Used Car: 2011 Honda Odyssey Review
When it was new, reviewers said the redesigned 2011 Honda Odyssey provided one of the best driving experiences you can get in a minivan. Auto critics agreed that sharp handling and a redesigned interior with more cargo space made the Odyssey one of the best 2011 minivans on the market.
Strong performance and a versatile interior are just two of the reasons why we named the redesigned 2011 Honda Odyssey our 2011 Best Minivan for Families. When it was new, reviewers raved about the Odyssey’s reworked suspension, which gave it a smoother ride than most competitors, but they also liked the power and acceleration that its 3.5-liter V6 provided. The 2011 Odyssey is slightly wider and longer than the 2010 model. As a result, reviewers noted that the 2011 Odyssey offers more legroom for second- and third-row passengers, as well as increased cargo space. In addition, Honda revised the Odyssey's third-row seats so that they fold flat more easily. Along with its good performance, the EPA ranks the Odyssey at the top of the class in terms of fuel economy.
Parents can rest easy since the Odyssey comes with great safety scores and has five Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) connectors. Reviewers liked the Odyssey’s available seating for eight and its improved interior quality. The Odyssey’s reliability scores aren’t impressive, though only the Toyota Sienna has a better reliability score in the class.
Families will enjoy some of the standard and available features that come with the 2011 Honda Odyssey. Standard features on the base Odyssey include cruise control, power door locks and windows, rear-seat air conditioning and a stereo with an auxiliary input. Higher trims included features like a chilled storage box, navigation, back-up camera, dual-screen DVD entertainment system and tri-zone air conditioning.
Other Cars to Consider
The 2011 Toyota Sienna, which remains one of the most competitive minivans in the class, was also redesigned for 2011. The Sienna’s safety scores aren’t quite as good as the Odyssey’s, but the 2011 Sienna offers better reliability. Additionally, many reviewers preferred the Sienna’s available V6 engine over the Odyssey’s powertrain. The Sienna is also the only 2011 minivan that’s available with all-wheel drive, which may appeal to shoppers who experience inclement weather.
If you’re looking for a less expensive alternative to the Odyssey, you should look at the 2011 Kia Sedona. When it was new, reviewers didn’t like the Sedona’s interior as much as others in the class, but it has good safety scores and matches the reliability of the Odyssey. While not as stylish as the Odyssey or Sienna, reviewers appreciated the Sedona’s long list of standard features and powerful V6 engine.