2011 Honda Odyssey Specs, Price, MPG & Reviews | Cars.com (2023)

Honda’s Odyssey is about as thrilling a vehicle as a minivan can be — which is not all that exhilarating. To woo parents, the redesigned 2011 model is relying on features like an expandable second row that fits three child-safety seats, a built-in trash bag holder, and enough cupholders for 15 cans, bottles and juice boxes. The somewhat odd profile design will likely be the last thing Odyssey shoppers notice.

For parents willing to pay up for the top-of-the-line $43,250Odyssey, their little ones will literally be sitting in a surround-sound mobile movie theater that sounds better than any home theater I’ve set up.

Yes, the Honda Odyssey is nirvana for suburban parents — but that nirvana doesn’t come cheap.

Parent Friendly, Kid Comfort
There are a lot of nuts and bolts to like about the Odyssey; it drives well and has lots of room. While the most notable additions for 2011 may seem gimmicky on the surface, they could be considered genius for those of us who transport little ones routinely. To see each trim level’s features and pricing, check out our breakdown of all seven trims here.

The one feature that might entice more buyers than any other is the expandable second row of seats. In trim levels EX and above — which includes all but the base LX — you get an adjustable second row with full-size outboard seats and a smaller center seat. The three segments slide forward and back, and the two outboard seats can slide 1.5 inches sideways, adding 3 inches of width. This allows three large child-safety seats to fit across the row.

The Odyssey EX, EX-L and Touring trims have five sets of Latch anchors, two in the third row and the three in the second. Learning to move the seats sideways isn’t exactly intuitive — given I’ve never seen another vehicle with the feature — but the effort it requires is minimal; even an older child may be able to handle it.

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I tested my Britax Marathon child seat in the Odyssey, expanding the two outboard seats and latching the Britax in the center. The connectors are covered by sturdy plastic pieces that are easy to remove. Once it was in place, I could sit in the outboard seat comfortably. This added space is a godsend for families with three or more children.

Even if you have just one child requiring a safety seat, the middle seat is the safest in any vehicle. A pair of grandparents can flank the littlest in the safety seat in the second row, with three more children in the third row, and all will be comfortable.

The center seat can also slide forward more than the outboard seats, bringing it closer to the driver. In theory, this is so the driver has better access to a young child — though child-safety seats are recommended to face rearward until children are at least 1 year old, and some are now saying 2. The tradeoff for better access to a front-facing safety seat will be little feet kicking between the driver and front passenger. That might be a tough decision to make.

The third row is easier to get into than it was before, with a single lever to slide either second-row side seat forward. Once back there, an adult — say, one who is 5 feet 10 inches tall, like myself — actually has extra space for his knees and feet, even with the adjustable second row slid all the way back.

All the seats are comfortable when compared with the competition. The driver’s seat sits upright a bit, like in most minivans. The second-row seats are nice and wide, so adults will be comfortable on road trips, and the third row has plenty of room for angst-ridden teens who want to be as far from the parental units as possible. The leather in the EX-L and Touring trim levels is quite nice, but it doesn’t seem as rich as the previous generation, which was on par with the Acura luxury brand. The cloth upholstery in the LX and EX is a bit too nappy and thick for a modern car interior; it reminded me of a minivan from my own youth, in the 1980s. But the cloth seats themselves were comfortable.

Performance on the Road
No matter how comfortable the kids are in back, Mom and Dad still have to drive — at least until little Bobby or Sue hits 16 and the gray hairs start coming in. The same V-6 engine from last year’s Touring trim is found in all trims for 2011.

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The V-6 moves the van — which has dropped 100 pounds from last year — with pep. The six-speed transmission is smooth, but even the five-speed does the job superbly. I recommend against making a trim-level decision based on the transmissions; there simply isn’t a big enough improvement when moving up to the six-speed. If you opt for the Touring, it should be because of all its added gizmos and features.

The V-6 is the only engine offered and adds four horsepower, now rated at 248 horsepower but all have cylinder deactivation that leads to exceptional mileage: 18/27 mpg city/highway when teamed with a five-speed automatic. The Touring and Touring Elite models get a six-speed automatic and some aerodynamic tweaks to achieve 19/28 mpg. Both figures are tops in the class, even against the four-cylinder 2011 Toyota Sienna, which gets 19/24 mpg.

Most minivan driving is likely to be on suburban roads, which usually translates to city mileage. In two 35-mile routes of mixed roads, while pushing the V-6 pretty hard, the trip computer in the Touring I tested returned 23 and 21 mpg.

The power steering is designed so that it takes less effort to maneuver at low speeds in parking lots, while being firmer at high speeds. That theory proved true during my test drive, but at speeds around 35 mph the steering seemed a bit sloppy for a Honda. I took an EX-L trim for a shorter trip, and the steering seemed better-tuned. Perhaps it was an anomaly of the preproduction unit I was driving.

Braking was solid, but not as grippy as most Hondas, including the past-generation Odyssey. It has good linear feel, and the instant you start depressing the brake pedal the large van starts to slow noticeably. Minivans from Chrysler and Dodge take more effort to slow down, and we noticed the response is also somewhat delayed in the new Toyota Sienna.

Perhaps the most important driving characteristic for a minivan, however, is its ride. The Odyssey does an excellent job of muting rough roads (of which I traveled many during my test) and even severe disruptions like railroad tracks (of which I hit at least three).

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The Odyssey has a slightly shorter wheelbase than its competition while being longer overall. It was hard to notice any type of flex in the large body during my time in it, which really is a tribute to its engineering.

While there was some road noise in the Touring trim with its 18-inch wheels and low-rolling-resistance tires, the 17-inch models were quieter, and overall neither road nor wind noise was overly intrusive.

Interior & Cargo
A winged dashboard layout keeps things as simple as possible in a minivan loaded with gizmos. The center stack of controls is broken up into a number of zones: climate controls on top, then audio settings, DVD (if equipped) and a center control knob at the bottom that’s the easiest to reach of them all.

The materials quality is typical for Honda, which is to say excellent. It seems richer than an Accord and certainly more so than a Pilot SUV. With leather seating, the higher trims seem too opulent to accommodate a busy family, which generally equals a messy family.

To me, what separates Honda from other automakers can be exemplified in the small drawer below the center controls. It’s sized to fit a few small items, like a smartphone and wallet, and the drawer itself is constructed of high-quality plastic that slides out smoothly. In Chrysler minivans, these types of drawers stutter out in harsh jolts and are made of rough plastic. This high level of quality is evident in all the Odyssey’s cubbies and seat-adjustment levers, as well as the glove box, and it really is a hallmark of this brand.

Cargo space behind the third row is unchanged for 2011, at 38.4 cubic feet. That’s slightly smaller than the Toyota Sienna’s. With the third row folded flat, cargo space expands to 93.1 cubic feet, which is more than the Sienna’s 87.1 cubic feet. With the second row removed, the Odyssey has a total of 148.5 cubic feet, just behind the Sienna’s 150 cubic feet. Both outdo the Chrysler minivans.

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The third row folds easily into the rear cargo compartment using a single strap and one fluid motion that requires little effort. A power liftgate is standard on EX-L and Touring trims, but there is no optional powered third row.

Features & Gadgets
Among the many dizzying differences between trims are the electronic gadgets that come with each. You can’t add a bigger or better stereo to a given trim as an option, you have to buy whatever trim comes equipped with that stereo, navigation system or rear entertainment system.

When you move up to the EX-L, the stereo system features an 8-inch color display and USB port. All your iPod songs are displayed with artwork, which looks pretty snazzy.

An all-new navigation system is offered on the EX-L Navigation and both Touring trims. This has a higher-resolution 8-inch screen and a number of high-tech features that we detail in depth here.

If you want rear entertainment options, there are only two trim levels to choose from. The EX-L with Rear Entertainment System (RES) features a 9-inch LCD screen with two wireless headphones and an RCA input — the norm for the minivan class.

But it’s the top-of-the-line Touring Elite that will blow your little kids’ minds. It comes packed with a 16.2-inch widescreen display and 650-watt surround-sound system with 12 speakers. Yes, kids can listen to a movie (or two if you split the screen to show two different sources) with wireless headphones, but the surround-sound system is stunning. Parents can shift the sound to the rear two rows so nothing comes out the front speakers. You can still hear the movie up front, but it isn’t completely distracting. I tested the system with the animated movie “Cars” playing quite loudly, enveloping me in racecar sound effects, but up front it sounded like background noise. The system also comes with an HDMI input for digital accessories.

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Other nice touches include integrated sunshades for the power-sliding doors and a pop-up trash bag ring that can fit a plastic shopping bag to collect all the trash that kids seem to generate out of thin air. Rear passengers can also control their temperature and fan speed in EX trims and above.

Safety
The Odyssey features a standard slate of airbags, including seat-mounted side airbags for front passengers and side curtain airbags for all three rows. As mentioned above, there are Latch anchors for five child-safety seats. No safety ratings from the government or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety have yet been released. The previous Odyssey was an IIHS Top Safety Pick.

Odyssey in the Market
If you have more kids than you can fit in a sedan, it’s likely you’re considering a minivan or a three-row crossover. If you’re not turned off by the minivan stigma, the Odyssey should be your first stop when shopping. I recommend leaving the kids at home, though, because once they hear that surround-sound system in the Touring Elite, they will not let you buy a lesser trim.

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FAQs

Was 2011 a good year for the Honda Odyssey? ›

Yes, 2011 is a good year.

Owners report lots of space , comfortable seats, and good efficiency. Reliability ratings are excellent with only some electrical and paint issues. Models from 2009 and newer are all great choices. Performance is good with a reasonably powerful V6 engine.

What is the most common problem with Honda Odyssey? ›

From research and data pulled from complaints aggregators such as carcomplaints.com, we found these problems to be widespread among Odyssey vehicles.
  • Engine Misfiring issues. ...
  • Torque Converter Problems. ...
  • Malfunctioning brake system. ...
  • Electric Sliding Door.
  • Warped Front Brakes.
  • Transmission Issues.
  • Honda Sensing Issues.
2 May 2022

How many miles should a 2011 Honda Odyssey have? ›

With an EPA fuel economy rating of 28 miles per gallon on the freeway (19 mpg in the city), and a 21-gallon tank, the Odyssey should be capable of as many as 588 miles on one tank of fuel.

Which Honda Odyssey year is best? ›

Best: 2022 Honda Odyssey

It's no surprise that the newest model year of the Honda Odyssey ranks as one of the best, because it has all the newest features and technology, plus a large range of trims to select from. Honda has made big improvements in terms of engine, comfort, and fuel economy in the 2022 Odyssey.

Does the 2011 Honda Odyssey have transmission problems? ›

However, the previous Odyssey generation (2011 through 2017) has received numerous complaints about transmission clunks, hesitant gear changes, and vibrations felt when using the brakes. These automatic transmission problems stem from the Odyssey's torque converter.

What year did Honda Odyssey have transmission problems? ›

A Honda transmission lawsuit alleges that 2018–2019 Honda Odyssey minivans experience gear shifting and acceleration problems due to defective 9-speed transmissions.

Why is Honda discontinuing the Odyssey? ›

“It's discontinued globally, it's been a great car for us.” The closure of the plant is due to Honda realigning its global manufacturing operations ahead of its transition to selling only zero-emissions vehicles by 2040.

Which is more reliable Odyssey or Sienna? ›

According to Consumer Reports, the 2023 Odyssey ranks #1 overall among minivans, with a 3/5 score in predicted owner satisfaction and a 3/5 rating in predicted reliability. The 2022 Sienna ranks #3, with a higher predicted owner satisfaction score of 5/5 and the same 3/5 reliability rating.

What goes wrong with Honda Odyssey? ›

Common complaints also include oil leaks from the engine block due to a porous engine block casting. Clunking noises and excessive vehicle vibrations caused by a broken front engine mount were also reported by 1999-2005 Odyssey owners. These usually resulted in rough idling and hard shifting.

What are the best and worst years for Honda Odyssey? ›

Most years of the Honda Odyssey sit at the top of the charts as one of the most reliable minivans. However, 2014 and 2018 saw a significant jump in trouble reports for the infotainment system, seat safety, and a clunking transmission. Avoid the problematic features and look to the best years of 2017 and 2021.

What is high mileage for Honda Odyssey? ›

Across all generations, the Honda Odyssey has an expected lifespan of 200,000 to 300,000 miles, or 16 to 25 years. Odysseys with roughly 150,000 miles on the odometer can last another eight to 12 years, so long as they have been properly maintained.

Is Honda Odyssey a good car? ›

Is the 2023 Honda Odyssey a Good Minivan? Yes, the 2023 Odyssey is a great minivan. It offers comfortable and versatile seating, a hearty V6 engine, confident handling, a smooth ride and plenty of cargo space.

Is Honda discontinuing the Odyssey in the US? ›

For 2023, Honda has discontinued the Odyssey LX, resulting in a price increase to $38,635.

How many miles does a Honda Odyssey get per tank? ›

2022 Honda Odyssey Fuel Tank Capacity

When it comes down to it, the new 2022 Honda Odyssey can tackle nearly 550 highway miles on one tank of gas.

How do I know if my Honda Odyssey transmission is bad? ›

Warning Signs That Your Honda Odyssey Transmission Might Be Failing
  1. Flashing “gear range” selector light “D4” or “D5” light.
  2. On long drives the transmission over heats (on the way to California) and leaks fluid.
  3. Clunky operation from park to reverse, park to drive, drive to reverse, etc.

What is difference between Honda Odyssey EX and EXL? ›

EX-L Differences. The Odyssey EX and EX-L are two trims that are impressive to the eye — but what are the differences between the two? While the EX is certainly well-equipped, the EX-L brings a bit more convenience to the table, including an auto-dimming rear view mirror, a moonroof, and a universal garage door opener.

Why did Honda Odyssey have transmission problems? ›

After numerous customer complaints, Honda recalled the 2002-2004 Odyssey because certain operating conditions can cause the transmission to overheat. If this happens, extreme heat buildup between the countershaft and secondary shaft second gears, could result in broken gear teeth or complete gear failure.

How long does a transmission last in a Honda Odyssey? ›

How Long Does the Transmissions Last? While older Odysseys had issues with premature transmission failure, newer models don't, and are durable. The transmission on a new Honda Odyssey can last between 130,000 to 180,000 miles.

Is Odyssey good in snow? ›

You can use the Odyssey only for driving in moderate snow. We recommend driving in anything under four inches or you may get stuck in snow.

How much is a transmission for a Honda Odyssey? ›

You can expect to pay between $3,000 and $4,500 for a Honda Odyssey transmission replacement cost, including parts and labor. Unfortunately, the transmission is a really expensive part to replace! You could save some money by asking for an aftermarket part, which will cost you closer to $2,000 for the part alone.

What is the number one safest minivan? ›

Minivans
  • Top Safety Pick+ 2022 Chrysler Pacifica Minivan.
  • 2022 Honda Odyssey Minivan.
  • 2022 Kia Carnival Minivan. with specific headlights. applies only to vehicles built after March 2021.
  • 2022 Toyota Sienna Minivan.

How much is a fully loaded Odyssey? ›

How much does a fully loaded 2023 Honda Odyssey cost? With spacious dimensions, excellent technology, and dynamic driving capabilities, the 2023 @Honda Odyssey is one of the best minivans on the market. ? But if you're looking to splurge on a 2023 Honda Odyssey, you'll consider the Elite, starting at $49,470.

Where is the Honda Odyssey made? ›

Honda's North American subsidiary, American Honda Motor Company, is headquartered in Torrance, California, and has 12 manufacturing plants across Alabama, Ohio, Indiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. The Honda Odyssey, one of the best minivans sold today, is built in Lincoln, Alabama.

What is the number 1 minivan? ›

The 2022 Chrysler Pacifica is the top choice in minivans, with streamlined styling, poised handling and features you can't get elsewhere.

What is the most reliable van to buy? ›

The Most Reliable Vans In 2021
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  • Medium Van: Ford Transit Custom. ...
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  • Large Van: Mercedes-Benz Sprinter. ...
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  • Pickup Truck: Toyota Hilux.

What's better a Honda or Toyota? ›

The Toyota vehicles also consistently last longer than any Honda. According to statistics based on consumer reports, Toyota is the second most reliable automaker after Mazda, and Corolla is the most reliable model. Honda didn't even make it to the top 10 for average reliability.

Are Honda Odysseys good on gas? ›

The 2022 Honda Odyssey mpg ratings reach an impressive 19 city/28 highway*.

Why does my Honda Odyssey shake when I accelerate? ›

It may be that the engine is being starved for fuel, air or it does not have enough spark to run as smoothly as it should. Some of the symptoms of an engine problem: Shudder upon acceleration. Shaking when you reach a specific speed.

When should I change my transmission fluid Honda Odyssey? ›

The following services will only need to be performed once or twice throughout the life span of your Honda Odyssey: Replace transmission fluid at/every 90,000 miles. Inspect idle speed at/every 160,000 miles.

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Does 2011 Honda Odyssey have timing belt? ›

All 2011 Honda Odyssey models have a timing belt and an interference engine.

What type of oil does a 2011 Honda Odyssey use? ›

A 2011 Honda Odyssey's oil type is SAE 0W-20. You'll need 4.5 quarts of oil.

How big is the gas tank on a Honda Odyssey 2011? ›

21.0 gallons

How do you reset the TPMS light on a 2011 Honda Odyssey? ›

Models with steering wheel buttons:
  1. Press MENU.
  2. Select Customize Settings.
  3. Select TPMS Calibration.
  4. Select Initialize.
  5. Select Yes.
  6. Press MENU to exit.

How much does it cost to replace a timing belt on a 2011 Honda Odyssey? ›

Shopping around to get a few quotes is your best bet to get the best deal, but you can expect to pay anywhere from $409 to $919 (including parts and labor).

How long will a Honda Odyssey timing belt last? ›

When your timing belt has the right amount of tension and is in good condition, it keeps these two components in sync, allowing for the engine's valves to open and close at the right time. Your Honda Odyssey should have a timing belt replacement every 60,000 to 90,000 miles.

What year did Honda stop using timing belts? ›

All 2006 and newer Civic models don't have a belt. They come with a timing chain, which does not need to be replaced. So, if you are looking for a 2019 Honda Civic timing belt, for example, you'll find that it is actually equipped with a timing chain.

Does Honda require synthetic oil? ›

Honda engines are developed, tested and certified with petroleum based motor oils as a lubricant. Synthetic oils may be used; however, any motor oil used in our engines must meet all oil requirements as stated in the owner's manual. In addition, recommended oil change intervals must be followed.

How much oil do you put in a 2011 Honda Odyssey? ›

Capacity: 4.5 quarts. . (with filter).

How much is a Honda Odyssey oil change? ›

Honda Odyssey Oil Change Cost Estimate. The average cost for a Honda Odyssey oil change is between $113 and $127. Labor costs are estimated between $41 and $52 while parts are priced between $72 and $75. This range does not include taxes and fees, and does not factor in your specific model year or unique location.

Does 2011 Honda Odyssey have backup camera? ›

One welcomed edition for but Odyssey LX is a backup camera. Honda has ditched the flip-up tray between the front seats and borrowed a Chrysler idea, a removable storage console.

What kind of transmission does a 2011 Honda Odyssey have? ›

The 2011 Honda Odyssey comes standard with a 248-horsepower V-6 engine, a 5-speed automatic transmission on Odyssey LX, EX and EX-L, and a new 6-speed automatic transmission on the Odyssey Touring.

Does 2011 Honda Odyssey EX have backup camera? ›

Once the vehicle is placed into reverse the high resolution image of the backup camera will automatically appear on the factory display for safe navigation.
...
HONDA ODYSSEY EX Systems COMPATIBILITY.
HONDA ModelModel YearMultimedia System
Odyssey EX2011-2012with 8" Screen

Why is my tire pressure light on when my tires are fine Honda? ›

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However, if the TPMS light continues to come on, even after you've filled the tires, you may have a leak and need a patch or a new tire. If that's the case, be sure to schedule a service appointment at the Roush Honda service center in Westerville.

Why is my low tire pressure light on but tires are fine? ›

Other common reasons for air leakage which can cause the low tire pressure light but tires are fine issue include damage to the wheel rim due to physical shocks on the road like flying pebbles or debris, or a faulty tire valve that bleeds air gradually.

What does the TPMS light mean on a 2011 Honda Odyssey? ›

The TPMS Sensor Tool (AKS0620006) has been superseded by the ATEQ VT55 tool, and is recommended for use on all Honda vehicles. If low tire pressure indicator is lit continuously, due to low pressure in one or more tires, adjust tire inflation to proper pressure as indicated on the tire and loading information placard.

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