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Officially Official: 2011 Honda Odyssey prepares to rock your sippy cups [w/video]

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When Honda pulled the wraps off of its Odyssey Concept at this year's Chicago Auto Show, we knew it was just a few small tweaks away from being production-ready. Well, four months later, the official details and images have been released, and while the 2011 Odyssey doesn't go a long way in offering fantastic new innovations for the minivan segment, it packages the whole thing together in what might be the best-looking minivan we have yet to see.

The 2011 Odyssey is lower and wider than the outgoing model, and features what Honda is calling a "lightning bolt" beltline, a feature that was present on the concept van that we saw in Chicago. We aren't sure if we're in love with that quirky design element, but one thing's for sure, you won't see the origami fold and stepped greenhouse on any other minivan in the shopping mall parking lot. Other new features for the 2011 model year include available HID headlamps up front, new 18-inch alloy wheels, larger 12.6-inch ventilated front disc brakes, revised side mirrors and a power tailgate. Honda has yet to release full performance specs, but we do know that there's a 3.5-liter i-VTEC V6 under the hood, and early estimates state that the top-trim Odyssey Touring Elite should achieve 19 miles per gallon in the city and 28 mpg(!) on the highway.

Inside, Honda has made the most of the Odyssey's extra width, offering an additional inch of shoulder room in the front row. What's most interesting, though, are the three second-row seat configurations, including an all-new wide mode which allows the two side captains chairs to be pulled away from the center seat, meaning three child car seats can fit all across one row. Again, the Odyssey hasn't really done anything innovative with its interior packaging, but new features like a chilled cool box in the front center console, HDMI (high-definition multimedia interface) input, 16.2-inch widescreen entertainment system, 15 upholders and a trash bag holder (yep!) will make the cabin more attractive to consumers who need one heck of an all-around family hauler.

We'll have more details on the Odyssey's underpinnings in the future, but for now, hit the jump to not only read Honda's press release, but to see videos of the new Odyssey in action. A full gallery of high-res images is yours for the clicking below.



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Intrepidation    846

I actually like this a lot. It's much less flabby and bloated looking than the old one, and the head and tail lights are actually flush mounted(!). Clean lines overall and that little dip in the rear quarter window is different without being weird, and probably aids outward visibility. Interior looks good too, not weird like the new Sienna and not chessy looking like all the other vans. Good job Honda.

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Honda Odyssey gets bold new 'lightning bolt' design

05:23 PM

Honda unveiled a new Odyssey minivan today that's longer, lower and so striking with "lightning bolt" body sculpting that it can be singled out from other vehicles from 100 yards away.

Minivans aren't the most exciting segment of vehicles on the road today, but automakers and customers have shown more interest in them lately as gas prices and practicality become bigger concerns. Toyota introduced a new Sienna minivan earlier this year. Honda officials say the new Odyssey was designed as a minivan for grownups who, as kids, were the first generation to ride with one.

The Alabama-built Odyssey will have 18-inch wheels, side door handles closer together for a cleaner look and a lower window line for better visibility, especially from the third row seat.

It will have a 3.5-liter V-6 that gets 19 miles a gallon in the city, 28 on the highway.

The interior is meant to be more functional and roomy. There's better lighting, too.

link:

http://content.usatoday.com/communities/driveon/post/2010/06/honda-odyssey-gets-bold-new-lightning-bolt-design/1

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pow    106

Interesting space ship of a van. Not sure about the extra width, though. Our second-gen Odyssey is already plenty wide.

19/28 MPG is super impressive for such a huge vehicle than can realistically seat 8 adults.

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Cory Wolfe    263

I actually like this a lot. It's much less flabby and bloated looking than the old one, and the head and tail lights are actually flush mounted(!). Clean lines overall and that little dip in the rear quarter window is different without being weird, and probably aids outward visibility. Interior looks good too, not weird like the new Sienna and not chessy looking like all the other vans. Good job Honda.

I wonder if this means automakers are finally going to stray away from that nasty trend.

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I like the current one better...to me it's a more cohesive design. The dip in the rear window makes the side look convoluted and the dash looks like a small re-work with an iDrive grafted onto it.

Oh well, at least it's a real minivan.

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2011 Honda Odyssey Minivan Officially Revealed [45- Photos]

THURSDAY, JUNE 17, 2010

After teasing us at this year's edition of the Chicago Motor Show in February with the Odyssey Concept (see here), Honda has finally pulled the covers off the production version its new eight-seater minivan that will begin arriving in U.S. showrooms this fall.

Minivans aren't the most exciting-looking vehicles on the road, and the new Odyssey won't change that notion. Nevertheless, the new styling and the 1.6-inches lower roofline give Honda's minivan more character and presence over the current model.

Compared to the outgoing 2010 Odyssey, the 2011 model is said to be wider (Honda hasn't yet released full details) and promises to be more functional and roomy with better interior lighting.

New interior features include an available entertainment technology that introduces high-definition connectivity and split-screen viewing.

For now, all we know about the powertrain options is that the 2011 Odyssey will be offered at least with Honda's 3.5-liter V6 petrol engine, with the Japanese company estimating a fuel economy for this model of 19 mpg city and 28 mpg highway.

Specifications

3.5-liter i-VTEC™ V-6 engine with three-mode Variable Cylinder Management™

Preliminary estimated fuel economy, Odyssey Touring Elite (City/Highway): 19/28 miles per gallon*

* Preliminary EPA mileage estimates determined by Honda. Final EPA mileage estimates not available at the time of printing. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.

Features of the 2011 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite model:

Interior:

AM/FM/XM/CD Premium Audio System with 12 Speakers

Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ with Voice Activation

Ultra-Wide Rear Entertainment System (RES) with split-screen capability

External HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) input

150-watt AC power outlet

Media tray with integrated beverage holder

Removable 1st row center console with hidden storage

New cool box in lower center stack (keeps items cool when vehicle is running)

Leather-trimmed seating with heated front seats

Memory-linked 10-way power driver's seat

LATCH child seat anchors in five seating positions, including three positions in the second row to accommodate three child seats simultaneously

Two captain's chairs in the second row provide adult comfort with center seat folded down

One-strap stowable 3rd Row Magic Seat®

Second- and third-row passenger window sunshades

15 beverage holders

Trash bag ring

Exterior:

HID front headlights

18-inch alloy wheels

12.6-inch ventilated front disc brakes

Power side mirrors with integrated turn indicators

Power tailgate

link:

http://carscoop.blogspot.com/2010/06/2011-honda-odyssey-minivan-officially.html

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Intrepidation    846

I wonder if this means automakers are finally going to stray away from that nasty trend.

Oh I do hope so, the Accord Coupe VS Sedan are proof enough how much better flush mounted units look.

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thedriver    39

I acknowledge the window dip, it was done better by Nissan BTW, but my eyes are more drawn to the huge gash that is the sliding door track. There is really no excuse for this, Chrysler has been hiding it for 14 years, Toyota even finally started with the new Sienna. Sadly, people will continue to buy the bloated Honda for it's "perceived" quality and value rather than taking the rest of the van market into account.

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siegen    20

Sadly, people will continue to buy the bloated Honda for it's "perceived" quality and value rather than taking the rest of the van market into account.

Perhaps people "perceive" (not sure what the quotes are for) Honda as having great quality and value because that is where their research and experience has lead them.

Props to Honda for making the Odyssey lower and wider. Lower and wider is always better, regardless of the vehicle :AH-HA:. The 6-speed auto and more streamline shape really boost mileage, assuming the 19/28 rating turns out to be true. That is impressive mileage given that it's using essentially the same engine and probably will weigh about the same as the previous, 17/25 (16/23 without VCM) Odyssey.

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thedriver    39

The "perceived" quality comment is directed at Honda (and Toyota) living off of their reputations, when the domestic companies have caught up in that area. People will STILL tell you the imports are better, but not so anymore...

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pow    106

The "perceived" quality comment is directed at Honda (and Toyota) living off of their reputations, when the domestic companies have caught up in that area. People will STILL tell you the imports are better, but not so anymore...

GM and Ford don't make minivans anymore, and the Odyssey is so far ahead of the Grand Caravan or T&C it's not even funny. I took our '03 Odyssey into the dealer for new brakes, and they gave me an Enterprise GC for the day. What a POS. The 3.3L was absolutely gutless, the transmission was slow, the ride was floaty, the ergonomics were poor (HVAC controls were by my knees), and speaking of knees, the cheap center console left a gash on my knee. I'd happily take a seven-year-old Ody over a new GC any day.

The Flex and Acadia are nice - and they're cooler than minivans - but they're nowhere as space efficient. We managed to fit three snowboards in the Ody with all three rows of seats up.

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pow    106

I acknowledge the window dip, it was done better by Nissan BTW, but my eyes are more drawn to the huge gash that is the sliding door track. There is really no excuse for this, Chrysler has been hiding it for 14 years, Toyota even finally started with the new Sienna. Sadly, people will continue to buy the bloated Honda for it's "perceived" quality and value rather than taking the rest of the van market into account.

The Sienna has had hidden door tracks since '04. Personally, I don't mind them as they improve outward visibility for the third row.

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Intrepidation    846

Chrysler had the track hidden since 1996. It would have been nice if Honda had done the same, it's is a rather unsightly cap. Although they did at least make it flow into the taillight.

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Meh

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balthazar    1,882

^ God, they ALL suck, in AND out. All. That. Gray. in the honda.... :thumbsdown:

The folded beltline coupled with the long dent between the wheels really makes the Oddy look 'broken' back there.

No wonder these blobs have never been on Mr. Balthy's shopping list...

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Intrepidation    846

Well gray is but one color choice I'm sure.

I should go check out that Buick MPV concept and seeing if as many people bitched about that reverse kink...

Edit: 50/50

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balthazar    1,882

The Buick was a lot better done: slider slot is nicely camo'd, and the beltline jog is fluid, not abrupt on an otherwise fluid vehicle. But I don't like the Buick, either: because of that jog.

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Z-06    493

Compared to the other turds Honda is the better looking one both inside and out, apart from that line dipping behind the wind. Like T_Y_D I hate that too.

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thedriver    39

How much does the downward sloping roof affect rear headroom and cargo capacity in the '11 Oddy? The others all have a more flat roof.

EDIT: I guess in the more side on shots it doesn't appear to dip as much, just optical illusion in the front 3/4 pic.

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Satty    338

I acknowledge the window dip, it was done better by Nissan BTW, but my eyes are more drawn to the huge gash that is the sliding door track. There is really no excuse for this, Chrysler has been hiding it for 14 years, Toyota even finally started with the new Sienna.

Actually, the Previa had hidden tracks way back in the early 90's, for some reason Toyota didn't stick with them when the Sienna came out.

The Previa also had swiveling captain's chairs in the second row, another Chrysler "innovation" several years later.

As for the Odyssey, I like it, but I still prefer the new Sienna.

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SAmadei    224

Actually, the Previa had hidden tracks way back in the early 90's, for some reason Toyota didn't stick with them when the Sienna came out.

The Previa was a totally different animal from the Sienna, though. Of course, I don't see how any of these are that particularly "hidden". Its still there, but jammed closer to the window, so the shadow fades into the dark trim. I still see it, so its far from hidden.

I only have a short list of Toyotas I like (Like the 3rd gen Supra), and oddly, the Previa is on it, as one of my favorite minivans. Of course, I still prefer the Astro/Safari... but the Previa is cool to me for its mid engine, RWD and jelly bean shape... just like the Toyota Van was cool for its forward control.

Honda Odyssey will never even come close to interesting me. But everytime I see one, that lightning bolt is going to make it look like it was damaged in an accident.

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pow    106

The Previa was a totally different animal from the Sienna, though. Of course, I don't see how any of these are that particularly "hidden". Its still there, but jammed closer to the window, so the shadow fades into the dark trim. I still see it, so its far from hidden.

I only have a short list of Toyotas I like (Like the 3rd gen Supra), and oddly, the Previa is on it, as one of my favorite minivans. Of course, I still prefer the Astro/Safari... but the Previa is cool to me for its mid engine, RWD and jelly bean shape... just like the Toyota Van was cool for its forward control.

Honda Odyssey will never even come close to interesting me. But everytime I see one, that lightning bolt is going to make it look like it was damaged in an accident.

I've been in the new Previas (also known as the Estima), and while they're now conventional underneath (choice of Camry powertrains: 2.4, 3.5 V6, and four-cylinder hybrid), they're still pretty cool. It's a shame we only get the Sienna here.

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Drew Dowdell    4,993

^ see.. that's not a bad looking people mover unlike the others in this thread.

I think we need a "Best looking Mini-van EVER" thread....

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