The Odyssey’s bright, crisp instrument panel includes an electronic analog tachometer and analog speedometer as the primary gauges, along with an engine-coolant temperature gauge and a fuel gauge for the large 79-litre fuel tank. The readouts are designed and positioned to provide important information to the driver at a glance. 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 (if so equipped) and climate-control system are all within easy reach and feature large, easy-to-operate buttons and knobs.
2011 Odyssey interior illustration
Information Display (LX, EX, EX-RES, EX-L) and Multi-Information Display (Touring)
Positioned across the upper portion of the driver’s meter cluster, the Odyssey’s information display incorporates a wide variety of general vehicle information and many of the warning functions usually displayed around the instrument panel. The information display shows information for odometer, vehicle range, trip and average fuel economy, Maintenance Minder™, and Odyssey EX and above models have an outside temperature readout. Additionally, warnings such as door ajar, parking brake and low tire pressure are shown. The programmable Multi-Information Display (MID) on the Odyssey Touring has higher resolution with finer graphics for a more upscale appearance, and allows for on-screen custom programming of interior lighting operation, auto-locking door setup and more.
i-MID (Odyssey EX, EX-RES and EX-L)
The Odyssey EX, EX-RES and EX-L models have an 8-inch LCD TFT display screen with customizable features. Called the “intelligent” Multi-Information Display, or i-MID, this screen provides the driver with a variety of information. It can keep the driver informed 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- or BMP- (bitmap) formatted photo can be added via the USB Audio Interface. Up to five pictures can be stored, each with a maximum resolution of 1024x768.
The 4-spoke steering wheel incorporates a tilting and telescoping steering column to enhance comfort for a wide array of driver sizes. The Odyssey EX-L and Touring feature a leather-wrapped steering wheel intended to create a sporty feeling. Steering wheel mounted audio and cruise-control buttons include Mode, Volume and Channel, plus Cruise, Cancel, Set/Decelerate and Resume/Accelerate. Odyssey EX-L and above models add buttons for the Bluetooth HandsFreeLink telephone interface. In models equipped with the navigation system, the steering wheel also features buttons for navigation voice-control activation.
The two front bucket-style captain’s chairs are designed to offer supportive comfort combined with secure lateral support that can be appreciated during cornering. The front seats use padding tuned for ride comfort and isolation from road vibration and feature in-board fold-down armrests. The Odyssey LX driver’s seat provides supportive eight-way power assist. The Odyssey EX and above driver’s seat provides 10-way power assist with a power adjustable lumbar support. The Odyssey EX-L front seats add leather seating surfaces and seat heaters with low and high settings. The driver's side has heating elements in the base cushion and the seatback; the passenger seat has a heated base cushion. The passenger seat on the Odyssey EX-L and above provides four-way power adjustment. The Odyssey Touring adds a two-position memory feature for the driver’s seat that also controls the side mirrors. The Odyssey Touring driver's seat power-adjustment settings (except power-adjustable lumbar support) can be stored in a pair of user profiles – one for each of the two key fobs that come standard with the Odyssey. An 8-way adjustable power-actuated front passenger seat is standard and includes height and seat-cushion tilt adjustments for excellent comfort. Active head restraints are standard for the front seats (see Safety section for more information).
Removable Front Centre Console with Storage and Flip-Up Trash Bag Ring
A new feature for 2011, a removable centre console on the Odyssey EX and above adds more storage and better accommodation for handheld electronics, as compared to the retractable centre tray table it replaces on the previous generation Odyssey. Underneath the console is an additional tray for times when the console is removed from the vehicle. Research by Honda has shown that the retractable centre tray with centre pass-through was predominantly used by customers in either the up position or the down position throughout the ownership of the vehicle. Those that desired centre pass-through capability typically left the retractable tray in the down position.
Those that desired a tray always left it up and may not have fully utilized the space underneath.
The new centre console, with its removable capability, better addresses the needs of each fundamental group by adding more capability to each mode. The pass-through loyalists can remove the console and receive a wider space to go through along with a dedicated floor tray (includes beverage holders on LX). The tray-up loyalists receive a more robust storage zone with additional space for handheld electronics, take-out food trays and similar items.
As before, a large purse can fit between the two front seats, but now it can be placed inside the console. Four beverage holders can be accessed by the front- and second-row passengers. A rear-mounted and top-hinged, flip-up trash bag ring, a new feature for 2011, discreetly folds flush against the back of the console when not in use. When activated in trash mode, the trash bag ring perimeter is specifically designed to accommodate ordinary plastic grocery bags or conventional “small-size” trash bags purchased over the counter.
Wide-Mode Adjustable 2nd-Row Seats with Armrests and Walk-in Feature
Honda engineers closely studied the patterns of how people use the second-row seating of a minivan. They made three primary findings. First, the second row is primarily used for two people and comfort is a top priority. Second, they discovered that the ability to place a child seat in any second-row position would greatly enhance load-in flexibility for people with younger children. Finally, the middle-seat functionality and comfort – which is very important when desired – could be greatly enhanced by making the seat wider and adding slide capability.
The 2011 Odyssey's second row uses two full-size captain's chairs, and Odyssey EX and above models are equipped with a more comfortable and versatile Multi-functional 2nd-row seat that replaces the available 2nd-Row PlusOne Seat™ from the previous generation Odyssey. The multi-functional 2nd-row centre seat is 99 mm (3.9”) wider than the previous model’s available centre seat and can slide forward by up to 140 mm (5.5”) – a new feature for 2011. All second-row seats are removable, and each outboard chair on the Odyssey EX and above model has a folding outboard armrest. When not in use by a passenger, the centre multi-functional 2nd-row seat’s seatback can fold down to create a large centre armrest with three beverage holders and a tray. Odyssey LX models, which are not equipped with a second row centre seat, include seat-mounted inboard armrests for the second-row passengers.
A new feature for 2011, the second-row wide-mode configuration can be formed by moving one or both of the outboard seats laterally by 38 mm (1.5”) each. Primary benefits to the wide-mode configuration include the ability to install up to three child seats side-by-side in the second row, or it can be used to maintain ingress/egress pass-through from the second row into the third row when one or two child seats are installed (utilizing the centre seat and one of the outboard seats). Additionally, the centre seat’s new ability to move forward allows for a child seat to be closer to the front-row occupants.
Up to nine combinations of cargo and passenger configurations can be accommodated by removing some or all of the second-row seats and/or folding down all or part of the 60/40 split 3rd-Row Magic Seat. The anchors for the second-row seats double as tie-down points when the Odyssey is being used to carry cargo with the second-row seats removed. An improved walk-in feature eases ingress and egress for the third row. The slide range is now greater compared to the previous model, and the walk-in levers are also lower, larger and easier to find and use.
60/40 Split 3rd-Row Magic Seat® with One-Touch Fold Down
The Honda Magic Seat® set the standard for third-row functionality in the minivan world. 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 third row features a 60/40 split and offers top levels of convenience for operation thanks to its one-motion operation that makes access to the cargo area simple and fast. The 2011 Odyssey’s 60/40 split 3rd-row Magic Seat provides a more comfortable seating area and can more conveniently fold down into the floor to accommodate cargo. Compared to the previous generation, third-row legroom also increases substantially by 28 mm (1.1”) to 1077 mm (42.4”), giving the Odyssey adult-sized levels of comfort in all three rows. The seating area also becomes more luxurious, with Odyssey Touring models adding a built-in folding armrest in the seatback.
Seat operation becomes even easier for 2011. Significantly updated with a new pull-down operation, the 60/40 Split 3rd-Row Magic Seat can be folded down into the floor by pulling a single strap on each side. The new system replaces a lower-mounted latch-style release on the previous generation. To put the seat down, the user simply pulls on the strap for that seat side to let the seat retract down into its in-floor storage area – in one smooth motion – creating a flat-floor cargo area. The system is spring-loaded and the headrests can remain in the seats. The hinges for the seat are designed to lie flat making it easier to stack items like plywood panels.
Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System with Voice Recognition
The available Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System uses GPS technology and a new 60GB hard-drive-based operating system to provide drivers with turn-by-turn voice guidance to their chosen destination. The system uses an 8-inch, full-VGA, high-resolution colour display, as well as an interface dial for user commands and a microphone for receiving voice commands.
For voice commands, the system provides a “fuzzy logic” searching capability to simplify entering destinations on screen. The new technology allows the voice-activation system to respond to more casual command phrases that require less familiarization, in addition to the previous capability of being able to understand spoken city and street names. For example, a voice request for "Radio 98.3 FM" can now be spoken in approximately a dozen different ways ranging from "change the radio station to 98.3" to "98.3 FM." This logic applies to all areas of the navigation system that can be controlled by voice and the conventional navigation commands like, "Find nearest Chinese restaurant" or "find nearest ATM."
The audio system is automatically muted when the "Talk" button is pressed. The voice-recognition technology allows the driver to simply speak city and street names aloud, and the system responds by displaying matches available in the database. Points of interest on the map (such as restaurants or grocery stores) can be displayed with brand logo icons or you can have the system provide turn-by-turn navigation – all by voice command. The massive point-of-interest (POI) database includes telephone numbers, which can be dialed by using the Bluetooth HandsFreeLink system when the driver's cellular telephone is connected to the system.
A digital version of the Zagat Survey® restaurant guide provides detailed information and reviews on select restaurants in the database. The reviews can be read on-screen or spoken over the audio system by a synthesized voice.
Rearview Camera (Odyssey EX, EX-RES and EX-L)
The Odyssey EX, EX-RES and EX-L are equipped with a rearview camera to provide the driver with additional confidence when backing up. When the Odyssey is placed in reverse gear, the rearview image is displayed on the i-MID. To make it easier for the driver to judge distance and clearance, solid yellow on-screen guidelines indicate the vehicle’s width, as well as distances of 1 meter, 2 meters and 3 meters from the rear of the Odyssey. A dotted yellow line is positioned at a distance of 0.5 meters, indicating the clearance needed to operate the tailgate.
Rearview Camera with Multi-View (Odyssey Touring)
Adding to the features of the standard rearview camera on the Odyssey Touring model is equipped with rearview cameras that offer multiple perspectives from behind the vehicle. When in reverse, the driver can select from among three views by using the interface dial. The primary view is "Normal View," which delivers 130-degrees of rearward visibility. For special conditions, there is the "Wide View," which delivers 175-degrees of rearward visibility. Finally, the "Top Down View" generates a straight-down look at the trailer hitch area or parking area, thus greatly easing alignment of the trailer and the available towing hitch or helping when maneuvering in tight parking spaces.
Bluetooth HandsFreeLink (EX and above)
The Bluetooth HandsFreeLink hands-free phone interface is designed to work with many Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones. The system uses radio frequencies to connect the driver's cell phone to the vehicle’s audio system. This allows the driver to make or answer cell-phone calls without taking his or her hands from the steering wheel. The system is compatible with Bluetooth-enabled cell phones that have the Hands Free Profile (HFP).
New for the 2011 Odyssey, the Bluetooth system allows for wireless streaming of audio from any smart phone device that supports the Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) through the vehicle audio system. In addition, the Odyssey can show metadata for artist, album and track name on the vehicle display (navigation display or i-MID display) with mobile phones that support the AVPCP 1.3 protocol. The vehicle’s audio controls for “skip forward” and “skip backward” allow for navigation from track to track.
Bluetooth HandsFreeLink is designed for easy use. After the driver completes a one-time "pairing" process to link the cell phone with the vehicle, Bluetooth HandsFreeLink can communicate wirelessly and securely with the driver's cell phone when the phone is within about 9 meters (30 ft.) of the vehicle. Once the driver enters the vehicle, he or she simply stores the phone in a pocket, briefcase, purse or a storage bin inside the vehicle’s cabin and the call transfers through the wireless telephone interface. Certain compatible cell phones can also transfer the cellular phonebook into the vehicle through the Bluetooth HandsFreeLink system. After the cellular phonebook is transferred, calls can be made by making selections from the registered phonebook on the information screen in the navigation system or i-MID.
Operational features include:
Phone numbers of incoming calls are displayed on the navi display or i-MID
Pressing the steering wheel-mounted "Pick up" button answers the call and mutes the audio system
Caller is heard through the audio-system speakers
Two overhead microphones pick up the driver's voice clearly while minimizing background noise and echoing
To make a call hands free, the driver first activates the system using the steering wheel-mounted fingertip controls, then "dials" the number by voice
Numbers with voice tags may be stored in the system's memory
Up to six different compatible mobile phones can be paired with the Bluetooth HandsFreeLink system at one time
Using the interface dial, direct phone-number input is possible
Dual-Zone Manual Air Conditioning System with Air Filtration (Odyssey LX)
The Odyssey LX is equipped with air conditioning that features air filtration as standard equipment. Manual controls allow for different temperatures and fan speeds to be selected for the front and rear rows. The air-filtration system is capable of filtering nearly 100 per cent of particulates over eight microns in size (the size of most pollen), as well as about 40 per cent of the particulates down to 0.3 microns (about the size of diesel emissions).
Tri-Zone Automatic Climate Control System with Humidity Control and Air Filtration
Tri-zone automatic climate control is standard for the Odyssey EX and above models. The tri-zone automatic climate-control system lets the driver, front passenger and rear passengers adjust temperature and air distribution to automatically meet their needs. Both front and rear systems are controllable by the driver. With the press of a button, the rear system can be independently adjusted using the control panel in the second row.
On models equipped with navigation, the system uses data from the onboard global positioning system receiver to automatically adjust fan speed to compensate for heating from direct sunlight. Tri-zone automatic climate control includes humidity control designed to automatically prevent the windows from fogging. For greater efficiency, the system will partially recirculate some cabin air to reduce cooling in relation to the outside temperature. For example, when in AUTO mode, up to 60 per cent of the cabin air is recirculated when the outside temperature is 30 degrees C (86F). Comparatively, as little as 24 per cent of the cabin air is recirculated when the outside temperature is 24 degrees C (75F).
A new feature for 2011, Odyssey EX-L and above models include a cool box in the lower area of the instrument panel’s centre stack. The cool box is designed to minimize the warming of already-cold drinks, and is spacious enough to accommodate up to four 20-ounce bottles or six 12-ounce cans. An on/off switch near the box opening allows the cooling feature to be activated. A direct link to the vehicle’s air conditioning system lets cold air circulate into the box regardless of the temperature settings on the vehicle’s climate control system. A push button opens the box automatically. The bottom-hinged box uses a speed-sensitive damper to provide a consistent opening velocity whether the box is full or empty.
Significant engineering went into the Odyssey’s interior lighting to provide clear visibility, the right ambience and optimized illumination levels regardless of outside lighting. The analog instruments are backlit, with high-contrast markings. Illuminated pointers provide clarity and a high-end look. The illumination level of all the lighting in the instrument panel is adjustable to one of five different levels by turning the odometer-reset push button.
The Odyssey has a progressive self-illuminating gauge cluster. When the door is first opened, the instrument lighting comes to life, and then brightens progressively when the ignition is switched on. When the ignition key is switched off, the instrument lighting dims progressively. For easy location in the dark, all of the Odyssey's steering-wheel controls and window switches are illuminated, including those on all four doors. The front doors have courtesy lights that are illuminated when the doors are open.
Low-level blue LED ambient lighting in the ceiling illuminates the front centre console. Odyssey Touring models include low-level blue LED ambient lighting in the driver’s and front passenger’s foot wells. Map lights are provided for all three rows of seats. A cargo light is provided behind the third-row seats.
Audio System (Odyssey LX, EX, EX-RES, EX-L, Touring)
Odyssey audio systems provide a wide variety of features and choices for each trim level. The 2011 Odyssey LX features a 229-watt AM/FM system with CD player and five speakers including a subwoofer with an 8.4-litre enclosure, a Radio Data System (RDS), MP3/WMA2/AAC CD data disc playback, an auxiliary audio input jack for connecting a personal digital music player and Speed-sensitive Volume Control (SVC). Odyssey EX to EX-L models add two more speakers (tweeters), a 2GB flash memory-based CD-library and a USB Audio Interface for connecting an iPod or other compatible storage device, along with Bluetooth audio streaming when paired with a compatible device(new for 2011). The Odyssey EX-L model adds XM® Radio. Touring trim adds a more powerful 650-watt audio system with 15GB of hard disk-drive (HDD)-based music storage (replacing the 2GB CD-Library).
The USB Audio Interface located in the glove compartment of the Odyssey EX and above models can read flash drives and compatible digital music devices, such as iPods, that contain MP3, AAC or WMA music files. The iPod or Flash drive can then be controlled using the steering wheel- or radio-mounted controls. Information such as song title, artist and other information will appear on the Odyssey’s LCD screen. The system will also charge the iPod while it is connected.
Standard Features on All Models
The RDS shows song titles, artists’ names and other information that FM radio stations may choose to broadcast. RDS will also search for music by specific genres, such as rock, country and other categories. Every system can play CD-Rs with MP3, WMA, and AAC file types, and it will display the track information on the screen if included in the file metadata. The SVC feature automatically raises or lowers the volume to compensate for exterior road noise as vehicle speed changes. The auxiliary input jack (aux-in) allows the easy connection of personal audio players to the audio system. The aux-in jack is conveniently located in the centre stack of the instrument panel. Plugging a portable audio device into the aux-in jack automatically sets the volume at a preset level. When the device is unplugged, the volume resets to its previous level.
2GB CD-Library (Odyssey EX, EX-RES and EX-L)
Systems featuring the 2GB CD-Library can copy music tracks from pre-recorded CDs, enabling customers to store up to 18 CDs worth of music on board for easy access. The system will not copy music from burned CDs or from USB flash drives. The system records music at a variable rate between 4X to 8X of the original music track time.
The audio system can display information about the music tracks, such as artist names and song titles using the Gracenote® database in the system software. This database can be periodically updated to reflect newly released music. Gracenote updates can be downloaded by Odyssey owners at automobiles.honda.com in the Ownerlink section (up to four updates per year maximum). The updates can then be loaded onto a CD-R or onto a USB thumb drive (for models with a USB audio interface) which, in turn, can be used to update the Odyssey's audio system. Even without a Gracenote update, newly released audio tracks will play on the sound system, but will play without accompanying text information on genre, artist, album name and track name.
Hard Disk Drive (HDD) Audio (Odyssey Touring)
Systems featuring the 15GB HDD-based memory are programmed from the factory to copy music tracks from pre-recorded CDs, enabling customers to store many CD’s worth of music on-board for easy access. The system will not copy music from burned CDs or from USB flash drives. Based on music files measuring an average size of 4.2MB per song at a 128kbps bitrate, approximately 3,500 songs can be loaded into the 15GB system (approximately 175 CDs).
The HDD-based system records music at a variable rate between 4X to 8X of the original music track time. The automatic-recording default setting can be changed to manual if desired.
The audio system can display information about the music tracks, such as artist names and song titles using the Gracenote® database in the system software. This database can be periodically updated to reflect newly released music. Gracenote updates can be downloaded by Odyssey owners at automobiles.honda.com in the Ownerlink section (up to four updates per year maximum). The updates can then be loaded onto a CD-R or onto a USB thumb drive which, in turn, can be used to update the Odyssey's audio system. Even without a Gracenote update, newly released audio tracks will play on the sound system, but will play without accompanying text information on genre, artist, album name and track name.
Song By Voice
Navigation-equipped Odysseys offer the Song by Voice® feature. From most navigation screens, the driver can simply press the TALK button on the steering wheel and say “iPod search” or “HDD search.” With so much audio content potentially available on the HDD or from an iPod, Honda engineers set out to make it easy to find content. So drivers can simply give a voice command, such as “Play song ‘Danny Boy,’” and the system will automatically begin playback. Song by Voice also lets the driver choose music by artist, album, track name, genre, playlist and even composer.
The Odyssey EX-L and Touring audio systems include XM Radio, which provides more than 170 channels of digital program material and near-CD quality sound. Informational text on the programming appears on the audio system display. XM Radio offers virtually uninterrupted coverage of the 48 contiguous states and coast-to-coast signal coverage to densely populated regions of Canada and beyond. Three months of complimentary XM Radio service is provided starting on the purchase date of a new vehicle. After the complimentary period, XM Radio requires a monthly subscription. The XM Radio display indicates the artist’s name, song, channel and category of music.