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2008 Honda Odyssey

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2008 Honda Odyssey Review

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Dads will tell you the best vehicle to transport the wife and kids is a big, burly SUV, but Moms know better. Despite its less-than-macho image, the minivan is still the best family transport ever invented. Large sliding side doors make for quick and easy entries and exits, while a low and level cargo floor means minimal muscle is required when loading. If a minivan is in your future, there are a number of makes to choose from, and at the top of that list is the 2008 Honda Odyssey. Renowned for its spacious interior, powerful engine, comfortable ride and exceptional safety rating, the Odyssey leaves little room for criticism. About the only deterrent to purchasing an Odyssey may be its high price and limited availability.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you'd rather be driving a nice sedan but you have a family, a dog and a load of luggage to haul on vacation, the 2008 Honda Odyssey makes for a livable compromise. With all its nifty features, some of your friends may even think it's cool.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you don't like the traditional minivan look, about the only choices left are Nissan's spacey Quest or the sporty new Dodge Grand Caravan. Bargain shoppers may be put off by the high price tag and limited ability to deal.

What's New for 2008

The 2008 Honda Odyssey receives a major exterior freshening, with a new front and rear fascia, new wheels and a new, more fuel-efficient engine (EX-L and Touring). The interior gets a major makeover offering new fabrics and trim colors, as well as some new options.

Driving the Odyssey

Driving Impressions One of the goals of every new minivan is to deliver a car-like driving experience. If the car in that comparison is a large sedan, the 2008 Honda Odyssey succeeds...

on some levels and comes close on others. With plenty of horsepower and usable torque, the Odyssey moves quickly from a stop and easily merges with traffic. Once moving, the ride is smooth and well-controlled, even if rougher roads don't go unnoticed. While few will call its performance inspiring, the Odyssey brakes and corners with a capability some may find surprisingly good for a vehicle of its proportions, and the strong engine can get you quickly back to cruising speed.

In-Floor Storage
A carpeted panel in the floor in front of the second-row seat lifts to reveal a compartment big enough to swallow the available eighth seat. When you need the room for something else, an optional Lazy Susan makes it easy to access items that might otherwise require a reach.

Comprehensive Safety Features
From Vehicle Stability Assist with Traction Control, Electronic Brake Distribution, Anti-Lock Brakes and Tire Pressuring Monitoring to help keep you out of trouble, to the Advanced Compatibility Engineering Body Structure, Active Front Head Restraints and a full complement of airbags to help protect you if trouble should occur, the Odyssey offers its occupants an extremely comprehensive set of safety features.

2008 Honda Odyssey Details
Interior

There are plenty of innovations worth noting inside the Odyssey, as well as a couple of surprises. Honda engineers have made the third-row seat more accessible, thanks to sliding second-row seats. The third-row seat is also split on a 60/40 bias and very easy to fold flat into the floor. The second row features power windows plus optional twin captain's chairs and a clever in-seat storage compartment (dubbed the PlusOne Seat by Honda). There are three sets of LATCH child safety seat anchors: Two on the outboard second-row seats and one in the middle third-row seat.

Exterior

Rather than pushing beyond the expected limits of minivan styling, the 2008 Odyssey emerges as a refined version of its former self. Honda's designers have conceived an Odyssey that is both sleeker and more sophisticated than the previous generation. The Odyssey's wide stance gives it a more secure visual stance. Appealing features such as available power sliding side doors and a power rear liftgate bolster the Odyssey's desirability.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Every 2008 Honda Odyssey (LX, EX, EX with Leather and Touring) includes the disappearing third-row seat, in-floor storage, CD player, dual-zone air conditioning (tri-zone in EX-L and Touring), power windows, keyless entry and cruise control. Standard safety features include frontal and side airbags up front, three-row side-curtain airbags and Vehicle Stability Assist with traction control. The standard 3.5-liter VTEC engine gives way to a similar, higher-mileage i-VTEC engine with variable cylinder management (VCM) in the top two models.

Optional Equipment

Features available only on select trim levels or as stand-alone options include the stowable eighth seat, leather seating, power sliding doors, four-way power passenger seat, six-disc in-dash CD player, 360-watt stereo, Bluetooth hands-free communication link, memory-linked tilt-down side view mirrors (standard on Touring), more fuel-efficient i-VTEC engine with VCM, power moonroof, nine-inch rear DVD entertainment center, plus a navigation system with voice recognition and an integrated rearview camera with rearview mirror display. Available only on the premium Touring model are a power tailgate, memory driver's seat, power-adjustable pedals, front and rear parking sensors and a run-flat tire system.

Under the Hood

Until someone drops a V8 into a minivan, the Odyssey's 244-horsepower V6 is one of the most powerful engines in its class. The Odyssey's 3.5-liter V6 is a solid piece of work. Strong, quiet and fairly fuel-efficient, its performance attributes are only enhanced by its bulletproof service and repair history. New for 2008 is the addition of Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) which, depending upon load, deactivates cylinders for improved fuel consumption.

3.5-liter V6
244 horsepower @ 5750 rpm (LX and EX)
241 horsepower @ 5700 rpm (EX-L and Touring)
240 lb.-ft. of torque @ 5000 rpm (LX and EX)
242 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4900 rpm (EX-L and Touring)
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/23 (LX and EX), 17/25 (EX-L and Touring)

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2008 Honda Odyssey Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.7
Out of 10

Based on 702 Ratings for the 2005 - 2010 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.8/10
    Quality
    8.8/10
  • Reliability
    9.0/10
    Performance
    8.9/10
  • Comfort
    9.1/10
    Styling
    9.0/10

Best Family mini van

By on Thursday, June 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 117,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Love almost Everything"

Cons: "Watch Sliding doors on slopes"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

Park & admire

"Great car to own with peace of mind & reliable. Quick acceleration, Drives very well, easy to handle and very spacious. Haul with ease & very economical for its size. Great & powerful 3.5L engine that powers the car with ease. Every member of my family loves to travel in it especially road trips."

6 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Park & admire

My Best Car EVER !! I have had 71 Vehicles.

By on Thursday, June 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 40,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Everything is GREAT !!! Fun to Drive. Rated 10/10"

Cons: "There are none."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This is the "GREATEST VEHICLE I EVER OWNED." This is my 71st car and is Truly Reliable. Better than any. I bought this 2010 Honda Odyssey Used (2 yrs. old) in 2012 with 20,000 miles on it. Just Like New then and Now. I have NOT put a single Dime in this car except for gas & oil changes. It Rides like a Cadillac. Gets Great Gas Mileage (20 mpg) in town. Everything works, NEVER any problems. It Handles exceptionally, Smooth Running, Starts right up. I will Drive this For years to come...I am Sure. I want to get 250 to 300,000 miles from this Van. Many Many People have already. Even More If I can. American Cars cannot Compete. This is a FANTASTIC VAN, Go out and get one, Used or New, They are great. !!!"

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Best vehicle I've ever owned.

By on Tuesday, June 02, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 264,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "dependability, cargo area, ride, gas mileage"

Cons: "paint loss problem corrected on later models"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have had this van for over 10 years (260k+ miles). During that time, other than for oil changes, scheduled maintenance, and replaceables (and a little electrical problem that I caused), it has only been in the shop three times and has never left me high and dry by the side of the road. It has been over 80,000 miles since I had the last repair (wheel bearings - one wheel) so it definitely has not been nickel and diming me to death. One of these days I am going to have to break down and buy a new van and it will most definitely be a Honda."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

STILL A GREAT VAN---2007 HONDA ODY EXL

By on Monday, June 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 95,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Pick it up Jan 2007 and its been a great van from day one ,have bought new 2 cars for wife in that time but when I go to trade in the ody and test drive the new vans I think the old ody is real nice.So I had new timing belt ,water pump, etc replaced at 85000 miles ,still looks good, very comfy and runs great !( oil changed, and always serviced ) But I think in 2017 it will have to go !"

I have loved my Honda Odyssey.

By on Friday, May 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 160,700

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "sliding doors,automatic trunk, heated seats, DVD"

Cons: "not 4-wheel drive"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"The Honda Odyssey has been a great car for me and my family. The 2 back passenger-sliding doors keep your passengers and children from banging their doors into the cars parked next to you. They also open and close automatically from my keys and from inside of the car. The windows are big and allow sunshine in as well as everyone to get great viewing from inside of the car. The 4 headsets for the DVD player keep everyone happy as well as the 6 disk player and the awesome seat warmers for the colder weather. The automatic trunk opener and closer comes in very handy, too. Because we live in Wisconsin and the Odyssey is not a 4-wheel drive car I am forced to look for a car that has 4-wheel drive."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

Love my Odyssey

By on Thursday, May 28, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 208,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Extremely reliable"

Cons: "maybe, maybe not the Pax (run flat) tires"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought it when it was a year old. Nothing but great things to say about this car. Rides great, performs well, holds a ton! I have 208,000 miles on it. Hope to get another 100,000. Would definitely buy another one."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

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