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    The Honda Odyssey thread



    Spending a week in this fully-loaded Touring Elite model. Anything in particular I should be on the lookout for?

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    Re: The Honda Odyssey thread

    Give me a Chrysler minivan. This thing is for those who have given up on risk, completely

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    Re: The Honda Odyssey thread

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    Anything in particular I should be on the lookout for?
    Non-offensive aesthetics. Let us know if you find any.

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    Re: The Honda Odyssey thread

    Best minivan in the class IMO.

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    Re: The Honda Odyssey thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Amphibian View Post
    Best minivan in the class IMO.
    Except it is not really a 'mini' van. Also just curious have you driven both the new Chrysler and the Honda? Or is your statement based on reviews you have read?

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    Re: The Honda Odyssey thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Canuck View Post
    Except it is not really a 'mini' van. Also just curious have you driven both the new Chrysler and the Honda? Or is your statement based on reviews you have read?
    They are "minivans" even if they aren't "mini" anymore. It's just the way it is.

    No, just the 08-10 T&C, which was actually GC, but the same nonetheless. Compared to the 05 Odyssey I drove, it was no contest, so being that the T&C is heavily facelifted while the Honda was redesigned ... you get my drift, lol.

    The T&C is now competitive, no doubt about it. The best? No. I sat in the new one at the autoshow and its interior is now competitive, wayyy better than the Toyota. It still trails the Quest and Odyssey though.

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    Re: The Honda Odyssey thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Canuck View Post
    Except it is not really a 'mini' van. Also just curious have you driven both the new Chrysler and the Honda? Or is your statement based on reviews you have read?
    Indeed, all entries in the U.S. market "minivan" segment are what were formerly referred to as extended length. They're not so "mini" anymore!

    I await bradyholt's review, though I do agree with Amphibian having driven the Odyssey Touring Elite myself along with a Chrysler T&C Limited, Nissan Quest SL, and Toyota Sienna XLE.

    The Odyssey's powertrain in particular is superb - an impressive combination of smoothness, responsivness, and efficiency none of the other vans could match.

    btw bradyholt, I'm interested in the fuel economy figures you achieve driving the Odyssey. I got about 26 mpg over a 58 mi. trip (60% highway, 40% urban/suburban roads).
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    Re: The Honda Odyssey thread

    Speaking of the Odyssey's powertrain, I was surprised at its performance numbers considering its horsepower rating is well down on Toyota and Chrysler entries.

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    Re: The Honda Odyssey thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Amphibian View Post
    Speaking of the Odyssey's powertrain, I was surprised at its performance numbers considering its horsepower rating is well down on Toyota and Chrysler entries.
    I agree, that and it gets much better gas mileage....but thats only on the upper trim levels that come with the 6 speed automatic.

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    Re: The Honda Odyssey thread

    Quote Originally Posted by roy219 View Post
    Indeed, all entries in the U.S. market "minivan" segment are what were formerly referred to as extended length. They're not so "mini" anymore!

    I await bradyholt's review, though I do agree with Amphibian having driven the Odyssey Touring Elite myself along with a Chrysler T&C Limited, Nissan Quest SL, and Toyota Sienna XLE.

    The Odyssey's powertrain in particular is superb - an impressive combination of smoothness, responsivness, and efficiency none of the other vans could match.

    btw bradyholt, I'm interested in the fuel economy figures you achieve driving the Odyssey. I got about 26 mpg over a 58 mi. trip (60% highway, 40% urban/suburban roads).
    I have a review from an earlier test drive:
    http://www.examiner.com/autos-in-nat...-touring-elite

    I'm planning to drive the competing vans tomorrow morning, but although clearly none of the other vans matches the Odyssey mileage, the Honda's engine isn't striking me as a standout for refinement or power. I'll see if that recollection survives the back-to-back drives.

    For mileage, so far the trip computer is reporting 24 mpg in almost all urban/suburban driving. Did yours have the six-speed? (this one does)

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    Re: The Honda Odyssey thread

    I figure anyone shopping for minivans is very practical and really needs the passenger seating. With that in mind, crash safety is important. But to my knowledge, only two of the 2011 vans have been subjected to the new, harder US government crash tests: the Odyssey and the Sienna. The Odyssey got 5 stars overall, the Sienna got 3. ( EDIT: Yet again, bradyholt has found a factual error in one of my posts. The Sienna has a four star overall rating, it got three stars in front impacts but five in side impacts. I apologize for misleading anyone. )

    If I was voting with my dollars today, that would be enough to put me into the Odyssey.

    Quote Originally Posted by germeezy1 View Post
    I agree, that and it gets much better gas mileage....but thats only on the upper trim levels that come with the 6 speed automatic.
    I think the Odyssey fuel economy is 18/27 base trims and 19/28 Touring ( $41,000+ ) and Touring Elite ( $43,000+ ).

    So you pay through the nose if you want the best fuel economy, but even the entry level is pretty good.
    Last edited by Michael_S; 04-24-2011 at 10:03 PM.

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    Re: The Honda Odyssey thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Canuck View Post
    Except it is not really a 'mini' van. Also just curious have you driven both the new Chrysler and the Honda? Or is your statement based on reviews you have read?
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    Re: The Honda Odyssey thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael_S View Post
    I figure anyone shopping for minivans is very practical and really needs the passenger seating. With that in mind, crash safety is important. But to my knowledge, only two of the 2011 vans have been subjected to the new, harder US government crash tests: the Odyssey and the Sienna. The Odyssey got 5 stars overall, the Sienna got 3.

    If I was voting with my dollars today, that would be enough to put me into the Odyssey.
    The Sienna actually got three stars frontal / five stars side / four stars overall. Four stars is the typical score among the vehicles (of other classes) in the test. Its one weak score was for the front passenger.

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    Re: The Honda Odyssey thread

    There's currently a big minivan vote going on here:
    http://www.whatwouldyouratherdrive.com/

    What would YOU rather drive?

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