After receiving a complete freshening last year, the Honda Odyssey receives minor enhancements for 2006: XM Satellite Radio is now standard on Touring models, and a DVD entertainment system, which was previously available only in combination with a navigation system, is now offered as a stand-alone option. A leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift knob has been added to all EX-L models, as are tether anchors added to the third-row outboard seats.
Honda entered the minivan segment with the Odyssey in 1995. Now in its third generation, the Odyssey is available in four trim levels (LX, EX, EX-L, and Touring). All are powered by Honda's throttle-by-wire, 244-hp 3.5L V-6, which includes Variable Cylinder Management technology that cuts three of the engine's six cylinders during cruising for improved fuel economy. An electronically-controlled five-speed automatic delivers power to the front wheels.
All Odyssey models come equipped with a comprehensive list of safety features including anti-lock brakes; Vehicle Stability Assist with Traction Control; front side airbags with an Occupant Position Detection System; side curtain airbag protection (with rollover sensing) for all three rows; and dual-stage, dual-threshold driver and front passenger airbags. Additionally, the Odyssey is equipped with dedicated side-impact sensors for all three rows, plus a rollover sensor that deploys the side curtain airbags in the event the vehicle tips over. The Odyssey also incorporates a body structure that provides enhanced occupant protection in a frontal collision.
All Odysseys come equipped with remote keyless entry, power windows with auto-down function for the driver side window, dual power mirrors, rear privacy glass, front and rear air conditioning, second-row power windows, 60/40-split folding third-row "Magic Seat" (in which the rear seat folds flat into the floor), Maintenance Minder System, in-floor storage, cruise control, and an immobilizer theft-deterrent system. Other available options include a DVD entertainment system with a 9-inch video screen, integrated remote control, and wireless headphones with Personal Surround Sound technology; and Honda's Satellite-Linked Navigation System with expanded Voice Recognition capabilities and restaurant guide information.
The Odyssey competes in the Midsize Van segment, a group of 15 family-haulers that share a common goal: offer safe, affordable, comfortable transportation for the entire family.Honda's Odyssey found 174,275 buyers in calendar year 2005, according to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report.SM Dodge's Caravan was the sales leader with 226,771 units sold, followed by the Chrysler Town & Country at 180,759. The Toyota Sienna, with 161,380 sales, is another high-volume model in the segment.
|LX (A5)||5 speed automatic||$25,345||244-hp / 3.5L 6-cyl||19/25|
|EX (A5)||5 speed automatic||$28,395||244-hp / 3.5L 6-cyl||19/25|
|EX-L (A5)||5 speed automatic||$30,795||244-hp / 3.5L 6-cyl||20/28|
|Touring w/DVD RES (A5)||5 speed automatic||$36,595||244-hp / 3.5L 6-cyl||20/28|