2011 Honda Odyssey
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2011 Honda Odyssey
2011 Honda Odyssey Touring
The completely redesigned 2011 Honda Odyssey improves on its award-winning, class-leading design with a more distinctive style, higher fuel economy and greater interior versatility. The Odyssey has been an established minivan segment leader for more than a decade in terms of packaging innovation, handling, passenger accommodation, safety, quality, long-term value and overall refinement. Improvements to the fourth-generation Odyssey represent a new Honda vision for the “ultimate in family transportation.”
The 2011 Odyssey’s enhanced aerodynamic shape with a lower roofline contributes to class-leading highway fuel economy, while the improved interior packaging maintains similar vertical functionality as the previous model. A wider stance creates a more accommodating interior while accenting the exterior’s dynamic appearance.
Significant improvements for convenience include a new “3-mode” second-row seat design that expands laterally, along with a simpler-to-operate, one-motion, 60/40 split 3rd-row Magic Seat®. The “3-mode” second row is designed to better accommodate three passengers with improved comfort, and the new “wide mode” supports third-row pass-through access from the side with as many as two child seats in place in the second row. The third row provides improved legroom, along with better sight lines out of the side windows, which is a functional improvement resulting from the exterior’s signature “lightning-bolt” belt line.
Eight-passenger minivan (seven passengers Odyssey LX)
Distinctive exterior styling with rear-tapered monovolume shape and “lightning-bolt” belt line for improved outward visibility from the third row
Functional seating improvements include second-row wide mode and simplified operation of 60/40 split 3rd-Row Magic Seat
A class-leading five LATCH positions for child restraint seats (four positions LX)
3.5-litre i-VTEC V-6 engine with 248 horsepower (+4) and 250 lb.-ft. of torque (+5/+10*)
Six-speed automatic transmission (Honda first) standard on Odyssey Touring
Estimated class-leading city/highway fuel economy of 10.9/7.1 L/100km (Odyssey Touring) and 11.7/7.2 L/100km(Odyssey LX to EX-L)
Standard safety: Front, front-side and side-curtain airbags, Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®), ABS, Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure and more
New technology available on certain models includes a rear entertainment system with a 16.2-inch ultrawide split-screen display and an auxiliary High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) video input, an “intelligent” Multi-Information Display (i-MID) with customizable wallpaper, and much more. Across all available models – the Odyssey LX, EX, EX-RES, EX-L and Touring – more than 50 new standard and available features have been added for 2011 to enhance comfort, convenience, efficiency and travel fun. The Odyssey Touring model represents the most luxurious Honda minivan ever.
The 2011 Odyssey is truly a North American vehicle, designed, engineered and made in North America, and it represents the vast and ever-growing capabilities of Honda in North America. Virtually every aspect of the 2011 Odyssey has been envisioned, developed, tested and finalized by Honda Associates throughout California, Ohio and Alabama. Made by Odyssey owners for Odyssey owners, many of its engineers and designers are also long-time Odyssey owners themselves, bringing real-world family experience into the design of the vehicle.
Thoughtful features like the front bag hook, available cool box, available flip-up trash bag ring and more were inspired by the North American R&D team’s first-hand experience with the vehicle. Popular features like the available back-up camera and available conversation mirror continue to be offered.
Powering the Odyssey is a robust, yet fuel-efficient 3.5-litre i-VTEC V-6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management (VCM). To conserve fuel when power requirements are low, the VCM technology can allow the engine to operate using only three or four of its six cylinders as conditions permit. A six-speed automatic transmission, standard on the Odyssey Touring, helps it achieve a best-in-class city/highway fuel-economy rating of 10.9/7.1 L/100km, which improves by 1.6/1.3 L/100km compared to the previous 2010 Odyssey Touring model. A five-speed automatic transmission is standard on the Odyssey LX, EX, EX-RES and EX-L, which has a city/highway fuel economy rating of 11.7/7.2 L/100km, which improves by 1.4/0.7 over the previous 2010 Odyssey LX and EX models. VCM uses both an audio system-based Active Noise Cancellation™ (ANC) system and a chassis-based Active Control Engine Mount (ACM) system to cancel noise and vibration that can occur during cylinder deactivation.
The 2011 Odyssey becomes lower and wider on the outside, resulting in a more spacious and functional interior compared to the 2010 Odyssey. The 2011 Odyssey’s overall exterior length of 5154mm (202.9”) is 20mm (0.8”) longer, the width of 2012mm (79.2”) is 53mm (2.1”) wider and the height of 1737mm (68.4”) is 11mm (0.4”) lower (not including the previous model’s roof rails, which become a dealer-installed accessory for 2011). The 2011 Odyssey’s passenger volume of 4887 litres (172.6 cu.ft.) for LX increases by 34 litres (1.2 cu.ft.) compared to the 2010 model (LX). Weight-saving measures result in a curb-weight reduction between 23 kg (50 lbs.) – Odyssey LX, to 47 kg (103 lbs.) – Odyssey Touring, compared to the 2010 models. The reduction in curb weight is a significant accomplishment for a vehicle that is wider, more rigid, better equipped and more functional overall.
Horsepower / torque: 248 hp @ 5,700 RPM / 250 lb-ft. @ 4,800 RPM
Estimated fuel economy city/highway/combined: 10.9/7.1/9.2 Odyssey Touring (best in class), 11.7/7.2/9.7 Odyssey LX, EX, EX-RES, EX-L
Emissions: Tier 2, Bin 5
Length x width x height (mm): 5152 x 2036(including side mirrors) x 1737
Wheelbase x track (mm): 3000 x 1730 (front) / 1732 (rear)
MacPherson strut front suspension and multi-link rear suspension
Passenger / cargo volume (litres): 4887 litres (LX) / 1087 litres
Passenger capacity: 8 (7 on LX)
Five total LATCH positions among second and third rows (EX and above)
New Comfort and Convenience Feature Highlights
3-mode second-row seating enhances comfort and convenience (EX and above)
15GB memory Hard Disk Drive (HDD)-based audio system digitally holds approximately 175 CDs, replaces 6-disc changer (EX-L Navi and Touring)
2GB memory CD-Library digitally holds approximately 18 CDs, replaces 6-disc changer (EX, EX-RES and EX-L)
16.2-inch Ultrawide Rear Entertainment System (RES) and HDMI port (Touring)
Cool box maintains coolness of beverages (EX-L and above)
Multi-view rear-view camera with parking aid lines (Touring)
Removable front floor console (EX and above)
Flip-up trash bag ring (EX and above)
Blind spot information system (Touring)
Auto-leveling HID headlights (Touring)
6-speed automatic transmission on Odyssey Touring (Honda brand first)
Variable displacement power steering pump (Honda first on V-6 engine)
Market Position and Demographics
The minivan segment has gone through significant changes in recent years and volume is projected to stabilize. With four primary models, the Odyssey offers a unique balance of competitive value and upscale features designed to appeal to price conscious minivan buyers with the Odyssey LX, and to ultimate-luxury minivan buyers with the Odyssey Touring. Also, with a more stylish body design and a class-leading array of functional and useful technologies, the 2011 Honda Odyssey attempts to move away from being a “practical” purchase decision and closer to an “emotional” one.
A cultural shift is underway with a younger generation more open to the concept and image of a minivan. Generation Y and Generation X became the first generations to experience minivans as children. To younger generations now becoming parents, a minivan can often represent and support the value of “quantity time” with family and friends, which is more frequently cited as a priority compared to the “quality time” that parents from the Baby Boomer generation often sought. Regardless of the purchase reason and what it may potentially represent, the Odyssey has been envisioned to fill either role equally, as Honda designers put it, as “the best family car in the world.” Ultimately, the designers want the Odyssey to be a vehicle that people from all age groups will want to spend a lot of time in. This required more modern styling and more intuitive features, which everyone likes, but Generation Y demands, all while keeping the legendary functionality that Odyssey has brought to the market in the past.
The 2011 Odyssey dramatically departs from conventional minivan styling with its low and wide stance, highlighted by a "lightning-bolt" belt line that further distinguishes the vehicle's profile. Compared to the previous generation, the 2011 Odyssey’s slightly lower roofline and wider stance contributes to a sleeker, stronger and more dynamic presence with improved aerodynamics. Steeply raked front and rear roof pillars, a unique side-glass profile, a chamfered roof line and a tapered rear cabin shape combine to create a dynamic and distinctive appearance from every perspective. The lightning-bolt belt line dives toward the front of the vehicle, setting the Odyssey apart from the monotony of other minivan’s traditionally straight belt line. The lightning bolt further emphasizes the 2011 Odyssey's sporty appearance while enhancing outward visibility for third-row passengers. Aggressive body-to-wheel proportions reduce the perception of vertical height common to most minivan designs. Fender flares further accent the vehicle's securely planted and stylish persona. The availability of projector beam HID headlights and form-fit fog lights further contributes to a sophisticated and upscale appearance on applicable models.
The Odyssey’s extensively redesigned platform becomes more lightweight and rigid for 2011, allowing for the vehicle’s high levels of safety, increased fuel economy, refined handling and a comfortable ride. The 2011 Odyssey contains 59 per cent high-strength steel content by weight (between 340 MPa and 1500 MPa), the most of any Honda to date and a significant increase from 35 per cent on the previous model. The extensive use of high-strength steel contributes to lower vehicle curb weight and a stronger body. Compared to the previous generation, the 2011 Odyssey improves front lateral stiffness by 6 per cent and rear vertical stiffness by 22 per cent. Aerodynamically, the Odyssey is more efficient with a 5.5-per cent reduction in Cd (aerodynamic drag) compared to the previous model.
Interior Styling Concept
The interior of the 2011 Odyssey embraces a “cool and intuitive” theme consistent with its increased levels of technology and family versatility. The dashboard’s simple and clean lines accent the depth of the cabin for an open and spacious feeling. A key exterior design element, the lightning-bolt belt line, improves the interior sight lines from the third row. Upscale materials available on certain models consist of metallic-look trim, glossy black panels and luxuriously grained soft surfaces.
Interior colour choices are ivory (beige), gray and truffle (dark gray), depending on specific trim. The Odyssey exemplifies quality from its ergonomically friendly controls and sensible human factors, such as the positioning of grab handles, bins and pockets; intuitive switches and controls; and the feel of textiles and soft-touch textured surfaces.
Interior Versatility and Functionality
To fulfill its mission as the ultimate family vehicle, the 2011 Odyssey interior focuses on providing three rows of comfortable, adult-friendly seating together with a large interior volume and plentiful storage capabilities. Overall, the interior has been widened as more convenience and functionality features have been added to all three rows. Nine fundamental seating configurations (EX and above) can accommodate between one and eight passengers (seven on LX) simply by adding, folding or removing the modular seating elements. Innovations can be found throughout the cabin, including such features as a new second-row “3-mode” seating configuration and a third row that is more comfortable for adults.
Engineered for a quiet interior, improvements to body rigidity help to enhance the effectiveness of the vehicle’s sound-deadening material to better isolate road noise. The end result is a quieter cabin at highway cruising speeds with less background noise, which helps make conversations from the front of the cabin to the rear of the cabin more audible.
As before, a 4x8 sheet of plywood can fit inside the Odyssey’s cargo bay with the second row seats removed, and 10-foot-long 2x4 studs can fit inside the vehicle with the available front console removed. Numerous storage bins for every passenger are included, starting with generously sized door bins and a thoughtful storage area for purses or other similar-sized items in the available centre console. Meanwhile, the lid of the front row centre console (EX and above) is sized to accept four-cup beverage holders from take-out restaurants.
A convenient flip-up trash bag ring extends from behind the centre console and can secure a small disposable bag, giving passengers a convenient way to keep the inside of the vehicle clean. The Odyssey provides up to 15 beverage holders depending on the model, seating and console configurations (10 on Odyssey LX). The Odyssey offers a generous 1087 litres (38.4 cu.ft.) of storage behind the third-row seat, 2636 litres (93.1 cu.ft.) of storage behind the second row, and 4205 litres (148.5 cu.ft.) of storage behind the front seats, slightly more than the previous model (+31 litres).
Like all Honda vehicles, the Odyssey’s seating, instruments and controls are designed around the driver. To help enhance driver comfort, especially on long trips, the driver’s seat features 10-way power adjustable seating (8-way power adjustable on Odyssey LX). Every tactile surface, from the interior door handles to the seat controls to the instrument panel, steering wheel, shift lever and electronic controls, latches and lids, are designed and manufactured to be pleasing to the touch and easy to operate. A tilt-and-telescopic steering column helps ensure that drivers of virtually all sizes can find a comfortable seating position. Additionally, the controls and switches all operate with typical Honda precision. Meters, gauges and displays are easy to locate and read, and secondary controls for the audio system, navigation system (available) and climate control system are well within convenient reach and feature large buttons and knobs.
A key feature of the second row is its new “3-mode” design, which provides the ability to expand the distance between the seats by up to 38 mm (1.5”) each to increase comfort and enhance third-row access when child seats are being used in the second row. The second-row middle seat (EX and above) now has the ability to move forward, which brings child seats within a more convenient reach of the first row. The third mode can transform the middle seat into a large, comfortable armrest with beverage holders and a centre tray for electronic devices. Overall, the new middle seat is wider and more adaptable than the previous version, making it a more convenient feature in the vehicle. Even with two child seats in the second row (one in an outboard location and one in a centre location), access to the third row is possible without removing any of the child seats.
Honda introduced the concept of third-row fold-down seating to the industry with the 1995 Odyssey and has improved upon it for every generation since. The 2011 Odyssey’s 60/40 split 3rd-row Magic Seat provides a comfortable seating area and can quickly and conveniently fold down into the floor to accommodate cargo.
For 2011, third-row width increases by utilizing side wall space previously occupied by the spare tire (now located under the floor between the front seats). Third-row leg room also increases substantially by 28mm (1.1”). Seat operation becomes even easier for 2011 with a more simplified, one-motion fold-down operation that requires only one hand to operate. The new system uses a high-mounted strap with a built-in release for fold-down operation instead of a lower-mounted latch-style release, which offers better leverage and less need to bend forward.
The Odyssey EX models and above come standard with power sliding doors (the Odyssey LX has manual sliding rear doors). For 2011, the power sliding doors operate with improved logic for better convenience. There also is a wider opening to enhance ingress and egress into the third row.
New Technology Highlights
Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ with Tri-Lingual Voice Recognition
A Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System with Tri-Lingual Voice Recognition is standard on the Odyssey Touring. The system features an 8-inch, high-resolution VGA colour display and uses GPS technology to provide turn-by-turn guidance to a destination, in addition to other features including a Zagat® restaurant guide. New for 2011, the navigation system adds a wide variety of features and functionality, including a high-resolution VGA display and improved graphics, a 60GB hard drive (replaces DVD-based system), and the option to import a favorite photograph to use as “wallpaper.” The database includes information on more than seven million points of interest, including gasoline stations, hotels, banks, restaurants, museums and local attractions throughout Canada and the U.S.
Honda DVD Rear Entertainment System with 16.2-inch Ultra-Wide Display
A state-of-the-art, factory-integrated Rear Entertainment System (RES) with an ultra-wide display is standard on the Odyssey Touring model. At 16.2 inches (412mm), the RES screen is the largest ever offered in a Honda. It’s also the most versatile, because it can simultaneously screen two different sources of programming side-by-side, such as a video game and a movie, for different passengers. The two programs being played can be easily switched from side to side, so the viewers don’t have to change seats. The wireless headphones supplied with this system can be tuned to either input source as desired. The system includes a High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) port for attaching high definition players and certain gaming consoles.
“intelligent” Multi-Information Display (i-MID)
The Odyssey EX, EX-RES and EX-L models have an 8-inch Thin Film Transistor (TFT) Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) screen with customizable features. Called the i-MID, this screen provides the driver with a variety of information. It can keep the driver updated about such items as the audio system, Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® information and general vehicle information, in addition to displaying the rearview camera image. Personalized wallpaper using a JPEG-format photo can be added via the USB Audio Interface.
Blind Spot Information System
The Odyssey Touring model includes an innovative blind spot information system (BSI). BSI helps give the driver additional information about conditions around the vehicle to enhance driving confidence. Sensors at each rear corner of the vehicle can detect another vehicle that may be positioned in the driver’s blind spot. A graphic indicator located on the interior garnish near the appropriate side mirror alerts the driver if another vehicle is detected in the blind-spot zone.
The safety concept for the 2011 Odyssey is to achieve the highest-possible overall safety ratings from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the U.S. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). In the substantially revised and tougher NHTSA New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) safety ratings starting with 2011 model-year vehicles, the Odyssey is targeted to achieve a 5-star overall Vehicle Safety Score (VSS), the highest possible under the new criteria set forth by the Federal government. (Actual test results were not available at the time of printing. Do not compare to results before 2011.)
The new overall rating combines three ratings into one, and is comprised of a revised frontal collision test, a revised side collision test, and a rating for rollover resistance. The revised 2011 model-year NHTSA frontal- and side-collision tests utilize a wider range of parameters compared to previous tests completed through the 2010 model year. Testing procedures with crash-test dummies mandate a wider range of occupant size simulations. The side-impact crash-test rating integrates a side pole-impact test for the first time (vehicle moving sideways into a stationary pole), in addition to the previous sled impact test (sled moving into the side of a stationary vehicle). In IIHS testing, frontal-, side- and rear-impact ratings, along with a new roof-crush standard, all are projected to be GOOD (based on internal Honda crash test data), which is anticipated to earn the Odyssey a TOP SAFETY PICK award for 2011.
Standard Safety Equipment
An extensive list of safety equipment comes standard on every Odyssey. The Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure is a Honda-exclusive body design that enhances occupant protection and crash compatibility in frontal collisions. Additional standard safety equipment includes Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®), commonly referred to as electronic stability control; anti-lock brakes with electronic brake distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist; three-row side-curtain airbags with a rollover sensor; driver’s and front passenger’s side airbags with passenger-side Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS); dual-stage, multiple- threshold front airbags; and active front seat head restraints. Also, a pedestrian injury mitigation design in the front of the vehicle is intended to help absorb energy in the event of a collision.
A long 3,000-mm (118.1”) wheelbase, wide front and rear track dimensions, advanced suspension design and features such as VSA with traction control contribute to the Odyssey’s excellent overall handling. Specially tuned independent MacPherson strut front and multi-link rear suspension provide a surprisingly nimble and rewarding driving experience, which also provides dynamic safety for which all Honda vehicles are known.
The Odyssey’s 4-wheel disc brake system incorporates larger-diameter rotors. As before, the system incorporates ABS, Brake Assist and Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) as standard equipment. EBD automatically optimizes braking force between the front and rear wheels depending on passenger and cargo load, reducing the distance it takes the Odyssey to stop as compared to a vehicle without EBD. Brake Assist senses emergency stopping and applies all available boost to help stop sooner. ABS is designed to assist the driver retain steering control during heavy braking. The Odyssey’s hydraulic power-steering pump uses a variable-displacement design that reduces the constant load on the engine. When the vehicle is maneuvering at slower speeds, such as when parking, the power steering automatically increases the power assist so less effort is needed to turn the wheel. At highway speeds, it automatically reduces the power assist so that the driver has more feedback, all while exerting less drag on the engine for improved fuel economy. Standard on the Odyssey LX, EX, EX-RES and EX-L are 17-inch wheels, while 18-inch wheels are standard on the Odyssey Touring. The tires on all models feature low-rolling resistance construction to aid in maximizing fuel economy.