Honda Odyssey Interior
Auto reviewers seem generally pleased with the Honda Odyssey's interior design. While Automobile Magazine asserts that "the center console is ergonomic perfection," Car and Driver claims that "inside, the Odyssey impresses with an upscale interior comprised of first-rate materials, fit and finish, and ergonomics." Still, MSN complains that the "EX, EX-L, and Touring versions have more complicated controls, with lots of buttons and switches that take getting used to." In fact, U.S. News reviewer Rick Newman asserts, "The model I tested, the top-line touring version, was loaded with so many features that the dashboard looked nearly as cluttered as an aircraft cockpit."
Auto writers are generally pleased with the Honda Odyssey's versatile three-row passenger seating arrangement. "With this generation of the Odyssey, all three rows are comfortable and have plenty of space, although the third row is not where you want to relegate any budding basketball players," says Car and Driver.
Auto reviewers at MSN found the Odyssey's front bucket seats to be "supportive." Automotive.com explains, "The driver's seat is designed to hold the driver firmly and is positioned in a car-like setting." In the front cabin, interior dimensions include 40.9 inches of headroom (39.2 inches for the EX-L and Touring), 40.8 inches of legroom, 63.5 inches of shoulder room, and 57 inches of hip room.
The Odyssey has second-row bucket seats -- but can accommodate three people when its stowable middle seat is raised from its in-floor storage compartment. While Honda boasts that this added seat allows for the Odyssey to accommodate a total of eight passengers, MSN asserts that it's "narrow" and "only suitable for children." Nevertheless, Automobile.com says that the second-row bucket seats are "remarkably comfortable" -- albeit "less grandiose than those in first-class." Consumer Guide adds, the second-row seats "have generous head, leg room." In the second row, interior dimensions include 40 inches of headroom (39.6 inches for the EX-L and Touring), 40 inches of legroom, 63.1 inches of shoulder room, and 64.4 inches of hip room.
According to Kelley Blue Book, "Honda engineers have made the third-row seat more accessible, thanks to sliding second-row seats." While reviewers praise the third row's versatile design -- which allows for it to be easily hidden in a large in-floor storage compartment, MSN and Consumer Guide complain that its "thin padding" detract from overall comfort. Still, however, reviewers assert that the third row is large enough to accommodate most average-size adults. According to Forbes, however, "encroaching side roof panels could cause some discomfort for larger third-row passengers." In the third row, interior dimensions include 38.4 inches of headroom (38.4 inches for the EX-L and Touring), 41.1 inches of legroom, 61.2 inches of shoulder room, and 48.5 inches of hip room.
Among the many standard interior features found on the Honda Odyssey LX are adjustable second-row seats, a one-motion 60/40 split third-row seat, manual front and rear air-conditioning, front- and second-row power windows, power locks, retractable center tray table, map lights in all rows, and a tilt and telescopic steering column -- which Automotive.com asserts, "Adds a welcome element of flexibility in creating a comfortable driving position." Moreover, 15 beverage holders, 12-volt front/rear power outlets, and a 120-watt AM/FM/CD audio system with four speakers contribute to overall comfort and convenience.
In addition to those standard features, the Odyssey EX comes equipped with an eight-way power adjustable driver's seat with manual lumbar support, stowable second-row PlusOne seat, tri-zone automatic climate control, ambient console lighting, second-row integrated sunshades, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, and a 120-watt AM/FM/XM-ready six-disc in-dash CD changer with six speakers.
Additional standard features found in the Odyssey XE-L include leather trimmed first and second-row seats, heated front seats, and a leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob.
The Odyssey Touring adds numerous other convenience features to the mix -- including two-position memory system for the driver's seat, automatic day/night rearview mirror, power adjustable pedals, 17 cupholders, 115-volt third-row power outlet, second-row in-floor storage, removable second-row center console, compass, DVD rear entertainment system, 360-watt AM/FM six-disc in-dash CD player with seven speakers including subwoofer, and XM Satellite Radio.
Optional for both the 2008 Odyssey EX-L and Touring is Honda's DVD Rear Entertainment System. According to an auto writer at The Auto Channel, "The entertainment system, for the most part was great. The DVD worked flawlessly except for two issues. The controls were a bit complicated due to the abundance of buttons and the wireless headsets. The sound quality and operations were just fine, but the headsets apparently were designed to fit adults not the smaller heads of my two young (7 and 5) sons."
Also available for the Odyssey EX-L and Touring is Honda's satellite-linked navigation system with voice recognition and rearview camera -- which Cars.com boasts "is simply amazing." Automotive.com explains, "The optional navigation system is one of the easiest to operate using it's on-screen menus and includes Zagat restaurant data. The system also responds to voice commands, and we found it responds effectively."
Though Honda's in-dash navigation system is well liked, the convenience of a portable GPS unit could come in handy. Check out our GPS reviews to learn more about the best portable devices.
According to Automotive.com, "With the seats folded (a fairly easy task) there's more cargo space than in most SUVs." Every 2008 Honda Odyssey offers 38.4 cubic feet of cargo room behind third row seats, 91.1 cubic feet behind the second row, and 147.4 cubic feet behind the first row. In addition to seatback pockets, the Honda Odyssey also comes equipped with garment hooks, a rear storage well, six cargo area tie-down anchors, eight cargo area bag hooks, second row in-floor storage, and for the Odyssey Touring -- a removable second row center console and Lazy Susan, which Kelley Blue Book asserts, "Makes it easy to access items that might otherwise require a reach."