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  • (4.5) 89 reviews
  • MSRP: $3,066–$10,190
  • Body Style: Passenger Van
  • Combined MPG: 22-24
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Seats: 7-8
  • Cargo Space: 91.1 cu.ft.
2006 Honda Odyssey

Our Take on the Latest Model 2006 Honda Odyssey

What We Don't Like

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

Notable Features

  • Redesigned for 2005
  • VCM V-6 in higher-end models
  • Five-speed automatic
  • Available voice-recognition navigation
  • Standard side-curtain airbags

2006 Honda Odyssey Reviews

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

(4.5)

Average based on 89 reviews

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Best family mini van ever!

by Rayner Mendez from New York on October 4, 2017

This car just needed more technical things such as Bluetooth or an aux port. Seats are very comfortable during long trips. The only problem I had experienced was a failure with my transmission.

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2006 Honda Odyssey Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Honda Odyssey EX

Head Restraints and Seats
M
Moderate overlap front
G
Side
G

IIHS Ratings

Based on Honda Odyssey EX

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
M
Overall Rear
M
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
A

Moderate overlap front

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

Side

Driver Head Protection
G
Driver Head and Neck
G
Driver Pelvis/Leg
G
Driver Torso
G
Overall Side
G
Rear Passenger Head Protection
G
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
G
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
G
Rear Passenger Torso
A
Structure/safety cage
A
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Honda Odyssey EX

Overall Rollover Rating

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Honda Odyssey EX

Overall Rollover Rating
Driver's
Passenger's
Front Seat
Rear Seat
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Recalls

There are currently 4 recalls for this car.


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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,400 per year.

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