The 2010 Honda Odyssey is simply one of the best minivans available and will once again be valued for its smooth V6 engine, agile handling, versatile split and fold-flat rear seat, and outstanding safety crash-test ratings.
Some may argue that the Odyssey's interior has become a bit dated and could use a refresh. While there is some truth to this criticism, the Odyssey's overall high build quality, performance and usefulness keep it right there at the top with its chief rival, the Toyota Sienna, as a minivan worthy of very serious consideration.
Trims, Standard Features And Options:
The 2010 Honda Odyssey is available in four trims: LX, EX, EX-L and Touring.
Even the base model LX is well-equipped with standard features that include full power accessories, front and rear air conditioning, keyless entry, cruise control, 16 inch steel wheels, dual sliding rear doors (manual), a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a retractable center tray and a 4-speaker sound system with a CD player and auxiliary audio jack.
Moving up to the EX model includes all of the above plus alloy wheels, power-sliding rear doors, heated exterior mirrors, a power driver seat, automatic triple-zone climate control, automatic headlights, roof rails, a conversation mirror, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, a removable second-row center seat and a 6-speaker audio system with a 6-disc in-dash CD changer.
The upscale EX-L model then adds a leather-trimmed interior, a power front passenger seat, heated front seats, a sunroof, satellite radio, a back-up camera with a rearview-mirror-mounted display, a power liftgate and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.
The top-of-the-line Touring edition adds run-flat tires, a navigation system with Bluetooth and a back-up camera, driver-seat memory functions, a rear-seat entertainment system, power adjustable pedals, foglights, rear parking sensors, and a premium audio system.
The entertainment system is an available option on both the Odyssey EX and Odyssey EX-L, while the navigation system is optional on the EX-L.
Engines, Powertrain And Gas Mileage:
Powering the 2010 Honda Odyssey is a 3.5 liter V6 engine that delivers 244 horsepower and 240 pound-feet of torque (the EX-L and Touring models get an additional 5 pound-feet) that is coupled with a five-speed automatic transmission. All Odyssey models are front-wheel drive.
The EPA estimated gas mileage for Odyssey LX and EX models stands at 16 mpg city and 23 mpg on the highway. EX-L and Touring models are equipped with Variable Cylinder Management (VCM), which deactivates up to three cylinders when cruising for improved fuel economy performance. Gas mileage for these models comes in at 17 mpg city and 25 mpg highway.
In performance testing, a 2010 Odyssey Touring model was timed from a standstill to 60 mph in a respectable 9.1 seconds.
Standard safety features on all 2010 Honda Odyssey models include antilock disc brakes (ABS) with brake assist, traction control, stability control, front-seat side-impact airbags, active front head restraints and full-length head curtain airbags with a rollover sensor.
As further evidence of its emphasis on safety, the Odyssey earned perfect five-out-of-five-star ratings for all frontal and side-impact tests for both the driver and passengers in government crash testing.
While basically unchanged for some years now, the cabin of the Odyssey remains attractive, comfortable and versatile. The second-row captain's chairs can be mounted left and center for easier access to the third-row. The third-row seats feature a 60/40-split bench that folds flat into the floor, allowing for 91 cubic feet of cargo space. And by removing the second-row seats, storage room can be expanded to 147 cubic feet.
The Odyssey's somewhat dated-looking center stack as well as its overuse of hard plastic still remain. However, gauges and buttons are easy to see and user-friendly, while the overall vehicle performance and high build quality still make the Odyssey a top choice.
The 2010 Honda Odyssey possesses some of the most carlike driving dynamics of any minivan available, except for perhaps the much smaller Mazda 5. The driving experience is notable for its smooth V6 engine, tight suspension, responsive steering and tight turning radius (for a minivan). Transmission changes are also fast and smooth and the vehicle stays firmly planted in the curves. Road bumps and rough spots are well-absorbed and the interior remains relatively quiet.
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