Honda Odyssey

BASE PRICE RANGE: $28,580-$41,535
BODY TYPE: Midsize Minivan

WHAT'S NEW: Odyssey is all new and features a roofline 1.6 in. lower than previous models and a track 1.4 in. wider. The 3.5L V-6 is mated to a 6A on the Touring trim. The new transmission and Honda's variable cylinder-management system help Odyssey achieve class-leading fuel economy numbers. A 5A is standard on the base minivan, which seats seven.

BEST BUY: More efficient and quicker Odyssey Touring if you can afford it.

SUM UP: Leaner, meaner segment leader returns.
RATING: ****

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2011 Honda Odyssey
Base Engine 3.5L/248-hp DOHC V-6
Optional Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD, 5A/6A
0-60 MPH 8.0-9.0 sec*
Seats/Foldway 7-8/3rd row
EPA city/hwy fuel econ 18-19/27-28 mpg*
Basic warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety ABS: S; Stab: S; Trac: S; Airbags: 6*