2005 Honda Odyssey Consumer Review: Quiet, powerful, and fun as a

2005 Honda Odyssey - Consumer Review

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EX-L Passenger Minivan (3.5L V6 5-speed Automatic w/Entertainment)

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Quiet, powerful, and fun as a van gets..
By MLawson on


2005 Honda Odyssey EX-L 4dr Minivan w/Entertainment (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


We shopped extensively, Chrysler,
Nissan, Ford and Toyota. We drove them
all and found the Honda to be the most
comfortable, and by far the best
driving experience. The Chrysler was
nice but looked dated, and the
lauded "stow and go" middle seats were
very uncomfortable for anyone over 5
years old. It would've been a bit
cheaper with the incentives, but I
think the resale value of the Honda
will balance that out in the end. We
veto'd the Nissan immediately for the
offset gauges and the wierdo radio and
hvac controls, although it drove
pretty well. The Ford just felt cheap,
like something you'd rent instead of
own. The Toyota was close but felt
floaty and a little weak, plus more

Best Features

The steering feels perfect, not too boosted, and great on center. The seats are better than anything we drove. The dash layout is very well designed and looks modern without being trendy like the Quest. The lazy susan storage is PERFECT for all the junk that my kids lug around in the

Worst Features

The door handles are a little stiff, but that might be because it's still pretty new, no big deal. The "plus one" seat in the middle of the center row is ok for a small child in a pinch, but obviously wasn't designed for an adult, but it's simple to remove so again, it's not a big deal.
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