Specs on the 2011 Honda Odyssey

Friday, November 5, 2010; 10:20 AM

Ride, acceleration and handling: It gets superior marks in all three in the minivan class.

Head-turning quotient: Those who hated it did so passionately. But just as passionate were the people who loved it. I've driven every minivan there is to drive. The 2011 Odyssey is the first minivan I've driven that sparked heated debate over styling. People noticed . . . and cared. I count that as an accomplishment.

Body style/layout: The 2011 Honda Odyssey is a front-engine, front-wheel-drive minivan with two front swing doors and two rear slide doors. There is a liftgate (automatic operation available) in the rear. There are five iterations of the 2011 Honda Odyssey - LX, EX, EX-L, Touring and Touring Limited.

Engine/transmission: The standard 3.5-liter, 24-valve V-6 with electronic valve lift and timing (248 horsepower, 250 foot-pounds torque) is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.

Capacities: There are seats for eight people. Luggage capacity with the rear seats raised is 38.4 cubic feet. With rear seats down, maximum cargo capacity is 149 cubic feet. Maximum payload, the weight of what can be carried onboard, is 1,340 pounds. The new Odyssey can be equipped to tow a trailer weighing 3,500 pounds. The fuel tank holds 21 gallons (regular gasoline is recommended).

Mileage: Real-world highway mileage was 26 miles per gallon, carrying five passengers and luggage. That was just under the Odyssey's federal rating of 28 mpg. I did little city driving. The Odyssey's federal rating for urban travel is 19 mpg.

Safety: Standard equipment includes four-wheel disc brakes (ventilated front, solid rear); anti-lock brake protection; electronic brake-force distribution; emergency braking assistance; electronic stability and traction control; front side-mounted air bags; and front, rear and third-row head air bags.

Pricing: For the 2011 Honda Odyssey, it ranges from $27,800 for the base LX model to $43,250 for the fully loaded Touring Elite. The dealer's invoice price on the Touring Elite, driven for this column, is $39,157. Price as tested for the Touring Elite is $44,030, including a $780 destination charge. Dealer's price as tested on that model is $39,937.

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