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2006 Honda Odyssey

2006 Honda Odyssey

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$1,909 — $8,433 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 2006 Honda Odyssey
  • Redesigned for 2005
  • VCM V-6 in higher-end models
  • Five-speed automatic
  • Available voice-recognition navigation
  • Standard side-curtain airbags

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2006 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. For 2005, the minivan received a major redesign in Honda’s attempt to leapfrog the growing competition.

Reaching beyond the foldaway third-row Magic Seat in the previous model, the 2005 Odyssey also got a stowable PlusOne seat in the second row. Side curtain-type airbags protected occupants in all three rows, and an electronic stability system became standard. The windows in the sliding doors can be partially opened.

Four trim levels are offered: LX, EX, EX-L and Touring. 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 V-6 goes into the LX and EX.

Power ratings are slightly lower for 2006 due to new testing standards established by the Society of Automotive Engineers. Actual performance remains the same.

The Touring model is now available with a DVD entertainment system, which was previously offered only in combination with a navigation system. XM Satellite Radio is standard in Touring models, and a leather-trimmed steering wheel has been added to the EX-L. Odysseys are built in Alabama.

Exterior
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 ...

Vehicle Overview
The 1999 – 2004 generation of Honda’s front-wheel-drive Odyssey was a class leader. For 2005, the minivan received a major redesign in Honda’s attempt to leapfrog the growing competition.

Reaching beyond the foldaway third-row Magic Seat in the previous model, the 2005 Odyssey also got a stowable PlusOne seat in the second row. Side curtain-type airbags protected occupants in all three rows, and an electronic stability system became standard. The windows in the sliding doors can be partially opened.

Four trim levels are offered: LX, EX, EX-L and Touring. 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 V-6 goes into the LX and EX.

Power ratings are slightly lower for 2006 due to new testing standards established by the Society of Automotive Engineers. Actual performance remains the same.

The Touring model is now available with a DVD entertainment system, which was previously offered only in combination with a navigation system. XM Satellite Radio is standard in Touring models, and a leather-trimmed steering wheel has been added to the EX-L. Odysseys are built in Alabama.

Exterior
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. A moonroof is standard on EX-L 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 into the floor. EX models seat eight people thanks to a removable center seat in the second row that can stow into a recessed compartment. When the seat isn’t stowed, a Lazy Susan under-floor tray holds miscellaneous items. Adjustable pedals are available in Touring models, and the gearshift lever sits on the console.

An available DVD-based rear entertainment system uses a 9-inch screen. Honda’s navigation system operates with voice recognition, can respond to 637 commands, and understands street names, numbers and destinations.

Under the Hood
Honda’s 244-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 teams with a five-speed-automatic transmission. In EX-L and Touring models, the Variable Cylinder Management V-6 switches operation automatically between three and six cylinders. Both engines generate 240 pounds-feet of torque, but at slightly different engine speeds.

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

Driving Impressions
Exuding excellence, the Odyssey is energetic, quiet, capable and easy to drive. Although the Odyssey nearly meets Honda’s Euro-sedan handling claim, its steering isn’t quite as precise and requires a slightly heavy touch.

Slight corrections are needed on straightaways, but body lean in curves is minimal. With its comparatively taut suspension, the Odyssey’s ride is a bit firm, but it exhibits near-instant recovery over bumps.

For a minivan, acceleration is wholly satisfying, though 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 voice-recognition navigation system is simply amazing.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.5
125 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.3)
Performance
(4.5)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.4)
Value For The Money
(4.3)

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(5.0)

Top pick minivan for family

by jh20060101 from Bergon, NJ on June 2, 2020

This car runs great and reliable. 2nd row seat can be removed and 3rd row seat back fold flat to make it bi carry space. It can set up to sleep for two people or three. Read full review

(5.0)

Best investment

by Roshiuwa from Kansas City on May 28, 2020

The best investment ever! I needed another van because I am a true soccer mom! I have 4 kids and they are all in sports. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2006 Honda Odyssey currently has 4 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2006 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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