We just purchased the 2011 Odyssey Touring on Oct 16. We decided earlier this year to go with the Odyssey over the Sienna (only 2 minivans to offer 8 passenger seating) primarily because of step back Toyota took when they made the 8th seat (center in center row) so much smaller than in the previous '10 model. We were very surprised that Toyota did not build on this feature but rather made it a lot worse. Since we have 6 kids we really need 8 real seats - which the '11 Odyssey has. Further, we need a minimum of 4 latch positions, the Sienna only has 3 (down from 4 in last model - another step back). The Odyssey has 5 latch positions. We also like the looks inside and outside. It looks sleek.
Great seating for 8. Great dash layout. Tons of features-we have never had nav. or a DVD player before in a car so this is really cool to us, and our 5 year olds keep saying thanks for buying a van with a TV(what they think it is). We like the exterior looks, especially in touring trim. Very quiet.
Allow the trans.to be shifted manually. Even our 05 Jetta has that feature, and it only cost about 1/2 the price. Why the funny head rest in 3rd row. Our 5 year olds sit back there and we have to raise it all the way up (can only be set all the way up or all the way down) so it wont hurt their back.