This vehicle replaced a domestic sedan that was not large enough for four traveling adults with luggage. The seats are very comfortable with great lumbar support. We live in a very hilly area, so find that the frequent transmission shifts and changes by the variable cylinder management result in some lack of smoothness in the driveline. A six speed transmission would likely help alleviate this issue. Fuel mileage is outstanding for the vehicle size and weight, averaging just over 20 mpg local and 26 mpg on the open road running the speed limit with AC on.
This vehicle has great handling characteristics for the hilly and curvy roads in our area. The vehicle has good steering feedback with none of that constant correction to keep it going straight down the road, compared to the competition.
Provide six speed transmissions for all models. A bit more emphasis should be placed on reducing cabin road noise. We noticed a poor color match between the rear plastic bumper and the rest of the vehicle for nearly every metalic finish color for the Odyssey. Pay attention to this when buying.
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.
A year of experience with this minivan has built me a good impression for this minivan. It confirmed that we were not wrong with our choice for this minivan. I rate this minivan as supreme with its performance primarily, as that truly concerns when you are on the road. It is powerful and agile, and truly great to drive. Curving and ascent were superb, and driving control is totally great. Fuel efficiency is impressive but can still be improved though. Features are also great providing comfort on the road for both the driver and the passengers. With its versatility, this vehicle is a total partner for the family. It's lower body attitude gives it sportier look and it's form a distinction.
Rear view camera is really great. The seats are comfortable. Tri-zone climate and variable cylinder management. I also love the versatile 2nd row middle seat which can be folded into a center utility table with storage. Another great features is the 3rd row folding seats.
Exterior and interior styling are great but for this vehicle, it could have been much better. The DVD monitor needs better display and must play different video formats. Newer colors too are needed for this vehicle to give it distinction from previous editions.
We have owned our Odyssey for 10 months now and so far we are pleased with how it operates and serves our needs. It has not seen a very long drive yet this year because it's sharing the duty with our two older Hondas, but hopefully we can rack up some miles before winter sets in once again here in the East Coast. We have no problems at all with the engine, body and the instrument controls. The VCM works fine, although the claim of seamless transition does not hold true, for the driver can feel when it's switching from either VCM or non- VCM modes. The steering feel is nicely weighted which gives a sense of control to the direction we want to go.
VCM which is responsible for bumping fuel economy by 10%, sliding door warning beep, quiet interior, power tailgate, and the rear backup camera integrated into the rear view mirror which is the most important of all.
As of this writing, the 2011 newly- redesigned model is about to hit the dealerships so hopefully these have been addressed: more 12V-power outlets, moonroof controls relocated to the middle for shared operation, make the radio RDS-ready and with built-in HD tuner.