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New Honda Odyssey goes where no minivan has gone before

CNET Car Tech reviews the 2011 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite.

The styling of the Odyssey is very apparent on the sides. We like the way the door handles meet, but the rear looks like it is falling off of the car.
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Honda Odyssey
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Although maligned as a boring, suburban family hauler, the minivan offers undeniable utility. The new Honda Odyssey rolls out as a very tech-friendly vehicle with new looks that may be hard to take for some. We like the angular styling, but found the rear section, which looks like it's falling off, disconcerting.

Tech highlights are the ultra-wide-screen rear-seat LCD, which includes an HDMI input, the first installation we've seen in a production car, and an advanced voice command system that not only lets you dial phone contacts by name, but also request specific artists and albums from an iPod.

Check out our 2011 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite review.