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2011 Honda Odyssey Discussion



  • gosaintsgosaints Posts: 18
    Can anyone confirm whether the 2011 model will feature a smart key system? I like everything I've seen thus far on the 2011, but the absence of a smart key will unfortunately be a deal breaker, as my wife has become too accustomed to the "keyless go" on our current vehicle. I know Acura has offered a smart key on some of its models since at least 2006, so I think it would be foolish for Honda not to incorporate this feature in the top trim level of its vehicles, especially since Toyota already has. I'm keeping my fingers crossed...
  • leaf001leaf001 Posts: 10
    From the pictures of the interior of the 2011, the caverous center floor storage compartment is no more? What a huge disappointment! The space was so usefull! What were they thinking?

    Kudos on the 2nd row seat though. Being able to put 3 car seats side by side is exactley what we need (with a 2 year old and twins).
  • dogsambamdogsambam Posts: 59
    Does anyone know if the 2nd row seats will fold into the floor?
  • robr2robr2 BostonPosts: 8,862
    Does anyone know if the 2nd row seats will fold into the floor?

    The answer seems to be no based on this:
  • gene00gene00 Posts: 113
    Interesting that this would be a deal breaker. I've found many reasons not to have the car running by the time I've hopped in: more exhaust fumes while sitting and when backing out of the driveway or waiting for kids to enter, forgotten items in the house or items I need to remove from the car which I discover upon entering the vehicle leading to several minutes of unnecessary idling, to name a couple. There are times that it would definitely be cool (like impressing young kids with your magical powers), but can't think of a time when it would be a necessity.
  • varusunvarusun Posts: 11
  • berriberri Posts: 7,618
    I think one of the issues with 2nd row folding seats is they have to be smaller to do this. It seems to me that those in the Mopar vans are like 3/4 size seats. I guess its a tradeoff for people to make.
  • gosaintsgosaints Posts: 18
    Gene00, you are confusing a smart key system with a remote start system. The smart key simply allows the convenience of not having to insert a key into the vehicle to unlock/lock it and to start it, so long as the key fob is in the driver's possession. Starting the vehicle is usually by push button. Sensors are located on the exterior door handles so when the driver simply touches the door handle the vehilce locks/unlocks. This feature comes in very handly for drivers with kids, full hands, or women who would otherwise have dig keys from a purse.
  • gosaintsgosaints Posts: 18
    Based on the photos of the 2011 on Honda's website, it's interesting why the side mirrors and rear over-hang are not color-keyed. Anyone have a clue?
  • gene00gene00 Posts: 113
    Yes, I was confusing smart key with remote start. Never mind :)
  • gene00gene00 Posts: 113
    Doesn't bother me. I can especially see it if the material on the rear view mirrors is some sort of easy-clean tougher rubberized stuff (like under the door sills on some cars) since they get the brunt of rocks and bugs. Tougher to rationalize the choice for the rear overhang other than some designer deciding it looks cool. Interesting too, since the trend has been away from the black-out look to more chrome in the last few years.
  • dsrtrat2dsrtrat2 Posts: 223
    Any idea when we can see one at the dealer?
  • gosaintsgosaints Posts: 18
    Honda says it will be in showrooms this fall. October is probably a safe bet.
  • berriberri Posts: 7,618
    Then the new Nissan Quest comes out at the LA Auto Show, and I think Chrysler is updating theirs. Looks like 2011 will be the year of new minivans. The segment is down, but not out.
  • ccone1ccone1 Posts: 7
    Yesterday my dealer said Odyssey 2011 in the lot .....second week in August.
  • hitchens97hitchens97 Posts: 62
    I need to buy a minivan soon (and the toyota makes my wife sick), so it's either a 2010 Odyseey or a 2011 when it comes out in a couple of months.

    I'm leaning towards a 2010 EX-L Nav/Res because
    a) it's probably 5-6K cheaper than a 2011 (which undoubtedly will be sold at MSRP for the first few months),
    b) I always worry about first year models (does Honda have that problem?).
    c) I don't see any step change in performance/functionality.
    d) We only put about 6K a year on our cars so the MPG issue is not so big

    I could however be persuaded to wait for a 2011, so am interested in perspectives, particularly people weighing up the same thing.
  • FYI, today's Birmingham News is reporting that a Honda executive said in Michigan yesterday that mass production of the 2011 Odyssey will begin in about four weeks.
  • dbtdbt Posts: 298
    Here's the full discussion from Honda's Newsroom:

    It's a great read, with a lot of insights on manufacturing.
  • motoguy128motoguy128 Posts: 146
    That's a great article. It shows how Honda has stayed profitable despite the downturn. They can easily shift production of their small number of models on a only a few common platforms to various sites. All mfg's do this to a certain extent, but Honda's product protfolio is more streamlined than most.

    I can't wait to see the new Odyssey.

    I saw a new Sienna. ho, hum. Nothing special in person. Just as boring as most of their products. I can't imagine that 2.7L dragging around a 4300+lb minivan. Fine in a 3900lb Highlander or 3700lb Venza. But it's a stretch in a big van desigend for 8 passengers.

    I figure we'll trade in my wife's Altima for one in 3 years.
  • motoguy128motoguy128 Posts: 146
    I find it unlikely it will have an AWD option.

    I could see however AWD on a hybrid version in the future with individual motors for each of the rear wheels. Although typically Hybrids have a single electric drive and motor to save costs. Although as a traction aide at low speeds, you'd only need a a small motor with 5HP at most.
  • george1942george1942 Posts: 2
    edited August 2010
    It seems that the captains chairs on 2011 odyssey can no longer be placed together. At least it looks that way from viewing the moving-photos on honda website, and they are not showing it placed next to each other. Can someone verify this?
  • george1942george1942 Posts: 2
    edited August 2010
    Does the 2011 Odyssey have timing belt or chain?
  • alan_calan_c Posts: 1
    We bought a 1999 Honda Odyssey new (the first year of the "big Odyssey"). I thought the first-year issue was a non-issue for Honda.

    Wrong - I had six months of pain with the power sliding doors and various other glitches. Tranny went at 60k. On the good side, Honda and the dealer stood by the product and worked tirelessly to fix the problems; the tranny was replaced free under an extended warranty on that part.

    Bottom line - on a complex vehicle like this, I would wait a year, whether it's a Honda or any other brand.

    Also, on a completely subjective point, the 2011 Odyssey is the ugliest car I have seen in a long time (I generally like Hondas and have owned several, BTW). IMHO, it looks like the design team took acid, and it kicked in when they were about two-thirds back from the front bumper. Stated differently, it looks like the front two-thirds of one minivan, was bolted to the rear third of another.
  • autowriteautowrite Posts: 226
    A weird thing about new auto designs is that - at first just about everyone including professional auto writers either have a positive or negative view. After about 6 months the negatives are pretty well replaced with positives. I have not seen the design upclose; just in the pictures. I like it as the front seems more to the design of my 2002. It do not particularly like the 2005-2010 fronts. A 6 speed auotmatic should fix the tranny problems. Honda's Odyssey transmiision is really a computer controlled manual transmission.
  • coupedncalcoupedncal Posts: 252
    Your tranny comment is valid only for touring and touring plus. Lesser models have 5 speed tranny and not 6 speed. Yet another bait and switch.
  • gene00gene00 Posts: 113
    edited August 2010
    Since they haven't advertised the 2011 Odyssey yet (except on the future vehicles website where transmissions are not mentioned), how could the admittedly poor decision of putting the 6 speed in the touring only be considered bait & switch?
  • coupedncalcoupedncal Posts: 252
    I mentioned that because details are slowly trickling in through individual dealer sites. Here is one. html
  • gene00gene00 Posts: 113
    And the transmission choices are clearly indicated. How is that bait & switch?
  • Mass production starts tomorrow (Monday), according to The Birmingham News. Here is a link to the story.
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