#10. It's sleeker for 2011
#9. If you think you need one, you probably do
#8. There's a wide array of model offerings
Most customers will want to avoid the base LX model as it lacks power sliding side doors and a second-row center seat. You have to opt for an EX model for those items. The EX also has tri-zone automatic climate control, universal garage door opener, a removable front center console, second-row sunshades, and alloy wheels. The EXL adds leather upholstery, heated front seats, XM satellite radio, USB port, sunroof, power rear liftgate, Bluetooth connectivity, and Cool Box center stack storage. The Touring model gets front and rear park assist, driver's seat memory, navigation system with voice recognition and FM traffic, rearview camera, rear DVD entertainment, fog lights and 18-inch wheels. The top-line Touring Elite adds a 650-watt, 12-speaker 5.1 surround sound audio system, ultrawide rear DVD entertainment with HDMI port, HID headlights, and a Blind Spot Information system.
#7. It has plenty of power and it's now more fuel efficient
On the road, the V6 has plenty of power. It's torquey enough to get this 4500-pound van moving with ease, and it can push the Odyssey from 0 to 60 mph in 8.8 seconds. That's not exactly quick, but it doesn't feel like the Odyssey lacks for power. Both transmissions downshift quickly and there is enough in reserve to pass with confidence.
#6. It's the driver's minivan
#5. It has a flexible second-row seat...
#4. ... and a magic third-row seat
With the second row removed and the third row folded into the floor, the Odyssey has an amazing 148.5 cubic feet of cargo volume, which is more than anything other than a box truck. It will accept 4x8 sheets of plywood, and with the front center console removed, it has enough space to fit items up to 10-feet long.
#3. It'll keep the kids occupied, but not as well as a Chrysler Town & Country
The problem is the fact that the Chrysler minivans offer even more family friendly entertainment features, namely two forms of in-vehicle TV (Sirius Backseat TV and FloTV) and a wireless internet router that turns the van into a mobile hotspot. Chrysler's hard-drive can also be loaded via thumb drives and even an iPod, while the Honda systems require carting all your CDs into the van.
#2. It gets pretty costly...
#1. ...but it's the best minivan money can buy
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