Pros Interior size, Comfort, Navigation system
Cons Fuel economy lower than advertised, front bumper too low
Summary My wife and I bought a 2004 Pilot in 2004 because we dreaded the mini-van as a sign of domestic surrender. With one 2 year old and another on the way, the Pilot was no longer big enough, or very comfortable.
The Odyssey answered everything and I'm jealous that my wife gets to drive it now.
-The DVD/NAVI system is Great for trips out of town.
- My wife (a bit of a technophobe) was amazed at both the voice control system and the ease of using the navigation system...where is the nearest wendy's and BANG, voice direction right there.
- The leather interior and the quality of all three rows of seats make traveling nice (unlike the stiff seats of the Pilot.)
- The interior size of the van is great, Large toddler seats don't interfere with front seat passenger's ability to lean back.
-The only negatives we've encountered are:
The gas milage is not close to 20/28MPG, its maybe in the high teens with the AC on when at cruising speeds
- The handy "ashtray" for spare coins is non-existant
- The front bumper is too low...we've scraped the beejeebees out of it in less than three weeks
-Other than that, best purchase I've made in the last 15 years!
Pros Great space. Saves gas. Easy to change oil and transmission fluid without having to pay someone to do it. Great horsepower. Made for kids for sure.
Cons Van shaking at 80,000 miles on 2nd gear and 4th gear.
Summary Honda van is still great, but your dealership sucks. They are trying to destroy Honda's reputation by making customers pay for things not needed and lied to. Not only that, but not telling customers that the torque converter box of Honda's are sensitive and needs the transmission fluid change every 35,000 miles... not a recommendation, a necessity to maintain the transmission's smooth gear changing. Took van to Honda dealership in Ashe-b or o, NC and they said it was back engine bracket mount broken and transmission fluid needs changing. Would cost $1200. Checked mount, not broken. Changed fluid myself $35. Van rides smooth again. Honda dealerships are ruining Honda's reputation.
Pros Rear Seat DVD Entertainment System
Cons No Bluetooth Hand-free Phone System
Neither iPod connector
Pros ROOM!, great driving feel
Cons Should have some options available without buying Limited model
Summary We have owned a 2006 Odyssey EX since Feb 2006. It doesn't have the leather, moonroof, nav, or the RES. We have 2 children, ages 3 and 1. This truly has been the absolutely PERFECT vehicle for us. I drive an Acura TL 6-speed manual as my work car and I truly appreciate how well this minivan handles, accelerates, etc. It is a little louder and the ride isn't as smooth as the Toyota Sienna, but I much prefer the better feeling of control that the Odyssey gives you.
Last summer, we made a 700 mile trip with 8 people on board and full luggage. We easily cruised at 75-80mph, got around 23mpg, and were very comfortable.
Our previous car was a 2001 Suburban 4wd. I cannot begin to explain how much better the Odyssey is. The only reason I can fathom to ever own another SUV would be if I need to tow something, or if going offroad was a normal part of our routine. The Odyssey has much lower entry height, MUCH more room that is easier to access, all seating positions are comfortable for adults, the room after the 3rd seat is amazing.
The only thing we would change is next time we'll get the Limited since my wife is only 5'4", 110lbs, and she really loves the power rear hatch that her friend's Odyssey has. Other than that, we will be driving this van for some time. I cannot recommened highly enough.
"Terrible Paint Job"on by tappling
Pros Comfort, Options, ride
Cons Paint job, engine noise
Summary Touring edition:
This van is great w/ two major exceptions. Engine noise from 3 cylinder to 6 clinder & the paint job on the plastic parts (front bumper, rear bumper, spoiler)This is only on the white version and America Honda refuses to do anything about it,