I recently traded an 06 Pilot for the 08 Odyssey EX-L, and I am very happy with my choice. The Pilot is probably one of the best mid-size SUV around, but with a growing family I wanted the versatility of a mini-van. I did a lot of research and I found that the Odyssey was the best bet for reliability. I find it to be very comfortable too, and the exterior styling beats the Sienna any day of the week.
It's a nice van and gets decent mileage. Ride is a bit harsh and road and wind noise prevalent. Needs better insulation and laminate windows like the Buick Enclave and Chrysler Aspen, really does make a difference!
8 passenger, auto slide doors, power hatch, nav system, xm radio, rear entertainment system and gas mileage.
Laminate the Windows and add some insulation. Also get rid of the rattles and wind noise and add a power second row seat for kids to access 3rd row.
Compared Enclave, Sienna and Odyssey. Enclave was very nice in ride, handling and quietness. The Honda had a nicer price with the rebate. It's a good people mover and the navigation system is very nice. The rear entrainment system is very nice but not intuitive really need to read the instruction manual. Using 0-20w Mobil One and averaging 18.7 around town with up to 30 mpg on the highway.
Mileage, people moving and cargo capacity.
Get rid of wind noise in front passenger window, suspect it's an exterior molding on B pillar that is loose. Leather seats could be more comfortable Tahoe leather seats were very comfortable. Also air conditioned seats would be nice. Power second row seats for ease of entry. Rid the car of rattles.
This is our sixth Honda, and third Honda minivan. The 2008 van is impressive in every way but one. The brakes are - (and I am not stretching the truth here) - the brakes are the worst brakes I've ever had on any vehicle be it car, van, truck, or bicycle! Took it back to the dealer and was told this was normal? Now if it were a faulty cup holder or other trivial item, I would have some tolerance, however I am almost afraid to drive this vehicle. It seems the vehicle quality from the Georgia factory is way below par for the Honda that I know (My 2002 van was built there too and had a huge list of problems).
Power, ride, styling, shift quality are all excellent
While my husband recently came home bearing gifts. He left with my Suburban and came home with a Odyssey. I was expecting to notice a huge increase in gas mileage. Only about 18 in the city w/air. Not at all pleased with the quality of the interior it barely gets touched by something and scratches horribly! Some pieces are not put together well and they don't match up. The carpet seems to stain really easy and not the best of quality. Seems to change gears at times a bit rough when slowing down quickly. STILL cannot figure out the concept or design with the middle seat belt. TOTALLY useless! The space is so little for a small child but then the seatbelt cuts them across the throat!
I like to features on the steering wheel and the mirror to see all passengers. Would be nice to have ALL of the windows tinted. Seats need more lumbar support. The versatility with the seating is a plus. Middle seat is a waste especially b/c of the design of the seat belt which doesn't fit anyone
Interior molding is cheap and scratches so easily even if a seat belt hits it or my ring. Beef up the quality of the carpet or at least put a scotch guard on it. Tint the front two windows. The black parts of the car have already lost the luster-wipers, outside mirrors etc. Not sure why, poor.