After DD’ing this 2007 Odyssey for close to 4 months, I figured that I’m now comfortable enough with it to do a full review. My parents bought it new 9 years ago this month and has served us well.
I think it’s held up to the test of time pretty well. A bit dull and a bit boring, but it doesn’t look as dated as, say, a Pontiac G6. But it’s still a plum/burgundy minivan.
It’s really, really good. It’s design won’t wow you, but everything is practical and ergonomical, except for the random chrome bits that like to blind you whenever the sun shines on them. It’s simple and laid out well. Everything is where you think it’d be, with the most useful functions closest to the driver. No unreadable buttons, all knobs or large buttons for the radio. Everything works well, expect the lower glove compartment. But that’s because we’ve got too much weight in it. In the doors, (cue Xzibit) there’s pockets in pockets. The seats are great over long trips too. It’s all built well, with very few squeaks, and none of the materials feel cheap (looking at you, Toyota). And it can fit sheets of drywall, laying flat. Not a lot of pickups can do that.
This van isn’t what one would call fast or powerful. A better term is adequate. Will a 0-60 of 8.2 seconds, this is no speed demon, but good enough that it isn’t a concern of whether you’ll be going fast enough to easily merge onto the highway. It’s got enough oomph to pass slower traffic (except I’m usually the slower traffic) with ease. For normal driving, the 244 HP is enough.
They work. So better than my last DD’er.
They have pretty good feel for a normal car and stop the car pretty quickly when you consider it is a 4400 lb car.
The ride is quite comfy and is great over long distances. It’s soft enough so it’s great for long road trips but still firm enough that you can turn without getting seasick.
Again, adequate. It’s numb, not providing much feel. But this wasn’t designed for that. It reacts well and has a pretty good turning circle. Obviously a 4400 lb car ain’t gonna hustle around corners, but it’s really not bad. The 235 section tires provide a good amount of surface contact. The car corners pretty flat for a minivan (and better than my previous DD’er, an 2001 Corolla).
It’s crap. We’ve had it in for recalls to fix rough shifting, but they only changed the gear that shifts rough. It shudders and jolts when coasting, especially downhill. Under hard acceleration, it’s slow. We have friends with these and there’s aren’t better. It’s just a know problem. As a note, it’s a 5-speed. Understandable for the time, so no marks there.
It has power windows, power locks, keyless entry, and that’s where the list stops.
The VTEC V-6 sounds angry when accelerating hard. Not a ‘grrr, I’m a fast car’ angry, more like a ‘why are you doing this to me’ angry. But for a base model car that’s got 9 year old speakers, the the sound system is pretty great.
When this was new, it cost $26k or so (I think). Despite 2 kids and 9 years of wear and tear, it’s still worth about $6k. That’s pretty good. But trying to find a newer (2006 and newer) practical family car for less than $8k, this is one of the best. It’s well built, pretty reliable (never left us stranded), and very roomy.
For a family that needs reliable, practical transportation, look no further.
Engine: 3.5L VTEC V-6
Power: 244 HP
Transmission: 5-Speed Automatic
0-60: 8.4 sec for Touring with Nav (about 200 lbs heavier) so maybe 8.2 sec?
Seating: 7 people
MPG: I don’t pay for gas so I don’t care. (about 17 city, 24 hwy)
Hope I didn’t bore you to death!