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STYLING | 7 out of 10
Even five years into this generation, the overall design still feels contemporary.
subtle backlighting creates an elegant view of the instrument panel
Now there's a minivan we don't mind driving
Car and Driver
Honda has dressed up the Odyssey with some styling tweaks
The 2010 Honda Odyssey sure doesn't strike any new ground with its styling; it's as anonymous as any minivan, but buyers look to these vehicles for practicality above all else, right? While other Honda vehicles have gained the beveled, excessively chunky look at the front and back in recent model years, the Odyssey has kept more conservative.
Most reviewers take the Odyssey at face value, making it clear that they don't have high expectations for this van, though they remain quite complimentary. Reporting on the slight refresh that the Odyssey saw for 2008, Autoblog says, "Honda has dressed up the Odyssey with some styling tweaks, including ... front bumper fascia." Cars.com notes that the Honda Odyssey "continues its trend of exterior and interior changes" a little bit every year. Car and Driver takes kindly to the styling, commenting, "Now there's a minivan we don't mind driving." MotherProof agrees, describing the Honda Odyssey as "elegant, poised, smooth ... [with] sleek lines and subtle accents."
It's hard to find fault with the clean and functional interior design, though TheCarConnection.com's editors point out that the center-stack controls feel a bit disordered. Most reviewers aren't bothered by this, although a few focus on the gearshift placement. Cars.com notes that the Odyssey's “gearshift lever sits on the instrument panel." ConsumerGuide finds "it's easy to reach but obstructs some controls when in park." The appearance of the instruments themselves draws positive remarks in several instances; ConsumerGuide likes the "large, clearly marked main gauges," while MotherProof says "subtle backlighting creates an elegant view of the instrument panel."
Anonymous minivan styling is the name of the game on the outside, though inside the 2010 Honda Odyssey impresses with the details.