January 06, 2012
Ed wrote a similar post back in August, but having just done a lot of road trip highway driving, it's worth mentioning again: the Odyssey's fuel range is quite good. Biggest fuel tank (21 gallons) of the four heavies (Odyssey, Sienna, Quest and Chrysler vans) plus the best V6 highway fuel economy (28 mpg) equals less stopping for gas.
I looked at our fuel logs for the Odyssey and Sienna. The Odyssey's average of miles on a tank is 310.7 miles. The Sienna posts an average of 262.8 miles between fill ups. The Honda's also had fewer fills overall. It hasn't quite hit 20,000 miles yet, but I'm estimating it will be about 60 fills to reach 20K. The Sienna took 73.
It's just a little thing, but when cresting 450 miles from a tank, it's a nice feeling nonetheless.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor
November 14, 2011
Our long-term 2011 Honda Odyssey Touring is a great road trip vehicle. I drove several of my friends to Vegas for the 11/11/11 / Manny Pacquiao fight weekend. (I made $20 on the PacMan for the Decision, but mistakenly also bet on a KO.)
My friends loved it and thought it was a spacious and comfortable road trip vehicle. I agree.
The Odyssey has light steering that's great for parking but a bit numb on the highway. The ride quality is comfortable and not too floaty, although impact control could be improved. The body structure is pretty tight. I didn't hear any squeaks or rattles with the radio always on. Also, the Navi and the sat radio interface are both excellent.
Power is decent, but in my recollection our long-term Sienna did a better job of handling the grades on The 15. And there's plenty of room for people and gear.
I ended up getting 23.6 mpg over the course of the 600 mi trip. Impressive.
A couple of gripes...
You can't open the power side or back doors if they are locked. For that matter, you can't open the front doors either without unlocking them first. A minor inconvenience, but it got annoying after mistakenly trying this many times on the trip. And the pleather isn't even a good effort.
The Odyssey is asking for B1 service now at 16K miles. And the rotors are warped -- there's big shudder when braking from highway speeds.
I don't like minivans but my buddy thinks they're cool. He said when you go out you can "roll deep." There's need for your group to take several vehicles, and when you arrive at the club, he added that no one will mind -- provided that your F/M ratio is sufficient. Whatever, it's fine.
Yeah, the Odyssey is great road trip vehicle. We're thinking of taking it to San Franciso or San Diego sometime soon.
Albert Austria, Senior VE Engineer @ 16,000 miles
August 22, 2011
Besides driving the 41-miles between home and the office twice, I accumulated 50-miles worth of errands this weekend in the Honda Odyssey. Either this minivan is really thirsty, or the previous fill-up was a short fill and I made up the difference with mine. The 3 previous entries seem to compute reasonable miles-per gallon: 22.6, 31.5, and even 16.7 makes my 13.2 seem way outa whack. For reference, the EPA City/Highway/Combined estimates are 19/28/22. Our running average is 20.5, or a little shy of the Combined number.
Chief Road Test Editor, Chris Walton @ 11,422 miles
August 12, 2011
Or at least V6 minivans that is. I noticed on my drive last weekend that the Odyssey seemed to have a pretty sizable range on a full tank. Sure enough, when I checked the stats it easily trumps its competitors in the this regard.
Part of the credit goes to its 21 gallon fuel tank. That's one gallon more than the Dodge, Nissan and Toyota minivans. A bigger factor is the Odyssey's highway mileage which the EPA rates at 27 mpg. The next closest competitor is the Dodge Grand Caravan (25 mpg on the highway) followed by the Nissan Quest and Toyota Sienna, both at 24mpg a piece.
Given the minivan's status as the ultimate road trip vehicle (for families at least), the ability to eat up huge chunks of highway without stopping is a nice feature. Well, that and the cool box.
Ed Hellwig, Editor, Edmunds.com
April 22, 2011
At 6 o'clock this morning I found myself at the gas station filling up our 2011 Honda Odyssey Touring. An older man pulled up to the adjoining pump in his rusty, 70s era VW Beetle. He started and finished pumping before the Honda was satisfied. My side eventually clicked off, and as I reached to return the nozzle to its holster he got my attention.
The man asked, "How much did it cost you?" I looked at the meter to find that 18.726 gallons of regular just cost 79 bucks. In response to this he said, "Paid 10 dollars. Went into the city to get some duck with my son last night." He looked down at the receipt in his hand, scratched his white goatee and continued, "Cost me 10 dollars just to go into the city. We have to do something about this. Well, have a good day."
Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager @ 4,501 miles
March 25, 2011
Total trip 705.4 miles. Total fuel used 30.086 gallons. Avg. fuel economy 23.5 mpg.
Considering my drive was at high altitudes, included some weather and some city driving, and the van was hauling four folks and gear, I would call this a strong performance. Plus, I've never been known as a hypermiler.
For reference the EPA says the Odyssey should average 19 mpg in the city and 28 on the highway.
I also should praise the Odyssey's range. Over 500 miles on a tank. I like that.
Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief @ 2,656 miles
March 23, 2011
Our 300-mile drive from Santa Monica north to Mammoth Lakes was in dry and unusually warm conditions. And our long-term 2011 Honda Odyssey was in its element out in the countryside, where the urban sprawl quickly became desert landscape and ultimately snow covered peaks.
The Odyssey proved perfectly comfortable and wonderfully quiet at highway speeds. Seat comfort is exceptional and the van's endless list of amenities (navigation, sat radio, heated seats, triple zone climate controls) worked as advertised and kept every member of the Oldham clan in the happy zone.
And it has plenty of motor.