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You'll Like The 2007 Honda Odyssey If...

If you’d rather be driving a nice sedan but you have a family, a dog and a load of luggage to haul on vacation, the new Odyssey makes for a livable compromise. With all its nifty features, some of your friends may even think it’s cool.

You May Not Like The 2007 Honda Odyssey If...

If you don’t like the traditional minivan look, about the only choices left are Nissan’s spacey Quest or the sporty Dodge Grand Caravan. Bargain shoppers may be put off by the high price tag and limited ability to deal.

What's New

New standard features for 2007 include a tilt and telescoping steering wheel, a tire pressure monitor and center-pocket coin holder.

Interior Features

There are plenty of innovations worth noting inside the Odyssey, as well as a couple of surprises. Honda engineers have made the third-row seat more accessible, thanks to sliding second-row seats. The third-row seat is also split on a 60/40 bias and very easy to fold flat into the floor. The second row features power windows plus optional twin captain’s chairs and an auxiliary eighth seat that stores neatly, when not needed, in a new in-floor storage compartment.

Exterior Features

Rather than pushing beyond the expected limits of minivan styling, the third-generation Odyssey emerges as a refined version of its former self. Honda’s designers have conceived an Odyssey that is both sleeker and more sophisticated than the previous generation. Perhaps because of added width, it also seems to have a more secure visual stance. Appealing features such as available power sliding side doors and a power rear liftgate bolster the Odyssey’s desirability.

Driving Impressions

One of the goals of every new minivan is to deliver a car-like driving experience. If the car in that comparison is a large sedan, the Odyssey succeeds on some levels and comes close on others. With plenty of horsepower and usable torque, the Odyssey moves quickly from a stop and easily merges with traffic. Once moving, the ride is smooth and well-controlled, even if rougher roads don’t go unnoticed. While few will call its performance inspiring, the Odyssey brakes and corners with a capability some may find surprisingly good for a vehicle of its proportions, and the strong engine can get you quickly back to cruising speed.

Pricing Notes

The least expensive Odyssey is the LX, which has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $26,240. The EX with leather, DVD and navigation is $35,490, while a Touring with navigation tops out at $39,690. A look at the Fair Purchase Price shows consumers are paying about $1,800 over dealer invoice for the base LX, and close to $2,000 over dealer invoice for the Touring. The Odyssey’s pricing may seem high, but keep in mind that over a five-year period it holds its value better than the Chrysler Town & Country, Dodge Grand Caravan, Kia Sedona, Pontiac Montana, Buick Terraza, Nissan Quest, Ford Freestar and even the Toyota Sienna.

Notable Equipment

Every Odyssey (LX, EX, EX with Leather and Touring) includes the disappearing third-row seat, in-floor storage, CD player and cruise control. Standard safety features include frontal and side airbags up front, three-row side-curtain airbags and Vehicle Stability Assist with traction control. The standard 3.5-liter VTEC engine gives way to a similar, higher-mileage i-VTEC engine in the top two models.

Notable Options

Features available only on select trim levels or as stand-alone options include the stowable eighth seat, removable Lazy Susan storage system, leather seating, power sliding doors, six-disc in-dash CD player, 360-watt stereo, higher-mileage i-VTEC engine, power moonroof, nine-inch rear DVD entertainment center, plus a navigation system with voice recognition and an integrated rearview camera. Available only on the premium Touring model are a power tailgate, memory driver’s seat, power adjustable pedals, front and rear parking sensors and a run-flat tire system.

Favorite Features

In-Floor StorageA carpeted panel in the floor in front of the second-row seat lifts to reveal a compartment big enough to swallow the available eighth seat. When you need the room for something else, an optional Lazy Susan makes it easy to access items that might otherwise require a reach.Run-Flat Tire SystemNot only will Michelin’s PAX tire system let you drive safely up to 125 miles without air in the tire, we thought the Odyssey Touring model we drove featuring the system actually rode smoother than the models on the standard tires.

Under the Hood

Until someone drops a V8 into a minivan, the Odyssey’s 244-horsepower V6 is the most powerful engine in the class (although the Nissan Quest offers nearly as much horsepower and more torque). The Odyssey’s 3.5-liter V6 is a solid piece of work. Strong, quiet and fairly fuel-efficient in this class, its performance attributes are only enhanced by its bulletproof service and repair history.3.5-liter V6244 horsepower @ 5750 rpm240 lb.-ft. of torque @ 5000 rpm (LX and EX), 240 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4500 rpm (EX-L and Touring)EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/25 (LX and EX), 19/26 (EX-L and Touring)

Editors' Notes

Dads will tell you the best vehicle to transport the wife and kids is a big, burly SUV, but Moms know better. Despite its less-than-macho image, the minivan is still the best family transport ever invented. Large sliding side doors make for quick and easy exits, while a low and level cargo floor means minimal muscle is required when loading. If a minivan is in your future, there are a number of makes to choose from, and at the top of that list is the Honda Odyssey. Revered for its spacious interior, powerful engine, comfortable ride and exceptional safety rating, the Odyssey leaves little room for criticism. About the only deterrent to purchasing an Odyssey may be its high price and limited availability.

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Comfortable van to drive!!

2007 Honda Odyssey

My Odyssey has been a pleasure to drive. I love the size & overall comfort. It drives very smooth-more like driving a sedan. Plus, with such big windows, I have really good sight lines. I used to drive a Honda Civic for almost 14 years and that was a great car too. But when I first drove the Honda Odyssey, I was amazed at how well I could see around me as I was driving. That just makes me feel more safe on the road. Also, it has tons of cup holders. I think there are literally 16 spots for cups. The 2 main cup holders that are a pull out tray from the dashboard are awesome & fit a variety of size cups. I just wish the cup holders on the center console were deeper & fit a variety of sizes as well. My only complaint is that I wish the van sat up a little higher like an SUV & I lose air in my tires easily. My tire pressure light comes on about once a month or even every 2 to 3 weeks. So I get the air checked in my tires almost every month. I actually bought my van used and it has been awesome until recently. We experienced a flood in our area back in June 2018. Our home flooded & so did our cars. Amazingly, both our cars started after the water drained. But I have been having more problems with it since the flood. It has been in the repair shop for a variety of issues, most likely due to water damage. I had to get a new air compressor which of course is a huge expense. Despite the issues I am having now due to the flood damage, I still really like driving my van and it still drives smooth despite some weird noises it makes that are due to flood damage. When I eventually get a new car, I will most like get another Honda Odyssey.

- Julie M

We love our Honda Odyssey.

2007 Honda Odyssey

I own a Honda Odyssey. I love it! I love the smooth ride and the fact that the rear seats fold down in the back to make smooth floor to load items in the back. The middle seats are removable also. apparently, the resale value is very high, because I am constantly receiving offers to purchase my van through email and fliers. Even the dealership that sold us the van has made it very clear that when we are ready to get a new / different vehicle, they are very much wanting to buy our van. Currently, the mechanism that opens the trunk / hatch back is not working. The problem with that is that the replacement part is extremely expensive. We have gotten around this problem by taking out one of the middle seats and using the side in the same way we would use the trunk. Other problems we have had over the years include the side sliding doors not operating and the seatbelt becoming stretched out and not retracting properly. We were very blessed to have paid for an extended warranty and these items were easily taken care of. Other than that, we have not had a lot of problems. Our van has heated seats, which has been very convenient when it is cold out. We have a console in between the front seats. It folds down when we do not need it. There is a console in the middle between the bucket seats as well. That one removes easily like the seats. We purchased the metallic blue van. It is very popular and there are many in our community.

- Carrie A

A comfortable and reliable family van

2007 Honda Odyssey LX

Our minivan has been a life-changer as a family car. Sliding doors have been perfect for school and activity carpools- kids can get in and out with ease. The bucket seats are the best as we can removed the middle seat and kids don't have to slide chairs back and forth or climb over them. Some of our other favorite features are heated front seats, a quality heat and air conditioning system, shades that can be pulled up on two of the passenger windows on sunny days, and the TV for watching movies on long drives. We have easily folded the back seat to fit our storage needs. The trunk has plenty of room for our large stroller and bags of groceries, etc. I do wish the trunk had an automatic button to open and close. It requires me to open it manually. When we first purchased the van, we had to replace the steering pump. Only a Honda OEM part would work and it had previously been replaced by a non-Honda brand. We also had to replace a power steering hose. Most recently, our right side sliding door is jamming and can only be opened and closed manually. We have not yet had it evaluated. Otherwise, the car drives smooth and has been a comfortable and reliable means of transportation for our family of five. I would definitely buy a Honda Odyssey again, but would update to a more recent year.

- Nicole Y

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