We purchased a new 2010 before the 2011 model shipped. This week I physically inspected a new 2011. The new model is not as airy and open as the older model. The lowered roof line and higher belt line reduces the feeling of space from the 2nd and 3 rows; children will have no complaints. The roof air vents are airline sized eyelets which may not distribute air as well as the larger style found in the older model. Rear visibility is reduced. The new model has a few refinements and I expect improved drive dynamics. But, the older Ody is a winner for visibility, ext side design and still competitive with the 2011.
Exterior styling vs 2011. Head room vs 2011, visibility vs 2011, gauge cluster design vs 2011, size of rear roof air vents vs 2011. Reduced road noise on EXL and Touring vs our EXL 2008
Front suspension could have more dampened feel similar to Ford Flex.