Digital Drive Top 10 Honda Odyssey

first_imgWith Honda’s third iteration of the minivan (four if you count a late-’90s tall wagon bearing the name), the new 2011 Honda Odyssey combines a fuel-efficient drivetrain with enough cockpit infotainment wizardry to satisfy all eight passengers, four of whom can be adults riding in supreme comfort. The V6 engine further improves its variable cylinder shutdown technology, the transmission finally has six gears (upper range models), and the Odyssey gets up to 28 mpg on the highway. Active noise cancellation continues from the previous generation to cut back some of the road noise. Can your SUV do that?Think minivan and you think kiddie-hauler, but with this one you should also think “adult touring machine.” The middle row seats are four inches wider and have more legroom. Adults will be perfectly happy in the middle row’s outboard seats. The third row is decent for anyone other than tall grownups. The top-of-the-line Touring Elite Odyssey has a premium rear entertainment system with an ultra-widescreen 16-inch LCD display – yes, sixteen inches – and the ability to display a movie and video game side by side. “Soccer mom” – the phrase, the typecasting, the self-inflicted stigma – set off a late 1990s rebellion that had women chucking minivans and driving their kids to sports practice in SUVs that weighed more and got worse mileage, but at least they weren’t driving minivans, so they couldn’t be typecast as soccer moms. The Odyssey still looks like a minivan but a sleek minivan (especially in black), and there’s enough leather, technology, tinted glass, and legroom inside to make you think you’re riding in a corporate jet. With juice box holders. 2010 Digital Drive Top Cars Chevrolet Volt – Car of the Year Audi A8BMW 5 Series & BMW 7 SeriesBuick LaCrosseFord EdgeHonda OdysseyHyundai ElantraHyundai SonataNissan LeafVolkswagen GolfDigital Drive 2010 Honorable MentionDigital Drive Technology of the Year: MyFord Touchlast_img read more