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2007 Honda Odyssey

by Martha Hindes

2007 Honda Odyssey
2007 Honda Odyssey Interior

Whoever invented the check list might have had Honda in mind. The standard equipment on the Honda Odyssey minivan fills a majority of check boxes. That's one of the things Honda has come to represent to value-conscious buyers, in addition to its longtime reputation for solidity.

Think Odyssey and Honda would like you to think of a generously proportioned, well-appointed family carrier with a responsive, sedan-like ride (with no hint it's on a global light truck base).

The 2007 model year includes some nice additions to this staple that comes in LX, EX, EX-L and Touring editions. Among them are a tilt and telescoping steering wheel, tire pressure monitor for all editions, and a nifty and usable center pocket coin holder. New exterior colors are Nimbus Gray Metallic and Dark Cherry Pearl.

Honda ekes out seating for eight in a pinch in the Odyssey with a stowable second row seat called PlusOne. In-floor storage is still there, with a Lazy Susan on the Touring model. The third row split seating disappears for added storage room. Top safety ratings come from a long list of safety features.

Odyssey enters the field at about a $25,645 base (not including $595 destination fee). Those who want to go upmarket might need to rethink entry level. With few options available, getting those "must have" amenities could require a step up in trim level. XM Satellite radio comes as an option; nav system means a step up to EX-L for example.

All versions of the Odyssey are powered by a 3.5L, 244-HP V6. An available green touch comes from Honda's Variable Cylinder Management, a high tech system that shuts down half of the cylinders at highway speeds for better fuel economy. Best mileage of 19 city/26 highway miles per gallon on regular fuel comes on the upmarket EX-L and Touring models with i-VTEC engine technology. With a 21-gallon tank, that can translate to some 546-max miles without having to stop—unless junior in a rear seat wants a rest stop.