New Odyssey Raises the Bar

by The Car Family

The 2011 Honda Odyssey minivan  price (MSRP) ranges 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 model, according to American Honda Motor Company.

The interior includes a new “3-mode” second-row seat design with a total of five LATCH attachment points  and a one-motion, 60/40 split 3rd-row seat.

Honda states that the EPA highway fuel-economy rating of 28 miles-per-gallon (mpg) on Odyssey Touring, which is class leading especially since the 3.5-liter i-VTEC V-6 engine features Variable Cylinder Management  produces 248 horsepower. City mileage is at 19. The more expensive models get a six-speed automatic transmission and a 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. Available back-up camera and available conversation mirror continue to be offered.

An extensive list of safety equipment on every Odyssey includes a better body structure  that enhances occupant protection and crash compatibility in frontal collisions. Additional standard safety equipment includes  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.

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