I posted a thread about 2 weeks ago asking for help choosing between a Sienna and Odyssey. We went with the Odyssey and took delivery last week. It's a white EX-L with Rear Entertainment system to keep my litter amused during trips.
Here it is in all it's glory.
Some highs and lows
-The engine is fantastic. Inaudible during low to mid throttle. Growls really nicely during WOT. Smooth revs freely and the cylinder deactivation ECO mode works well. We saw an average of 8l/100km ( 29 mpg ) during our first tank of gas! Silky smooth torque all the way to redline.
-Interior toys. Well thought out entertainment system for the kids. Wireless headphones are of dubious quality. The center stack and screens are easy to use with the iDrive like pointing device. Power sliding doors and hatch are gold. Especially if your wife is short.
( not my photo )
-Space is abundant obviously and the reconfigurability of the seats is fantastic. The "magic" seats are very easy to flip down/up. The second row comes in/out easily as well but is on the heavy side.
-Feedback / Driving - This thing doesn't handle like the minivans I have driven in the past. You know it's big and heavy, but the suspension doesn't permit any sort of wallowing and feels fairly tight. Steering is light but communicates fairly well.
-Assembly Quality. The rear fender liner was missing 3 screw that held the bumper on.
-Paint. Hard to see from the photos, but the front and rear bumper are slightly more yellow than the paint on the sheet metal. This is a common issue with the colour on Odyssey's apparently. Not impressed Honda.
Now I have previously been rather derogatory when it came to minivans... I need to take that back because hauling around my three boys in this thing is worlds better than the CR-V. No more fighting in the car. No one can touch, poke or otherwise upset anyone else. They watch a movie with wireless headphones and I get to listen to whatever I want. We drove to our cottage 2 hours away over the weekend without a single crying/whining incident the whole way.
For that reason alone I am a minivan convert. I love this thing.