Third Generation Honda Odyssey
In 2005 Honda introduced what was to be their third-generation Odyssey and it had some differences when compared to previous models. For example, it actually grew in weight and width, but it still did retain the length and interior capacity that made the 2002 to 2004 models so popular with American drivers. A completely new introduction into this range was the ACE body engineering (which made an appearance in later years on the Civic models) – in addition to this was very impressive and safety conscious side curtain air-bags plus stability control that was previously not available in Odsyssey mini-vans.
If that wasn’t enough, Honda also decided to include integrated sunshades into the rear passenger doors and windows that actually roll-down in the 2nd row. In the third row, the seat was altered so it was no longer a bench design, but instead was split to allow for easy folding – giving the driver more room to store goods rather than passengers if that was required.
The third generation Odyssey also came with a dashboard-mounted shifter instead of a traditional column-mounted version. There was even room in the re-designed dashboard to include a navigation device. However, the company did not make it immediately clear to customers that they would need to buy a Honda Odyssey Navigation System Update every year which did cause some consternation amongst drivers and Honda fans alike.
Some drivers were actually tempted to buy a cheap Honda Accord GPS DVD to see if that would work in their Odyssey van. Unfortunately they soon discovered that the two discs were completely different and there is no compatibility – so future owners should not waste time buying an Accord version – because it will not work and will be a waste of money.
In terms of the engine, then power was improved to offer 255 horse power with the EXL and Touring models been given even more juice – although this came at a price higher than the standard Odyssey models. Acceleration was as a result slightly higher than on the past generation models – and the van was even rated as the top pick in the minivan category for the 2005 Consumer Reports Annual automobile issue.
Not everything to do with the Honda Odyssey was positive though. There were some commonly reported problem areas which included the body integrity, audio entertainment system, plus more worryingly the brakes – which came to a head in April 2007 with many consumers reporting dissatisfaction with the Honda brand over these issues. Thankfully all of these issues were ironed out with the 4th generation Odyssey which came out in 2009 and since them the vehicle has cemented itself as being one of America’s most popular, if not best-loved mini-vans on the market.