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.
We spent so much time hemming and hawing over which van to buy.
Sienna vs. Odyssey.
I did NOT like the exterior styling of the 2011 Odyssey. But it's grown on me a little.
To me, the Sienna has and still has nicer exterior styling.
After test driving it and sitting in all 3 rows, I had to go with the Odyssey.
Odyssey is smoother shifting, handles better and is more comfortable inside.
The plastics and cloth seems to be higher quality than the Sienna, also.
This car is fun to drive.
Really drives like a car.
I had a mid-sized SUV (2WD) before this and Odyssey blows it away not only in power but handling!
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.
I have had the 2011 with navigation system for about 2 months now.
The good is that it sits a little bit lower to the ground and has good headroom.
I am over 6 feet tall and the headroom and legroom are fine.
It drives nicely.
Compared to my prior 2001 Odyssey I would say that the ride of this van is "softer" and it is less responsive than my other van.
The front hood slopes down and I am unable to see the front of the Van.
This takes some time getting used to, especially parking in tight areas.
Now for the AWFUL:
The Navigation system is TERRIBLE.
The bluetooth for the telephone drops every few miles.
They are both useless.
Ride is smooth.
Headroom and legroom are good.
Space is good in general.
The Navigation system finds businesses according to where they file their taxes (per dealership-- no Joke).
My Iphone does a better job that this system.
I purchased a portable Garmin also.
If they don't fix this software problem (they don't think they have a problem-
The dealership told me to call a business that I want to drive to and ask for their address - yes, it is that bad) there is absolutely no reason to buy this.
I think it was a phenomenal waste for me.
The bluetooth is a joke for the phone.
My friend (similar van without Navigation) has the same complaint.