The 2010 Honda Odyssey goes on sale today, and there aren’t many changes to report. A host of new colors are the biggest news for the Odyssey in 2010, as the model returns for one more model year before a complete redesign.
While Ford and GM have discontinued their minivan models and looked to other types of models like the 2009 Ford Flex and 2009 Chevrolet Traverse—with sales that haven't quite been up to the levels of their family-hauler predecessors—the current Odyssey has been a hit with traditional minivan shoppers.
The 2010 Odyssey retains its excellent third-row arrangement, termed Magic Seat, which folds into a low, flat cargo floor with one continuous motion. With the seat stowed, the Odyssey's cargo capacity is a huge 91.1 cubic feet while still offering room for four or five occupants.
A 244-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine still powers the Alabama-built Odyssey. In its top EX-L and Touring trims, the engine includes Variable Cylinder Management (VCM), shutting half of the cylinders down selectively when less power is needed to yield improved fuel economy figures of 17 mpg city, 25 highway.
The Odyssey doesn’t offer entertainment features that match the Chrysler minivans, which still lead the pack in features, but it does offer enough luxury features for most shoppers. Noteworthy items that are optional or offered on top trims of the 2010 Honda Odyssey include a power moonroof, heated leather seats, a 115-volt power outlet, a Bluetooth hands-free interface, and a voice-recognition nav system with rearview camera.
Prices are up slightly throughout the model line for 2010. The base LX now starts at $26,805, up from $26.355 in 2009, not counting the $710 destination fee, and the top-of-the-line 2010 Honda Odyssey Touring now lands at $40,755, up from $40,505.