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2011 Honda Odyssey: Used Car Review

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ADDITIONAL MODEL INFORMATION

author photo by Ron Sessions January 2015

The 2011 Honda Odyssey is all new, with "lightning bolt" beltline styling, a lower roof and a wider stance. Outstanding utility continues, with room for eight passengers in all but the base LX model and 148.5 cu ft. of cargo space with the second- and third-row seats folded. A new 3-mode second-row seat allows third-row access with second-row child seats in place. A total of five LATCH positions for mounting child seats are available on all but the base LX. A smooth and powerful 3.5-liter V6 gets six more horsepower for 2011, and the range-topping Touring trim sports the Odyssey's first 6-speed automatic transmission. The third-row Magic Seat can now fold into the floor with a single motion.

The Honda Odyssey is a good used-car choice for growing families on the go and is a top-selling minivan in its class.

What We Like

Up to five LATCH positions for child seats; three rows of adult-friendly seats; wide sliding side doors; fuel economy; interior material quality; fold-into-floor third-row seat

What We Don't

Nearly as long as a Mercedes Benz S-class sedan; upper trims as expensive as some midsize luxury crossover SUVs; no all-wheel-drive option

Fuel Economy & Engine Specs

The Odyssey is powered by a 3.5-liter single-overhead-camshaft V6. Equipped with four valves per cylinder, variable valve timing and a dual-stage intake manifold, the 3.5 V6 generates 248 hp and 250 lb-ft of torque on regular unleaded fuel. LX, EX and EX-L models use a 5-speed automatic transmission and are Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-rated at 18 miles per gallon in the city and 27 mpg on the highway, while Touring models are fitted with a 6-speed automatic and receive a 19 mpg city/28 mpg hwy EPA rating. All models are equipped with front-wheel drive. The Odyssey's Variable Cylinder Management system shuts down two or three cylinders when less power is needed, such as during light-throttle cruising, to save fuel. The Odyssey can tow up to 3,500 lbs but requires premium unleaded fuel and the use of an electric trailer brake when towing.

Standard Features & Options

The 2011 Honda Odyssey is available in LX, EX, EX-L, Touring and Touring Elite trims.

LX trim standard equipment includes 17-inch steel wheels, front and rear air conditioning, remote keyless entry, cruise control, a tilt-telescopic steering wheel, a 5-speaker AM/FM/CD stereo with an MP3 decoder and subwoofer, stability and traction control, 3-row seating for seven passengers, cloth upholstery, a power driver's seat with manual lumbar adjustment, a fold-into-floor split third-row bench seat, anti-lock brakes with brake assist, dual front- and side-impact airbags, overhead airbags and power locks, windows and mirrors.

EX models upgrade to 8-passenger seating, 17-in alloy wheels, power-sliding doors, a removable front center console, a trash-bag ring, a 7-speaker audio system with two gigabytes of memory, the HomeLink system, 3-zone automatic air conditioning, second-row sunshades, a power driver's seat with lumbar support, steering-wheel audio and cruise control buttons, a conversation mirror, a compass and an outside-temperature gauge.

EX-L adds a leather-trimmed steering wheel and first- and second-row leather seats, a power lift gate, an 8-in color center-stack display, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, heated front seats, a power front passenger's seat, Bluetooth connectivity and a backup camera. Optional EX-L packages add navigation or a rear entertainment system.

Choosing the Touring trim upgrades to a 6-speed automatic transmission, 18-in alloy wheels, navigation, a rear entertainment system with a 9-in display, wireless headphones, RCA video input and a 115-volt outlet, driver's seat memory, fog lights, third-row sunshades, a 1-motion folding third-row Magic Seat, and front and rear ultrasonic parking assist.

The new-for-2011 Touring Elite adds a 12-speaker audio system with surround sound, rear entertainment with an ultrawide 16.2-in screen, HID headlamps and a blind spot monitoring system.

Pricing

The Odyssey has consistently ranked at the top of the minivan class in quality ratings and sales numbers. As a result, resale values are high for these versatile family vehicles, and used-car prices reflect that. One good bet is selecting a Honda certified pre-owned Odyssey, which receives a rigorous inspection and extended warranty protection. These typically have prices that save buyers at least 30 percent compared to the cost of a new Odyssey.

To get a good idea of the 2011 Odyssey's price range, investigate the Kelley Blue Book used-car values at KBB.com. Also, search the AutoTrader Classifieds to see what models are for sale in your area.

Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued the following recalls for the 2011 Odyssey:

Missing driver's airbag rivets can alter airbag deployment in an accident, increasing injury risk.

The front-door windows can come off the tracks or jam and shatter, creating an injury risk.

If the wipers freeze to the windshield, the wiper linkage may bend or disconnect from the motor, decreasing the driver's forward visibility.

Recall repairs are required by law, even if the vehicle is out of warranty. Your dealer can check to see if the repairs were performed, and if not, will fix the car at no charge to you.

Safety Ratings & Warranties

NHTSA gave the 2011 Odyssey a 5-star overall rating, with five stars in frontal and side impacts and four stars for rollover performance.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the 2011 Odyssey Good ratings for moderate-overlap front and side impacts, as well as roof crush, head restraints and seats.

American Honda Motor Company sold the 2011 Odyssey with a 3-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty and a 5-year/unlimited-distance corrosion-perforation warranty.

Honda certified pre-owned vehicles must be less than 6 years old and have less than 80,000 miles. Every certified pre-owned Odyssey undergoes a multipoint inspection. Those that pass receive a 12-month/12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, extending the basic new-car warranty to 48 months or 48,000 miles and powertrain coverage to 7 years or 100,000 miles from when the vehicle was first sold (whichever occurs first). Also included is a vehicle-history report and 3 free months of SiriusXM Satellite Radio.

Other Cars to Consider

2011 Chrysler Town & Country -- The 2011 version of Chrysler's landmark minivan gets more comfortable seats and a new 283-hp 3.6-liter dual-overhead-camshaft V6 mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission that's EPA-rated at 17 mpg city/25 mpg hwy. The Town & Country offers crisp steering and fold-into-the floor second-row seats, but the third-row seat room is a bit tight.

2011 Toyota Sienna -- Also all new for 2011, the Sienna offers flat-folding third-row seats and second-row seats that slide fore or aft by nearly 2 feet. The base 187-hp 2.7-liter 4-cylinder is to be avoided, but a peppy 265-hp 3.5-liter V6 is more than ample. An all-wheel-drive version is available, as well as a sporty SE "man van" with sport-tuned suspension.

AutoTrader's Advice

Minivans don't get any better than the Odyssey. We think the best bang for the buck is in an EX or EX-L model, which have most of the features that minivan buyers want, such as 8-passenger seating, five LATCH positions for child seats, power-sliding doors, 3-zone automatic A/C and an upgraded audio system for a reasonable price. The EX-L adds leather seating that, despite looking and wearing better, cleans up better than cloth when the inevitable spills happen. Look for lower-mileage examples that have seen obvious care and maintenance when possible, and always get a car-history report. Going the Honda certified pre-owned route is always a wise choice.

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