The Honda Odyssey has improved fuel economy ratings for 2011—thanks to the broader application of the automaker's Variable Cylinder Management system, which will shut down two or three of the six cylinders when cruising or coasting to help save fuel, across the entire model line.
Odyssey LX and EX models now carry an EPA rating of 18 mpg city, 27 highway, while Odyssey Touring and Touring Elite (which have a six-speed, rather than five-speed, automatic transmission) get 19/28 ratings. That makes it best in class, and several miles per gallon better on the highway than its leading rivals, like the Toyota Sienna and Dodge Grand Caravan. Top Odyssey Touring models are better overall than the base four-cylinder Sienna.
The Odyssey's fuel economy numbers also rate better than those of any non-hybrid mid-size crossover SUV with three-row seating.