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2011 Honda Odyssey - Click above for image gallery

The current Honda Odyssey is widely considered to be the best of its breed, but let's face facts: it's old. Toyota has upped its game with the new Sienna; Nissan is on hiatus, preparing to spring an all-new Quest; and Chrysler continues to do its thing with the Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan. Oh, there's also the Volkswagen Routan, but no one'll hold it against you for forgetting it exists.

Anyway, Honda's readying the next-gen Odyssey for release sometime later this year. We've already gotten a near-production preview in the form of the "concept" version introduced in Chicago and presently sitting on the floor at the New York Auto Show. Now, thanks to reader Bernardo Roque, we've got a few new spy shots of the next-gen van out testing in Las Vegas. One photo gives a peek at the interior via the open driver's door and tailgate, but it's still too far away to see anything in useful detail. What is obvious is that this thing is otherwise fundamentally identical to the so-called Odyssey Concept.

We'll go out on a limb and guess that the 2011 Honda Odyssey is roomier, more powerful and/or more fuel-efficient than the current van, with a better interior and enough cupholders to service an entire preschool. Maybe two. Whether Honda will step up and offer all-wheel drive remains a mystery, but that's the one thing Toyota holds over all its competitors' heads right now. That's gotta irk someone on the Big H's org chart. We're actually looking forward to seeing the finished product. Yeah, we just said that about a minivan. Sue us. Many thanks, Bernardo.

[Source: Bernardo Roque]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Those side windows get kinda small near the back.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What is the slabby mes around the bumper area. that is not a great design result.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I know this is a mini van and all but it just looks sooo boring!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agreed. Compared to the new Sienna and the teased Quest, this looks like crap. No single part of this van that has been shown is original.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I googled Brenda Priddy, and it looks like this is her email Brendapriddy@gmail.com
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ah, looks like the Honda crew from Torrance is on a weekend gambling run to Whiskey Pete's at state-line. Or, I guess they are taking a little break and doing the 80 drive to Vegas. Japanese engineers and their Gringo counterparts in Torrance can't get enough of the Gambling. All in!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Honda's making them stay at Whiskey Pete's? Man budgets are tight!
      • 4 Years Ago
      what sienna-rip off front styling..
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yay for good looking fresh single hot... Minivan? *Snores*

      (Sorry if I offend Honda fans. I swear it's not the brand, it's the type of car)

      I although, maybe interested in what engines it will come with.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'd bet it will only be offered with the 3.5L V6, at least for now. They don't have any big 4-cylinders, like Toyota's 2.7L.

        BTW, Alex -- there's also a minivan called the Kia Sedona. And, despite its age, it's not a complete joke like the new Caravan/T&C/Routan.
        • 4 Years Ago
        And boring is why GM got out of the minivan segment with their new 3-row crossovers.

        Still, you'd think GM could relaunch the Astro as a fairly inexpensive bulk hauler.
      • 4 Years Ago
      They look gay?
      A gay man would never be seen wearing overalls.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ Invisible:
        Actually, Carhartt O/As are my preferred weekend attire (the husband has gotten used them...). Overalls are almost as ubiquitous for bear-wear around the SF Bay Area as the flannel shirt.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What is with that rear overhang. Either they shrunk the wheelbase by around 5 inches, or increased the length by 5 extra inches over the previous gen. Otherwise, a great looking.............minivan. and that roller coaster looks fun.
      • 4 Years Ago
      With how Honda has been running its company lately, this might actually be a camo-less, production-ready model.

      All that black stuff is designed to save cost, because it requires less paint and metal.
      • 4 Years Ago
      While I've never been a huge fan of minivan styling, if there is one thing I envy about them, it's their sliding side doors. I wish that feature would find its way onto more vehicles. They make it so much easier to get in and out in tight parking spots. Especially when you have kids in car seats/booster seats.
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