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2008 Honda Odyssey Review

Note: This review was created when the 2008 Honda Odyssey was new.

The Odyssey receives an excellent ranking because it delivers one of the best combinations of power, road-handling, and cargo/passenger versatility in its class. Moreover, a long list of standard convenience and safety features, combined with Honda's reputation for manufacturing quality vehicles, makes it deserving of attention.

9.5

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.8
Performance: 9.5
Interior: 8.8
Safety: 9.8
Reliability:
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Pros & Cons

  • Powerful V6 engine for its class
  • Seats up to eight passengers
  • Expansive and versatile cargo room
  • Impressive crash test scores
  • Solid history of reliable performance
  • Transmission and steering receive mixed reviews
  • Suspension doesn't shield against harsh terrain
  • Bland body style doesn't impress
  • Eighth seat only suitable for children

2008 Honda Odyssey Overview

The 2008 Honda Odyssey receives accolades for its class-leading powertrain, sedan-like handling, eight-passenger capacity, long list of standard convenience and safety features, and record of reliability. According to Automotive.com, "[T]he Odyssey delivers everything you could ask for in a minivan." In fact, the Odyssey has been given several honors, including being named one of Car and Driver "5 Best Trucks" in 2007.

Honda has made a number of changes for 2008, including freshened exterior styling (which still doesn't score highly), new interior textures and improvements to the cylinder deactivation system to further improve fuel economy. Aside from mixed reviews on its transmission's ability to downshift smoothly, reviewers appear to be impressed by its powerful V6 engine and fuel-efficient Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) system. Despite minor steering woes and its suspension's inability to shield rear passengers against harsh road bumps, the Odyssey's superb brake system contributes to an overall pleasing driving experience.

The Odyssey is available in four trims: LX, EX, EX-L, and Touring.

  • "While some may believe the end is nigh for the minivan segment, Honda is out to prove it's anything but with the 2008 Odyssey." -- Motor Trend
  • "I believe that an important factor in Honda's success is in their attention to the details...Wow!" -- The Auto Channel
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