
After several long stays at the dealer for it to be checked out every thousand miles for oil consumption, the dealer still couldn't figure out where the oil was going.
HONDA USA's official statement is that it is acceptable for a brand new Honda vehicle to make a quart of oil disappear without a trace every one thousand miles. There is no repair to be made. Boy, that's not in the advertising or manual (I checked). When the spark plugs need to be replaced again at 14,000 miles due to fouling, and every 7,000 miles after that, will they continue to pay for it, or just add that little change to the owners manual.
New motto for HONDA: "It's not a defect, it's a feature!"
Similar Products Used: A 1987 HONDA Civic that gave me 120,000+ miles before being wrecked in an accident.
Summary: With all the talk about Honda quality, I was negatively surprised with this NEW Honda Odyssey 2010.
Although ride is not bad, I would still say that judging by Honda’s past reputation, this minivan scores average or below.
The overall feel of a quality build car, is not present here.
Main disappointment is the extremely low fuel economy. While Honda states avg about 20 MPG (17/24) is simply not realistic.
I am hardly getting 11 MPG !
I have had several older vehicles and none of them provided such low MPG.
Some other minor issue which all add up to regretting of buying this:
I would recommend: I fuel economy is important to you, do some research on other minivans before getting an odyssey
Rating Reviewed by: Turner (Unregistered User)
Review Date November 20, 2010
Overall Rating 2 of 5
Value Rating 3 of 5
Used product for More than 1 year
Visitors rate this review 5.00 of 5,
Review 3 of 297
, from Providence, KY
Year / Model Reviewed: 2010 Odyssey Touring
Strengths: Room and flexibility.
Weaknesses: Dangerous steering! Minor road irregularities suddenly pull the vehicle off course. It has been pulled toward oncomming traffic and completely off the road several times. The power steering offers no assistance untill a driver pulls abnormally hard on the steering wheel. It exhaust a driver trying to control the vehicle. Honda acknowledged the problem, but refused to correct it.
Summary: Great all around vehicle, except for the dangerous steering.
Strengths: Get to have the spark plugs replaced every 6,000-8,000 miles
Weaknesses: Must have the spark plugs replaced every 6,000-8,000 miles.
Summary: Purchased Honda Odyssey EX in August 2009. Less than 8,000 miles later, it started running rough, engine light went on, couldn't run car. Towed it to the dealer. Spark plugs were fouled, needed to be replaced.
Eventually figured out that the car started to need a quart of oil every thousand miles. Honda says this is normal. (In what universe?).
Over many visits to the Honda dealership, the only response Honda could give is, "Honda is studying the problem." The dealer says Honda doesn't know why this is happening. But it's normal. Yeah, sure.
Just tonight (21 SEP 2010), same thing happened again to my wife and kids while they were on their way home from school. Nearly stranded. The car has less than 13,000 miles on it. Once again, had to have it towed to the nearest dealership.
Who should buy this: Anyone seeking adventure and likes to spend time at the dealership waiting.
Who should NOT buy this: Anyone who needs a vehicle they can trust to get their family from point A to point B.
Similar Products Used: We had a 1987 Honda Civic that lasted over 120,000 miles until some jerk with a suspended license hit me head on (crossing over the center line). We brought our twins home from the hospital it it, and it was the first car they remembered. This was before mandatory air bags, but that little Civic and it's seatbelt saved my life. Why has their quality gone down so much in the last 23 years?
Strengths: Car is great, however the engine went bad after less than two months. Spent over two weeks in the shop.When it was finally returned then the engine was smoking. We just rode it out for a few days and the smoke went away. Very concerened?
Weaknesses: The service department at Go Honda in Colorado in particular our service advisor were not very nice or understanding considering the circumstances.
Summary: We bought a brand new car, the engine went bad and it truthfully spent over two weeks in the shop. American Honda Corporation and Go Honda in Colorado were of no help. We tried to explain we did not feel good about a brand new car having a rebuilt engine, but they did not care. We had only made one payment when all of this occurred. They offered to take care of one month however we did not want money we just wanted the new care we had purchased. It is a real shame as truthfully we think it is a great vehicle for families but due to the treatment of this particular dealership and American Honda's handling we would not recommend the purchase of this vehicle for service purposes.