Even with a redesign, the 2008 Honda Odyssey looks like a minivan from the last century, and its cabin tech barely gets it into this one. But it offers practical and economical transportation for lots of people.
Honda updated its Odyssey minivan for the 2008 model year. The Odyssey comes in LX, EX, EX-L, and Touring trims. The top level trim includes features such as a navigation system and rear seat DVD.
All trim levels of the Odyssey get a 3.5-liter V-6, but the EX-L and Touring add refinements to save gas. Specifically, cylinder deactivation can disable 2 to 3 cylinders when the car is under low load.
The sides of the Odyssey don't look particularly modern, and the shape is classic minivan. Side doors are power-operated, either from a button on the dash or the key fob. The tailgate is power-operated as well.
With the Bluetooth and voice command systems, the steering wheel gets saddled with two rows of voice buttons on the left side of the wheel. We like how the audio and cruise control buttons are set into the spokes.