Embarking upon a new Odyssey

Honda unveils photos and limited specs for its upcoming 2011 revision to the Honda Odyssey.

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True to the concept

For better or worse, Honda's production version of the Odyssey is fairly true to the concept that it showed at the 2010 Chicago Auto Show.

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Styling

The new Odyssey inherits some of the styling cues of the latest Accord and Accord Crosstour. The result is a vehicle that appears slightly awkward in photographs.

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Offset belt line

The Odyssey's design features a high beltline that drops at the C-pillar. Meanwhile the front and rear sliding door pulls meet at the B-pillar visually forming a single large handle.

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Corporate grill

Up front, the Odyssey is lead by Honda's corporate three-bar grill.

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Rear view

Out back, the tail lamps are connected by a slim reflector. This example appears to be equipped with some sort of rear proximity detection system; the sensors are visible along the bumper.

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Entrance and egress

Like any good minivan, the Odyssey retains its rear sliding doors and large rear hatch. The large tailgate is power actuated.

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Interior

The interior of the Odyssey will be familiar to anyone who's sat in a current-generation Honda, but regardless of whether Honda likes it, its minivan bears a number of similarities to Toyota's Sienna.

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Wide view monitor

Does this display look familiar? Just like the competing Toyota Sienna, Honda's Odyssey features a ceiling mounted rear-seat-entertainment system with an extra wide monitor. Like the Toyota, Honda's system can also display two video sources side by side.

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HDMI input

However, Honda has upped the ante by making adding an HDMI video input for its rear seat display. If we're not mistaken, that's an automotive industry first.

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Infotainment

While the menu structure appears to have remained mostly the same, the Odyssey's infotainment system has received a much needed graphic overhaul.

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Hard drive-based

The Honda's hard drive-based navigation and entertainment hub also devotes storage space ripping audio files.

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