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QUALITY | 9 out of 10
Seating for seven occupants
Odyssey is among the quieter minivans
third-row seat [are] more accessible, thanks to sliding second-row seats
Kelley Blue Book
With minor improvements to an already very solid package, the Honda Odyssey delivers a comfortable cabin for up to eight passengers.
Passengers have seven seats to choose from in the Honda Odyssey, while 2008 EX, EX-L and Touring models can seat eight people, according to Cars.com, "thanks to a removable center seat in the second row that can stow into a recessed compartment, which can be used for storage when the seat isn't stowed." ConsumerGuide calls the front seats "comfortable and supportive," and proclaims the Honda Odyssey's room "ample for large adults." ConsumerGuide also enjoys "a fine driving position," which is "enhanced on Tourings by power-adjustable pedals." The 2008 Honda Odyssey doesn't disappoint when it comes to rear seat room, either, although ConsumerGuide once again chimes in with a comment about the third-row seat, which they claim "has adult-size room, but seat suffers a short backrest and thin padding." Kelley Blue Book notes "Honda engineers have made the third-row seat more accessible, thanks to sliding second-row seats."
One point about the Odyssey’s seating system: Honda’s minivan uses second-row seats that are heavy if you need to remove them for cargo. The Chrysler Stow 'n Go system–in which the seats fold into the floor--is much easier. The third-row seat on the Odyssey does fold into a deep well in the rear of the van. When the seat is up, this is an ideal location for grocery bags or other cargo.
Storage in the Honda Odyssey, 2008 is ample as well. Cars.com enjoys the "Lazy Susan under-floor tray holds miscellaneous items in Touring models," while ConsumerGuide is impressed by the well behind the 2008 Honda Odyssey's third-row seat, which "swallows a surprising volume of cargo." Edmunds gives us the facts on the Honda Odyssey: "With the third row stowed, the Odyssey offers 91 cubic feet of cargo volume behind its second-row seats." There is only one problem with the storage availability in the Honda Odyssey: ConsumerGuide complains that the Odyssey's "Under-floor compartment adds extra storage but is not readily accessible." Mother Proof has some quibbles about the cup holders as well: "The two front cupholders don't fit cans easily....The other two cupholders held the can steady but were difficult to reach."
Honda has a reputation for high-quality vehicles, and when it comes to the interior of the Honda Odyssey, 2008 models hold true to tradition. ConsumerGuide calls the Honda Odyssey's materials and assembly "top-notch," but "one tester exhibited several squeaks and rattles from aft area," an experience noted by TheCarConnection.com’s editors as well.
When on the way to soccer practice, it's important for modern minivans to stay quiet, and the 2008 Honda Odyssey complies nicely. ConsumerGuide reports that the Honda Odyssey "is among the quieter minivans. Engine noise is particularly well-subdued. Road noise is prevalent at highway speeds, especially with the run-flat tires." They do note passengers in the third row "hear some wind whistle around the tailgate that grows tiresome on long trips."
The 2008 Honda Odyssey is spacious and well-outfitted, though its seats don’t perform all the tricks of a Chrysler van.