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Review: 2011 Honda Odyssey

A Minivan Screams For Vengeance While we shouldn't be shocked by anything coming out of Madison Avenue, part of me is incensed to hear Honda using Judas Priest to advertise its new Odyssey. That's right, the opening riff of the greatest album from the gods of heavy metal deployed, not in the service of Satan, but to sell a minivan? While the 18-year-old headbanger in me would like to stand up and rail against Honda ("If you think you're going to make me think your stupid soccer mom taxi is cool, well, You've Got Another Thing Coming!"), the truth of the matter is that Honda's ad... Read More

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    Recalls: Honda recalling 204k CR-V, Odyssey, Acura RDX models over rollaway risk
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    Honda has announced a recall over a possible rollaway risk that affects 204,169 crossover and minivan models. The specific vehicles in question are the 2012-13 Honda CR-V and Odyssey, as well as the 2013 Acura RDX. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, "the brake-shift interlock blocking mechanism may become slow and allow the ...

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    Video: 2014 Honda Odyssey sucks it up for our editor
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    When we heard that the 2014 Honda Odyssey would be getting the world's first in-car vacuum, we had to check this thing out for ourselves. Called HondaVAC, this tidy little sucker was co-developed with Shop-Vac, and it's actually pretty neat. It comes standard on Odyssey's top-trim Touring Elite model and can be fitted with a wide range of attachments all ...

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    New York: 2014 Honda Odyssey gets some tidy tweaks [w/video]
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    Here in New York, Honda is offering up a refreshed version of its well-liked Odyssey minivan, bringing with it a slew of updates including the segment's first in-car vacuum. It looks to be a neat little feature, one that families will no doubt get a lot of use out of. Kids are spill-machines, after all. On the outside, the Odyssey gets a revised front ...

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    Official: 2014 Honda Odyssey set to clean up in NY with world's first in-car vacuum [UPDATE]
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    Much of the minivan segment's volume has been sucked up by the industry's ever-increasing appetite for crossovers, but a few major players are hanging in there, eager to serve as beasts of burden for America's families. Chief among those players is Honda, which is showing its revamped 2014 Odyssey at this week's New York Auto Show with a potential ...

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    Official: Honda confirms 2014 Odyssey and Acura MDX for New York
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    Look beneath the seats of a Honda Odyssey and you'll likely find a handful of that iconic loop cereal loved by toddlers nationwide. And to show that Honda understands its minivan's target market, it is using the breakfast staple to announce its plans to reveal the updated 2014 model at next week's New York Auto Show. While the announcement is creative, it ...

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    Recalls: Honda recalling 748k Odyssey and Pilot models over airbag concern
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    American Honda today announced a recall of approximately 748,000 Odyssey and Pilot models due to faulty airbag concerns. The vehicles in question are Odyssey minivans from the 2011 to 2013 model years and Pilot crossovers from the 2009 to 2013 model years. According to a statement from Honda, driver's side airbags in the affected vehicles were ...

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    Report: Honda recalling 871,000 SUVs and minivans over rollaway fear
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    Honda is recalling 871,000 SUVs and minivans for an issue in which the vehicles may roll away after the key has been removed from the ignition. Ninety-two percent of the recalled vehicles, or 807,000 vehicles, are in the US. According to a report from Reuters, the effected vehicles include certain numbers of the Honda Odyssey and Pilot, as well as the ...

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    Report: Honda Pilot, Odyssey models investigated for rollaway risk
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    The Office of Defects Investigation within the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is looking at the 2003 and 2004 Honda Odyssey (above) and Pilot (right) over a potential roll-away issue. On vehicles equipped with automatic transmissions, the ignition park-shift interlock is the suspected culprit. A possible malfunction allows drivers to ...

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    Recalls: Honda recalls over 45,000 Odyssey minivans over liftgate failures
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    Honda is recalling some of its previous-generation Odyssey minivans due to potentially faulty gas-filled struts on vehicles equipped with a power rear liftgate. A total of 45,747 vehicles are affected by this recall, all of which are from the 2008 and 2009 model years. According to the official release from the National Highway Traffic Safety ...

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    Recalls: Honda expands airbag recall again, still searching for 640 airbags
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    Honda is still looking for a few needles in its haystack of 2001-2003 models, as it expands a recall that dates back to 2008. The recall concerns defective driver's airbag inflators, and it's a serious issue, one that has already resulted in a dozen injuries and at least one death. The recall covers the 2001 and 2002 Accord, 2001 to 2003 Civic, 2001 to ...

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    Report: Honda to boost vehicle and engine production in Alabama
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    Honda seems to believe that America's car-buying slump is coming to a close. According to Automotive News, the automaker has announced that it will spend $84 million to grow engine and light truck production at its Lincoln, Alabama assembly plant. The money will be used to help create an additional 100 jobs and should see the facility increase its total ...

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    Report: Dodge, Toyota duking it out for minivan sales title
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    We know minivans aren't all that exciting, but automakers take the sliding door segment very seriously. Chrysler takes special pride in its minivans, which makes sense because Team Pentastar all but invented the segment. Toyota takes just as much pride in the Sienna, which continues to sell well in the face of months of parts shortages due to the Japanese ...

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    Video: Raging Artists create a manly minivan commercial
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    The minds at Raging Artists are typically tasked with producing unique marketing spots for a variety of companies. The crew recently applied their creative minds to the world of minivans, and designed a spot they feel helps put the people mover in a light that appeals to the fathers of the world. A dad is given orders to take the kids to school, and the ...

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    Consumer Reports 'chronicles decline in Honda's design competitiveness' [w/poll]
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    Consumer Reports created quite a stir on the Internets when it announced that it would no longer recommend the Honda Civic. The reason? The consumer advocacy institution cites issues such as the brakes, fit and finish and sporty handling all diminishing for the 2012 model year. In other words, the Civic isn't as good as the model it replaces. Now ...

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    Cars.com performs ultimate minivan shootout. Guess who won...
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    Cars.com rounded up the year's crop of new minivans for a comparison, the rare thrill being that minivans from every major maker are completely fresh for 2011. The entrants were the Nissan Quest (pictured), Toyota Sienna, Honda Odyssey, Chrysler Town & Country, Volkswagen Routan and Dodge Grand Caravan. The testing format was also novel, in that ...

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    Official: Honda adding 833,000 vehicles to airbag recall
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    Honda has recalled hundreds of thousands of 2001-2003 Honda and Acura models for airbag issues since 2008, and now the Japanese automaker is re-recalling those vehicles. Honda is inspecting 833,000 vehicles for airbags that deploy with too much pressure, which could lead to metal fragments passing through the airbag cushion material. This defect has ...

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    Ward's Automotive picks best car interiors of 2011
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    Wards Automotive takes its 10 Best Interior awards seriously. The industry mag tested 51 vehicles to come up with this year's winners, which span three luxury vehicles, three economy cars, a sport sedan, a minivan, a family sedan and an SUV. Ward's AutoWorld Editor-in-Chief Drew Winter says the publication has never tested so many vehicles, adding, ...

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    Report: Honda issues second recall for 2011 Odyssey minivan
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    The past couple weeks haven't been kind to the 2011 Honda Odyssey. Two weeks ago, Honda issued a recall for 33,000 minivans for faulty windshield wipers, and now a second recall has been issued for faulty front driver and passenger windows that can come off track, rendering the window inoperative. This new recall covers 2,800 vehicles, which at least ...

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    2011 Honda Odyssey recalled over bent windshield wipers
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    Honda is recalling 33,341 of its 2011 model year Odyssey minivans over a problem related to the windshield wipers. Owners in primarily warm-weather climates may never experience this, as the issue pertains to damage resulting from the wipers being frozen to the van's windshield. According to a report from the National Highway Traffic Safety ...

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    Consumer Reports calls out six cars it says are worse than their predecessors
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    There's nothing like being told you aren't as good as you used to be. "You've changed, man. You've really changed." In its annual automotive issue, Consumer Reports awards scores to each new car available on the market, and though you'd think that a new model would score higher than the one it replaces, that isn't always the case. In fact, CR points out ...

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