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2010 Honda Odyssey

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2010 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 2010 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 ability to pick and choose stand alone options.

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 2010 Honda Odyssey makes for a livable compromise. And, when it comes to resale value, the Honda brand is always a strong performer.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you don't like the traditional minivan look, about the only choices left are the seven and eight-passenger CUVs such as the Honda Pilot and Chevrolet Traverse. Bargain shoppers put off by the high price tag should look toward newer competitors, such as the Kia Sedona.

What's New for 2010

No major changes for 2010.

Driving the Odyssey
Driving Impressions

One of the goals of every minivan is to deliver a car-like driving experience. If the car in that comparison is a large sedan, the 2010 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.

Second-row PlusOne Seat
Exclusive to the EX, EX-L and Touring trims, the available PlusOne Seat integrates a storage bin inside the seat structure. The seat is also removable, creating a walk-through passage to the third-row seat.

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.

2010 Honda Odyssey Details
2010 Honda Odyssey photo 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
2010 Honda Odyssey photo

Rather than pushing beyond the expected limits of minivan styling, the 2010 Odyssey has blossomed into a refined version of its former self. Honda's designers have conceived an Odyssey that is both sleeker and more sophisticated than previous generations. 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 2010 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 (models without navigation display an image in the rearview mirror). Available only on the premium Touring model are a 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 the most powerful engine in the 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. On EX-L and Touring trims Honda adds its Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) which, depending upon load, deactivates some cylinders for improved fuel consumption.

3.5-liter V6
244 horsepower @ 5750 rpm (LX and EX)
244 horsepower @ 5700 rpm (EX-L and Touring)
240 lb.-ft. of torque @ 5000 rpm (LX and EX)
245 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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2010 Honda Odyssey Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.7
Out of 10

Based on 714 Ratings for the 2005 - 2010 models.

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

been a great van

By on Monday, July 11, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 120,776

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
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"WAS A CARAVAN AND TOWN & COUNTRY MAN (90,94,99 and 2005) UNTIL A 2005 T&C PC OF JUNK ! I traded a 2005 t&c for a 2007 honda ody still looks and runs great . Been retired since 2005 ."

Extremely reliable and comfortable vehicle

By on Sunday, May 15, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 194,000

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
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "immaculate interior"

Cons: "high mileage"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

2009 Odyssey - Front Exterior

"Fully loaded 8 passenger van with leather interior, DVD player, multi disc CD player, blue tooth, back up camera, power sliding doors, power lift gate, power seats and moon roof. One owner, 164,000 miles."

9 people out of 12 found this review helpful

2009 Odyssey - Front Exterior

Best vehicle for large family!

By on Monday, April 18, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 145,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Beautiful to look at and reliable"

Cons: "Poor heating in winter"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"I've had this minivan since 2007 and I still love it. I've had no mechanical issues. This minivan is great for road trips, unless it's winter time. You can fit a great deal of luggage in the cargo space so you don't need to store it in the cabin. With two dogs and two kids, space is everything. Service at the Honda dealerships I've used are another reason I love my van. Honda cares a great deal about its customers and doesn't over charge for services. I've never had a problem with them recommending services my van didn't need. One major drawback to the vehicle is definitely the windows getting fogged up in the Chicago winters so you need to keep the defrost on at all times, thus making your feet freeze and your face hot from the blowing air. Family road trips in the winter means not being able to keep the back windows defrosted which causes visibility issues and cold feet. Not a good combination."

6 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Best Vehicle for a Family

By on Friday, April 1, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 126,000

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
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Drives great, very versatile."

Cons: "None"

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

"2009 LX, Bought as CPO in 2010 with 20,000 miles. Now have 126,000 without any problems, just maintenance. Recently replace brakes and rotors myself..easy job and parts where reasonable off the internet. Could not have purchased a better Vehicle."

4 people out of 7 found this review helpful

super dependable

By on Friday, February 12, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 190,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "safety over all value"

Cons: "sometime quirky passenger sliding door"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Purchased from dealer over the internet probably saved $2000 over local Cape Girardeau dealership. Spent money on tires and regular maintenance. At 170 replaced brakes and struts at this point we will keep her until she drops. Sometime the passenger door beeps and the door has trouble closing but this is easy to overlook considering the huge value this vehicle has been for us. Will definitely go Honda again!"

7 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Highly reliable. Excellent maintenance.

By on Thursday, February 11, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 110,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Comfortable reliable great road car"

Cons: "Too much vehicle as we grow older"

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

"My Odyssey has been a joy to won and drive. Extremely reliable w/ very minor repairs needed while under warranty. I have maintained the recommended service schedule and have always, w/ one exception, taken this van to Honda service. Would love to keep it but as we grow older we desire a smaller vehicle which is easier to maneuver and park. With the exception of a few very minor, mostly interior blemishes, the vehicle is in practically new condition. It has been garaged 99 percent of the time."

8 people out of 14 found this review helpful

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