Traded our 2007 EX-L RES with 2010 Touring ,and we loved it!.I heard a lot of reviews about transmission problems on odyssey van but so far I didn't have problem with our 07.There are complains about MPG ratings too!you know what,maybe you forgot that this is a 6 cylinder,not 4,so don't expect that it's as fuel efficient as civic.We drove our 07 to New York 2 yrs. ago and I filled the tank twice only all the way.We started from the midwest.Very reliable van!!
We put 3000 mi on the van since our purchase. Best highway mileage was 29 mpg using non ethanol, 91 octane fuel. 29 MPG fuel mileage conditions; tire pressure 35 PSI, 60 - 65 MPH, little wind, 50-60 degrees. Trip average 25 MPG. 87 octane kills mileage. The Touring increased weight and larger tires will not be as fuel efficient as our older 08 EXL with 16 inch tires. However, the cabin noise is noticeably reduced from the 08 making the purchase worthwhile & front suspension more substantial. The EXL/Touring w NAVI is a great travel vehicle for empty nesters or families.
Previously mentioned. I did find the Touring headlight auto on/off, 4 tire pressure monitor and multi-info display to be useful.
The new 2011 will simplify/reduce controls, hopefully further reduce noise and vibration over the last model, and improve mileage. Road Noise is not a factor on the 2010 Touring. Front suspension could be be more absorbent/progressive similar to the 2010 Ford Flex or Buick Enclave.
We traded our 08 (50K) for a 2010 touring. We liked the low belt line and style of the 2010 vs the 2011. Honda Incentives helped lower the cost. The 2010 touring is quieter than the EXL and both 2010s quieter than my 08. Other improvements over the 08; exterior paint, matte finish on silver dash trim (hides finger prints), interior plastic seems more scratch resistant, ride quality. From day one our new 08 had minor suspect sub-frame noise and a loose feeling front suspension. The touring drive dynamics feel more substantial. Style, ride quality, reduced noise, and improved radio trumped touring cost premium. The 2010 end-of-production model should be more reliable than a new 2011.
The new model should be quieter and have a front suspension feel similar to the Pilot. Plastics need to be upgraded. My bet is the touring will not match the 08 EXL's 30 MPG at 65mph with 91 non-ethanol gas achieved 30 mpg. The 2011 is rated 2mpg better than the generation 3 model.
I hate the Odyssey touring. Certain it will run until the tires fall off, but every time I try to open a door or get in it, I am frustrated with the lack of insight the design team displayed. Fob and key should be integrated. The sliding doors and hatch buttons should be centrally located so either adult in the front can open doors. The power pedal should be movable when driving. Passenger seat should be as comfortable and 8-way like drivers. No rds, no multi dvd slots the molding at entrance points and dash is very soft and gouges easily. On the positives, seats feel nice. Husband loves the driving position & dvd monitor does not obstruct rear view
navigation, large hatch area. Our dealer was great.
This is our third Odyssey. My wife is the primary driver. For a while she inherited my Escalade and she was happy to give it back and get another Odyssey. The Touring model has just about everything you need in a car. It's great for shopping, travel carrying the kids and for her and her friends to go out on their various expeditions. It's quiet on the road and has enough height to see around traffic. On long trips its comfortable and nice to know that if you've got to haul people or gear it's ready to do the job. Over three models never a problem and build quality is always flawless.
Nav. system; Bluetooth capability; flexibility with the interior; power lift gate; quality and reliability.
Why not upgrade the engine to the 3.7 L version in the Acura MDX? While power is good, another 50 hp or so would be welcome.