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2005 Honda Odyssey

2005 Honda Odyssey

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$1,302 — $8,166 USED
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Passenger Van
7-8 Seats
22-24 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Interior space and versatility
  • Simple entry and exit
  • Automatic-transmission operation
  • Maneuverability and stability
  • Driving ease

The Bad

  • Severe buffeting with sliding-door windows open
  • Impaired visibility over left shoulder

What to Know

about the 2005 Honda Odyssey
  • Redesigned for 2005
  • Variable Cylinder Management V-6 in higher-end models
  • Five-speed automatic
  • Available voice-recognition navigation
  • Standard side-curtain airbags

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2005 Honda Odyssey Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
The 1999 – 2004 generation of Honda’s front-wheel-drive Odyssey was a class leader. The minivan has earned a major redesign for 2005, and to stay ahead of the pack, Honda had to “leapfrog” the growing competition with fresh features.

Going beyond the foldaway third-row Magic Seat in the previous model, the 2005 Odyssey also gets a stowable PlusOne seat in the second row. The minivan’s overall length hasn’t changed but the third row gets an additional 2 inches of legroom. Side curtain-type airbags protect occupants in all three rows, and a first-in-class stability system is standard. The windows in the sliding doors can be partially opened. With the new Odyssey, Honda sought to “achieve the feel of a European sedan,” said Yutaka Fujiwara, Honda’s large project leader.

An available DVD-based rear entertainment system uses a 9-inch screen that Honda calls the largest in the automotive industry. Honda’s navigation system, which has an 8-inch screen, operates with expansive voice recognition and can respond to 637 commands. It’s able to understand orally stated city and street names, street numbers and specific destinations.

Four trim levels are offered: LX, EX, EX Leather and a new Touring model. The top two models use a Variable Cylinder Management version of Honda’s 3.5-liter V-6, which shifts automatically between six- and three-cylinder operation in response to driving conditions. A regular vers...

Vehicle Overview
The 1999 – 2004 generation of Honda’s front-wheel-drive Odyssey was a class leader. The minivan has earned a major redesign for 2005, and to stay ahead of the pack, Honda had to “leapfrog” the growing competition with fresh features.

Going beyond the foldaway third-row Magic Seat in the previous model, the 2005 Odyssey also gets a stowable PlusOne seat in the second row. The minivan’s overall length hasn’t changed but the third row gets an additional 2 inches of legroom. Side curtain-type airbags protect occupants in all three rows, and a first-in-class stability system is standard. The windows in the sliding doors can be partially opened. With the new Odyssey, Honda sought to “achieve the feel of a European sedan,” said Yutaka Fujiwara, Honda’s large project leader.

An available DVD-based rear entertainment system uses a 9-inch screen that Honda calls the largest in the automotive industry. Honda’s navigation system, which has an 8-inch screen, operates with expansive voice recognition and can respond to 637 commands. It’s able to understand orally stated city and street names, street numbers and specific destinations.

Four trim levels are offered: LX, EX, EX Leather and a new Touring model. The top two models use a Variable Cylinder Management version of Honda’s 3.5-liter V-6, which shifts automatically between six- and three-cylinder operation in response to driving conditions. A regular version of the V-6 goes into the LX and EX. Each V-6 produces 255 horsepower, which is 15 hp more than the outgoing 2004 model’s output. Odysseys are made in Alabama.

Exterior
The redesigned model’s appearance is similar to the previous Odyssey, but rear body rigidity has increased by 20 percent. Built on a 118.1-inch wheelbase, the Odyssey measures 201 inches long overall. All models have dual sliding side doors, and all but the LX have power operation on both sides. Pulling the door handle halts the power doors, and a power liftgate is available. Touring models use Michelin PAX run-flat tires, which have an inner core that permits operation at 50 mph for up to 125 miles when they’re totally flat. A sunroof is standard on EX Leather and Touring minivans.

Interior
Seating for seven occupants consists of two bucket seats in the first and second rows and a third-row 60/40-split bench that folds with one motion into a recess in the cargo floor. EX models seat eight people by using a removable center seat in the second row that stows into a recessed compartment under the floor. When the seat isn’t stowed, a lazy Susan under the floor holds miscellaneous items.

Seatback height has been raised by 2 inches. Adjustable pedals are available in Touring models, and the gearshift lever is placed on the front console.

Standard LX equipment includes a CD player and remote keyless entry. The EX adds a six-CD changer, an overhead conversation mirror and sunglasses holder, and an integrated second-row sunshade. All models have three-zone automatic climate control.

Under the Hood
A 255-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 in the LX and EX teams with a five-speed-automatic transmission. The EX Leather and Touring models feature a Variable Cylinder Management version of the V-6 switches automatically between three and six cylinders.

Safety
Side-impact and side curtain-type airbags, all-disc antilock brakes and traction control are standard.

Driving Impressions
In its redesigned form, the Odyssey nearly meets Honda’s Euro sedan handling claim; its steering isn’t quite as precise, but it’s close. Odysseys exude excellence and deliver an impressive load of new features.

Like its predecessor, the Odyssey is energetic, quiet, capable and easy to drive, and it delivers a civilized on-the-road experience. It steers with a slightly heavier touch than before but still exhibits a distinct carlike personality. A bit of steering correction is needed on straightaways, but body lean in curves is minimal. With its comparatively taut suspension, the Odyssey’s ride is a bit firmer than the norm, but it exhibits near-instant recovery over bumps.

For a minivan, acceleration is wholly satisfying but short of startling. It’s impossible to discern when operation moves between three and six cylinders with the Variable Cylinder Management engine. Transmission shifts are crisp, quick and usually inconspicuous.

The new voice-recognition navigation system is simply amazing and makes the unit far more user-friendly.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.7
83 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.5)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

Reliable, comfort, roomy, has all the bells and wh

by JCdreamer from Westfield, IN on March 10, 2020

This car rides smooth, interior in great condition, and so is exterior. A pleasure to drive! Everything is powered including both side doors, dual moonroof, low mileage for its age and had been very ... Read full review

(4.0)

Love It!

by Klmess from Norwich, CT on March 7, 2020

When I decided I wanted a minivan I knew I wanted a Honda. Its spacious, comfortable, has plenty of options and runs great. My only complaint is the gas mileage. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2005 Honda Odyssey currently has 9 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2005 Honda Odyssey LX

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
marginal
Overall Rear
marginal
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
acceptable

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
acceptable
Structure/safety cage
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Odyssey received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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