2005 Honda Odyssey Debuts - It's All New!


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All-New 2005 Odyssey Debuts with Class Leading Performance and Fuel Economy, Advanced Safety Design, Eight-Passenger Seating and New Ultra-Premium Touring Model

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Introduction

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The all-new 2005 Honda Odyssey sets a new standard for the minivan class with unprecedented levels of performance, safety, interior comfort and flexibility, and a long list of innovative new features and technologies never before seen in a minivan. Completely re-engineered from the ground up, the 2005 Odyssey breaks away from the pack by delivering class-leading utility and comfort in a more stylish and sophisticated package with the driving character of a luxury performance sedan for unmatched driving enjoyment in the minivan class.

"The new Odyssey raises the bar in every aspect of its performance, function and character," said Tom Elliott, executive vice president of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "It sets a new benchmark for sophistication, innovation and overall performance in the minivan class."

Key new features and highlights include:

  • A more spacious and flexible interior with available eight-passenger seating and a new, more flexible, and easy-to-operate One Motion 60/40 Split Third-Row Magic Seat(R);
  • A comprehensive list of advanced safety features delivered as standard equipment on all models including anti-lock brakes (ABS), advanced front and front side airbags, three-row side curtain airbags with rollover sensor (a minivan first), and Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA(R)) with Traction Control;
  • A new, ultra-premium, Touring model with exclusive features including power adjustable pedals, power tailgate, tri-zone automatic climate control, Michelin(R) PAX(R) System, and 360-watt audio system;
  • Available Variable Cylinder Management(TM) (VCM(TM)) engine technology that deactivates three of the engine's six cylinders for superior fuel economy (EPA rated 20 city/28 highway);
  • First minivan to utilize Michelin PAX System run-flat tire technology for enhanced safety and security with continuous mobility of up to 150 miles at 50mph following a tire puncture;
  • New Honda Satellite-linked Navigation System(TM) with expanded Voice Recognition capabilities including the ability to accept full street addresses via voice input; and
  • DVD Rear Entertainment System with a largest-in-class, 9-inch screen and new Personal Surround Sound(TM) digital sound processing technology.

Luxury Sedan Performance and Handling

Honda engineers targeted a level of performance and handling more in keeping with luxury performance sedan than a minivan. Beginning with the basic platform, engineers increased the body rigidity, more powerful 255 horsepower (+15HP) all-aluminum SOHC V-6 delivering class-leading power and fuel economy with ultra-low emissions.

Innovative, Flexible and Refined Interior

The Odyssey's interior dimensions are 1-inch wider and two-inches longer than the 2004 model for greater space and comfort in all seating position, especially in the third row, which adds two-inches of leg room. The styling smartly integrates the Odyssey's high technology features into sculpted and modern architecture for a purposeful refined and sophisticated appearance. Controls are intuitive, well placed and easy to use, in typical Honda fashion.

A versatile One-Motion 60/40 Split 3rd-Row Magic Seat(R) provides a more flexible and easier-to-operate third row seat that folds flat into the floor in one easy motion without the need to remove the headrests. The 60/40 split capability allows for greater flexibility in carrying people and cargo.

Second row removable captain's chairs provide the best balance of passenger comfort and interior flexibility with 10-inches of fore-aft movement and the ability to be positioned together as a two person bench or apart as individual bucket seats for convenient walk-thru capability. An all-new Stowable 2nd-Row PlusOne(TM) seat, positioned between the two captain's chairs, provides for eight-passenger seating with the ability to be stored in the in-floor storage compartment between the first and second-row seats. The innovative in-floor storage area, standard on all models, includes a Lazy Susan rotating storage tray on EX and above models.

New comfort and convenience features include 2nd-row power windows, a walk-in function on second-row seats for improved third row ingress and egress, instrument panel-mounted shifter, available conversation mirror with sunglasses holder, standard CD player, available moonroof, Smart Maintenance Service Reminder, and standard rear-view camera on vehicles with the available Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation system.

Positioned above the Odyssey EX with Leather version is a sophisticated new Touring model that adds premium features including a 360-watt, 7-speaker audio system, power adjustable pedals, front and rear parking sensors, power tailgate, automatic tri-zone climate control, multi-information display, removable 2nd-row center console, memory driver's seat, Michelin PAX System run-flat tire technology, body-colored front and rear parking sensors, and much more to create the ultimate premium-featured minivan.

Re-Engineered Body and Chassis

The 1-inch wider exterior offers new dynamic and expressive styling features reflective of the Odyssey moving to an even higher level of first-class refinement. A key safety design for the Odyssey involves the introduction of the Advanced Compatibility Engineering(TM) Body Structure (ACE)(TM). The structure uses a polygonal frame configuration in the front to enhance the points at which two vehicle frames may connect (vehicle-to-vehicle compatibility) while dispersing collision forces through more load paths compared to a traditional vehicle structure (collision energy management). The end result is a vehicle that is relatively safer to other vehicles of varying size classes while more of the Odyssey's mass is designed to channel collision forces away from its occupants.

Optimized with high-tensile strength steel (40 percent versus 5 percent on the 2004 model), the body's dynamic and static rigidity have been increased 20 percent to benefit ride and handling and minimize cabin noise, contributing to the Odyssey's quietest-in-class interior.

The Odyssey's MacPherson strut front suspension and double wishbone rear suspension have been further refined for luxury sedan-like ride and handling, and the rear suspension now uses a fully-isolated sub-frame to achieve an exceptionally quiet and smooth ride. New body features include tighter body panel fit, improved aerodynamics, enhanced power sliding door operation and three-stop front door operation.

Powerful, Advanced and Environmentally Friendly Powertrain

The Odyssey powertrain uses the latest innovations to achieve the highest levels of performance, fuel economy and low emissions in the minivan segment. The Odyssey's engine is an advanced 3.5-liter SOHC 24-valve 60-degree V-6 aluminum-block-and-head design that is both lightweight and powerful. Two engine configurations are available - the standard 255 horsepower VTEC SOHC V-6 in the LX and EX models and a 255 horsepower i-VTEC SOHC V-6 with Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) in the EX with Leather and Touring models.

The i-VTEC engine provides both class-leading fuel economy and horsepower. Both engine configurations produce 250 lb.-ft. of torque and only require regular unleaded gasoline to achieve peak power.

The VCM system switches the V-6 engine between 6- and 3-cylinder operation to achieve maximum power and efficiency. When high output is required the engine uses all six cylinders. During cruising and low engine loads, the system can temporarily idle the rear bank of three cylinders for greater fuel economy. An Active Control Engine Mount System (ACM) and an Active Noise Control (ANC) system are used to eliminate the effects of engine vibration and noise inherent to any variable cylinder system, making the system's operation virtually transparent to the vehicle's occupants.

The front-wheel-drive Odyssey's compact 5-speed automatic transmission provides ultra-smooth and efficient operation characteristics with the adoption of a direct-control shift system that works with the drive-by-wire throttle control.

Safety and Environmental Leadership

In keeping with Honda's industry-leading 'Safety for Everyone' initiative, all models come equipped with a comprehensive list of advanced safety features including anti-lock brakes; Vehicle Stability Assist with Traction Control; front side airbags with an Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS); side curtain airbag protection (with rollover sensor) for all three rows; and dual-stage, dual-threshold driver's and front passenger's airbags. In addition, the Odyssey is the only minivan to come equipped with dedicated side impact sensors for all three rows and the only minivan to offer a rollover sensor that deploys the side curtain bags in the event of a rollover.

A key new Honda safety innovation is the Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) Body Structure. The ACE body uses a network of reinforced frontal frame structures that provides enhanced occupant protection in a frontal collision by reducing cabin intrusion and minimizing the potential for misalignment of the vehicle's energy-absorbing safety structure in an off-set collision or in a collision between vehicle's of differing size or ride height. By reducing the potential for misalignment, the ACE body helps to optimize the performance of both vehicles' safety structures - for improved vehicle crash compatibility - while dispersing collision forces through more load paths compared to a traditional front frame structure - for improved collision energy management. The end result is a vehicle that enhances protection for its occupants while reducing the potential for damage to the opposing vehicle and its occupants.

The new Odyssey also earns the highest overall EPA rating for any vehicle in its class, even though it delivers a high level of standard equipment and more performance than any other minivan in its class. In addition, the Odyssey meets California's stringent LEV-2 ULEV emission standards and Federal Tier 2- Bin 5 emission requirements and meets Honda's stringent standards for component recycleability.

Models, Options and Pricing

The 2005 Odyssey is available in four distinct and well-equipped trim levels: LX, EX, EX with Leather, and the new Touring. Additionally, EX with Leather models can be equipped with the Honda DVD Rear Entertainment System (RES) or with RES and Honda's Satellite-Linked Navigation System. Touring models are available with DVD Rear Entertainment System and Navigation System.

The Odyssey goes on sale at Honda dealerships nationwide on September 22, 2004. Pricing will reflect Honda's continued commitment to providing class-leading value for its customers. Details will be available closer to the on-sale date.

2005 Honda Odyssey Specifications
MSRP TBA
Trim Levels LX, EX, EX with Leather, Touring
Engine 3.5L V-6 255HP, 250 lb.-ft. torque
Variable Cylinder Management(TM) (VCM)(TM) Available
Transmission 5-speed automatic
EPA Fuel Economy, mpg (City/Highway) 20/28 (i-VTEC), 19/25 (VTEC)
Wheelbase, in. 118.1
Weight, lbs. 4,378 - 4,678
Wheels, Tires 16x7 235/65R16 Standard
Wheels, Tires (Touring) Michelin PAX System 17.5x7, 235-710R 460A
Seating Capacity 8 (EX and EX with Leather), 7 (LX, Touring)
Interior volume, cu. ft. 209.8 (LX, EX)
Passenger Volume cu. ft 171.4 (LX, EX)
Cargo Volumes cu. ft. 147.4 / 91.1 / 38.4
Legroom 1st/2nd/3rd 40.8/39.6/41.1
Power Sliding Doors Available
Power Tailgate Available
2nd Row Power Windows Standard
Stowable 2nd-Row PlusOne SeatTM Standard EX and EX with Leather
One Motion 60/40 Split 3rd-Row Magic Seat(R) Standard
Driver's and Front Passenger's Dual-Stage, Dual-Threshold Airbags Standard
Driver's and Front Passenger's Side Airbags with OPDS Standard
Three-Row Side Curtain Airbags w/ Rollover Sensors Standard
NHTSA Front Crash Test Rating 5-Star*
NHTSA Side Impact Crash Test Rating 5-Star*
Active Noise Control (ANC) EX with Leather, Touring
Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System with Voice Recognition and Rearview Camera EX with Leather, Touring
Honda DVD Entertainment System with 9-inch Display, Integrated Remote Control, and Wireless Headsets with Personal Surround Sound EX with Leather, Touring
In-floor Storage with Lazy Susan Standard In-Floor Storage (LX), EX and Above add Lazy Susan
Body-Colored Front and Rear Parking Sensors Touring
* Based on Honda in-house testing.
Note: All values subject to change.

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2005 Honda Odyssey Overview - Part 1

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Overview: Advancing the Standard of Leadership

When Honda engineers set out to design the all-new 2005 Honda Odyssey, they faced the challenge of improving on a vehicle that set the standard for the minivan segment in terms of performance, car-like ride and handling, top-level safety ratings, overall refinement and its spacious and uniquely versatile interior with the industry's first fold-away 3rd-Row Magic Seat(R). They also recognized the unique quality of the Odyssey in appealing not only to customers' desire for superior utility, but also for its unique style and fun-to-drive character. One expression of this unique quality is the tendency for Odyssey owners to refer to their vehicles as "the Odyssey" and not just "the minivan".

For 2005, Honda has delivered an all-new completely re-engineered Odyssey minivan: a clean-sheet design that improves upon every single one of the Odyssey's existing strengths while providing an added dimension of emotional appeal and aspirational quality through enhancements in styling, premium features, advanced technology and driving performance - built on the foundation of Honda quality, safety and environmental leadership.

Highlights of the 2005 Honda Odyssey:

  • Best-in-class performance and fuel efficiency through advanced powertrain technology;
  • Enhanced handling and ride quality that approaches the level of a luxury-class sedan;
  • Advanced safety technology and performance;
  • A more sophisticated, stylish and versatile interior;
  • More dynamic and expressive exterior styling;
  • Improved interior packaging for increased comfort and utility;
  • Exclusive new entertainment and information technologies; and
  • New Touring model takes the premium quality of the Odyssey to a new level with unique features and technology never before seen in the minivan segment.

The result is an Odyssey that raises the bar not only in the traditional measurements of minivan performance - safety, space, comfort and utility - but goes a step beyond to deliver a more personally rewarding experience for the passengers and driver alike; a vehicle that changes the definition of minivan excellence through attention to detail in every aspect of the vehicle's performance, function and character.

It's not a minivan... it's an Odyssey.

Key new features of the 2005 Honda Odyssey:

Confident, Luxury Sedan-Like Performance, Ride and Handling
Enhanced engine performance, body design and advanced new technologies deliver ride, handling and NVH performance designed to approach that of a luxury-class sedan

  • 255HP VTEC V6 (+15HP) with a new five-speed automatic transmission for class-leading fuel efficiency, power and responsiveness along with improved and ultra-low emissions;
  • All-new chassis and body structure with greatly enhanced body rigidity, new fully-isolated front and rear sub-frames and improved suspension design for best-in-class NVH, handling and ride comfort;
  • First ever application of Variable Cylinder ManagementTM (VCMTM) technology in a minivan, for class-leading power and fuel efficiency (EX with Leather and Touring models); and
  • Innovative new Active Control Engine Mount System (ACM) and Active Noise Control (ANC) technology work to eliminate noise and vibration associated with VCM activation (EX with Leather and Touring models).

Innovative and Versatile Interior

Class-Leading Comfort, Space and Versatility

  • New One-Motion 60/40 Split 3rd-Row Magic Seat(R) with enhanced fold-down capability for improved versatility and ease of operation with three inches of additional third-row passenger legroom;
  • Eight-passenger seating courtesy of a new Stowable 2nd-Row PlusOne SeatTM on EX and EX with Leather models that can be converted into a center tray table or removed and stored in the vehicle's new in-floor storage area (with Lazy Susan);
  • Available DVD Entertainment System with new and larger 9-inch display, integrated remote control and wireless infrared headphones with personal surround sound, a minivan first;
  • Industry-leading Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation SystemTM with expanded Voice Recognition capabilities has new features including rearview camera and Zagat survey information for restaurants;
  • Premium interior features for Touring models including Power Adjustable Pedals, Tri-Zone Automatic Climate Control, Power Tailgate, available Satellite-Linked Navigation system with Voice Recognition and integrated Rearview Camera, premium audio, auto headlights, parking sensors, XM(R) Satellite Radio (with Navi), 6-disc CD changer and a 2nd-row removable center console; and
  • Upper and Lower Glove Compartment in instrument panel.

Advanced Safety Performance

New ACETM Body Structure and unmatched list of standard safety features deliver the highest-level of safety protection in the minivan segment

  • All-new Advanced Compatibility EngineeringTM (ACE)TM Body Structure for enhanced safety protection with reduced aggressivity toward other vehicles in a frontal collision;
  • Comprehensive list of advanced safety features delivered as standard equipment on all models includes ACE body structure; Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA(R)) with Traction Control, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS); Brake Assist; advanced driver, front passenger front side airbags; three-row side curtain airbags with rollover sensors; pre-tensioning driver and front passenger seatbelts; and four-ring safety structure with side impact protection beams; and
  • Touring models feature new Michelin PAX SystemTM and Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with Location and Pressure Indicators for enhanced security and stability in the event of a loss of tire pressure.

Improved Packaging

Increased comfort, roominess and versatility through enhanced packaging efficiency

  • Increased interior dimensions without a significant increase to the exterior dimensions;
  • Maintains the same length as the previous model while the width increases by one inch;
  • Interior length increased by two inches; width increases by one inch;
  • Class-leading third row legroom - up three inches from 2004 model;
  • Available eight-passenger seating capability with Stowable 2nd-Row PlusOne Seat(TM);
  • Full-size 2nd-row captain's chairs; and
  • In-floor storage area with a lazy Susan storage console (EX and above).

A Symbol of Innovation

The Honda Odyssey has long been a symbol of innovation not only in the minivan segment but also in the automotive industry in general. Features like its superb handling and the Magic Third Row SeatTM model helped to further set the Odyssey apart from the competition. As others have copied features from the original design, Honda is delivering a fresh round of advanced technology and features designed to cement the Odyssey as the overall benchmark in innovation, performance and safety. Minivan firsts for the 2005 Odyssey include:

  • First minivan to use Variable Cylinder ManagementTM (VCM)TM technology for improved fuel economy;
  • First minivan to employ an Active Control Engine Mount System (ACM) and Active Noise Control (ANC) Technology;
  • First minivan to provide Three-Row Side Curtain Airbags with Rollover Sensors and Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA(R)) as standard equipment;
  • First minivan with Stowable 2nd-Row PlusOne Seat(TM);
  • First minivan with voice recognition capabilities; and
  • First minivan with Michelin PAX SystemTM.

All-New Touring Package Moves Odyssey into Premium Luxury Territory

The 2005 Honda Odyssey Touring package provides the ultimate level of technology and luxury in one convenient package. As the light truck market expands into a more sophisticated mode of transportation, the demand for premium features is increasing in the minivan segment. The 2005 Odyssey meets this demand by incorporating more than a dozen exclusive and upscale features along with special interior trim, seamlessly blending premium luxury into a minivan package. The result is a vehicle that can deliver the best of all worlds - performance, luxury, safety, technology and functionality - with seating for seven adults.

The 2005 Honda Odyssey Touring model builds on the already full-featured EX model with leather interior, Variable Cylinder ManagementTM (VCMTM) and Active Noise Control (ANC) by adding a power tailgate, power adjustable pedals, tri-zone automatic climate control, a removable 2nd-row center console, a driver memory seat, a programmable Multi-Information Display, unique interior trim, automatic day/night rearview mirrors, a 115-volt power outlet and more. XM(R) Satellite Radio is standard equipment on EX with Leather and Touring models equipped with the available Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System(TM) with Voice Recognition and Rearview Camera. (The navigation system is the only factory option on the full-featured Touring model, which offers customers a simplified ordering/purchasing process compared to some competitors' complicated option packages).

Additionally, the Touring model includes the Michelin PAX SystemTM, a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) with location and pressure indicators, body-colored front and rear parking sensors, fog lights and auto-off headlights as standard equipment.The Touring model was designed inside and out to appeal to sophisticated buyers from young families to empty nesters and everything in-between.

Interior: Sophisticated Luxury Meets Comfort and Functionality

New Features:

  • Standard Three-Row Side Curtain Airbags with Rollover Sensors,
  • Available 8-Passenger seating (EX and EX with Leather) with Stowable 2nd-Row PlusOne Seat(TM);
  • One-Motion 60/40 Split 3rd-Row Magic Seat(R);
  • Standard In-Floor Storage with Lazy Susan (EX and above);
  • 2nd-Row Power Windows;
  • Instrument Panel-Mounted Shifter;
  • Integrated 2nd-Row Sunshades (EX and above);
  • Conversation Mirror with Sunglasses Holder (EX and above);
  • Tri-Zone Automatic Climate Control (Touring);
  • Power Adjustable Pedals (Touring);
  • Premium Audio System (Touring):
  • Honda DVD Entertainment System with larger 9-inch display, integrated remote control, and wireless headsets with personal surround sound;
  • Active Noise Control (ANC) (standard with VCM on EX with Leather and Touring),
  • Available XM(R) Satellite Radio on EX and above models (standard on navigation-equipped models); and
  • Available Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation SystemTM with Voice Recognition and Rearview Camera (EX with Leather and Touring).

The same innovative thinking that shaped the groundbreaking 1999 Odyssey continues with the all-new 2005 Odyssey. The 1999 Odyssey interior redefined the role of a minivan with its solid ergonomics, outstanding comfort with functionality, and of course, the three-passenger Third Row Magic SeatTM. The Odyssey and its innovative features have influenced other manufacturers, and the 2005 Odyssey is poised to raise the bar once again.

With first class seating areas in all three rows and an emphasis on comfort and space efficiency, interior innovations focus on safety equipment, additional seating capacity (eight passenger available), in-floor storage, and more accessible and flexible third row seating. Sophisticated interior styling enhancements and available features such as a tri-zone climate control, power moonroof and XM(R) Satellite Radio bring a new level of luxury to the Odyssey. While some minivans utilize a folding 2nd row seat to improve cargo space access, the Odyssey uses full captains chairs (removable) that slide forward and back by up to 10 inches as well as sliding together or apart. Not only does this approach provide enhanced cargo flexibility, it helps ensure that the frequently used second row seats maintain a high level of comfort and flexibility.

The 2005 Odyssey now provides six individual Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) airbags with coverage areas in all three rows of seating with a new side curtain airbag system that incorporates rollover sensor technology. For comparison, the 2004 Odyssey, which achieved a 5-star rating for front and side impacts from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), had four individual airbags - standard driver's and front passenger's supplemental restraint system (SRS) airbags along with driver's and front passenger's side airbags. Internal Honda testing shows that the 2005 Honda Odyssey will achieve a 5-star rating for front and side impacts from NHTSA.

Moving beyond comfort, functionality and safety, the interior decor emphasizes the style and sophistication consistent with a premium luxury sedan. A deeply sculpted dashboard, attractively integrated trim pieces, along with a solid and precise fit and finish throughout help elevate the overall Odyssey interior experience. Seating for eight passengers is standard on the EX and EX with Leather trim levels courtesy of an innovative new Stowable 2nd-Row PlusOne SeatTM that can be quickly and easily removed then stored in the in-floor storage area when not needed. For easier access to the third row, the second row seats now use a convenient walk-in slide mechanism (similar to those commonly found on 2-door coupe automobiles).

An in-floor storage area (with a rotating Lazy Suzan storage tray on EX, EX with Leather and Touring models) has been added in between the first and second rows. Tri-Zone Automatic Climate Control and a moonroof are standard on EX trim levels with leather interior and the Touring model. The new ultra-luxurious Touring model adds to the luxury sedan theme with features such as adjustable power pedals, unique interior trim, high-power 360-watt premium audio system, and a power tailgate. Overall, the new Odyssey offers more creature comforts than ever on all trim levels as it achieves top-of-the-class levels of quietness, comfort and safety.

Body: Sporty Demeanor Encases Advanced Safety Design

New Features:

  • Advanced Compatibility EngineeringTM (ACE)TM Body Structure,
  • Width increased 1-inch,
  • Torsional and bending rigidity increased 20 percent,
  • Reduced NVH,
  • Available Power Tailgate added,
  • Available moonroof, gaps reduced between body panels by as much as 1.5mm,
  • Lightweight sound deadening material utilized,
  • Aerodynamics increased (about 5 percent),
  • Larger fuel tank (+1 gallon)

The Odyssey's body is designed to provide a low, flat floor with a large cabin and the ultimate in minivan functionality. Increased body rigidity (+20 percent), increased width (+1-inch) and a larger capacity fuel tank (+ 1 gallon) are some of the new body features. The Odyssey's re-designed sheet metal exhibits a solid and dynamic direction with styling accents that create a uniform beltline around the vehicle. The lines generate a powerful stance and an enveloping feeling of safety. Yet, safety for the Odyssey is much more than skin deep.

The 2005 Odyssey employs Honda's revolutionary new Advanced Compatibility EngineeringTM (ACE)TM Body Structure system. This newly developed front-end frame structure incorporates new upper and lower frame members to significantly enhance energy dissipation in a frontal collision. The design also helps reduce the potential for misalignment with the frame of the opposing vehicle. Taken together, these features result in increased compatibility between vehicles of different size categories for significantly enhanced occupant protection and reduced aggressivity toward other vehicles in a collision.

Chassis: Performance Beyond a Minivan

New Features:

  • Redesigned MacPherson Strut Front Suspension,
  • Redesigned Double Wishbone Rear Suspension,
  • Floating Rear Subframe,
  • Larger Standard Wheels and Tires (P235/65R16),
  • Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA(R)) with Brake Assist,
  • Available PAX SystemTM with Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with Location and Pressure Indicators

The handling of the Odyssey has always demonstrated that a minivan can have sporty aspirations in addition to utility and comfort. Considered by many to be the best handling minivan, the target for the all-new Odyssey chassis tuning went from secure and solid car-like on the previous model to sports luxury sedan-like for the 2005 model. Major refinements have been made to reduce road noise, increase steering linearity and firmness with a better on-center feel, improved ride comfort and better overall rigidity. Translation: the new Odyssey soaks up bumps and feels more stable and less fatiguing while driving on uneven pavement surfaces or in strong crosswinds, plus it is more fun to drive. The choppy feeling caused by the expansion joints in cement slabs has
been greatly reduced along with the sounds and vibration forces transmitted from hitting potholes and bumps.

The changes to the chassis are extensive and provide significant ride and handling benefits. Improved ride comfort has been assisted by bigger tires, larger and stronger bushings, and revised shock absorber placement/tuning on the double wishbone rear suspension. Additionally through these changes, front-end dive and body roll is noticeably reduced.

Enhanced stability has been achieved through the addition of a new generation of Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA(R)) with Traction Control that independently engages the four-wheel disc brakes during heavy cornering to reduce oversteer and understeer conditions. Plus, the Traction Control now modulates fuel delivery in addition to the ignition system during low traction situations. The VSA system is standard on every Odyssey model and trim level as part of Honda's Safety for Everyone commitment.

2005 Honda Odyssey Overview - Part 2

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Powertrain: Advanced Technology for Economy and Performance

New Features:

  • 255 horsepower (+15 hp),
  • 250 lb.-ft. torque(+8 lb.-ft.),
  • SOHC i-VTEC V-6 with Variable Cylinder ManagementTM(VCMTM)
  • Federal Tier 2 Bin 5, California LEV2-ULEV emissions
  • EPA highway fuel economy of 28 mpg (models with VCM)

The 2005 Honda Odyssey receives a 15 horsepower (6 percent) boost compared to the 2004 model and an increase in EPA highway fuel economy by as much as 12 percent on models with the i-VTEC VCM engine. Two engine choices are available for the first time ever on the Odyssey - a SOHC VTEC V-6 and a SOHC i-VTEC V-6 with Variable Cylinder ManagementTM (VCMTM). The 2005 Odyssey engine only requires regular unleaded gasoline, which provides a long-term cost-of-ownership advantage compared to some competitor minivans that require premium unleaded fuel to achieve maximum horsepower rating.

Variable Cylinder Management (standard equipment on EX with Leather and Touring models) increases fuel efficiency by "shutting off" three of the engine's six cylinders during cruising and deceleration. For performance, the engine operates on all six cylinders during acceleration and heavy load situations. The system works seamlessly and is transparent to the driver in feel and sound.

In fact, the Odyssey models with VCM are especially quiet because those vehicles are equipped with Active Noise Control (ANC) technology that works with the audio system to effectively cancel inherent noise produced by the VCM system (along with some road noise). Additional NVH dampening occurs through the use of an Active Control Engine Mount System (ACM) that uses electrically activated dampers to minimize engine vibration for an incredibly smooth and quiet driving experience.

The Odyssey's compact 5-speed automatic transmission provides ultra smooth and efficient operation characteristics with the adoption of a direct control shift system that works with the drive-by-wire throttle control.

Body Styles, Trim Levels and Options
(New equipment shown in italics)

The 2005 Honda Odyssey is available in three trim levels: the well-equipped LX, the upscale EX and the ultra-premium Touring trim level (new for 2005).

Standard features on the LX include a 3.5-liter 255 horsepower SOHC VTEC V-6, 5-speed automatic transmission, 16-inch wheels with wheel covers, P235/65R16 tires, Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA(R)) with Traction Control, advanced dual stage dual threshold driver's and front passenger's airbags, driver's and front passenger's side airbags, three-row side curtain airbags with rollover sensors, power front windows, 2nd-row power windows, power locks, cruise control, keyless entry, CD player, One Motion 60/40 split 3rd-rowMagic Seat(R), In-Floor Storage, and Smart Maintenance Indicator.

The EX adds alloy wheels, Stowable 2nd-Row PlusOne Seat(TM) for eight passenger seating, power sliding doors, a 6-disc in-dash CD player, In-Floor Storage with Lazy Susan, Integrated 2nd Row Sunshades and a Conversation Mirror with Sunglasses Holder.

The EX with Leather adds a 255-horsepower SOHC i-VTEC V-6 with Variable Cylinder ManagementTM (VCMTM), Active Control Engine Mount System (ACM), Active Noise Control (ANC), Power Moonroof, available Honda DVD Entertainment System with 9-inch display, integrated remote control and wireless headsets w/ personal surround sound, and available Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System with Voice Recognition and Integrated Rearview Camera.

The Touring model adds a Power Tailgate, Tri-Zone Automatic Climate Control, 115-Volt AC Power Outlet, Driver Memory Seat, multi information display, power adjustable pedals, leather steering wheel, auto dimming rear view mirror, fog lights, corner/backup sensors, auto headlights, 2nd-row removable center console (in place of the Stowable 2nd Row PlusOne SeatTM), Michelin PAX SystemTM 17.5-inch wheels and 235/710R460A tires, and Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with Location and Pressure Sensors.

Honda Safety for Everyone Commitment

Just as Honda has been long associated with high quality, reliable and fun-to-drive vehicles, Honda is also committed to delivering the safest vehicles on the road. Demonstrating this commitment, Honda is providing a core suite of advanced safety equipment as standard equipment on all models and trim levels- with some features that are not available anywhere else. The 2005 Odyssey marks a significant milestone in the application of Honda safety technology since it is the first Honda vehicle in North America to fully implement Honda's Safety for Everyone commitment. The Safety for Everyone commitment includes the following:

  • All Honda and Acura vehicles, with the exception of a small number of specialty vehicles, will get Front Side Airbags, Side Curtain Airbags and Anti-Lock Brakes as standard equipment before the end of calendar year 2006.
  • All Honda and Acura light trucks, including all SUVs and minivans, will be equipped with Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA(R)) and rollover sensors for side curtain airbag deployment before the end of calendar year 2006.
  • Honda's Advanced Compatibility EngineeringTM (ACE)TM body structure, offering enhanced occupant protection with reduced aggressivity toward other vehicles, will be applied to all new vehicle platforms in the U.S. and globally over the next six to seven years. The 2005 model Honda Odyssey minivan and Acura RL sedan are the first U.S. models to carry this new technology.
  • In its efforts to increase safety for all road users, Honda will further expand the use of features designed to reduce injuries to pedestrians from the current industry-leading 10 models.

These initiatives represent the next logical step in the evolution of Honda's 'Safety for Everyone' concept, a comprehensive approach to vehicle safety that seeks to provide high levels of occupant protection for all Honda and Acura vehicles regardless of size or price, along with reduced aggressivity toward other vehicles and improved safety for pedestrians.

Environmental Leadership

Honda has consistently led the industry in meeting new emission requirements and bringing advanced engines and emission technologies to the customer. In addition to providing class leading fuel economy, the 2005 Odyssey qualifies as a LEV2-ULEV (Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle in California and some Eastern states) and Tier 2 Bin 5 in the Federal emissions program. To achieve Tier 2-Bin 5 classification, a vehicle must reduce NOx emissions by at least 75 percent over pre-existing levels.

Honda is the industry leader in certifying vehicles to the Tier 2 standards. In 2002, Honda became the first manufacturer to offer gasoline-powered vehicles to the final Tier 2 requirements. In 2003, more than 50 percent of vehicles sold by Honda were certified to meet the tougher emission standards, two years ahead of the requirements and more than the rest of the industry combined. For 2004, Honda has certified more than 60 percent of its total vehicle fleet to the Tier 2 standards, compared to an industry average of 35 percent.

Engineers also targeted a high level of parts' recyclability. More than 90 percent of the 2005 Odyssey component parts are made of recyclable materials. Additional measures taken to reduce the long-term environmental impact of the vehicle include:

  • The use of non-chromed tanned leather in leather-equipped models reduces hazardous waste generation during the tanning process and can be composted at the end of the vehicle's life;
  • Elimination of PVC material in interior parts including door lining, shift knob, seat trim and center console lid and exterior parts such as roof and door moldings, weather strips and tubes for improved recyclability;
  • Reduced amount of environmentally hazardous materials by eliminating halogens for flame retardant materials and eliminated lead in wheel balancers and electro-deposition coatings
  • Use of water-borne (solvent free) paint for exterior surfaces, reducing emissions during the paint process;
  • Use of molded-in color plastics for reduced paint use and factory emissions;
  • Replacement of ABS plastic with polypropylene material in the center console, instrument panel and doors for reduced emissions during ABS plastic manufacturing; and
  • Long-life fluids that result in no required engine coolant change for the first 10 years or 120,000 miles, and engine oil changes that are prescribed (with the Smart Maintenance Indicator) at intervals of one year or 7,500 miles under normal circumstances, less often than typically required.

Market Position

The all-new third generation 2005 Odyssey is positioned to maintain the benchmark status that it has enjoyed since its introduction. While the new Odyssey meets the traditional buyers' expectations for a fun vehicle designed with safety in mind; it also offers an elevated level of style, sophistication and luxury amenities. These enhancements provide enhanced appeal through the Odyssey's overall technology, styling, performance and innovation.

Compared to other minivan owners, Odyssey owners are generally younger and more affluent, with at least one child under 18 years of age. Also, Odyssey owners have the highest brand loyalty in the industry*. The 2005 Odyssey emphasizes features for people with more active lifestyles. These new features provide extraordinary versatility with power and performance, and are designed to inspire those who may have never thought about a minivan to consider an Odyssey.
* 2003 Maritz data

Honda Maintains the Highest Residual Values in the Industry

The Honda Odyssey has built a reputation for maintaining the highest residual values in the industry. Residual value performance measures the ability of a product to hold its value over time and is considered a key indicator of a product's long-term desirability. A strong residual value results in less depreciation, reducing cost of ownership. The Automotive Lease Guide (ALG), an industry leader in setting automotive residual values, named Honda the industry's top automotive brand with the highest overall residual values across its full range of models for the 2004 model year. Adding to that, the Honda Odyssey has been the ALG minivan segment winner for six consecutive years since 1999 (when the second generation Odyssey was introduced).

Manufacturing

The Odyssey is produced at Honda Manufacturing of Alabama in Lincoln, Alabama. The Lincoln Plant is the newest of Honda's North American automobile plants, opening six months ahead of schedule in November 2001 to meet market demand. Manufacturing the Honda Odyssey minivan and its V-6 engine, the plant adopts Honda's New Manufacturing System technologies for both vehicle and engine production to realize more efficient and flexible manufacturing. Frame and engine assembly takes place under the same roof in a synchronous manner. The plant added its second assembly line, which began production in April 2004. Using domestic and globally sourced parts, Honda began assembling motorcycles in America in 1979 and is celebrating 25 years of U.S. production in 2004. Honda began automobile production in the U.S. in 1982 with the Accord and was the first Japanese automaker to assemble products for the North American market in the United States. Today, Honda employs more than 14,000 associates in the design, development, manufacturing and marketing of vehicles in North America.

About Honda

Honda (NYSE: HMC) is one of today's leading manufacturers of automobiles and power products and the largest manufacturer of motorcycles in the world. The result is more than 120 manufacturing facilities in 30 countries worldwide, producing a wide range of products, including motorcycles, ATVs, generators, marine engines, lawn and garden equipment and automobiles that bring the company into contact with over 17 million customers annually.

September 2004 marks the 25th anniversary of the first product assembled by Honda in North America. From that first motorcycle built in Ohio in 1979, Honda now has 12 major plants in the region, producing a range of products and components including cars and light trucks, motorcycles, ATVs, personal watercraft, lawn mowers and engines.

More than 75% of the cars and light trucks Honda sells in the U.S. are built in North America. Increasingly, many of these products are developed in America as well, including the Honda Civic Coupe, Element and Pilot - and the Acura TL and MDX.

Honda Odyssey Competitive Comparison

The all-new third generation 2005 Honda Odyssey has been designed to be the best overall minivan. When it comes to understanding how people actually use a minivan, the Odyssey delivers more where it counts. Briefly, the Odyssey compares to its competitors in the following ways:

. 2005 Honda Odyssey 2004 Honda Odyssey 2004 Toyota Sienna 2005 Chrysler Town & Country 2004 Nissan Quest
MSRP TBA $24,490 - $30,490 $23,905 - $40,530 $20.995 - $35,260 $24,240 - $37,240
Engines 3.5L V-6 255HP 3.5L V-6 240HP 3.3L V-6 230HP 3.3L V-6 180 HP, 3.8L V-6 215 HP 3.5L V-6 240 HP
Variable Cylinder Management Available Not Available Not Available Not Available Not Available
Transmission 5AT 5AT 5AT 4AT 4AT/5AT
EPA Fuel Economy, (City/Highway) 20/28* (i-VTEC)
19/25* (VTEC)
18/25 19/27 18/25 (3.8L)
19/26 (3.3L)
19/26(4AT)
18/25(5AT)
Seating Capacity 8 (Available) 7 8 (Available) 7 7
Wheelbase, in. 118.1 118.1 119.3 119.3 124.0
Interior volume, cu. ft. 209.8 208.8 221.0 193.7 244.6
Powered Sliding Doors Available Available Available Available Available
2nd Row Power Windows Yes No Yes No No
Magic 3rd Row Seat One-Motion Yes Yes Available Available
NHTSA Front Crash Test Rating 5-Star** 5-Star 5-Star TBD 5-Star
NHTSA Side Impact Crash Test Rating 5-Star** 5-Star 5-Star TBT TBT
Weight (base model) 4,378 4,310 4,120 3,988 4,012

* Based on 2005 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Actual mileage may vary.
** Based on Honda in-house testing. Note: All values subject to change.

Odyssey's History of Awards and Accolades

  • Six times Automobile's All-Star
  • Two times Car and Driver's 5Best Trucks

1999
Automobile- All-Star (Best Minivan)
Canadian Press - Truck of the Year
Motor Week - Drivers' Choice Best Minivan

2000
Automobile - All-Star (Best Minivan)
Automobile - Readers' Choice All-Star Minivan
Intellichoice - Best Overall Value Minivan Over $22,500

2001
Automobile - All-Star (Best Minivan)
Automotive Lease Guide - Residual Value Award, Minivan
Edmunds.com - "Most Wanted Small Van"
A leading consumer publication - Best Minivan
Money Magazine - Best Minivan
Intellichoice - Best Overall Value Minivan Under $24,500

2002
Automobile - All-Star (Best Minivan)
Automobile - Readers' Choice All-Star Vehicles
AMI AutoWorld - Best Minivan of 2002
Car and Driver - 5Best Trucks (Best Minivan)
Edmunds.com - "Most Wanted Small Van"
Smart Money - Best Value Minivan
A leading consumer publication - Best Minivan

2003
AAA Auto Guide - Best Minivan
Automobile - All-Star (Best Minivan)
Automobile - Readers' Choice All-Stars Award
AutoPacific - 2003 Vehicle Satisfaction Award: Minivan
AutoWeek - America's Best People Mover
Parents Magazine -Top 5 in Segment
A leading consumer publication - Best Minivan
Intellichoice - Best Overall Value Minivan Under $26,000
Intellichoice - Excellent Value
Car and Driver - 5Best Trucks (Best Minivan)
Edmunds.com - "Most Wanted Small Van"
JD Power and Associates - Most Appealing Compact Van (APEAL Survey)
Kiplinger's Personal Finance - Best In Class Minivan

2004
Automobile - All-Star (Best Minivan)
AutoPacific - 2004 Vehicle Satisfaction Award: Minivan
Consumers Digest Magazine - Best Buy "Van"
Intellichoice - Best Minivan Over $27,000
Intellichoice - Best Minivan Under $27,000

2005 Honda Odyssey Interior - Part 1

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Overview

The Honda Odyssey interior meets the needs of a new generation of minivan customers who want more prestige, safety, utility and comfort from their vehicle. The conceptual model for the interior was based on a space age jet with an emphasis on technology, style and first class accommodations. Up front, the cockpit is modern, purposeful and easy to use with intelligent integration of the controls into the sculpted instrument panel. The second row, inspired by futuristic business jet seating accommodations, focuses attention on individual comfort with flexibility, adjustability and personal space as key priorities. The third row provides maximum adaptability to people or cargo with child-friendly features such as storage areas, pockets and drink holders.

With the all-new 2005 Odyssey, Honda has set a new benchmark for minivan interiors. For starters, industry-leading standard safety items have been added to all trim levels that now include all of Honda's "Safety for Everyone" interior equipment - front side airbags with an Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS) and side curtain airbag protection (with rollover sensors) in all three rows. Next, the innovative interior made famous by the previous generation Odyssey now has even more ingenious features and improvements: the 3rd Row Magic Seat(R) now has a 60/40 split and one-motion operation, a Stowable 2nd Row Plus One Seat(TM) delivers eight occupant seating on EX and EX with Leather models, and new in-floor storage area between the first and second rows now provides even greater utility. Finally, an ultra-luxurious and high-tech Touring model has been added that brings the sophistication and luxury level of the Odyssey into a class of its own. More than just evolution, the 2005 Odyssey interior has re-defined itself in the same way it originally made a name for itself. While some minivans focus attention on just one or a few interior features, the attention to detail on the Odyssey focuses on every interior feature.

New Interior Features

Safety

  • Three-Row Side Curtain Airbags with Rollover Sensors on All Models

Comfort and Convenience

  • Stowable 2nd Row PlusOne Seat(TM) for 8-Occupant Seating (EX and EX with Leather)
  • 2nd-Row Power Windows
  • Tri-Zone Automatic Climate Control (Touring)
  • Instrument Panel-Mounted Shifter
  • Conversation Mirror with Sunglasses Holder (EX and above)
  • 15 Beverage Holders (17 Touring)
  • Power Tailgate (Touring)
  • Power Adjustable Pedals (Touring)
  • Standard CD Player (LX) and 6-disc CD Changer (EX and above)
  • Moonroof with Power Slide and Tilt (EX with Leather and Touring)
  • Integrated 2nd Row Sunshades (EX and above)
  • 115 V Power Outlet (Touring)
  • 8-Way Driver Memory Seat (Touring)
  • Removable 2nd-Row Center Console (Touring)
  • Ambient Front Console Lighting (EX and above)

Technology

  • Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System(TM) with Voice Recognition and Integrated Rearview Camera (available EX with Leather and Touring)
  • Honda DVD Entertainment System(TM) with 9-inch display, integrated remote control, and wireless headsets w/personal surround sound (available EX with Leather and Touring)
  • Smart Maintenance Service Reminder
  • Multi Information Display (Touring)
  • Premium Audio System (Touring)

Storage and Utility

  • Stowable 2nd Row PlusOne(TM) Seat turns into activity tray when not in use (EX and EX with Leather)
  • One-Motion 60/40 Split 3rd Row Magic Seat(R)
  • In-Floor Storage with Lazy Suzan (EX and above)
  • Adjustable 2nd-Row Seats with Armrests and Walk-In Feature

Odyssey Interior Versus the Competition

. 2005 Honda Odyssey 2004 Honda Odyssey 2004 Toyota Sienna 2005 Chrysler Town & Country 2004 Nissan Quest
Seating Capacity 8 (Available) 7 8 (Available) 7 7
Interior Volume cu. ft. 209.8** 208.8 221.0 193.7 244.6*
Cargo Volumes cu. ft. 38.4 / 91.1 / 147.4 38.1 / 86.6 / 146.1 43.6 / 94.5 / 148.9 26.4 / 54.2 / 165.6 32.7 / 88.2 / 148.7
Passenger Volume cu. ft 171.4** 170.7 177.4 167.3 211.9
Powered Sliding Doors Available Available Available Available Available
2nd Row Roll Down Windows Yes No Yes No No
Fold Down 3rd Row Seat 60/40 Split Yes 60/40 Split Available Yes
Legroom 1st/2nd/3rd 40.8 / 39.6 / 41.1 40.8 / 40.0 / 38.1 42.9 / 39.6 / 39.5 40.6 / 36.6 / 37.5 41.6 / 41.2 / 41.1
Navigation System Available Available Available Available Available
DVD Entertainment Screen Size 9.0 inches 7.0 inches 7.0 inches 7.0 inches 7.0 inches
Integrated DVD Available Available Available Available Available

* Calculated with fold flat second row seats in down position
** LX and EX models

Three Row Seating with Available Room for Eight

While some minivan manufacturers have modified interior designs to meet the Odyssey's class leading functionality, the Odyssey has moved its already class-leading functionality into new territory for the minivan - function with real style and sophistication. On every trim level - the LX, EX, EX with Leather and Touring - the seats now provide unique features that deliver new levels of luxury and value for each trim level. As before, cloth seats are standard on the LX and EX, while leather seating, logically, is standard on the EX with Leather and on the new Touring model. Notable new features for 2005 include eight-passenger seating (exclusively on the EX and EX with Leather) achieved with the addition of a Stowable 2nd Row PlusOne(TM) Seat that fits between the two full-size second row captains chairs.

First Row Seats

For 2005, the front row captains chairs are taller (+50mm) and slightly wider (+5mm) with a cushion shape designed to accommodate more body types and improve driving posture. The design focuses on posture stabilization during acceleration and cruising (longitudinal), and during cornering (lateral) with the ultimate goal of reducing fatigue. Vibration reduction features have been built into the spring designs and frames of the new seats. The driver's seat has a vertical adjustment of 40mm (1.5 inches). A new feature on leather-equipped models is the addition of adjustable armrests.
KEY SPECS: HEAD ROOM: 40.9 IN. (LX, EX), LEG ROOM: 40.8 IN., SHOULDER ROOM: 63.5 IN., HIP ROOM: 57.0 IN.

Second Row Seats

Honda engineers closely studied the patterns of how people use the second row of a minivan. They discovered that the second row is primarily used for people, and that comfort was the highest priority. The Odyssey's second row uses two full-size captain's chairs that offer superior comfort and versatility. The captains seats are removable, slide fore and aft up to 10 inches, feature movable armrests on both sides and can be positioned together (bench style), separately with nothing in between, or separate with a PlusOne seat in between for eight passenger seating (exclusive to EX and EX with Leather models). The sliding feature helps accommodate people and cargo with the ability to move seats to accommodate the situation. Also, the second row seats use the slide-forward feature to allow easier ingress and egress to the third row (similar to a coupe front seat). This results in a large walk through area when the second row doors are open.
KEY SPECS: HEAD ROOM: 40.0 IN. (LX, EX), LEG ROOM: 39.6 IN., SHOULDER ROOM: 63.1 IN., HIP ROOM: 64.4 IN.

Stowable 2nd-Row PlusOne(TM) Seat

Honda Odyssey EX and EX with Leather models come equipped with a Stowable 2nd-Row PlusOne(TM) Seat that can accommodate an eighth occupant. The seat, which features three point seatbelts, fits between the two captains chairs in the second row and attaches to mounting points in the floor. The seat can recline, and when not in use the seat folds forward and can double as a console complete with a storage tray. If a center walk-through is desired, the seat can be removed and stowed in the In-Floor Storage area between the first and second rows.

One-Motion 60/40 Split 3rd Row Magic Seat(R)

The Honda Magic Seat(R) set the standard for third row functionality in the minivan world. Adding to this popular innovation for 2005, the third row now features a 60/40 split and offers top of the class convenience for operation thanks to a new one-motion operation that makes access to the cargo area simple and fast. A lever located on the back of the seat (one for each of the 60/40 split sections) allows for easy fold down operation. To put the seat down, the user simply pulls on the lever to release the latch and the seat retracts down into its in-floor storage area - in one smooth motion - creating a flat floor cargo area. The system is spring loaded and is designed to be operated with just one hand. Additionally, the headrests do not have to be removed to put the seat down, and the hinges for the seat are designed to lie flat making it easier to stack items like plywood panels.
KEY SPECS: HEAD ROOM: 38.4 IN., LEG ROOM: 41.1 IN., SHOULDER ROOM: 61.2 IN., HIP ROOM: 48.5 IN.

Beverage Holders

The 2005 Odyssey provides 17 beverage holders on Touring models and 15 beverage holders on LX, EX and EX with Leather models. The two additional beverage holders on the Touring model are located in the exclusive second row storage console. The beverage holders can accommodate drink sizes large and small, and bottle holders are integrated into door panels on the first and second rows.

Driving Position

The driving position of the 2005 Odyssey has been optimized for comfort and performance. For comfort, the steering tilt range has increased to 1.6 inches (+0.4 inches). For a stronger performance feel, the top of the steering wheel angle (relative to the driver) has been positioned 4.5 degrees closer to vertical. For both comfort and performance, lateral displacement of the steering wheel has been eliminated so the center of the steering wheel lines up directly with the centerline of the driver and the steering wheel is 22mm closer to the driver.

Versatile Cargo and Storage Areas

From a packaging and flexibility standpoint, the minivan is still the ultimate vehicle for maximum interior volume and space utilization. The Odyssey makes the most of this superior trait and goes even further for 2005.

New features:

  • In-Floor Storage (with available Lazy Susan)
  • Additional Upper Glove Compartment in instrument panel
  • Door pockets with bottle holders on front and rear side doors
  • Large capacity seat pockets on first and second rows (EX and above)

The Odyssey can comfortably accommodate seven people and the EX and EX with Leather models have room for eight. When both cargo and people require room, the Odyssey offers enhanced adaptability to fit a wide range of needs simultaneously. For example, the addition of the One-Motion 60/40 Split 3rd Row Magic Seat(TM) lends flexibility for hauling snowboards, skis, bikes and other long/bulky objects while still maintaining room for one to eight passengers (eight passenger capability when equipped with the Stowable 2nd Row PlusOne Seat).

2005 Odyssey Interior Space*
Area Cubic Feet
Total Interior Volume 209.8
Total Passenger Volume 171.4
Maximum Cargo Volume (-2nd, -3rd rows) 147.4
Minimum Cargo Volume (behind 3rd Row) 38.4

*LX and EX Models

The seats can be configured to accommodate people and cargo in dozens of ways. For maximum cargo storage, second row seats can be removed and third row seats retracted for a cargo volume of 147.4 cu. ft. This also provides a flat surface that can accommodate 4x8 sheets of building materials. Note that the second row and third row seat backs can fold forward to accommodate up to 4x8-size objects on top of the seats, a handy feature if seat removal is not practical at the moment. The cargo area behind the third row seats provides 38.4 cu. ft. of storage.

In-Floor Storage (with Lazy Susan)

Standard all models is a new circular in-floor storage area located between the front and second rows. On EX and above models, a Lazy Susan circular storage area is included that rotates when one of the two top access doors are open, and locks in place when the access doors are shut. The storage area is an ideal place to keep not-often-used objects that need quick access ranging from paper towels to toys to beverages, etc. Accessory thermal packs are available to maintain warm and cool temperatures when storing beverages. With the Lazy Susan removed, the in-floor storage area provides enough space to store the Stowable 2nd-Row PlusOne Seat(TM) (on the EX and EX with Leather models) when not in use.

2005 Honda Odyssey Interior - Part 2

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Instrument Panel and Controls

The instrument panel and controls reflect the style and sophistication of the 2005 Odyssey in addition to the typical Honda attention to detail and class leading ergonomics. The deeply sculpted two-tone dashboard is similar to designs used on fine luxury sedans. Careful attention has been paid to shape, tactile feel, fit and finish on every surface and control ranging from the metallic decor trim pieces to the available flipdown 8-inch navigation screen on models with the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System. The instrument panel is sloped so that both primary and secondary controls are within easy reach.

Instruments and gauges are housed in a pod directly in front of the driver and feature a progressive meter illumination program that begins when the driver enters the vehicle. The LX, EX and EX with Leather trim levels include a tachometer, an illuminated and easy-to-read speedometer with two LCD digital trip odometers, a main LCD digital odometer and a smart maintenance display that tracks oil life and other maintenance items. The fuel gauge and temperature gauge are to the right of the speedometer, and a gear selector indicator is to the left. Various indicator lights for SRS, ABS, oil pressure, battery, etc., are also housed in the main instrument pod. The Touring model adds a Multi-Information Display that shows fuel economy, independent tire pressures, compass information, miles to empty and smart maintenance information along with user-customizable options throughout the vehicle (see following pages for a more detailed description).

Further refinement to the controls includes an instrument panel mounted gear-shift lever within convenient reach from the steering wheel. The shifter now features a button to engage and disengage the overdrive feature of the transmission for towing and/or driving in hilly terrain.

CPU-controlled functions such as the various warning systems, illumination intensity, intermittent wipers, power windows, etc., are divided among three separate CPUs. Communication between the CPU is via a multiplex data bus. This takes considerably less wiring and is quicker and easier to install and service.

The driver's SRS module is housed in the steering wheel. Cruise control, as well as audio controls on EX and above models, and MID controls on Touring models, are also mounted on the steering wheel. The windshield wiper controls and lighting controls are also mounted on stalks on either side of the steering wheel, in typical Honda fashion.

On/off buttons for the Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) and traction control are mounted on the instrument panel, just to the left of the steering wheel, as are controls for the available power moonroof (EX with Leather and Touring) and dual sliding doors (EX and above). Illuminated power window and lock controls are mounted on the driver's door. EX and above models feature illuminated steering wheel controls for the audio system and cruise control switch.

Power Adjustable Pedals

The Odyssey Touring model has power-assisted adjustable pedals designed to appeal to drivers of various heights for enhanced flexibility. The pedals can be adjusted forward and back by as much as 76mm (2.9 inches).

Air Conditioning with Air-Filtration System

The HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) system uses two air-conditioning condensers and two heater cores to create a dual zone climate control for front and rear passengers on all trim levels. One set of controls serve the front of the interior and one set serves the rear passenger area. The high capacity condenser for the air-conditioning system has an internal receiver tank that first runs the liquid refrigerant through a sub-cooling condenser, then to the main condenser. The system is efficient and lightweight compared to traditional setups.

Inside, the front controls on the Odyssey LX are mounted centrally on the center console for easy accessibility and feature large rotary knobs and electrical switches. Air conditioning and a micron air-filtration system are standard. Both the front and the rear systems can be controlled from the driver's HVAC panel, or the driver can switch control of the rear system to the panel in the rear passenger compartment.

The Odyssey's rear air-conditioning system provides a separate five-speed blower control located in the rear passenger compartment ceiling, along with a selector for overhead air conditioning or foot level heated air. Second row and third row outboard seating positions feature individually adjustable air conditioning vents in the ceiling, much like those in commercial aircraft passenger cabins. The vents can also be shut off completely.

Automatic Climate Control

In addition to above standard features, Odyssey EX and EXL models feature a dual zone Automatic Climate Control System (with a digital display) and can maintain a constant, pre-selected temperature individually for driver's and front passenger's seating areas. If desired, the rear passengers can select temperature and fan settings on a rear-mounted set of manual dial controls (independently from the front climate zone).
Tri-Zone Automatic Climate Control

The Odyssey Touring model provides a Tri-Zone Automatic Climate Control system.

This system allows the front driver, front passenger and rear passengers to select independent temperature settings. In the 2005 Odyssey, the passengers in the rear seats can enjoy more liberal air conditioning controls than in the conventional model. For the rear, the independent automatic climate control system features a digital display for the temperature and fan. Those in the rear can independently select a temperature setting different from the front zones and it will be maintained automatically. The 5-step fan setting can also be controlled automatically or manually.

Audio Systems

The Odyssey's audio system provides a wide variety of features and options for each trim level. The LX models feature an AM/FM stereo radio with a CD player and an auxiliary input (four speakers, 120 watts). EX models add a six-disc in-dash CD changer and come pre-wired for accessory XM Satellite Radio equipment (six speakers, 120 watts). Steering wheel mounted audio controls are standard on EX and above models. The audio system and the available Honda DVD Entertainment System can both be controlled by voice recognition on EX with Leather and Touring models equipped with the available Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System.

Premium Audio System (Touring)

The Touring model provides a premium audio system with a 360-watt amplifier and a total of seven speakers (including a subwoofer) in addition to the impressive features already found on EX models. For superb sound quality, the four front and rear speakers are a 17cm Kevlar- injected polypropylene mid-range speaker. The front tweeters use aluminum dome construction for enhanced high-frequency sound clarity. The compact, large capacity subwoofer is positioned under the front passenger seat.

XM(R) Satellite Radio

Odyssey EX, EX models with Leather and the Touring model come pre-wired for XM Satellite Radio equipment that can be added as a dealer-installed accessory. XM Satellite Radio is a factory-installed feature on models that have the available factory installed Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System (EX with Leather and Touring models). After a 90-day free trial service, customers will have the option to subscribe to XM Satellite Radio on these models, which includes 120 radio stations including music, news, sports, talk, local weather, traffic and other entertainment in a CD-quality digital format. The XM radio display can indicate the artist's name, track title, XM channel and category of music.

Active Noise Control (ANC)

The 2005 Honda Odyssey uses advanced technology to create one of the quietest automotive interiors on the road. Models equipped with the leather interior (which includes some EX models and the Touring model) have Active Noise Control (ANC). The ANC system uses a microphone at the front of the vehicle interior to create "anti-noise" through the audio system speakers.

More specifically, the audio system analyzes the sound waves entering the cabin, and then instantaneously creates an opposite sound wave (anti-noise) to cancel the unwanted noise. This helps reduce interior engine noise that may occur during certain cycles with the Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) system on EX with Leather and Touring models. The system also reduces road noise and numerous other external sound factors. The end result is a superbly quiet cabin typical of vehicles in the pure luxury class of automobiles. The system will not counteract voices inside the cabin whether desired or not.

Honda DVD Entertainment System with 9-Inch Display, Integrated Remote Control, and Wireless Headsets with Personal Surround Sound

The Odyssey can be equipped with an available factory-installed Honda DVD Entertainment System for rear passengers. This multi-faceted system features a 9-inch wide screen LCD display (the largest factory-installed screen available in a minivan) that flips down from the ceiling at the push of a button for easy viewing. The extended capabilities of the system allow for either DVD, CD, radio, available XM Radio and auxiliary accessories (such as video games, VCRs or cameras) to be played in the rear seating areas through headphones while the front passengers listen to a different audio source.

The DVD player can be conveniently controlled from three sources - the front audio system controls, the integrated wireless remote control (that stores near the LCD screen), or through voice activation on models equipped with the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System. Additional audio and video input jacks allow for a wide variety of additional equipment ranging from camcorders to VCRs to game consoles - to be attached to the system. The system comes complete with two infrared (IR) wireless headphones and a wireless remote control as standard equipment. For convenient night use, the remote control is illuminated.

The wireless headphones and auxiliary headphone jacks (in the third row) provide personal surround sound technology (a minivan first) to simulate a home theater audio experience. Two wireless headphones are included. A safety feature on the wireless headphone system prevents front row passengers from using the headphones. The wireless headphones are automatically activated when the ear pieces are turned approximately 90 degrees (to be put on) and deactivated when the headphones are turned 90 degrees (to be taken off). The automatic on/off system reduces the possibility that the AAA battery-powered headphones could be accidentally left on.

Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System with Voice Recognition and Integrated Rearview Camera

The Honda Satellite-Linked DVD Honda Navigation System represents the latest and most intelligent navigation system from Honda to date with greatly enhanced capabilities for 2005. This industry leading system features advanced voice recognition, a larger 8-inch touch screen display (+2-inch), and an expanded database that covers virtually all U.S. roads and 7 million points of interest (compared to four million or less for many systems currently on the market).

Major improvements and highlights for the new 2005 Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System include:

  • Larger screen size (8-inch is 2 inches larger), fonts, buttons and touchscreen keyboard;
  • Improved 3-D freeway interchange display (with split screen mode) that shows individual lanes graphically (previously 2-D on 2004 Odyssey);
  • Fully integrated rear-view back-up camera;
  • Complete Zagat Survey(TM) restaurant guide (voice system can read review);
  • Voice recognition identifies street names and numbers and minimizes need for manual entry (first navigation system in North America with full address voice input);
  • Honda DVD Entertainment System is linked to Voice-Activation;
  • Up to five waypoints can be used for planning a trip;
  • More intuitive map details, icons and general commands;
  • A more comprehensive destination guide with 7 million points of interest (previously 3.7 million on 2004 Odyssey) provides a business and recreation directory of virtually the entire continental United States with local addresses and business phone numbers.
  • Destination guide categories include restaurants (searchable by type of cuisine), lodging, shopping, travel, banking, emergency, leisure, auto service and more;
  • Voice recognition system linked to audio and HVAC system (new feature);
  • Day/Night visualization modes with user-selectable screen appearance; and
  • Enhanced menus and improved surface street mapping (new layout); and
  • XM(R) Satellite Radio information display with detailed programming data.

Honda navigation systems have long been recognized for their simple, intuitive operation and extensive on-board database. When navigating freeways, a split screen design enhances on-screen information with a "map view" and "3-D" route visualization of freeways simultaneously- which helps make navigation information easier to understand. The system is linked to the car's audio system, so driving instructions can be heard over the speaker system, and the voice recognition feature adds a new realm of control to the navigation system.

The Honda Satellite-Linked DVD Navigation System uses Global Positioning Satellites (GPS) in combination with detailed information from the vehicle's DVD-based mapping system to pinpoint the vehicle's location and to provide a host of useful mapping and route guidance features. The antenna can utilize up to 12 satellites from a network of 24 global positioning satellites. If the antenna is obstructed by a tunnel, a parking garage or a tall building, an internal gyroscopic system and a speed sensor track the location of the vehicle so that the map information remains current and reliable. The vehicle clock is independently controlled by GPS data, so when time zones are crossed while driving the clock will automatically set itself to the current time.

Turn-by-turn voice guidance is user selectable in either male or female voice and can be turned off at any time. Destination memory recalls current trip addresses and previous destinations; and calendar and calculator with English to metric number converter is standard.

The navigation system can be controlled by the driver through either the voice recognition system, the touch screen display, or by the joystick on the instrument panel. The voice recognition system works when the "talk" button, located on the steering wheel, is depressed. When spoken to, the system recognizes commands such as "find nearest gas station," or "find nearest ATM" and can also recognize street names. The voice recognition system has a vocabulary of approximately 637 commands and can recognize virtually any English-spoken accent.

The 8-inch LCD display is a touch screen that allows the driver or front passenger to choose menu options or spell out a word (i.e. address, business name, place, etc.) through a touch-sensitive keypad. (The keypad can be set to alphabetical or a QWERTY typewriter-style layout.) Alternatively, the joystick can be used to highlight menu options or to highlight specific letters on the keypad to complete a word. A matte finish is used on the display to reduce glare and smudging. When disc loading is selected for the 6-disc CD changer, the motorized screen conveniently tilts down to allow access to the CD loader located behind the screen.

For data storage, the system uses a single DVD that contains information for the entire United States. Future updates to the navigation system can be made by installing an updated DVD (available on-line or by calling a toll free number).

The available rearview camera is automatically activated when the vehicle is put in reverse. A color camera is located near the rear license plate and has a wide-angle lens.

Multi Information Display (MID)

To keep the driver informed of the vehicle's status and to access multiple electronic functions, the Odyssey Touring model has a Multi-Information Display (MID). This LCD dot matrix backlit screen and its push-button controls are located on the right side of the steering wheel. The MID is the interface for odometer/trip odometer, outside temperature, compass, trip computer with miles to empty etc., custom memory settings, and vehicle warnings. Maintenance Minder alerts are also presented via the MID (see the Engine section of this press kit for more detail on Maintenance Minder).

The Odyssey's MID system works with the Touring model's front and rear parking sensors to display when something might be in the path of the vehicle while parking. It can show when an object may be near the corners or directly behind the vehicle as a supplement to the driver's visual check. The corner sensor also operates when the vehicle is driving at a low speed.

The MID makes it easy to customize the function of many electronic features in the Odyssey. Custom settings include automatic door locking/unlocking, door unlock selection, keyless entry acknowledgement feedback (audible sound when doors are locked/unlocked), security re-lock timer, headlight auto-off timer and interior light dimming timer. To make it easy to track warnings (such as "Check fuel cap," or Maintenance Minder warnings) displayed on the MID, a memory feature lets you scroll through previous warnings for review.

In total, a dozen user-configurable options exist, including: auto door lock and unlock, keyless lock acknowledgment, keyless relock timer, headlight auto off timer, interior light dimming time, front wiper action, outside temperature display and calibration, language selection, compass calibration, average fuel economy reset and memory seat link.

Keyless Entry

Keyless entry is standard equipment on all Odyssey models. LX models feature keys with built-in transmitters that have lock, unlock and panic buttons. EX and EX with Leather models add to the LX features with a programmable key fob that provides additional buttons for opening and closing the power sliding doors remotely. The fob can also roll down the first and second row windows by holding down the unlock button. The key can also perform the same function in the door lock cylinder, and roll up the windows, too, by turning to lock or unlock positions accordingly and holding. On Touring models, the key fob transmitter has an additional button that can raise and lower the power tailgate.

Antitheft Features and Wave Key

The new Odyssey is protected by a variety of anti-theft features. All models now feature the "wave" key for door and ignition and locks. This type of lock and key combination is much more resistant to copying and "picking" than conventional designs. Door and hood locks and their operating cables are now more thoroughly protected to prevent a "Slim Jim" or other jimmying device from being used to force entry. The engine immobilizer system used on the 2005 Odyssey shut down the engine's electronic control unit (ECU) has been further enhanced with the addition of a rolling code.

12V DC and 115V Power Outlets

The Odyssey has three 12V DC power outlets - two in the front and one near the third row. The Touring model is equipped with a 115-volt power inverter (100 watts) in the third row for operating a wide range of equipment including game consoles, mobile phone chargers or similar items. The power outlet features a rotating protective cover (similar to those used in a home for child-proofing) to enhance safety.

HomeLink(R) Remote System

The Odyssey EX and Touring model feature a HomeLink(R) universal remote system, built into the overhead map-light module. The system can be programmed with the codes of up to three devices, such as a garage-door opener, home security system, etc.

Interior Lighting

Significant attention has been paid to the interior lighting of the Odyssey from the placement of individual map lights to the ambient lighting on the center console (standard on EX and Touring models). The console is illuminated during night driving by an overhead light that bathes the console in a subtle glow. The power window switches in all four doors are also internally illuminated.

All totaled, as many as 8 interior lights exist on the top-of-the line models (7 on the LX). The individual map lights in the Odyssey are designed to illuminate an area large enough and bright enough so that a seated passenger can read by it. As the light continues to the floor, the beams overlap so that they illuminate the entire floor area, making it easier to see when getting in and out of the vehicle. A master switch, located on the center console, can also control the lights. With it, the driver can switch the system on or off, or have it come on automatically when the doors are opened.

Upon vehicle entry and exit, the lighting system features progressive illumination. When the door is opened, the instrument brightness turns on at about 10 percent. When the key is put in the ignition, the illumination ramps up to 100 percent. When the ignition is turned on, the illuminated instrument needles and related lights come on, indicating that all systems are go. After driving, the process reverses itself. The entire process is purposely subtle, but illustrates the level of detailed engineering built into the Odyssey's interior.

Integrated 2nd Row Sunshades

Integrated second row sunshades are standard on Odyssey EX and Touring models. The retractable shades are integrated into the lower portion of the side doors and can be easily pulled up and secured via a hook on the upper portion of the window sash. The shades cover the majority of the glass and do not affect power window operation. Third row sunshades are available as an accessory.

UV Resistant Privacy Glass

All Odyssey models come equipped with UV resistance privacy glass with dark tinting on the windows in the second and third rows. The Odyssey's glass filters Ultra Violet (U.V.) light that results in less interior fade over time, lower cabin temperatures on hot days and more efficient interior cooling. In addition to UV resistance, the second and third row windows feature deep-tinted privacy glass.

Outward Visibility

Excellent outward visibility is a hallmark of Honda design and a key feature for the 2005 Honda Odyssey. The Odyssey provides excellent sight lines for the driver in all key areas including a commanding eye point level of 1378mm (54.2 inches) and a short forward invisible length of 6.6m (21.7 feet). Forward invisible length is the distance a driver needs to look to see the ground in front of the vehicle.

Dealer Installed Accessories (Interior, Body and Powertrain)

The 2005 Odyssey is more customizable than ever with a wide range of accessories for the interior, body and powertrain. The following items are available on some or all trim levels:

  • XM(R) Satellite Radio Tuner
  • Subwoofer
  • MP3 Player (CD-style)
  • 6 Disc In Dash CD Changer
  • Cassette Player
  • Security System (LX)
  • Color Matched Back-Up Sensors
  • Auto Day/Night Mirror with Compass
  • All-Season Floor Mats
  • Cargo Organizer
  • Cargo Mat
  • Cargo Tray
  • Cargo Net
  • Cargo Board
  • Table Legs (Converts portion of Cargo Board into table)
  • PlusOne Console
  • Wood Trim Kit
  • Leather Steering Wheel Cover
  • Ash Tray
  • Engine Block Heater
  • Gold Emblem Kit
  • Splash Guards
  • Door Edge Guards
  • Fenderwell Trim
  • Towing Package (including Trailer Hitch, Automatic Transmission Fluid Cooler, Power Steering Fluid Cooler, Air Duct, and Wire Harness)
  • Door Visors
  • Fog Lights
  • Nosemask
  • 3rd Row Sunshade
  • Moonroof Visor
  • Air Deflector
  • Aero Kit (Front, Rear, and Side Underbody Kit)
  • Wheel Locks
  • Roof Rack (LX)
  • Crossbars
  • Ski Attachment
  • Snowboard Attachment
  • Surfboard Attachment
  • Upright Bike Attachment
  • Luggage Basket
  • Short Box

2005 Honda Odyssey Interior - Safety Technology

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Overview

American Honda Motor Co., Inc., announced in October of 2003 plans to apply advanced safety technologies to the full range of Honda and Acura products over the next several years in its 'Safety for Everyone' commitment (see Overview section for full Safety for Everyone information). The goal of 'Safety for Everyone' is to provide high levels of safety protection for all Honda and Acura customers and for all road users, by applying Front Side Airbags, Side Curtain Airbags and Anti-Lock Brakes as standard equipment before the end of calendar year 2006. Furthermore, all Honda and Acura light trucks, including all SUVs and the Odyssey, will be equipped with Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) and rollover sensors for side curtain airbag deployment before the end of calendar year 2006. The Odyssey is the first vehicle in Honda's lineup to include all of the safety features of Honda's Safety for Everyone commitment.

Honda's innovative new Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure, offering enhanced occupant protection with reduced aggressivity toward other vehicles, will be applied to all new vehicle platforms in the U.S. and globally over the next six to seven years. The 2005 model Honda Odyssey minivan and 2005 Acura RL sedan will be the first U.S. models to carry this new technology. (The first ever Honda vehicle to feature ACE technology worldwide was the Honda Life, a minicar for the Japan market.)

As a result of Honda's 'Safety for Everyone' commitment, the 2005 Honda Odyssey is equipped with the industry's highest level of standard safety equipment for a minivan. In addition to the Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure (see body section), the Odyssey interior provides the following active safety equipment as standard on every trim level:

  • Advanced Dual Stage, Dual Threshold Front Driver's and Front Passenger's Airbags
  • Driver's Front Side Airbag and Front Passenger's Side Airbag with Occupant Position Detection System
  • Three-Row Side Curtain Airbags with Rollover Sensor
  • LATCH child seat anchor system
  • Driver and Front Passenger Pre-Tensioning Seatbelts with Load Limiters
  • Three-Point Seat Belts in All Seating Positions

Three-Point Seat Belts

All of Odyssey's eight seating positions (seven seating positions on LX and Touring models) have three-point seat belts and head restraints. The front row seat belts are equipped with load limiters and pre-tensioners. Also, the front and second row seat belts are adaptable for passengers of various heights because they have adjustable shoulder belt anchors (in outer seating positions in second row). For center passengers, ceiling-mounted, retractable shoulder belts are mounted above the second row (EX and EX with Leather) and third row center seats (all models).

Advanced Dual Stage, Dual Threshold Front Driver's and Front Passenger's Airbags

The Odyssey is equipped with dual-stage, dual-threshold supplemental restraint system (SRS) airbags for the driver and front passenger. These airbags are designed to minimize the potential for airbag injury while providing head and chest protection for the occupants in the event of a collision. This front airbag system features front passenger seat weight sensors and a driver seat position sensor designed to further enhance occupant protection.

The Odyssey's front airbags can deploy at one of two rates. Deployment of the driver's front airbag takes into account the severity of the crash, whether or not the driver's seat belt is fastened and the position of the driver's seat. During a lower speed collision, the airbag inflators are triggered in sequence, resulting in overall airbag deployment with less initial force. The same sequence is also utilized regardless of collision speed if the driver's seat is close to the full forward position. During a higher speed collision, if the driver's seat is far from the full frontal position, both inflators operate simultaneously for full, immediate inflation. Airbag deployment on the front passenger's airbag is regulated by crash severity, seatbelt usage as well as the weight of the occupant. Sensors under the seat gauge occupant weight and if the total weight on the passenger seat is less than the NHTSA-specified MVSS specifications, the airbag system will not deploy, minimizing the potential for injury to children (an indicator lamp on the instrument panel will indicate this situation). Similar to what is available on the driver's side, the airbags are deployed at the speed appropriate to the speed and severity of the collision - slower for lower speed collisions, more quickly for higher speeds.

The driver's airbag is located in the steering wheel hub and the passenger's airbag is located on top of the dash. As in all Honda vehicles, the front passenger's airbag is designed to deploy upward toward the windshield and then back toward the occupant. This provides a large cushion to help protect the front passenger while reducing the likelihood of injury resulting from airbag deployment.

Driver's Front Side Airbag and Front Passenger's Side Airbag with Occupant Position Detection System

Like other Honda models, the Odyssey is equipped with seat-mounted side airbags to help safeguard the driver and front passenger from side-impact injury. An innovative occupant position detection system is used to assure that the passenger's side airbag has a clear path for deployment. In the event a child (or a small-statured adult) leans into the deployment path of the side airbag, a seven-segment antenna system built within the backrest signals this condition to an electronic control unit (ECU) also located within the seat. The ECU then deactivates the side air bag from functioning and triggers a "SIDE AIRBAG OFF" indicator light in the instrument cluster. After the front occupant returns to a normal seating position, the side air bag module automatically resumes full-functional status.

Three-Row Side Curtain Airbags with Rollover Sensors

For 2005, all three rows of occupants are protected by Honda's new Three-Row Side Curtain Airbag with Rollover Sensor System, which is standard equipment on all Odyssey models - a first for the minivan segment. The side curtain airbags deploy from modules in the roof in the event of a sufficient side impact, providing a significant level of head protection in the window area. In the unlikely event of a rollover, a roll rate sensor, located underneath the front passenger seat, along with multiple G sensors determine the rate of roll and deploy the side curtain airbags accordingly.

Like the other airbag systems in the Odyssey, the side curtain system utilizes sensors located in the front of the vehicle to determine the most appropriate timing and rate of deployment of the airbags in the event of a rollover.
To provide the optimal level of protection for Odyssey occupants, extensive testing was performed to determine the most appropriate timing and rate of deployment in the unlikely event of a rollover. The system uses algorithms to continually evaluate the situation and determines whether a rollover is eminent. The system responds to many types of rollover "events" drivers could potentially encounter including the "curb trip rollover" which as its name suggests, results when one side of the vehicle hits a curb or like object; the "soil trip rollover" which can result when one side of the vehicles suddenly comes into contact with a different surface type, often involving a slight elevation change; and the "screw rollover." This type of rollover is usually the steepest and fastest of the rollovers whereby the vehicle comes upon a sharp angle such as an embankment. The roll rate sensor and multiple G sensors determine the "scenario" and calculate the angle of roll and the speed of the vehicle in order to deploy the airbags at the correct stage for optimum protection. In the case of a rollover, the side curtain airbags on both sides of the vehicle will deploy. However, in the event of a sufficient side impact that does not result in a rollover, only the airbags on the impacted side of the vehicle will deploy. The airbag maintains full inflation for approximately three seconds after inflation to allow for the increased time duration of a rollover accident.

Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH) System

The Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH) system is standard equipment on the second row captains chairs and on the center position of the third row. The LATCH system features built-in, ready-to-use anchors and tethers allowing compatible child safety seats to be installed without using the vehicle's seat belt system.

Available Body-Colored Front and Rear Parking Sensors

An increasing number of consumers are seeking supplemental technology to assist in backing up and making sure that people or objects are not in the path of the vehicle. The Odyssey Touring model is equipped with parking sensors that indicate (through a visual and audible warning from the Multi Information Display) that something may be in the path of the vehicle. The parking sensors are integrated into the front and rear bumpers and are body colored. The sensors can detect whether an object is directly behind, in front of, or to the right or to the left of the vehicle.

2005 Honda Odyssey Body

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Overview

While a casual observer may consider a vehicle's body as the exterior styling and the metal pieces that create the overall shape, the importance of the body goes much further. The body construction - mostly the construction that can't be seen from the surface - is a primary contributor to crash safety while providing the foundation for a vehicle's ride, handling and NVH characteristics. To that end, the 2005 Odyssey's all-new body and frame use Honda's most advanced technology to introduce a new era of safety and performance potential to the minivan segment in regards to collision safety, collision energy management, increased rigidity and comfort.

What's new for 2005

  • Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) Body Structure
  • Width increased by 1-inch
  • Static and dynamic rigidity increased 20 percent
  • Aerodynamic coefficient of drag reduced by about 5 percent
  • Moonroof
  • Optimized high tensile strength metals for relative body weight reduction
  • Fuel tank capacity increases to 21.0 gallons (+1.0 gallon)
  • Fit and finish increased/body panel gaps reduced
  • Power Tailgate available
  • Enhanced Power Sliding Door operation
  • 2nd Row Power Windows

The Odyssey's body is designed to provide a low floor with a large cabin for the ultimate in minivan functionality. The Odyssey is large and roomy inside, yet can fit in the average garage. Structurally, the body is designed to function as a strong, stable partner for the Odyssey's 4-wheel independent suspension system and V-6 powertrain.

Odyssey Exterior Dimensions Versus the Competition

. 2005 Honda Odyssey 2004 Honda Odyssey 2004 Toyota Sienna 2005 Chrysler Town & Country 2004 Nissan Quest
Length
201.0
201.2
200.0
189.1
204.1
Width
77.1
75.6
77.4
78.6
77.6
Height
68.8 (LX)
68.5
68.9
68.8
70.0
Weight (base model)
4,378
4,310
4,120
3,988
4012
Power Sliding Doors
Available
Available
Available
Available
Available
Power Tailgate
Available
Not Available
Available
Available
Available
Moonroof
Available
Not Available
Available
Available
Available

Note: All specifications subject to change.

Exterior Styling

Reflective of the Odyssey moving to an even higher level of first-class refinement, the exterior styling of the 2005 Odyssey delivers an appearance of sophistication designed to complement the high technology and luxury of the interior and powertrain. The Odyssey's re-designed sheetmetal exhibits a sophisticated styling direction that combines solid and massive accents starting at the front fenders to create an indented beltline around the vehicle. The lines establish a powerful stance and an enveloping feeling of safety.

The ultimate goal of the styling was to wrap the functional aspect of the Odyssey in a shape that is prestigious, advanced and powerful. In other words, the styling says this is a sporty and luxurious vehicle first, a minivan second.

Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) Body Structure

The Odyssey is the first North American application of Honda's newly developed Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure, a system that results in improved compatibility between vehicles of different sizes with significantly enhanced occupant protection and reduced aggressivity toward other vehicles in a collision. This body structure employs an innovative new front-end frame structure that reduces the potential concentrated force of an impact by dispersing and absorbing crash energy over a larger area. The design also helps reduce the potential for misalignment with the frame of the opposing vehicle whether it's small or large. The Odyssey is the perfect platform for Honda to launch its Safety for Everyone commitments (see Overview) as the previous model already earns the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) highest ratings of five stars for frontal and side impact crash tests. Honda's internal testing shows that 2005 Odyssey is expected to achieve or exceed the same results.

The Odyssey's ACE body structure is configured for high energy absorption. In the event of a frontal collision, the body structure with its front-mounted polygonal main frame is designed to prevent structural penetration while distributing forces evenly through multiple major load bearing pathways - and away from the passenger compartment. For comparison, a conventional body structure generally concentrates the loads from a collision through two pathways running longitudinally through the lower portion of the frame. In the ACE body structure for example, frontal impact force can be distributed from the front of the vehicle through the side sill, floor frame and A pillar in order to reduce the cabin deformation. Special gussets are used to help direct forces throughout the frame.

The bottom line is that the ACE body structure enhances the maximum potential for energy absorption during a collision because impact forces can be distributed through more vehicle mass and away from the passenger compartment.

Four Ring Shell

The Odyssey's body is further reinforced by a four-ring safety cage. Consisting of a series of hoops formed by the underfloor crossmembers, the A, B, C and D pillars, and crossmembers in the ceiling, the four ring shell encircles the passenger compartment and provides protection in the event of a side impact or rollover.

Further reinforcement against side impacts are provided by the A, B, C and D Pillars. These pillars feature internal plates and gussets that greatly strengthen them against buckling. To better protect the Odyssey against rear impact, the main-frame members extend all the way to the rear of the body and are tied together with a crossmember under the floor. In addition, the rear pillar is internally reinforced and large outrigger pieces further tie the base of the rear pillar to the floor.

Pedestrian Safety

Honda's commitment to safety extends to pedestrians as well as vehicle occupants. To help reduce pedestrian injuries in the event of a collision, the Odyssey's hood and fender areas were designed to deform if contacted by the head of an adult or child pedestrian. Energy-absorbing collapsible hood supports, wiper arms and fender mounts allow substantial deformation in an impact, allowing the engineering team to meet its target for pedestrian safety.

Front Driver's and Passenger's Doors Construction

The Odyssey's front doors use triple-stage stopper construction for ease of ingress/egress in tight parking situations. The doors use a special construction that provides a solid feel and sound when closing. The doors feature side impact protection beams.

Dual Sliding Doors with Power Windows and Available Integrated Sunshades

New for 2005, the Odyssey is equipped with power windows in the second row dual sliding doors. The windows feature auto up and down functions. The second row window switches use the recessed push down/pull up design that further helps to reduce the risk of the window pinching an occupant.

Honda Odyssey EX, EX with Leather and Touring models are equipped with dual power sliding doors. The doors can be opened from the outside, when the handle is pulled, or by the master switch on the instrument panel. A lockout switch, on the instrument panel, can disable the door's automatic operation. The doors can also be independently operated with the keyless entry system. This allows the doors to be opened or closed from a distance of up to 30 feet.

Significant safety features have been built into the Odyssey's power door system. If the door should encounter any resistance while closing, it will immediately reverse direction. New for 2005, a direct detection system uses sensors built into the rubber seal on the leading edge of the door that detects when an object is in the path of the door. The sensors use three closely spaced wires inside the doors' rubber seal that can touch if contact is made to the outer edge of the seal. When the wires touch, that sends a signal to the doors operating system to reverse direction. The system is extremely sensitive and relatively gentle (reduced load for pinch detection).

Additional enhancements to the power door system include a clutch system for reduced load requirements during manual operation. Also, the doors will not completely retract to the fully open position if the rear windows are down. This is a safety feature to prevent a person's head or other body part (sticking out the window) from getting pinched between the front of sliding door and the door frame during automatic open operation.

Integrated sunshades are standard on EX and above models. The retractable shades are integrated into the lower portion of the doorsills and can be easily pulled up and secured via a hook at the top edge of the window sash. The shades cover the vast majority of the glass and do not interfere with power window operation.

As a safety feature, the dual sliding doors on all models each have side impact protection beam.

Power Tailgate

Odyssey Touring models feature a power rear tailgate that can be conveniently controlled from four sources: the key fob, the exterior handle (for manual opening), a switch mounted on the underside of the tailgate (for closing), and from a switch on the instrument panel. The tailgate can be manually closed at any time during open or close operation. As a safety feature, the tailgate has an auto detection system (similar to the power sliding door direct detection system) that will reverse direction in the event that something prevents it from closing or opening.

Refined Fit and Finish

Attention to detail is one trait that helps set the Odyssey apart from the competition. Fit and finish details have been tightened for 2005 with improvements to gaps between body panels and exterior features. The end result is a refined, tight appearance that speaks to the overall quality of the vehicle with the smallest gaps between body panels in the minivan segment.

Body Panel Fit Improvements

Area 2005 Odyssey Fit (mm) 2004 Odyssey Fit (mm)
Hood and Bumper 4.0 5.0
Headlight and Fender 1.0 2.0
Fender and Bumper 0.5 2.0
Taillights and Tailgate 1.0 2.0

Aerodynamics

The 2005 Odyssey manages airflow for an approximate 5 percent gain in coefficient of drag (Cd). Items such as the A pillar, side mirror, wiper layout and the use of underfloor pans have all been designed to minimize air turbulence. These designs result in enhanced fuel economy and less wind noise. Other measures contributing to reduce wind noise levels include dramatically reducing the width of body seams, mounting glass flush with the surrounding body panels, and using double seals around all doors.

NVH Countermeasures

The redesigned Odyssey utilizes a wide variety of technology, construction and space age materials to reduce road noise to the lowest levels available in the minivan segment. The Odyssey has the following features that address NVH:

  • Floating front and rear subframes with rubber bushings (new on rear subframe)
  • Advanced sound absorbing material lines majority of cabin (new material technology)
  • Active Noise Control (exclusive to EX with Leather and Touring models)

To maximize gains derived from the Odyssey's stronger body, both the front and rear subframes of the new Odyssey have structural enhancements to improve ride and handling precision characteristics along with noise reductions. The points where the front and rear subframes attach to the body have rubber bushings, which help to isolate the effects of noise transmitted from road surfaces and bumps through the fully independent suspension.

Lightweight Soundproofing Material

The Honda Odyssey utilizes a new style of lightweight sound proofing material that reduces weight and absorbs more noise than traditional insulation. Traditional soundproofing material works by "insulating" the cabin from noise with a thick, heavy layer of foam padding (like carpet padding) on top of a layer of rubber meltsheet (and then adding an additional thin layer of meltsheet). The 2005 Odyssey still uses meltsheet, but the new soundproofing material is comprised of a much thinner layer of lightweight sound absorbing substrate that "absorbs" sound rather than "insulates" or "reflects" it. This new material can save more than 30 pounds of weight compared traditional soundproofing material while providing higher sound deadening performance. (See the next page for a detailed illustration of soundproofing technology.)

Active Noise Control (ANC)

Additional sound reduction is achieved through the Active Noise Control (ANC) system (on models with Variable Cylinder Management). See the Interior section for more detail on ANC.

Fuel System

The 21-gallon, saddle-shaped fuel tank is molded of high-density polyethylene for low weight, freedom from corrosion and impact resistance. It is positioned immediately ahead of the rear wheels to help guard against collision damage. Corners of the tank are rounded and the inside of the tank is baffled to diminish the likelihood of sloshing-fuel noise. The polyethylene filler pipe and fuel lines are light, not susceptible to corrosion and resistant to fuel vapor losses. A high-efficiency fuel pump is housed inside the fuel tank. The fuel-filter is a lifetime design that never needs replacement.

The Odyssey complies with all evaporative emissions, on-board diagnostics, and refueling vapor recovery requirements. The fuel vapor canister and filter are rubber mounted for noise isolation and protected against rock and debris damage by a deflection shield. The capacity of the tank has increased by 1-gallon for 2005.

Exterior Lighting

The Odyssey headlamp design uses aggressive looking dual projector beam-style halogen lamps for front-of-vehicle illumination. The lamp assemblies feature a clear outer lens that wraps around the vehicle's front corners and the running lamps and turn signals are housed inside. The round inboard lamps are for high-beam illumination and the round outboard lamps are for normal driving.

The halogen headlights offer class-leading performance, casting a beam wider and further than any other minivan currently on the market. Odyssey EX and above models feature an auto off . Odyssey Touring models provide a user-configurable option for auto off for the headlights, configurable through the Multi Information Display. In addition to auto off, the Touring model headlights also turn on automatically by using a sensor. Fog lamps are standard on Touring models and accessories on all other trim levels. The rear taillights feature a reflective inner-cube design as the background for the four lights and a reflector. The lenses are solid red brake and running lights, amber for turn signals. A large, rectangular back-up-lamp reflector provides extra illumination when backing up.

2005 Honda Odyssey Chassis

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Overview

The Odyssey is built on the latest version of Honda's Global Light Truck Platform and provides the best balance of safety, comfort and performance. Key features that help set the Odyssey apart from the competition include a fully independent front and rear suspension with floating subframes and an ultra rigid platform. Riding on a 118.1-inch wheelbase, the Odyssey's platform uses heavy duty MacPherson struts in the front and a double wishbone multi-link rear suspension for performance levels that approach a level usually reserved for luxury sedans - a feel that no other minivan can duplicate! Already considered to be the best handling minivan, the redesigned Odyssey chassis results in a more direct and linear performance feeling with a firm and stable character that still provides a supple ride quality that is relaxed and quiet.

What's New for 2005

  • Standard Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) with Traction Control
  • Floating rear subframe
  • Larger Wheels and Tires (235/65R16)
  • Michelin(R) PAX(R) System Technology (on Touring models)
  • Two-piston front brake calipers
  • Kickback reduction valve and damper added to steering box
  • Tighter turning diameter (36.7 ft., previously 37.7 ft.)

Specific Areas Targeted for Improvement

  • Resistance to External Forces
  • Steering Response
  • Stability
  • On-Center Feel
  • Maximum Performance
  • Cornering
  • Shock Noise
  • Body Vibration
  • Flat Ride
  • Smooth Ride
  • Harshness

Global Light Truck Platform with Unit Body Frame Construction

The 2005 Honda Odyssey uses a new generation of Honda's Global Light Truck Platform that incorporates enhanced levels of safety (ACE body structure) with class leading rigidity and performance. The Global Light Truck Platform is engineered to balance the rugged traits of a light duty truck frame with high levels of safety, handling and fuel economy. The unit body frame construction is comprised of three main units - the front subframe, the main frame and the rear subframe - and those sections are integrated into the body construction. The benefit of the unit body construction (compared to traditional body on frame construction) is lighter weight, better handling and enhanced energy absorption capabilities. MacPherson struts are used for the front suspension and a space saving double wishbone with trailing arm suspension is used in the rear.

Odyssey Chassis Highlights

The following list highlights the engineering features of the Odyssey chassis:

Ride, Handling and Braking

  • Low center of gravity and wide track add to vehicle stability;
  • 4-wheel independent suspension with a full floating subframe isolates road vibrations;
  • Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) with Traction Control enhances control during hard cornering and poor road conditions;
  • Brake Assist System added;
  • 16-inch wheels and 235/65 R16 tires provide high levels of ride comfort and vehicle stability;
  • Toe-in control rear suspensions provides for better vehicle stability under hard cornering
  • 11.7-inch ventilated front disc brakes and 12.3-inch rear disc brakes; and
  • Fluid-filled and electronically controlled engine mounts (LX, EX) and Active Control Engine Mount System (EX with Leather and Touring) absorb engine vibration over a wide range of engine speeds. ACM helps cancel vibration during VCM operation.

Packaging Efficiency and Operability

  • Compact rear suspension design maximizes rear cargo space
  • Spare tire compartment in third-row wall

Independent MacPherson Strut Front Suspension

The Odyssey's independent front suspension is a MacPherson strut-type, with a large, forged lower wishbone arm that helps to feed suspension loads into the frame over a wide area. This, in turn, helps to minimize the transmission of road noise and vibration to the body and frame and also adds additional strength to the system.

The springs are a low-rate, long travel type that effectively soak up bumps and road disturbances. The front suspension is designed so that the inside front wheel (when cornering) will assume a slight toe-out attitude for maximum contact between the tire and the road. When braking, both front wheels will assume a slight toe-out attitude. A bushing built into the front inner pivot of the lower control arm provides the necessary compliance for this feature. The result is quick linear steering response and straight line braking stability.

The MacPherson strut front suspension incorporates a negative steering offset scrub radius which helps maintain straight line control on road surfaces with differing traction coefficients (i.e. a typical carpool lane when one tire is on the road shoulder and the other is on the pavement) along with maintaining a good contact patch for the tire during cornering.

Independent Double Wishbone Rear Suspension

The Odyssey provides the ride and handling advantages of a double wishbone rear suspension, a setup commonly found on high performance vehicles and racecars for its superior wheel motion characteristics. The suspension uses a triangular control arm and a long rail-shaped trailing arm to connect the chassis subframe to the wheel. Enhancements to the rear suspension include larger bushings that disperse forces over a greater area and a floating subframe that is isolated from the body by rubber bushings.

The geometry of the suspension now allows for enhanced suspension movement characteristics. The shock absorber is located so that it moves along the same direction as the tire stroke, thus is more efficient in absorbing shocks from the road surface and provides for better ride comfort. Additionally, toe-in compliance has been enlarged through the rear suspension transverse links, formed by the rear suspension and rear subframe mount, where they pivot at the wheel carrier. Any side pressure that may result from cornering, off-camber road or crosswind, causes the outside wheel to assume a slightly toe-in attitude. The resulting steer-effect helps to counter the roll-induced steer effect of the side force, so the Odyssey tracks straighter under these conditions. An additional benefit to the Odyssey's suspension design is the compact packaging that provides a low and flat cargo floor.

Power Rack-and-Pinion Steering

The Odyssey's steering system is tuned for quick, linear, car-like response and sensitive feel - and the torque sensing, power steering assist is high for parking maneuvers and low at highway speeds. As cornering forces rise, understeer is mild and linearly progressive to accentuate predictability.

This system has been tuned for optimal steering feel. The valve body incorporates a damper valve that improves firm steering feel at high speeds, and a kickback reduction valve that substantially reduces steering kickback when encountering bumps or objects in the road. A roller bearing in the steering shaft makes steering easier in parking situations. The turning diameter of the Odyssey has been tightened from 37.7 to 36.7 feet (curb-to-curb).

Anti-Lock Braking System with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD)

Odyssey brake components are large in capacity to help handle heavy cargo and towing loads. The Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) has four sensing and activating channels to detect a wheel on the verge of lock up. In the event this occurs, brake pressure is held, then reduced, to permit that wheel to regain traction before full braking resumes. The Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) system electronically regulates front-to-rear brake effort proportioning to help compensate for placement of cargo in the vehicle and maintain an optimum braking load on front and rear wheels for enhanced stopping characteristics.

Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA(R)) with Traction Control

For enhanced control during acceleration, cornering, and sudden collision-avoidance maneuvers, the Odyssey is equipped with a 4-channel Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) system that works in conjunction with the drive-by-wire throttle and ABS systems. VSA enhances vehicle stability by applying brake force to each of the Odyssey's four disc brakes independently while also managing the throttle and ignition systems. An additional benefit is the limited-slip differential effect the system provides for the front wheels by applying braking force to a slipping wheel thereby redirecting driving force to the wheel with more traction.

Analyzing data that is constantly received from eight sensors monitoring speed, steering input and lateral G forces, the VSA system compares the driver's control inputs with the vehicle's actual response. If the actual response is outside a predicted response range, VSA automatically intervenes with an appropriate corrective action. In the case of oversteer, VSA applies braking to the outside front and rear wheels to counter the unintended yawing effect. If understeer is detected, VSA applies braking to the inside front and rear wheels and reduces engine power to help bring the car back onto the driver's intended course.

The VSA system in the Odyssey has been carefully calibrated to add handling stability and predictability with minimal intrusion to the driving experience. Its operation is designed to be transparent, so drivers may not even notice when VSA is working. Whenever the system is actively enhancing the vehicle's stability, an indicator light flashes on the instrument panel. In addition, VSA's stability enhancement and traction control can be turned off with a cockpit switch while still leaving the Anti-lock Braking System fully functional.

Brake Assist

The VSA system can also recognize emergency braking situations and provide braking assist when needed. When the driver uses the brakes strongly, a pressure sensor recognizes braking system operation beyond a specific value for pedal stroke and speed. Then, the VSA modulator pump assists braking pressure to increase braking force and shorten braking distance. This feature can be especially helpful when the driver is unable to press the brake strongly.

Wheel and Tires

The Odyssey features 16 x 7-inch wheels and 235/65 R16 tires on LX, EX, and EX with Leather models. LX models use Bridgestone Turanza all-season tires and the EX and EX with Leather models use Michelin LX4 all season tires. The Touring edition is equipped with the Michelin PAX System, a unique style of extended mobility tire (see below for more information.) The Odyssey EX and EX with Leather models have alloy wheels and the Odyssey LX model has steel wheels with full wheel covers. The spare tire on LX, EX and EX with Leather models is a compact size (T135/80D17) that is mounted flush inside the panel of the driver-side wall of the third row.

Michelin(R) PAX(R) System

The Odyssey is among the first mass market vehicles and the first minivan in North America to adopt Michelin's innovative PAX System, an extended mobility tire-and-wheel system that allows drivers to continue driving in the event of a loss of air pressure. The Michelin PAX System, exclusive to Touring models, gives drivers the security to travel on a punctured or deflated tire for up to 125 miles at 50 mph. The PAX System uses a unique wheel size of 225 x 460A (about 17.5-inch) with 235-710R 460A tires. The PAX Extended Mobility System is comprised of four components:

  • A tire design that dynamically locks onto the wheel and will not come unseated during normal use, with a performance-enhancing structure and short sidewalls
  • An inner support ring which carries the load of the vehicle if pressure is lost
  • A specially shaped wheel to facilitate the inner support ring
  • A tire pressure monitoring system with position indicator that warns the driver of pressure loss

The system offers owners the convenience and security of knowing that they will not be stranded with a flat tire while offering numerous benefits over conventional run-flat tires and radial tires. Unlike conventional runflat tires, the PAX System uses an inner support ring instead of a heavy and stiff reinforced sidewall, allowing for improved overall ride quality as well as increased stability in run-flat situations.

Additionally, PAX tires offer benefits over traditional radial tires including:

  • As much as a 12-percent lower rolling resistance, benefiting fuel economy
  • Sporty appearance and sporty handling capabilities with low-profile sidewall and increased wheel diameter
  • In the event of a flat tire, drivers no longer run the risk of having to stop in dangerous or uncomfortable situations (night, rain, highways, etc.) and there is a much wider choice on when and where to change the tire
  • In the event of tire pressure loss, the new tire bead anchoring system securely locks the tire bead to the wheel
  • No need for a jack or getting dirty while changing tires

The PAX System uses a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) that displays pressure status for each individual tire on the Odyssey Touring model's Multi Information Display. In the event of a puncture, the Multi Information Display will alert the driver with a visual and audible warning. When the tire is deflated, the stability of the vehicle remains intact. In addition to electronic warnings, a deflated PAX System tire makes a slight rumble noise and the ride quality of the vehicle changes. PAX System tires are normally reparable after a puncture and being run in the deflated condition.

A special bead system creates a physical interlock between the uniquely shaped wheel rim and the bead (or attachment surface) of the tire. Instead of air pressure alone creating a tight lock between tire and wheel, the tension in a PAX tire pulls on a bead wire, tightening it into the wheel and preventing the tire from coming off the rim.

Special equipment is required for mounting and dismounting PAX tires from the wheel in the event of a flat tire. Since this a new technology, a Michelin Service Network has been established nationwide to insure that a pre-mounted replacement tire is available within at least a 125-mile radius from almost the entire United States. As the popularity of the PAX system increases on other vehicles, PAX tires will be available at a greater number of locations. In the unlikely event that a tire is not available, the Michelin Service Network includes a 12-hour delivery assistance program and compensation for a rental car, accommodations or other needs while waiting.

Detailed information regarding the PAX system is available at www.michelinman.com. A 24-hour/365 day per year toll-free number has been established (located on a document included with the Owner's Manual) to assist customers with PAX repair needs.

A phase-in program has been created with Honda dealers to further insure that customers will have quick and convenient access to wheel repair at the time of the 2005 Odyssey launch. Honda dealers are stocking complete wheel assemblies that can be switched with a flat PAX tire. Under normal use conditions, the repair is covered under the tire's road hazard warranty for the first 50 percent of tread life and then pro-rated just like any typical road hazard warranty for a new tire. In addition to the dealer program, Michelin dealers are in the process of installing PAX tire mounting and dismounting capabilities to further enhance the convenience of PAX tires.

2005 Honda Odyssey Powertrain - Part 1

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Overview

The Odyssey powertrain uses the latest innovations to achieve the highest levels of performance, fuel economy and low emissions in the minivan segment. Honda's long and successful history introducing state-of-the-art engine technology continues with the introduction of Variable Cylinder Management on select models and numerous other features for 2005.

The Honda Odyssey's engine is an advanced 3.5-liter SOHC 24-valve 60-degree V-6 aluminum-block-and-head design that is compact, light and powerful. A wide variety of technologies have been engineered to provide 255 horsepower, a broad and flat torque curve, very low emissions, high fuel efficiency, and instantaneous throttle response.

Two engine configurations are available - one with a VTEC valvetrain and one with an i-VTEC valvetrain that includes cylinder deactivation. The VTEC valvetrain and on LX and EX models optimize cylinder filling efficiency across the engine's entire operating range. Additional aids to efficiency include a low-restriction intake and exhaust systems, a 10.0:1 compression ratio, and roller-type rocker arms. New technology includes a drive-by-wire throttle system and a sophisticated engine management system that can determine when the vehicle needs an oil change.

On Touring and EX with Leather models, an "intelligent" i-VTEC valvetrain automatically de-activates three of the six cylinders during cruising to enhance fuel economy. When full power is needed during acceleration and other situations, the engine operates on all six cylinders. Uniquely, Odyssey models with the i-VTEC valvetrain simultaneously provide the highest fuel economy with the most power and the longest driving range in the minivan segment.

The Odyssey's engine also provides excellent environmental performance, meeting California's LEV2-ULEV criteria as well as complying with the Federal Tier 2-Bin 5 emission requirements. High-density catalytic converters are placed directly below the engine's cylinder heads in both banks, boosting performance during cold startups. A high-level of emission control performance is also aided with a third catalytic converter positioned downstream from the two high-density catalytic converters. To further enhance emission performance inside the engine, high-atomization multi-hole fuel injectors are used along with four air-fuel sensors that provide highly precise fuel control and help achieve nearly complete combustion.

The Odyssey's compact 5-speed automatic transmission provides ultra smooth and efficient operation characteristics with the adoption of a direct control shift system that works with the drive-by-wire throttle control.

What's New for 2005

  • 255-horsepower (+15 hp) SOHC VTEC V-6 with 250 lb.-ft. torque (+8 lb.-ft.)
  • Available 255-horsepower SOHC i-VTEC V-6 with 250 lb.-ft. torque
  • Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) system on i-VTEC engine for high fuel economy
  • Drive-by-Wire Throttle Control System
  • Active Control Engine Mounts and Active Noise Control on the i-VTEC engine minimizes engine vibrations
  • Compact engine design with the exhaust manifold integrated into the cylinder head
  • Federal Tier 2 Bin 5 emissions, LEV2 ULEV California emissions
  • High-flow capacity exhaust system

Odyssey Powertrain Versus the Competition

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2005 Honda Odyssey
2004 Honda Odyssey
2004 Toyota Sienna
2005 Chrysler Town & Country
2004 Nissan Quest
Engine and Displacement
3.5L V-6
3.5L V-6
3.3L V-6
3.3L V-6,
3.8L V-6
3.5L V-6
Horsepower
255
240
230
180 / 215(3.8L)
240
Torque (lb-ft)
250
242
242
210 / 245 (3.8L)
242
Fuel Type
Regular
Unleaded
Regular Unleaded
Premium Unleaded
Regular
Unleaded
Premium Unleaded
Variable Cylinder Management
Available
Not Available
Not Available
Not Available
Not Available
Transmission
5AT
5AT
5AT
4AT
4AT, 5AT
EPA Estimated Fuel Economy, City/Highway, mpg
20/28*
(i-VTEC)
19/25*
(VTEC)
18/25
19/27
19/26 (3.3L)
18/25 (3.8L)
19/26 (4AT)
18/25(5AT)
Emissions Rating
CARB/EPA
LEV2 ULEV/
TIER2 BIN5
LEV/
TIER2 BIN9
LEV2 ULEV /
TIER2 BIN5
LEV /
TIER2 BIN9
LEV2 LEV/
TIER2 BIN5
Drive-by-Wire
Throttle Control
Yes
No
Yes
No
Yes

* Based on 2005 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Actual mileage may vary.
Note: All values subject to change.

SOHC VTEC 3.5-Liter V-6 Engine Highlights
(LX and EX models)

  • 255 horsepower @ 5750 rpm (+15 hp)
  • 250 lb.-ft torque @ 5000 rpm (+8 lb.-ft.)
  • New Drive-by-Wire Throttle Control System
  • Uses regular unleaded gas
  • Federal Tier 2 Bin 5 emissions, LEV2 ULEV California emissions
  • Close-coupled catalytic converter
  • High-flow exhaust

i-VTEC 3.5-Liter V-6 Engine with Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) Highlights
(EX with Leather and Touring models)
Above features plus:

  • 250 lb.-ft torque @ 4500 rpm
  • Variable Cylinder Management
  • Active Control Engine Mount System
  • Active Noise Control (see Interior section)
  • Dual-Stage Intake Manifold

Engine Architecture

The Honda Odyssey's engine is a transverse mounted 3.5-liter, SOHC, 24-valve, 60-degree, V-6, aluminum-block-and-head design that is compact, light and powerful. A long list of technologies has been engineered to provide 255 horsepower, a broad and flat torque curve, ultra-low emissions, high fuel efficiency and instantaneous throttle response. The VTEC valvetrain optimizes cylinder filling efficiency across the engine's entire operating range.
The i-VTEC engine further extends fuel economy while maintaining the same power as the regular VTEC engines. Low-restriction intake and exhaust systems, a 10.0:1 compression ratio and roller-type rocker arms also aid efficiency.

Engine Block

The Odyssey's 3.5-liter die-cast engine block is made from heat-treated aluminum to maximize block rigidity and to minimize weight. A deep-skirt configuration rigidly supports the crankshaft, minimizing noise and vibration. Thin-wall, centrifugally-cast iron liners help reduce overall length and weight. Each liner's rough as-cast exterior surface bonds securely to surrounding aluminum during the manufacturing process to increase strength and enhance heat transfer.
Lightweight and Compact Construction
The Odyssey engine features lightweight and compact construction through the use of serpentine belts to drive engine accessories, a lightweight and high-strength timing belt, and an integrated die-cast aluminum exhaust manifold help make the engine more compact and lightweight. The compact and lightweight components contribute to improved packaging and reduced weight for enhanced fuel economy and performance.

Integrated Exhaust Manifold

The exhaust manifold is integrated and unified with the cylinder head. High-density catalytic converters have been placed directly under the cylinder heads on each side, which is a design that vastly reduces combustion-gas heat loss and ensures quick activation of the catalytic converters for better purification during cold starts. An additional catalytic converter under the floor cleanses exhaust gases even further.

Crankshaft/Connecting Rods/Pistons

A forged-steel crankshaft is used for maximum strength, rigidity and durability with minimum weight. In place of bulkier, heavier nuts and bolts, connecting rod caps are secured in place with high-tensile-strength fasteners that screw directly into the connecting rod. Short-skirt, cast-aluminum, flat-top pistons are notched for valve clearance and fitted with full-floating piston pins.

Cylinder Head Construction

The Odyssey utilizes innovative cylinder heads that include tuned exhaust manifolds as an integral part of the casting. Made of pressure-cast, low-porosity aluminum, these lightweight components improve overall packaging, enhance exhaust flow and permit optimal positioning of the close-coupled catalytic converters.

Unlike many minivans, the Odyssey has four-valve combustion chambers, the best approach to optimum performance with excellent fuel efficiency and very low emissions. Valves are clustered near the center of the bore to minimize combustion chamber volume and to provide ample squish area. A 10.0:1 compression ratio helps maximize thermal efficiency, power output, and fuel mileage. A fiberglass-reinforced toothed belt drives one centrally located camshaft per bank. Head gaskets are made of high-strength materials to contain combustion pressures.

Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (VTEC(TM))

Standard on all models, the Odyssey's innovative Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (VTEC) is one key to maximizing engine output across the engine's full operating range. The high-rpm induction lobes of the camshaft provide additional valve lift to help increase peak horsepower. Ordinary engines have fixed valvetrain parameters - the same timing of valve lift and overlap whether the tachometer needle is struggling to climb out of the low-rpm range or screaming at the redline. The VTEC approach, however, has two distinct modes so that operation of the intake valves changes to optimize both volumetric efficiency (breathing) and combustion of the fuel-air mixture. In order to achieve the optimum volumetric efficiency in the lower portion of the engine's operating range, rocker arms are programmed to follow cam lobes that provide low lift and reduced duration (shorter time open with less valve lift).

At 4600 rpm, the Odyssey's powertrain control module commands the VTEC system to switch intake valve operation to the high-rpm mode. In response, an electric spool valve opens to route pressurized oil to small pistons within the intake-valve rocker arms. These pistons then slide to lock the three rocker arms provided for each cylinder together. As a result, both intake valves follow a central high-lift, longer-duration cam lobe. The switching process takes place instantaneously and is undetectable by the driver. The extra lift and longer duration provide the added air and fuel the engine needs to produce high peak horsepower and a broader torque band. Instead of a peaky engine, the Odyssey has a powerplant that provides excellent performance at any engine speed.

i-VTEC with Variable Cylinder Management(TM) (VCM(TM))

Honda's innovative VTEC technology has evolved once again: the i-VTEC* engine (the "i" is for intelligent) in the 2005 Odyssey features a Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) system that switches between six- and three-cylinder combustion. When high output is required, such as during startup and acceleration or when climbing hills, the engine operates on all six cylinders to deliver superior performance. During cruising and at low engine loads, the system idles one bank of three cylinders, thus achieving outstanding fuel economy. Further, the idled cylinders remain sealed, alleviating the pumping losses associated with intake and exhaust and giving fuel economy a further boost.

Variable Cylinder Management helps maximize fuel economy by making the Odyssey's available i-VTEC V-6 engine effectively run on only three cylinders when the power needs are minimized, yet it can still seamlessly provide the full power of all six cylinders during acceleration or other high power situations. When full power is needed, i-VTEC instantly opens the valves and sends fuel to three more cylinders with output reaching as much as 255 horsepower. Honda's VCM system allows for maximum performance and maximum fuel economy - two characteristics that rarely co-exist at this level of extremes. Other minivans may offer high fuel economy and others may offer engines tuned for horsepower, but only the Odyssey delivers class-leading levels of both.

* Of special note, Honda's 4-cylinder i-VTEC technology uniquely employs VTEC + Variable Timing Control (VTC) for superior performance and fuel economy. Honda's intelligent V-6 technology uniquely employs Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) for performance and fuel economy.

2005 Honda Odyssey Powertrain - Part 2

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VCM Operation

The Odyssey's i-VTEC V-6 engine (available on EX with Leather and Touring models) features a Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) system that improves fuel economy by idling three of the Odyssey's six cylinders during cruising and deceleration. VCM deactivates the rear bank of cylinders by using the VTEC (Variable Valve-Timing and Lift Electronic Control) system to close the intake and exhaust valves while cutting fuel at the same time.

The rear bank of cylinders was chosen for deactivation because the front bank is best positioned for cooling performance. Idling the rear bank also helps to maintain the temperature of the catalytic converter beneath the cylinder heads, helping to maintain optimum environmental performance.

The Odyssey's spark plugs continue to fire even when the cylinders are deactivated. This minimizes plug temperature loss and prevents fouling-induced from incomplete combustion during cylinder re-activation. Further, sparking in air alone results in higher voltages than in a fuel-air mixture because of the higher insulation resistance. Therefore, iridium-tipped spark plugs are used for their high resistance to wear at high voltages.

i-VTEC VCM System Designed for Rapid Switching at Low Engine Speeds

In a conventional VTEC system, hydraulic pressure pushes a single synchronizing piston, which is in turn pressed back by a return spring. The VTEC system locks the valvetrain's rocker arms to allow additional valves to open and increase engine breathing. Such systems require relatively high engine speeds since hydraulic pressure is used to push the spring. VCM, however, demands switching at low rpm. This is achieved by creating a hydraulic circuit with two systems, each capable of providing the hydraulic pressure required to push the synchronizing piston in the required direction. This design thereby allows switching from six cylinders to three cylinders in low-speed ranges. To achieve responsive switching to six cylinders when the driver operates the accelerator pedal, the system employs a new three-way solenoid spool valve to control the oil pressure for switching. These enhancements result in highly responsive VCM switching regardless of engine speed.

VCM monitors throttle position, vehicle speed, engine speed, automatic-transmission gear selection, and other factors to determine if the vehicle is cruising or decelerating. During cruising and deceleration, VCM deactivates three of the cylinders on the rear bank of the engine. To further enhance control, the system also simultaneously determines whether engine oil temperature is suitable for VCM switching and whether catalytic converter temperature will remain in the proper range. While idling the cylinders, the system controls ignition timing, adjusts throttle position via Drive-By-Wire, and turns the torque converter lock-up on and off, thereby suppressing torque-induced jolting during the switch from six to three cylinder operation. The result is a smooth, seamless switch between three and six cylinder modes that is nearly unnoticeable to the driver.

For cylinder deactivation operation, the synchronizing piston moves to isolate the valve-lift rocker arms from the deactivated cylinders' rocker arms. The deactivated cylinder rocker arms are operated by zero-lift cams that deactivate the cylinders by closing the intake and exhaust valves.

Engine Mounts

Odyssey LX and EX models use a special liquid-filled engine mount and an Electronically Controlled Mount (ECM) to help absorb vibration from its already smooth V-6 engine. Odyssey EX with Leather and Touring models (with VCM) use an advanced Active Control Engine Mount system to counteract any vibrations.

Due to the inherent increase in engine vibration when VCM has deactivated the rear cylinders, an Active Control Engine Mount system (ACM) is used to minimize the effects of engine vibration. The system uses sensors that alert the Electronic Control Unit (ECU) to direct ACM actuators to move in synch with the vibration, thereby eliminating the vibration being transmitted to the passenger compartment. Additionally, an Active Noise Control system (ANC) works in cooperation with the ACM. An ANC controller with a microphone detects the booming noise associated with cylinder deactivation and instructs the audio system's speakers to emit "anti-noise." See the interior section for more information on ANC.

Dual-Stage Induction System (i-VTEC Engine)

Designed specifically for the Odyssey's i-VTEC engine, the induction system works in concert with the valvetrain to significantly boost torque across the engine's full operating range. Internal passages and two butterfly valves commanded by the powertrain control module are configured to provide two distinct modes of operation. The valves are closed at lower rpms. In this mode, the three cylinders on each bank draw air from only the nearer half of the manifold's internal chamber, or plenum. The volume of the plenum and the length of inlet passages are both tuned to maximize the resonance effect, wherein pressure waves are amplified within each half of the intake manifold at certain rpm ranges.
The amplified pressure waves significantly increase cylinder filling and the torque produced by the engine throughout the lower part of its rpm band. Funnel-shaped intake ports - similar to those used on racing engines - are built in at the uppermost end of each intake runner to improve air flow.

Exhaust System

A low-restriction, high-flow exhaust system is crucial to efficient power and torque production. The Odyssey features a high efficiency system that incorporates several key elements that work in concert with the engine's uniquely designed cylinder heads to help boost performance, reduce tailpipe emissions and trim weight. Major system components include two close-coupled catalytic converters, a secondary underfloor catalytic converter, a centrally positioned, high-flow resonator and a silencer. The close coupled catalytic converters mount directly to the cylinder head to reduce light off time, thereby allowing the catalyst to begin cleansing the exhaust as soon possible.

The catalysts, muffling element, and piping are all sized for high flow and low restriction. High-chromium stainless steel is used throughout the exhaust system for excellent durability.

Linear air-fuel and oxygen sensors installed in each of the close-coupled catalytic converters make possible precise control of the air-fuel ratio. These sensors and the precisely controlled high-atomizing multi-hole fuel injectors help achieve almost complete combustion, for cleaner emissions. The result is compliance with California's LEV2-ULEV standards as well as Federal Tier 2-Bin 5 emission requirements.

ENGINE ELECTRONICS
Drive-By-Wire Throttle System

The Odyssey features an innovative drive-by-wire (DBW) throttle control system. This DBW system replaces a conventional throttle cable arrangement with an all-electronic system that senses the accelerator pedal position and relays that information to a computer. The computer then performs the actual throttle activation instantaneously.

The Odyssey electronic throttle control system works by means of a accelerator pedal sensor, a throttle angle sensor, a control unit built into the power control module and a DC motor to control throttle opening and provide fail-safe throttle operation. This system allows for throttle control to be integrated into the VSA and VCM systems, and also incorporates the cruise control function. To improve shifting smoothness, the automatic transmission shifting has been enhanced, and the electronic throttle control system controls the throttle during transmission shifts. To optimize driving feel, accelerator pedal characteristics are calibrated to be smooth and linear during start up, and when driving on ice or other low traction surfaces, and more responsive during acceleration. During cruise control, throttle operations are smoothed out to maximize idled-cylinder operation. This not only enhances fuel economy but also helps eliminate unnecessary switching, making for a smoother ride.

Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI)

Fuel is delivered in sequence and timed to each cylinder's induction stroke by six injectors mounted on the lower portion of the intake manifold. The Odyssey features innovative orifice-type injectors instead of pintle-type injectors. These injectors optimize the fuel spray pattern, and improve fuel atomization for increased fuel mileage and reduced emissions. A 32-bit, 40MHz central processor unit (CPU) within the Odyssey's powertrain control module calculates injection timing and duration after assessing an array of sensor signals; crankshaft and camshaft position, throttle position, coolant temperature, intake manifold pressure and temperature, atmospheric pressure, and exhaust-gas oxygen content. The CPU controlling the Odyssey's Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI), VCM, VTEC valve train, dual-stage intake manifold, the drive-by-wire throttle, and the transmission also communicates with CPUs that regulate the Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) and meters, and interacts with the ACM.

Direct Ignition and Knock Control

Maintaining the correct ignition timing throughout all operating conditions is essential to producing maximum power, using fuel efficiently and minimizing emissions. A powertrain control module (PCM) examines various engine functions as well as a block-mounted acoustic knock sensor to determine optimum ignition timing. In the event the engine is supplied with fuel lower in octane than the specified unleaded premium, the PCM retards ignition timing as needed to forestall detonation. As a result, the engine constantly operates at the point of peak efficiency. Spark is supplied to iridium-tipped, long-life spark plugs by six coil units positioned directly over the plugs in the cylinder-head access bores.

Smart Maintenance Tune-Up Intervals

The new Smart Maintenance System allows the Odyssey to become an active participant in alerting its owner to pending service requirements. This feature takes the guesswork out of determining how severe or normal road conditions may affect oil service intervals by displaying the percentage of remaining oil life before the need for an oil change. Smart Maintenance also monitors driving conditions and prescribed mileage, and displays corresponding codes that indicate the need for tire rotation, air cleaner element replacement, automatic transmission service, a coolant change, and spark plug and timing belt replacement. This system anticipates soon-to-be maintenance needs and groups them together with those more urgently required. This allows an owner to take care of everything at one time and reduce their number of visits to the service department.

The only maintenance necessary is routine inspections and fluid and filter changes. At 105,000 miles, the valves should be adjusted, the timing belt should be replaced, the water pump should be inspected and the iridium-tipped spark plugs should be replaced.

5-Speed Automatic Transmission Overview

The Odyssey features a compact 5-speed automatic transmission that utilizes a 3-shaft design layout. The SOHC VTEC V6 transmission provides both smooth startup and outstanding fuel economy when cruising at high speed. The SOHC V6 i-VTEC with VCM transmission makes use of a lower ratio for fourth and fifth gears, boosting acceleration during high-speed travel. These ratios expand the range of the three-cylinder mode that dramatically enhances fuel economy, thereby realizing both powerful acceleration and low fuel consumption.

A lock-up torque converter is provided to maximize fuel efficiency. Torque-converter lock-up and shift timing are both managed by a PGM-FI ECU that maintains a communications link with the engine's CPU. Lock-up continues even during downshifting from fifth to fourth and from fourth to third gear, making continuous fuel cutoff possible. The specially designed springs used for the lock-up dampers employed with the VCM system feature a low spring coefficient during three-cylinder mode, effectively absorbing changes in speed.

Creative use of clutched idler gears permits the transaxle to provide five forward speeds with little more weight or bulk than a typical four-speed automatic. A one-way clutch is provided for first gear to smooth upshift quality. An extra-capacity transmission fluid cooler is offered with the Odyssey's optional tow package to maintain acceptable lubricant temperatures during heavy-load conditions.

A direct-control strategy provides real-time pressure management of the transmission's clutches. Various safety and control strategies coordinate engine and transmission operation. For example, driveline shocks during up- or downshifts are minimized by momentarily reducing engine torque during the shift. In neutral and park, engine rpm is automatically limited to 5000 rpm.

For driving through hilly terrain, a Grade Logic Control system monitors throttle position, vehicle speed, acceleration and deceleration to avoid hunting and excessive shifting. A lower gear is held for a longer-than-normal period to provide better climbing ability on hills and more engine braking on downhill grades. On i-VTEC models, the 2005 Odyssey is equipped with an intelligent cruise control system that works in combination with the transmission to provide downshifts from fifth to fourth or from fourth to third as required on downhill grades, making effective use of engine braking to control the vehicle's speed.

Half-Shafts

Equal-length, front-wheel half-shafts use a plunger joint at their inboard end and a ball-type universal joint at the wheel end.

Gear Ratios (VTEC and i-VTEC)
Gear LX, EX (VTEC) EX w/ Leather,
Touring (i-VTEC)
2004 Model
1
2.563
2.563
2.563
2
1.552
1.552
1.552
3
1.021
1.021
1.021
4
0.727
0.767
0.727
5
0.520
0.595
0.520
Reverse
1.846
1.846
1.846
Final Drive Ratio
4.428
4.428
4.200

Towing

The ability to haul pop-up campers, medium-sized boats, and recreational vehicle trailers can be a priority to some minivan owners. Ultimately, the engineers concluded that a casual or weekend towing capability was most appropriate for the Odyssey. Customer feedback helped set the towing limit at 3500 pounds for trailers. The Odyssey's 3500-pound rating is calculated to include up to two passengers and their cargo.

In support of safe towing, Odyssey's tow hitch and other hardware needed for the job are factory engineered for dealer installation. The dealer-installed trailer hitch is a Class III receiver-type design that bolts on with no drilling, cutting, or bumper-cover modifications. An external transmission cooler and a separate power-steering fluid cooler is also included along with a harness to provide electrical power to trailer lights that plug into a connector provided at the rear of the vehicle.

2005 Honda Odyssey Specifications

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