The 2005 Honda Odyssey is given a bountiful array of upgraded
features, from safety to performance, and the big winner
is undoubtedly the consumer.
Just because the LX and EX models occupy the bottom half
of a four-pronged model lineup, it doesn't mean that they
are ignored. After all, the 2005 Honda Odyssey is completely
It all starts at the underbody. This year's Honda Odyssey
uses an all-new Advanced Compatibility Engineering TM (ACE)TM
Body Structure for enhanced safety protection with reduced
impact on other vehicles in a frontal collision.
The 2005 Honda Odyssey is available in four models: LX,
EX, EX-L and Touring. EX-L and Touring models are covered
Somehow the engineers at Honda managed to increase the interior
without touching exterior dimensions. The result is that
interior space grows an inch in width, two inches in length.
Standard on all models are front and second-row bucket
seats and a fold-into-the floor third-row seat, which is
now split 60/40. New features include a storage compartment
in the floor between the front seats, and side windows that
power down into the sliding doors.
The starting point is the base LX model, which features
front and rear air conditioning with rear controls, a removable
center tray, power mirrors, windows and door locks, remote
keyless entry and an AM/FM/CD player. EX models add front
dual-zone automatic climate controls, heated power mirrors,
an in-dash 6-disc CD changer and steering-wheel radio controls.
EX models also add roof rails and alloy wheels.
The front-wheel drive 2005 Honda Odyssey is a minivan that
leads the class in fuel efficiency and emission levels.
The engine responsible for this is a new 3.5-liter V6 that
produces 255 horsepower at 5750 rpm and 250 lb-ft of torque
at 5000 rpm.
Also new is a 5-speed automatic transmission. It is as
smooth as they get.
The Honda Odyssey's ride comfort has been assisted by bigger
tires, larger and stronger bushings, and revised shock absorber
placement/tuning on the double wishbone rear suspension.
The big minivan glides over bumps with ease, taking potholes
as if they were tiny holes.
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.
The new generation of Honda's antiskid system independently
engages the 4-wheel disc brakes during heavy cornering to
reduce oversteer and understeer conditions.