2006 Odyssey New Car Test Drive
The Honda Odyssey has been a bestseller ever since the second generation was introduced in 1999. When the all-new third generation was introduced as a 2005 model, Honda showed it wasn't resting on its laurels. Instead, Honda listened to Odyssey owners and adopted their suggestions in this latest model.
Odyssey boasts car-like ride and handling, a powerful and fuel-efficient 244-horsepower V6 engine, and a clever seating system that can accommodate up to eight passengers.
Odyssey comes standard with side curtain airbags, electronic stability control, and anti-lock brakes, and the body structure is designed to offer improved crash protection.
Completely redesigned for 2005, the Odyssey carries on with few changes for 2006.
The 2006 Honda Odyssey lineup includes three models, LX, EX, and Touring, each with its own character.
The LX ($25,345) comes with manual sliding doors, manual seat controls and manual air conditioning with an air-filtration system. Power door locks with remote keyless entry, power windows, and 60/40 split fold-down rear seats come standard.
The EX ($28,395) adds power sliding doors, tri-zone climate control, a stowable second-row PlusOne seat, in-dash CD changer, steering wheel audio controls, power driver seat controls, alloy wheels and other features. Leather upholstery is available by ordering the EX with leather ($30,000), a model that includes the iVTEC engine with variable cylinder management (VCM), a power moonroof and heated front seats.
The Touring ($36,595) is designed to be a luxury minivan. It has a slightly stiffer suspension, run-flat tires, front and rear parking sensors, automatic tri-zone climate control, a power tailgate, power-adjustable pedals, an upgraded sound system, 17 cupholders, and all the features found in the EX with leather. For 2006, the Touring model comes standard with the DVD rear entertainment system.