As the minivan segment continues to shrink, those left fighting it out don’t have to be quite as innovative. Evidence of that came with the new Toyota Sienna, and now with the reveal of Honda‘s new 2011 Odyssey we’re starting to see a pattern. Perhaps, however, the minivan has reached its pinnacle and the only things left to do are polish off the rough edges and add on new minor features here and there.
Along with a partially new look, that features the “lightning bolt” design first shown on the Odyssey concept at the Chicago Auto Show earlier this year, the 2011 Odyssey is both lower and wider, delivering added driving dynamics and even more space inside. Also aiding in the overall driving experience are new 18-inch wheels and even larger front brakes.
While not necessarily a great engineering breakthrough, the 2011 Odyssey does include a new three-seat second row system that allows the bench to be pulled apart, making room for three baby seats. We also like the 16.2-inch widescreen entertainment system that can operate as a split screen with two videos as once.
Other features include optional HID headlights, a power tailgate and 15 cupholders.
No engine specs are yet available, but Honda has already said the van will feature a 3.5-lier i-VTEC V6 with segment leading 19-mpg city and 28-mpg highway.
GALLERY: 2011 Honda Odyssey
Get more on the 2011 Honda Odyssey after the jump:
2011 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite Fact Sheet
The all-new 2011 Honda Odyssey seeks to redefine the concept of the minivan with its aggressive stance and sporty “lightning-bolt” beltline. The lightning bolt not only provides an exclusive appearance, but also adds increased visibility for third-row passengers. New interior features add more convenience for families, while available entertainment technology introduces high-definition connectivity and split-screen viewing. Currently the best-selling minivan in the U.S., the all-new 2011 Honda Odyssey is set to go on sale this fall. Compared to the current Odyssey, the 2011 model’s lower roofline (-1.6 inches versus 2010 Odyssey EX) and wider track (+1.4 inches) contribute to a sleeker, stronger and more dynamic presence with improved aerodynamics that help increase fuel economy and also translate into more interior width.
– 3.5-liter i-VTEC™ V-6 engine with three-mode Variable Cylinder Management™ – Preliminary estimated fuel economy, Odyssey Touring Elite (City/Highway): 19/28 miles per gallon*
* Preliminary EPA mileage estimates determined by Honda. Final EPA mileage estimates not available at the time of printing. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.
Features of the 2011 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite model as shown in the June 17, 2010, reveal video: (please reference the June 17 reveal video script @ hondanews.com for items not listed here)
– AM/FM/XM/CD Premium Audio System with 12 Speakers – Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ with Voice Activation – Ultra-Wide Rear Entertainment System (RES) with split-screen capability – External HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) input – 150-watt AC power outlet – Media tray with integrated beverage holder – Removable 1st row center console with hidden storage – New cool box in lower center stack (keeps items cool when vehicle is running) – Leather-trimmed seating with heated front seats – Memory-linked 10-way power driver’s seat – LATCH child seat anchors in five seating positions, including three positions in the second row to accommodate three child seats simultaneously – Two captain’s chairs in the second row provide adult comfort with center seat folded down – One-strap stowable 3rd Row Magic Seat® – Second- and third-row passenger window sunshades – 15 beverage holders – Trash bag ring
– HID front headlights – 18-inch alloy wheels – 12.6-inch ventilated front disc brakes – Power side mirrors with integrated turn indicators – Power tailgate