Premium Audio System (Odyssey Touring)
The Odyssey Touring provides a 12-speaker, 650-watt, premium 5.1 Surround Sound audio system for an extraordinary listening experience. The audio system includes four premium door-mounted speakers, two tweeters in the instrument panel, one centre-channel speaker in the middle of the instrument panel, two roof-mounted speakers above the second row, two speakers mounted in the D-pillar, and one subwoofer mounted in the side wall of the third row (larger, 8.4-litre enclosure). Fading the audio to the rearmost position creates a genuine mobile theater audio experience for the rear passengers, with 5.1 Surround Sound being delivered through the seven speakers in the second and third rows.
Honda DVD Rear Entertainment System (RES) (Odyssey EX-RES and EX-L)
Standard on Odyssey EX-RES and EX-L models, a factory-installed Honda DVD Rear Entertainment System (RES) for rear passengers is a multi-faceted system that features a 9-inch wide-screen LCD display that flips down from the ceiling for easy viewing. The QVGA display natively provides 480 pixels horizontally and 234 pixels vertically. User-selectable aspect ratios include normal, wide and zoom. The extended capabilities of the system allow for either DVD, CD, radio, available XM Radio and auxiliary accessories (such as certain video game consoles, DVD players or cameras) to be played in the rear seating areas through headphones while the front passengers listen to a different audio source.
The DVD player can be conveniently controlled from three sources – the front audio-system controls, the integrated wireless remote control (that stores near the LCD screen), or through voice activation on models equipped with the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System. For 2011, the DVD disc will begin to auto-play when the disc is loaded. Additional audio and video input jacks allow for a wide variety of additional equipment to be attached to the system. The system comes complete with two infrared (IR) wireless headphones and a wireless remote control as standard equipment. For convenient night use, the remote control is illuminated.
Two wireless headphones are included. Each includes a volume knob. A safety feature on the wireless headphone system prevents front-row passengers from using the headphones. The wireless headphones are automatically activated when the ear pieces are turned approximately 90 degrees (to be put on) and deactivated when the headphones are turned 90 degrees (when taken off). The automatic on/off system reduces the possibility that the AAA battery-powered headphones could be accidentally left on. A 115-volt power outlet rated for devices up to 150 watts is included in the third row of models with RES.
Honda DVD Ultrawide Rear Entertainment System (RES) with HDMI Port (Odyssey Touring)
A state-of-the-art, factory-integrated Rear Entertainment System (RES) with an ultrawide display is standard on the Odyssey Touring model. At 16.2 inches wide, the RES screen is the largest ever offered in a Honda. The WVGA display natively provides 1,600 pixels horizontally and 480 pixels vertically (approximately 6.8 times the resolution of the standard display on the Odyssey EX-RES and EX-L). User-selectable aspect ratios include normal (640x480), full (850x480), super full (1,300x480), ultra full (1,600x480), super zoom (1,300x640) and ultra zoom (1600x640). It is also the most versatile, because it can simultaneously show 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 using a button near the screen, so the viewers don’t have to change seats.
The Odyssey Touring has an exclusive 12-speaker, 650-watt audio system provides 5.1 channel surround sound capability (see Premium Audio System for more information). The dual-source wireless headphones supplied with this system can be tuned to either input source as desired using a button on each set of headphones. The system includes a High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) port (located in the third row) for attaching high definition players and certain gaming consoles, along with standard composite and audio inputs.
Active Noise Cancellation (ANC)
The audio system integrates with the vehicle's Active Noise Cancellation™ (ANC) system to minimize certain frequencies associated with cylinder deactivation on all 2011 Odyssey models. ANC significantly reduces certain low-frequency sounds in the interior. Dual microphones – one located in the headliner near the overhead console and the other near the rear overhead light module – pick up low-end drivetrain frequency noise entering the cabin. This audio signal is sent to the ANC electronic processor, which creates and sends a precisely timed "reverse phase" audio signal to a special amplifier. In turn, the amplifier drives the subwoofer and door speakers to cancel the original noise signal.
HomeLink Remote System
The Odyssey EX and above models feature a HomeLink® universal remote system, built into the overhead map-light module. The system can be programmed with the codes of up to three devices, such as a garage-door opener, home security system, etc.
Integrated second-row sunshades are standard on Odyssey EX and above models. The retractable shades are integrated into the lower portion of the power sliding doors and can be easily pulled up and secured via a hook on the upper portion of the window sash. The shades cover the majority of the glass and do not affect power window operation. Third-row sunshades are included on the Odyssey Touring models.
UV-Resistant Privacy Glass
All Odyssey models come equipped with UV-resistant privacy glass with dark tinting on the windows in the second and third rows. The Odyssey's glass filters ultraviolet (UV) light resulting in less interior fade over time, lower cabin temperatures on hot days and more efficient interior cooling.
Remote entry is standard equipment on all Odyssey models. Odyssey LX models feature keys with built-in transmitters that have lock, unlock and panic buttons. Odyssey EX models add to the LX features with a key fob that provides additional buttons for opening and closing the power sliding doors remotely. For quickly ventilating the interior in hot weather, the key fob can also open the windows and moonroof by holding down the unlock button. The key can also perform the same function in the door lock cylinder, and close the windows and moonroof, too, by turning to lock or unlock positions accordingly and holding. On Odyssey EX-L and above models, the key fob transmitter has an additional button that can raise and lower the power tailgate.
Automatic-Dimming Rearview Mirror
An automatic-dimming rearview mirror is standard on Odyssey EX models and above. The rearview mirror automatically dims to an anti-glare setting when bright headlights are detected behind the vehicle.
12V DC and 115V Power Outlets
The Odyssey EX and above models have three 12V DC power outlets – two in the front and one near the third row. The Odyssey EX–RES, EX-L and Touring models are equipped with a 115-volt power inverter (150 watts) in the third row for operating a wide range of equipment including certain game consoles, mobile phone chargers or similar items. The power outlet features a rotating protective cover (similar to those used in a home for child-proofing) to enhance safety.
2011 Odyssey: Body
Odyssey’s body provides far more than just dramatic and attractive styling. Its strong unit-body structure is key to its high fuel economy and targeted safety ratings. It even contributes to a smooth, quiet ride.
Sporty, upscale and distinctive design
Highly efficient, highly rigid and lightweight unit-body construction with Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure
Aerodynamic Cd improves by 5.5 per cent
Improved power sliding door operation and larger opening
Quieter cabin with reduced NVH
Exterior Styling and Design
The styling conveys that the Odyssey is a dynamic and luxurious vehicle first, and a minivan second. With its windswept A-pillars, rakish D-pillars and dramatic lightning-bolt belt line detail, the Odyssey is unmistakable for any other vehicle on the road. It also redefines minivan styling while opening up the minivan ranks to customers who might not have previously considered one.
2011 Honda Odyssey styling image
Designers focused on making the Odyssey more visually spontaneous, progressive and athletic. The look begins with a lower and more dynamic design, with the A-pillars pulled forward and laid back to cheat the wind and improve interior noise levels. A commanding belt line dives down toward the front of the vehicle to convey motion and help make the Odyssey instantly recognizable at a glance – even from 100 meters away.
2011 Honda Odyssey exterior design illustration
Up front is a characteristically modern Honda grille, with three horizontal bars, a large Honda emblem and chrome accents, flanked by aerodynamically shaped headlights. The front fenders feature strongly flared arches filled by 17-inch wheels on LX, EX and EX-L models (18-inch on Touring), a 1-inch increase respectively for each model compared to the 2010 model year. The larger proportions of the fender and wheel designs help make the Odyssey appear visually low in overall height and surprisingly car-like. The door handles for the front doors and sliding doors form a singular design element and on Odyssey EX and above models are highlighted by chrome accents for an upscale, precision-crafted look.
2011 Honda Odyssey exterior design illustration
A black finish for the B- and C-pillars and the side mirrors emphasizes the body’s silhouette by disguising those design elements to the side glass. The flowing roofline then intersects rakish D-pillar (rear pillar) to continue the dynamic appearance. In back, the rear body quarter panels feature crisp style lines and flared fender arches that give the Odyssey a decisive and muscular look, helping it stand apart from other minivans. The large, red brake lights with clear backup lenses create a contrasting visual statement for a sophisticated appearance.
The Odyssey was carefully tuned to achieve high levels of aerodynamic efficiency in some obvious and not-so-obvious parts of the vehicle. Overall, the new Odyssey has a 5.5 per cent reduction in the coefficient of aerodynamic drag (Cd) compared to the previous model, which directly contributes to greater fuel economy, reduced emissions and a quieter cabin at cruising speeds.
A low air opening pulls cooling air from the lower portion of the front fascia while carefully crafted strakes sweep the airflow around the front tires and underneath the powertrain for maximum efficiency. The inner front fender wells are sculpted rearward to improve engine room air flow. The tailgate spoiler smoothes air over the rear of the vehicle to reduce turbulence behind the vehicle. The Odyssey Touring benefits from a more aerodynamic mirror shape and exclusive lower rocker panels that are shaped to push airflow around the rear tires to reduce drag.
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 vehicle to date. The extensive use of high-strength steel contributes to lower vehicle curb weight.
The Odyssey's body is reinforced by a series of hoops formed by the underfloor cross members, the A, B, C and D pillars, and the cross members in the ceiling. The four ring shell encircles the passenger compartment and is designed to remain intact in the event of a serious side impact or rollover. It works in conjunction with the Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure at the front of the vehicle and deformable architecture at the sides and rear. (See the Safety section for more information on the ACE body structure.) In back, a rigid tailgate opening also contributes to overall structural rigidity, interior quietness, ride quality and durability.
Further reinforcement against side impacts is provided by the A, B, C and D pillars. These pillars feature internal plates and gussets that greatly strengthen them against buckling. To better protect the Odyssey against rear impact, the main-frame members extend all the way to the rear of the body and are tied together with cross-members under the floor.
Floating Front and Rear Subframes
A welded-steel subframe secured to the unit body's longitudinal rails supports the engine, transaxle, steering gear box and front suspension. The front subframe assembly’s closed-box construction has been optimized for maximum stiffness with minimal weight penalties and uses four tuned rubber mounts to isolate the subframe from the main body structure. A stiffener located under each subframe-attachment fastener helps stabilize the assembly, thereby sharpening handling and braking performance. The subframe houses two Active Control Engine Mount System (ACM) units that counteract the inherent vibration created by the Variable Cylinder Management™ (VCM®) system, plus one urethane transmission mount. (See the Powertrain section for more details on ACM). The mounts are strategically positioned to counteract noise and vibration while reducing the transfer of engine noise and vibration to the passenger compartment.
Road noise, vibration and harshness are dramatically reduced through the use of a floating rear subframe that carries the lower-rear suspension links. The subframe is isolated from the body by specially tuned bushings, and has an optimized closed box structure for rigidity and a direct reduction of NVH in the passenger cabin.
Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH) Reduction
The 2011 Odyssey utilizes a wide variety of technology, construction and advanced materials to reduce road noise. As a result, the 2011 Odyssey is noticeably quieter at cruising speeds compared to the 2010 model, with improvements to body rigidity and body seals. The Odyssey has floating front and rear subframes, advanced sound-absorbing material, an Active Noise Cancellation™ system, and an ACM system for the engine.
New for 2011, improvements to the connection efficiency at key body component intersections in the front and rear of the vehicle help to improve rigidity. One such improvement are newly developed “butterfly braces” within the frame structure at the rear subframe mounting points. Each brace allows for more efficient support of the subframe mount point, which improves subframe attachment point rigidity by 59 per cent. Improved rigidity allows for softer bushings to be used where the rear suspension connects to the body and subframes. Softer bushings transmit less road noise from the suspension into the cabin. As a result, the rear subframe bushings are 38 per cent softer, and the damper upper bushing is 73 per cent softer compared to the 2010 Odyssey.
The insulation materials and construction for the 2011 Odyssey build on the foundation of the previous model. The carpet and dashboard insulators continue to use lightweight materials, with upgrades that reflect the latest construction techniques and improved coverage. Likewise, the melt sheet package has been optimized using the latest laser vibrometer techniques to calculate the most-effective density and thickness for each part. Additionally, the amount of air that can escape from a fully closed cabin when pressurized (a test often referred to as “body leak”) has been improved by 30 per cent. The premise is that if air cannot escape, then sound cannot get into the cabin. All of these improvements result in a noticeably quieter cabin at highway speeds compared to the previous model.
Active Control Engine Mount System (Please see the Powertrain section.)
Visibility and Glass
Excellent outward visibility is a hallmark of Honda design and a key feature for the 2011 Honda Odyssey. The Odyssey provides excellent sight lines for the driver including a commanding eye point level and a short forward invisible length. Forward invisible length is the distance a driver needs to look to see the ground in front of the vehicle. All Odyssey models come equipped with UV-resistant privacy glass with dark tinting on the windows in the second and third rows. The Odyssey's glass filters UV light that results in less interior fade over time, lower cabin temperatures on hot days and more efficient interior cooling.
Acoustic Windshield Glass (Odyssey Touring)
Special acoustic windshield glass is used on the Odyssey Touring to help reduce wind noise. Tuned specifically to attenuate wind-noise frequencies, the windshield uses two layers of 2 mm safety glass with an in-between layer of a transparent elastic acoustic membrane for a total thickness of 4.5 mm. The windshield, like all the glass in the vehicle, is UV-resistant.
Front Driver's and Passenger's Doors Construction
The Odyssey's front doors use triple-stage stopper construction for ease of ingress/egress in tight parking situations. The doors use a special construction that provides a solid feel and sound when closing. The doors feature side impact-protection beams.
Automatic Locking and Unlocking
The automatic door locking/unlocking system is customizable by driver preference. Automatic locking can be linked to vehicle speed reaching 15 km/h (10 mph), or the gear shift lever shifting from park, or it can be deactivated entirely. The factory default for locking is linked to vehicle speed.
Automatic unlocking, configurable to the driver's door or all doors, can be linked to the ignition switch being turned to the off position, or the gear shift lever being positioned in the park position, or it can be turned off entirely. The factory default for unlocking is linked to the gear shift lever and unlock activation for the driver's door only.
Dual Sliding Doors with Power Windows and Integrated Sunshades
The Odyssey LX is equipped with manual sliding doors. The Odyssey EX, EX-L and Touring models are equipped with dual power sliding doors and include integrated sunshades as standard equipment. For 2011, reshaped door openings allow for improved access to the third row than the previous generation by 33 mm (1.3”) in the bottom half of the door and 58 mm (2.3”) in the top half. Power sliding side doors can add convenience, for example, while carrying bulky objects when approaching or departing the vehicle.
New operation logic and controls for 2011 allows the power sliding doors to be opened in a greater variety of situations. With the ignition on, the doors can be opened using the inner handle, outer handle, dash switch or B-pillar switch (new) while in Park. The power sliding doors can also open when the gear selector is in any position (new feature) and the brake pedal or parking brake is applied and the vehicle is stopped. Previously, the gear selector had to be in Park for the doors to operate with the ignition on, or in Neutral with the brake pedal (or parking brake) applied and the vehicle stopped.
New for 2011, when using the remote entry button to open the power sliding doors (one button for each side), each door will automatically unlock itself and unlock the front door on that side of the vehicle. The new functionality eliminates the need to press the unlock button twice on the remote entry key fob prior to pressing one of the power sliding doors’ open/close buttons (in situations where the doors are initially locked). If desired, a lockout switch on the instrument panel can disable the door's power operation all together, reverting to traditional manual operation.
Significant safety features have been built into the Odyssey's power door system. If the door should encounter any resistance while closing, it will immediately reverse direction. A direct detection system uses sensors built into the rubber seal on the leading edge of the door that detects when an object is in the path of the door. The sensors use four closely spaced wires inside the doors' rubber seals that can touch if contact is made to the outer edge of the seal. When the wires touch, that sends a signal to the doors operating system to reverse direction. The system is extremely sensitive and relatively gentle (reduced load for pinch detection). The doors will not completely retract to the fully open position if the rear windows are down. This is a safety feature to prevent a person's head or other body part (sticking out of the window) from getting pinched between the front of the sliding door and the door frame during power operation.
The Odyssey is equipped with power windows in the second-row dual sliding doors. New for 2011, the windows roll farther down, leaving just 86mm (3.4”) of window exposed (previously 150mm (5.9”).. The second-row window switches use the recessed push-down/pull-up design that further helps to reduce the risk of the window pinching an occupant. As a safety feature, the dual sliding doors on all models each have a side impact-protection beams.
Integrated sunshades are standard on EX and above models. The retractable shades are integrated into the lower portion of the windowsills and can be easily pulled up and secured via hooks at the top edge of the window sash. The shades cover the vast majority of the glass and do not interfere with power-window operation. New for 2011, retractable shades are also included in the third-row side windows on the Odyssey Touring.
Odyssey EX-L and Touring models feature a power tailgate that can be conveniently controlled from four sources: the remote entry, the exterior handle (for manual opening), a switch mounted on the underside of the tailgate (for closing), and from a switch on the instrument panel. The tailgate can be manually closed at any time during open or close operation. As a safety feature, the tailgate has an auto-detection system (similar to the power sliding door direct-detection system) that will reverse direction in the event that something prevents it from closing or opening.
For 2011, new logic in the keyless remote allows for the tailgate to be opened without pressing the unlock button first (if vehicle is already locked).
The Odyssey headlight design uses aggressive-looking dual projector-beam-style halogen lights that resemble the design of the headlamps shown on the Odyssey Concept at the 2010 Chicago Auto Show. The light assemblies feature a clear outer lens that wraps around the vehicle's front corners, and the running lights and amber turn signals are housed inside. The round inboard lamps are for high-beam illumination and the round outboard lamps are for normal driving. The halogen high-beams serve double duty as the Daytime Running Lights (DRL) by operating at a lower voltage. All models provide an auto-off feature. Odyssey EX and above models provide both an auto-off and auto-on feature that turns the headlights on automatically.
Odyssey Touring provides a user-configurable option for auto-off of the headlights, set through the Multi Information Display.