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Avg. Price Paid: $17,997 - $29,827
Original MSRP: $28,075 - $43,525
MPG: 18 City / 27 Hwy
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2011 Honda Odyssey Interior

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Minivans are proof that it’s whats inside that counts. While some reviewers aren’t sure about the Odyssey’s revised exterior, they all agree that it has inner beauty in spades. Reviewers appreciate the comfortable, well-built interior. If you’re willing to spend, you can option the Odyssey with entertainment features, like a 16.2 inch dual view entertainment screen and surround sound that may beat what you have in your living room.

But, the Honda Odyssey’s interior isn’t just about flashy electronics. It also features seating for up to eight in seats that are comfortable and versatile. You can expand the second row side-to-side to give passengers more space or to fit three car seats.

  • "Odyssey includes all the family-friendly features that lure you to a van in the first place. One we found that was especially useful was the "wide mode," which lets you move the two outboard second-row seats sideways." -- USA TODAY
  • "The new Odyssey's interior may not be particularly beautiful, but it's astonishingly comfortable, very versatile and exceptionally high-quality. Swallowing up to eight people there isn't a bad seat in the Odyssey house; everyone gets at least one cup holder, and there's a full range of entertainment options including a new wide drop-down video screen." -- Popular Mechanics
  • "The interior, on the other hand, is far from controversial. It features an expensive and upscale Acura-like look and feel. Pleasantly traditional in layout, and very friendly to the eye, the center stack is much improved over last year's model with the audio and HVAC controls now occupying the same general real estate, and human-friendly round knobs replacing toggle switches for temperature adjustments. The analog tachometer and speedometer, now the same size, join analog coolant temperature and fuel level gauges on each side." -- Autoblog

Seating

It wouldn’t be a minivan if it couldn’t seat a crowd, but reviewers say the Honda Odyssey goes a step further by making sure everyone – even passengers in the third row – are comfortable.  They’re also impressed with the second row, which can be widened. That allows you to put in more car seats (there are three sets of LATCH connecters in the second row, five in the car total) or separate squabbling kids. The expandable seat is available in all trims but the base LX.

  • "I feel completely comfortable in every seat, save the wider but slightly too-firm middle-row center. In the third row, I'd wish for more thigh support, but the added 1.1 inch of legroom and the more open shoulder environment are welcome." -- Motor Trend
  • "Better yet, when you get to that last seat, it provides honest seating for adults." -- Road and Track
  • "All the seats are comfortable when compared with the competition. The driver's seat sits upright a bit, like in most minivans. The second-row seats are nice and wide, so adults will be comfortable on road trips, and the third row has plenty of room for angst-ridden teens who want to be as far from the parental units as possible." -- Cars.com
  • "We spent a full day with the 2011 Honda Odyssey in San Diego, but before heading out, we took a few minutes to sit in all three rows of the Odyssey - and each proved comfortable for a six-foot two-inch average-weight male." -- Autoblog

Interior Features

The available interior features on the 2011 Honda Odyssey are the van’s strong suit, according to most reviewers – provided that you can pay for them. While the base LX model comes with a five-speaker stereo system with an auxiliary input jack, go for the Touring Elite trim and you can get things like a 16.2 inch HD video display with surround sound. Just know that there is nearly a $15,000 price difference between the LX and Touring Elite trim. Some reviewers point out that you can get similar capabilities by springing for a portable DVD player or an iPad for each of your kids.

In addition to being impressed by the available features, reviewers also like how well the various electronics work. While a few say the dash has too many buttons and is confusing, most say it’s a simply layout.  Several reviewers also say that the build quality and materials are top notch.

  • "Road-trip time-passing mainstays I Spy and Geography are all but officially obsolete." -- Car and Driver
  • "Though it's been redesigned, the Odyssey's dash can still be a bit daunting. We counted more than 80 buttons and dials at the driver's command in the range-topping Touring Elite. Fortunately, most of these controls are logically grouped for easier operation, but we found their small labels hard to decipher at a glance." -- Edmunds
  • "Back in my day (and in my sister's Odyssey), kids looked out the damn windows! But in the range-topping Odyssey Touring Elite package, they can gaze at a 16.2-inch screen playing one giant movie (complete with 650 watts of 5.1 surround sound) or two smaller ones side by side, sourced from the dash-mounted DVD player, a set of RCA input jacks, or (world-first alert!) an HDMI jack." -- Motor Trend
  • "Still, as impressive as all this technology is, keep in mind that much of it is embedded in our lives through things like smartphones. Onboard entertainment systems are attractive, but much of their functionality can be duplicated using DVD players, iPads or phones. Think before you spend." -- Popular Mechanics
  • "For parents willing to pay up for the top-of-the-line $43,250 Odyssey, their little ones will literally be sitting in a surround-sound mobile movie theater that sounds better than any home theater I've set up." -- Cars.com
  • "The Odyssey's infotainment system is very capable, even in its simplest form." -- Autoblog

Cargo

Reviewers say that the Honda Odyssey is filled with innovative storage compartments and cubbies -- including up to 15 cup holders. There is space for a trash bag as well as a purse, diaper bag or attache case between the front two seats, something busy parents should find useful.

In the rear, there is 38.4 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row.  Expanding the space by dropping the third row into the floor is easy to do; you simply tug on a strap. With the third row folded, there is 93.1 cubic feet of space. If you remove the second row seats, the Odyssey has 148.5 cubic feet of space.  This is just two cubic feet of space less than the Toyota Sienna, but is more space than is offered by the Chrysler Town & Country.

  • “The Odyssey’s interior team spent some of theirs measuring 800 purses, ensuring that 80 percent of women’s (and some men’s) carryalls would fit in a new removable bin between the front seats." -- Car and Driver
  • "The third row folds easily into the rear cargo compartment using a single strap and one fluid motion that requires little effort. A power liftgate is standard on EX-L and Touring trims, but there is no optional powered third row." -- Cars.com
  • "Between the front seats is a reconfigured center console with storage and a new flip-up trash bag ring that's sized to accommodate ordinary grocery bags. The center console is also removable, allowing a generous pass-through for those who to choose to give up the storage." -- Autoblog

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