Now you can buy a fully decked-out Honda minivan with loads
of safety features, advanced powertrain components and a
decadent interior filled with comfort features. The name
of this entry? The brand-new Touring model.
The addition of the Touring model is just one of the many
changes for the Odyssey this year, as Honda gives the minivan
a full redesign. Everything from the underbody to the interior
has been upgraded, as the manufacturer proclaims a new age.
The 2005 Honda Odyssey is available in four models: LX,
EX, EX-L and Touring. LX and EX models are covered separately.
The roomy Odyssey is now more spacious than ever. Though
the exterior doesn't change, interior space grows an inch
in width, two inches in length. Maximum seating is for eight.
EX-L models are quite loaded with features in their own
right, but they don't top the new Touring trim. Still, they
have leather seating, heated front seats, a power sunroof,
front dual-zone automatic climate controls, heated power
mirrors, an in-dash 6-disc CD changer and steering-wheel
The Touring trim has a front and rear-obstacle detection
system, as well as a second-row floor console, power-adjustable
pedals and a 115-volt A/C power outlet. Touring models can
be completely decked out if need be, with a DVD package
that also includes a navigation system with voice recognition
capability, a rearview camera and satellite radio.
Touring models have 17.5-inch wheels with run-flat tires,
plus a tire-pressure monitor.
EX-L and Touring models use a 3.5-liter V6 that produces
255 horsepower at 5750 rpm and 250 lb-ft of torque at 4500
rpm. Mated to it is a new 5-speed automatic transmission.
The 3.5-liter V6 used by uplevel Odysseys is unique because
it is the first-ever application of Honda's Variable Cylinder
Management system in a minivan. It deactivates three cylinders
when cruising or decelerating to save fuel, resulting in
fuel ratings of 20/28 mpg (city/highway).
This year's Odyssey has bigger tires, larger and stronger
bushings and revised shock absorber placement/tuning on
the double wishbone rear suspension.
EX-L and Touring models also use Honda's new Active Control
Engine Mount System (ACM) and Active Noise Control (ANC)
technology. They work in tandem to eliminate noise and vibration.
Safety and Security
Honda's commitment to safety has never been more apparent
than with this year's Odyssey. All models now have the following
standard equipment: dual front airbags, front side airbags,
curtain side airbags, antilock 4-wheel disc brakes with
brake assist and an antiskid system.
255 @ 5750