Honda's Space Oddity

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer
honda s space oddity

Is it me or has the new Odyssey Concept, which is supposed to preview the styling of the next-gen model, taken a few too many protein pills? Let’s hope that the production version (arriving this fall) will capture a little more of the original Odyssey’s clean, stripped-down look. Remember, if we’ve learned anything from the Nissan Quest, it’s that minivans can easily be overstyled into irrelevance.

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  • Regularttc Regularttc on Feb 12, 2010

    Design is nice, but the 2011 SE Sienna is the best looker of the minivans today. Hopefully Honda will do away with the "Lightning Bolt" beltline that detracts here just as it does on Lincoln's MkT. The interior of the Honda looks very promising. 3 real sized seats for the second row vs. the laughable 'wedge' in the previous Gen. and now in the new 11 Sienna; useless except to sound good in a brochure. Our 2005 Sienna XLE has 8 real seats and a very confident not overstated exterior. When Toyota changed to the smiley faced Grill and revised front, they lost it. Same for the previous Chryslers; very poised and nice soft touch interior feel. New 11 Sienna unfortunately has sadly upped the Hard Plastic Surfaces Quotient. So as a previous 99' Mercury Villager, 02' Honda Odyssey, and current 05 Sienna (ready for new!) owner, I sum the current offerings up like this. Exterior leader, 11 Sienna SE, (actually sporty looking), Interior leader, should be Odyssey as Press release speaks of being able to put 3 child seats in 2nd row. Bottom line for us, is 8 life size passenger ability and acceptable looks and 28 MPG for the new Ody, looks like van #4 will be an Odyssey. (I'll just fabricate a small body panel to correct and eliminate the Honda/Lincoln 'Lightning Bolt' to 'correct' the kinked bodyline to a nicely executed, uninterupted beltline. cheers

  • Caraholica Caraholica on Feb 13, 2010

    As the owner of an '06 Odyssey with 117k miles I really like the updated and integrated looks of this version. Hopefully, the smoother design cues will make it into production. A good portion of my miles have been between southern california and western colorado and the road manners of the current version are excellent. Whether it's empty or loaded to the gunwales, traveling is a delight on those trips. If they can keep that and add these good looks, then I'm a goner again. It might even make up for the last 3 versions of the Accord.

  • Azfelix From certain angles the bonnet appears oversized with respect to the rest of the car - like a skinny teenager wearing a bulky sweater nicked from her older sister's wardrobe.
  • Tassos This is way too god damned OLD, 21 years old to have all the necessary options you need TODAY. You need a 10 year old or less car. AND if you give us THIS POS, a 21 year old model, that is not even a LUXURY car, whoever pays $10k for a Golf, And I Do NOT care what anniversary it is (they are all UTTERLY INSIGNIFICANT) deserves to get this MOST UNRELIABLE AND COSTLY TO REPAIR OF ALL LOUSY ECONOBOXES< EVEN THE DOMESTICS AND THE KOREANS.
  • Tassos As you say, Toyota confirmed this on TUESDAY. Today is WEDNESDAY. Why is everything on TTAC held back one or more days before you tell us the NEWS when it is NO MORE THE NEWS?
  • MRF 95 T-Bird You can find a decent and far more stylish Audi TT or an S4 of a similar vintage for under $10k.
  • RHD "In all situations, the grip of the tires (225/40R18 front, 225/35R18 rear) brings with it road noise."Are the rear tires actually smaller than the fronts??!! Adding just a bit of sidewall would take care of the bumps and rough ride. I'm not a fan of BMWs, personally, but this is a very enjoyable car. There are times when driving a convertible is pure bliss, and with a bit of power it's fun as well. (And certainly a better drive than a gussied-up, overpriced German taxicab!)