The ride is very smooth and the van feels so solid, it really feels like you are driving an Acura. We got the EXL to get a ton of goodies and nothing too frivilous. I can't consider $2k for nav when I need it once a year and can buy an aftermarket for $200. And I don't want my kids watching DVDs the second they get in the car.
The EXL has tons of great features; my favorite being the CD Library -- it'll record about 400 songs from your CDs to a hard drive.
The safety is top notch, great crash test, large rear view camera is very comforting.
We've been averaging 24 mpg in mild weather -- no A/C.
It's the only minivan you can fit 2 carseat and a Granni in the middle row.
Heated Seats, CD Library, Sunroof, Crash tests, rear view camera, bluetooth
More adjustable seatback, better gas mileage, 6 speed for non Touring models
We decided on Odyssey over Sienna for the following reasons: 1. higher crash ratings for the front passenger; 2. usable middle seat in the second row; 3. more space in the third row; 4. the economy mode (3 or 4 cylinders) for the engine. No mater what they say, coming from Toyota Camry, the road noise is definitely noticeable at high way speeds. I feel more comfortable with Toyotas power train. Odysseys transmission on some occasion downshifts rough. Brakes are soft. For leather interior you get maybe 30% real leather on some parts of vans seats and man made materials for the rest. Still Odyssey looks like a good van so far and drives well.
In addition to mentioned above, drives like a car, easy steering
Road noise, real and better quality leather inside
We have had our Odyssey for 5 months now and are even more pleased than the day we picked it up.
We just completed a 2900 mile road trip, in which it averaged 27.5 mpg for the entire trip. Two tanks averaged 29, but were offset by one with alot of city driving.
We listened to books on tape. Had the Garmin plugged into one power outlet in the dash and a dc to ac converter in the other so back seat riders could watch a movie on a laptop, which we ran thru the car's sound system.
It was hot, 98 degrees for much of the trip and the A/C had no trouble keeping the car cool.
We also love the tight turning radius. It's very easy to manuver in parking lots.
Great highway mileage.
Very convenient electronics--from bluetooth phone connections to power outlets to sound system interfaces.
Tight turning radius.
Bought the E-XL on Memorial day and this review is based off 3000 miles, and one 700 mile trip to Ontario, including 2 adults, 2 children, and a Great Dane. I am a tough critic and feel that this car delivers on most of its promises. Driving 13 hours straight revealed some pros/cons. On the pro side, it was great to see MPG at 27.6 for our trip. In town, our mileage is closer to 18 mpg. Handling was precise at any speed, even with torrential rain. Cargo was amazing - Imagine a full grown Great Dane standing up, along with a weeks supply of clothes, food, and fishing gear. Plenty of room to spare. On the con side, visibility was good, not great. Console has too many bells & whistles.
Our 2011 EX-L has a peculiar safety issue: Both my wife and I have driven off with one of the side doors open. Other than a small red door adjar symbol in the instrument panel, there is no other notable warning to the driver. It seems there should be a high-pitch audible warning or even the inablility to shift into Drive since the danger is so great if a side door is not fully closed, esp. if there are children or other passengers in the middle seats.
Better than expected MPG, smooth ride, good instrument placement and overall build quality.
Open all windows with unlock button depressed on key fob.
Noted above regarding open side doors while driving.
Maybe have an all window close with the lock button depressed on the fey fob.
Brighter reverse exterior lighting to illuminate camera area and curb alignment.
An interior rear overhead light to illuminate rear storage area when rear lid is opened.