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#162 of 747 Re: 2011 headroom? [adky]
Sep 29, 2010 (11:54 am)
I just did a test drive on the new 2011 Odyssey. I was extremely disappointed. Not only is the new minivan UGLY!!! It also has reduced headroom. I am only 5'6" tall and I noticed how much lower the ceiling was. My family is all tall (6'4", 6'1", and 5'10") and I don't think they will be comfortable in this van. The front seat door opening is much lower than on my old 2000 model. I plan to have my husband (6'4") go by and check it out, but I think this vehicle is now out of the running.
We have had a 2000 Odyssey for 11 years (bought fall of 1999) and have loved it. Now our Odyssey has 150,000 miles on it and we need to get a new vehicle (minor issues adding up and sliding doors slowing dying). So we have been waiting for the "new & improved" design. I have to agree with the other man who commented that his bubble was burst. I was ready to walk in and buy another beloved Honda, and this 2011 Odyssey is not it.
I don't know what Honda was thinking with this new model. In their effort to "win over" non-minivan drivers, I think they have lost those of us who were looking for a world class minivan (not a crossover or modified SVU vehicle.)
Oh well, back to the drawing board for me (and apparently for Honda.)
#163 of 747 Re: 2011 Odyssey pricing [danw88]
Sep 29, 2010 (1:18 pm)
Pricing is just atrocious to say the least - I would rather buy a luxury SUV than purchase the 2011 Odyssey. Honda is no where close to calling itself a luxury yet seems like they want to price themselves like a luxury car. I think Sienna sales might rise if dealers dont sell below invoice.
#164 of 747 Re: 2011 Odyssey pricing [danw88]
Sep 29, 2010 (3:19 pm)
Every business should make a profit, that's what drives the world, however--the car business has one of the worst reputations for pulling dirty tricks and misleading customers with their BS dealer sticker add-on, $400 for paint protection, give me a break--that's a rip-off, $100 for scotch guard, come on a can of this stuff is $3.00 at Walmart...and the list goes on and on.....if you read the post you didn't read where the movie comes close to the real thing, and by the way --those people in the movie were not cartoons, so real people make movies Fake, or fictiious ones? Guess the salesman at the dealerships really are cartoons...CLOWNS to say the least.
#165 of 747 Re: 2011 Odyssey pricing [danw88]
Sep 29, 2010 (5:30 pm)
You statistics are way off, in 2008 new car sales only accounted for a fraction of US Retail sales, no where near what you are saying, read the facts at -->> www.census.gov/retail/.
#166 of 747 Re: 2011 Odyssey pricing [clermontfl]
Sep 29, 2010 (5:41 pm)
I just dropped by the dealership and checked out an EX-L and liked what I saw. Van looks better in real life. I wasn't too sure about some of the pics online.Also the headroom is fine. I'm 6'2 195 lbs and without any adjustments to the drivers seat had at least 3 inches to spare. Also I sat in that skinny middle 2nd row seat without any discomfort. We have a 2001 and looking to upgrade. I plan on a test drive tomorrow.
#167 of 747 Re: Drove it, saw it! [dogsambam]
Sep 29, 2010 (6:31 pm)
about the armrests for second seat, they should have design two removable/detachable inner armrests in case some one wants to remove the center seat for easy access to 3rd row seat, this should only add $100-200 more.
#168 of 747 Test drove 2011 Touring
Sep 30, 2010 (5:58 pm)
I test drove a 2011 model today and I liked it. I should say better than 2010 models. Very good interier.
I was quoted $42100 out the door. Is it a good price for a Touring model?
#169 of 747 Looked at 2011 Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna last two days
Sep 30, 2010 (6:14 pm)
I looked at and test drove both the 2011 Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna in the last two days. There is not an easy choice. I've owned a Toyota Sienna 2006 for the past four years and it has been great. We were in a hail storm this Summer that all but destroyed the car, so we need to get a new one. This past Winter we considered getting the Sienna when it came out but the ugly plastic dash really turned us off. So we decided to wait for the 2011 Odyssey. It came out yesterday, and both of these companies have shot themselves in the foot. The interior of the Odyssey is wonderful. However the exterior is awful. The black exterior makes it look like a Hearse. The white exterior makes the black side view mirror and black spoiler stand out (in a bad way). I'm hoping that the right color will make this car look good. But I'm not holding my breath. Toyota blinked with the cheap plastic dash, and all Honda had to do was come up with a nice looking exterior. They didn't have to change the world; just come up with something we wouldn't be embarrassed for our neighbors to see us in. Then they did this. What were they thinking??? What focus group could have possibly created this thing? It's like they got close to the look of the Mercedes R and then said, "Oh no, we're too close. Let's change it up and call it a 'lightning bolt'. We'll tell everyone we actually like it!" The Mercedes R is a good looking vehicle. It ends at that. But it looks good. The Honda is well engineered, but looks do matter. Companies that make vans seem to be embarrassed that they look like vans. I'm not embarrassed. Do you think we would be driving them if we wanted it to look like a Sedan? You can't put a family in a convertible. Note to Honda and Toyota: Consumers will come around and realize the van is a great invention. Don't change it. You can't stuff a family into a small car and travel comfortably. Update the exterior...no problem. But don't ruin it. I know that some things take getting used to. But I don't see it happening with the new Odyssey. I am now giving the 2011 Sienna a second look. Maybe I can live with the cheap dash material. At least my neighbors won't be laughing at me for buying the ugliest van on the market.
#170 of 747 Re: Looked at 2011 Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna last two days [spookydoo]
Oct 01, 2010 (8:14 am)
I absolutely agree with the comment on exterior of new Oddyssey. It does look like a hearse....I have been waiting for it for a long but very disappointed/will now look for other options.
#171 of 747 Re: Test drove 2011 Touring [ramssaran]
Oct 01, 2010 (9:11 am)
Bad price -- ask for 10% discount off MSRP - else walk away - buy an ACURA instead below invoice.