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2011 Honda Odyssey

From start we should say that the 2011 Honda Odyssey doesn’t look like a traditional minivan and it seems that it has borrowed a couple of styling ideas from the Civic model, dropping the Accord Crosstour-inspired styling which wasn’t that great. Although the front and back of the car don’t do mate up well in profile, take them individually and you have a pretty good looking front and rear appearance. The flying buttress D-pillar aids the rear end of the car achieve a more contemporary appearance, similar to those of the crossovers.

The engineers at Honda really wanted to make the back of the car more entertaining and have come up with a bunch of new features for the rear-seaters. The first one would have to be that the third row of the Odyssey has two sets of LATCH anchors while the second row can have three sets. Unlike Chrysler, Honda didn’t use the seats folding into the floor technology as they think that there are rare situations in which we would need a minivan to act like a pickup truck. Instead, the Japanese automaker developed a system that allows the second row seats to be moved laterally in order to make room for passengers or car seats while at the same time improving the third-row access through the center. In addition, that optional second-row-center seat can be moved upfront so that an infant car seat can be placed closer to its parents.

2011 Honda Odyssey

The cockpit of the Odyssey is pretty similar to other Honda and Acura models we have seen before. The one thing that we don’t like about it is the fact that the climate controls are located above those for the navigation and audio systems, a huge error taking into consideration that most of us set an automatic temperature level and after that we barely look at it.

The minivan has been fitted with a V6 3.5-liter that outputs 248 hp and a 250 pound-feet of torque. The engine revs quickly and offers a terrific throttle response plus Honda did a very good job matching the gear’s ratios of the all-new (optional) 6-speed automatic gearbox. As standard equipment, the 2011 Odyssey comes with the VCM – Variable Cylinder Management which is capable of shutting down two or even three of the engine’s cylinders when you do not need the power, thus improving the fuel efficiency.

2011 Honda Odyssey

Along with a couple of other measures, including the 100 pounds weight reduction, allowed the Odyssey to obtain excellent EPA ratings. The minivan will do 18 mpg in the city, 27 mpg on the highway and 21 mpg combined with the standard 5-speed automatic transmission. With the optional gearbox, the car improves those numbers by a single mile-per-gallon. Pretty impressive for a minivan that has a curb weight of about 4,400 pounds. These figures allow it to be the most efficient 8-passengers car at the moment.

It wouldn’t be a real minivan if it didn’t had some video screens for the kids in the back which is why Honda decided to offer an optional 16.2-inch widescreen that folds down from the headliner in the second row. Also available is a more conventional screen, measuring 9 inches. However, you need to know that the big screen is in fact two normal-sized displays that are united. Although you can stretch out a movie on both screens, these were designed for selecting two video sources and playing a video format on both screen will look quite bad. Although it has a HDMI port, video game fans shouldn’t get excited because most of today’s games are widescreen high-definition and they will not look very good on the optional screen.

2011 Honda Odyssey

The biggest disadvantage of the 2011 Honda Odyssey is without any doubt its price tag. Although the starting price is pretty attractive at only $27,800, if you want to get that 6-speed optional gearbox you also have to get the DVD player and the navigation system as these come bundled. This optional package will set you back $1,500 and we don’t understand why the DVD and the nav system must come bundled with the gearbox. We will have to wait and see if the Odyssey can face other cars from this segment like the Nissan Quest.

Source: AutoBlog.com

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Honda’s best selling van, the Odyssey will receive a facelift next year, plus some mechanics upgrade also. At the exterior, we can see the new Honda Accord grille, changed headlamps, rear light cluster,tailgate and hood. The new Honda Odyssey is now more fuel-efficient, with an upgraded VCM engine. What is VSM, well, it comes from Variable Cylinder Management and it’s a Honda technology that deactivates two or three cylinders when cruising or slowing down.

So, the facelifted Honda Odyssey is powered by an improved 3.5 liter i-VTEC V6 that produces 241 hp with 242 lb-ft. of torque. For the LX and EX versions there’s a 3.5 liter SOHC VTEC engine that develops 244 hp and 240 lb-ft. of torque. View more photos after the jump.

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