• Jun 17th 2010 at 4:56PM
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2011 Honda Odyssey – Click above for high-res image gallery

When Honda pulled the wraps off of its Odyssey Concept at this year's Chicago Auto Show, we knew it was just a few small tweaks away from being production-ready. Well, four months later, the official details and images have been released, and while the 2011 Odyssey doesn't go a long way in offering fantastic new innovations for the minivan segment, it packages the whole thing together in what might be the best-looking minivan we have yet to see.

The 2011 Odyssey is lower and wider than the outgoing model, and features what Honda is calling a "lightning bolt" beltline, a feature that was present on the concept van that we saw in Chicago. We aren't sure if we're in love with that quirky design element, but one thing's for sure, you won't see the origami fold and stepped greenhouse on any other minivan in the shopping mall parking lot. Other new features for the 2011 model year include available HID headlamps up front, new 18-inch alloy wheels, larger 12.6-inch ventilated front disc brakes, revised side mirrors and a power tailgate. Honda has yet to release full performance specs, but we do know that there's a 3.5-liter i-VTEC V6 under the hood, and early estimates state that the top-trim Odyssey Touring Elite should achieve 19 miles per gallon in the city and 28 mpg(!) on the highway.

Inside, Honda has made the most of the Odyssey's extra width, offering an additional inch of shoulder room in the front row. What's most interesting, though, are the three second-row seat configurations, including an all-new wide mode which allows the two side captains chairs to be pulled away from the center seat, meaning three child car seats can fit all across one row. Again, the Odyssey hasn't really done anything innovative with its interior packaging, but new features like a chilled cool box in the front center console, HDMI (high-definition multimedia interface) input, 16.2-inch widescreen entertainment system, 15 upholders and a trash bag holder (yep!) will make the cabin more attractive to consumers who need one heck of an all-around family hauler.

We'll have more details on the Odyssey's underpinnings in the future, but for now, hit the jump to not only read Honda's press release, but to see videos of the new Odyssey in action. A full gallery of high-res images is yours for the clicking below.

[Source: Honda]

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2011 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite Fact Sheet

The all-new 2011 Honda Odyssey seeks to redefine the concept of the minivan with its aggressive stance and sporty "lightning-bolt" beltline. The lightning bolt not only provides an exclusive appearance, but also adds increased visibility for third-row passengers. New interior features add more convenience for families, while available entertainment technology introduces high-definition connectivity and split-screen viewing. Currently the best-selling minivan in the U.S., the all-new 2011 Honda Odyssey is set to go on sale this fall. Compared to the current Odyssey, the 2011 model's lower roofline (-1.6 inches versus 2010 Odyssey EX) and wider track (+1.4 inches) contribute to a sleeker, stronger and more dynamic presence with improved aerodynamics that help increase fuel economy and also translate into more interior width.


- 3.5-liter i-VTEC™ V-6 engine with three-mode Variable Cylinder Management™
- Preliminary estimated fuel economy, Odyssey Touring Elite (City/Highway): 19/28 miles per gallon*

* Preliminary EPA mileage estimates determined by Honda. Final EPA mileage estimates not available at the time of printing. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.

Features of the 2011 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite model as shown in the June 17, 2010, reveal video:
(please reference the June 17 reveal video script @ hondanews.com for items not listed here)


- AM/FM/XM/CD Premium Audio System with 12 Speakers
- Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ with Voice Activation
- Ultra-Wide Rear Entertainment System (RES) with split-screen capability
- External HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) input
- 150-watt AC power outlet
- Media tray with integrated beverage holder
- Removable 1st row center console with hidden storage
- New cool box in lower center stack (keeps items cool when vehicle is running)
- Leather-trimmed seating with heated front seats
- Memory-linked 10-way power driver's seat
- LATCH child seat anchors in five seating positions, including three positions in the second row to accommodate three child seats simultaneously
- Two captain's chairs in the second row provide adult comfort with center seat folded down
- One-strap stowable 3rd Row Magic Seat®
- Second- and third-row passenger window sunshades
- 15 beverage holders
- Trash bag ring


- HID front headlights
- 18-inch alloy wheels
- 12.6-inch ventilated front disc brakes
- Power side mirrors with integrated turn indicators
- Power tailgate

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like how this looks. I will take this over the Sienna.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is the sole example of how wrong Honda styling has gone. They went from the best looking minivan on the road (especially after the minor model change), to the worst. And on top of that, what new features do they have? Dual screen DVD? Sorry, the Sienna beat them to it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Technically, Toyota beat Honda in *revealing* the dual screen. It takes years to develop these vehicles. You can't just stick one of these things in here a few months before it's released and hope to God that it works.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Man, I am not digging the looks, especially the side profile.

      I, too, like the looks of the new Sienna better.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Are those front sensors on what appears to look like nipples on the front bumper?
      • 5 Years Ago
      New Sienna > New Odyssey
      • 5 Years Ago
      The rear end looks like it was tacked on after the fact, from some other vehicle.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Uhhh... not sure I'm liking this.. or the new Sienna. There's a reason you cant make minivans bold and flashy... I'm not sure i like the exterior at all. The front is a step up from the current gen, but the sides and rear are... well interesting, but not tastefully done. The interior looks super modern but it hurts my eyes to see that many buttons in such a small place. Personally if my family was going to by a new family hauler a CUV would make more sense, they look better could possibly fit 7 or 8 (not comfortably though but whatever) and offered with an equal engine, in power and fuel economy. But if i had to choose a minivan i would have to go with the new Sienna, its just all around a better looking van, I'm just curious to see how the comparison between it and this go.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Okay people, I can't believe we didn't recap on the purpose of the dip down beltline. It was covered when the concept came out but Autoblog neglected to catch people up again: The beltline is done so that the designers could have the same rising waistline that every new design almost requires but also give passengers in the third seat a reasonably sized window. Since the car is lower and the waist is higher (which is how you got that good looking front end) they HAD to do something like that to allow a good sized window.

      Good grief. Autoblog please update the writeup so people stop wining about the design before they consider the function of things (which is, afterall, the minivan's mantra).

      IMO, its a great looking van, better than the Sienna which is massive and tall, and far better then anything Chrysler has.
        • 5 Years Ago
        If we cared about what the people in the third row thought, we wouldn't have stuffed them there. They are probably not even in 3rd grade yet and not looking out the windows anyway. Yes I have kids and I drive a Mazda5. My kids are small enough to fit in that third row in the Mazda.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm gonna whine anyway. They didn't NEED to raise the beltline. That's a bunch of horsepuckey right there.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That beltline is WRONG. Sienna for me. That, or wait for the 2011 Nissan Quest.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The profile is simply awful!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Now let's wait for all the people with no kids to come and comment on a car they have no interest in. Yawn.
        • 5 Years Ago
        So those people can't have an opinion? Have you ever commented on a car that you will never buy or even consider owning?

        Until you ONLY comment on cars in the same class as the car you own, then and only then will your asinine comment be relevent.

        As for me, I am not in the market for a minivan. I only have one child, and a small to mid-size sedan works just fine for me. That is not going to stop me from saying that this is one ugly minivan. I would much rather have a Sienna, and this is coming from a Honda Accord owner.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nice to see Honda on top of its game again! The Odyssey will definitely remain as the best selling minivan in America.
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