2006 Honda Odyssey
There are 22 user reviews for the EX-L trim shown below
- Ride, Mileage, Comfort, Noise on road, size, look, responsiveness, power.
Purchased As New
I have driven my Odyssey for 60k miles. The only problem we had was fron brake shoe noise and vibration which was fixed by the dealer with new pads. At first the mileage semed poor. Around town we got 16-17mpg in Atlanta which has a lot of traffic. The longer we had the van the better the mileage got. We get about 19-20mpg around town but the best Hwy mileage was 25mpg in the winter withoout air. What you give up in mpg you get in power. This car gets up and runs. I love that! For other reviewers you can't have both great power and great mpg although the difference between my van and friends mpg is very small. I owned a Mercedes 300 and the Van rides just as good and the handling in tough situations has been exceptional. It has more than lived up to my expectations....read morehide
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- nice ride quieter than the 03 much nicer than 03
- side window antenna not the greatest
Dealer ask me if I wanted DRL turned on
WHY WOULD ANYONE want DRL Remember you have no taillights when DRl are on They help me see you coming from behind me or on 2 lane rd I can see you coming at me.
BUT after you pass me on 4 lane in a FOG,SNOW, OR ANY OTHER RD CONDITION YOU ARE GONE
WORST THING CANADA AND THEN THE US AUTO MAKERS COULD HAVE EVER DONE. TURN ON THE TAIL LIGHTS IF DRL ARE ON
JUST TURN THE HEADLIGHTS ON ANDLEAVE THEM ON LOW BEAM
TURN THE KEY OFF THEY GO OFF
HOW HARD IS THAT !!!!!!!!!!!!...read morehide
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- heated seats, decent power, roomy
- power sliding door problems
I've had it at the dealer 5 times now (only 9K miles) because the DS power sliding door intermittently won't fully close and sometimes when it does, the door alarm (not the light for door ajar) stays on. It's particularly annoying because this alarm only comes on when the car is in gear, so I never know until the engine is started and the car is in gear, if the alarm will sound. I'm running out of patience. Otherwise, no significant issues....read morehide
6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- Good fuel ecomony, 24mpg before 1st oil change, look good and rides great!
- Strange Noise, No automatic lights.
We purchased this vehicle September 2006, since then we have put on 6000 miles and averaged 23-24 mpg per tank. (combo hwy and city) Ride is great, good response, and feels like a luxery sedan. We purchaed this for around invoice price so waiting till just before next years model may work good for you.
Strange noise from tranny? (i think) It feels like you ran something over when you reach 10 mph. It only will happen once when you start the car and first take off....read morehide
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- Leather finish is very nice. Excellent long trip vehicle
- Lousy mileage...usually in the teens around town....22 or so on highway.
Car is great to drive. Very roomy and comfortable with a full load of passengers.
There is a vibration in the front windows - glass on metal rattle. The dealer has had the car three times and all repairs have been band-aids, not a real fix. It reappears after several weeks.
Mileage is woefully overestimated. How did the EPA arrive at the estimates - can their science really be that bad? I upgraded to the VCM version for the promised mileage. The promise is false.
I've been a thrilled Honda owner since 1992. This vehicle calls their commitment to accurate advertising quality into question in my view.
This is the way the great ones fall...in small steps...alienating customers one by one. Please let it not be true of Honda. I expect what I consider Honda quality (if that still exists) for 30K...not less
My next car may not be a Honda, depending on how these issues are finally resolved....read morehide
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- There are no real pros.
- Steering has shimmy at 60-70 mph. Interior trim scratches easily.
Bought this vehicle after 3 months research. Had driven Mopar mini vans since 1989 and had more satisfaction with them except for driving comfort. Have 1500 miles on this new EX-L model and so far have a shimmy in the steering at 60-70 mph that no one had mentioned in any tests. Consumer Reports rates this as the best. They are dead wrong! Interior trim scratches very easily. Evidently I find out that both the steering and trim are common complaints and Honda doesn't seem to want to do anything to help correct these issues.
Dealer was great before and during the sale. He made a dealer trade to get the color I wanted. Other dealer lost one of the keys and to this point I have had to make a service appointment to get a new one. Selling dealer seems more interested in how they are going to bill the trading dealer for this key than getting me a new one. Minor but a real nuisance.
At this point I wish I had my old van back except for the comfort factor. Would not recommend Honda at all. It's amazing how all the "professionals" rate the Odyssey as the best minivan. They must be testing factory hand built models....read morehide
12 out of 13 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- Comortable ride, Nice look, Great options for the price ie...Leather, moon roof
- Lousy gas mileage, Little bit of road noise
I really like the options I got with the EX-L, the seats are comfortable and the van is roomy. I enjoy the 6 disc changer and heated seat. However I have got more like 16mpg vs. the advertised 20mpg in town I drive very conservatively just back in forth to work about 3 miles one way. I don't know why such bad gas mileage. I drove 200 moiles straight on the highway and about 50 miles in town and it averaged out to 17.8 MPG no where near 20/28. I am extremely dissapointed with the EPA ratings on this vehicle....read morehide
22 out of 24 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- leather seats, power sliding doors, rear stow seats, auto temp, storage
- not much to complain about
I test drove the Sienna, and I often drive a Dodge Grand Caravan on work trips so I did my research. The Sienna and Odyssey definitely seemed more comfortable. What I tell people as the main selling point for Odyssey EX-L is the safety features. With vehicle stability control and all the air bags it can't be beat. The leather seats in the Odyssey were better than Toyota or Dodge (which are hard to get leather anyway). After 2000 miles, I don't see how anyone could notice the cylinder management system going on and off. There are lots of storage areas so we only have a diaper bag out for the kids; everything else (snacks, emergency diapers/wipes, cups, etc) is tucked away. The multiple cup holders and door storage is great. I considered all-wheel drive Sienna or Touring model but the expensive run flat tires were a turn off. I think the vehicle stability control is more important anyway unless you live in deep snow country. The rear split fold down seats are great for travel; and we even keep 1/3 down for around town (we use it to access our portable potty for the girls for unplanned potty breaks). As a guy, I figure I can haul about anything I need from Home Depot on the weekend with little effort adjusting the seats. I did have to purchase new rubber floor mats separate for wet Montana weather, and we also got extra the back floor area rubber mat which I'd also recommend for keeping the area clean for groceries. Our other vehicles are a 89 Honda Accord and a 01 Subaru Outback (just too small for the family now). If I had to drive in heavy traffic everyday, the Dodge feels a little smaller, but our intent with the Odyssey minivan is fitting the family in comfortably and road trips. The final must-have in any minivan is the power sliding doors (key fob activiated) so the kids can get in and out on their own....read morehide
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- Detail, fit finish, Passenger comfort, interior storage, ease of entry and exit
- Vibration, shimmey at highway speeds. No power passenger seat
I traded my 03 Ody in on 06 in May. 06 has factory defect causing excessive road surface feedback and shock in steering wheel and vibration in steering wheel at highway speeds which are annoying and tiring when driving any distance. Honda balanced wheels twice incl. Road Force balance, whatever that may be...From other Honda owners web sites this seems to be a problem with more than a few Odysseys. Pilots and Accura MDX's.Would caution anyone considering purchase of 06 Odyssey to review Edmunds Odyssey Forum, Problems and Solutions and search vibrations/steering defects, and road test Odyssey at 65/75MPH with cruise control engaged and ECO light on to check for vibrations prior to purchase. Honda's attitude toward correcting this defect is also reflected in owners comments....read morehide
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- haven't seen any yet other than tight turning radius
- terrible gas mileage
My 99 chevy venture van completely died at 140,00 miles. It got 18 city, 25 highway routinely fully loaded with passengers/luggage and with the a/c on. i get about 16.5 city/23.5 hwy under similar conditions. the VCM (variable cylinder management) isn't what it is cracked up to be. it is too sensitive to acceleration changes making it almost worthless. It's at the 5000 mile check so I'm giving the dealer my list of mpg complaints. who knows, maybe it has a bad fuel chip. The 99 chevy and my other car, 95 Saturn, both get epa ratings. Did I get lucky or is this a lemon. I know 3 other Odyssey owners who swear by them. I don't think any of them have ever owned an American vehicle. The Venture had more internal room also. And why would they (Honda) add more horsepower to a minivan. The only people I know who own them have kids and the std horsepower was always sufficient for me. Ergonomically, the Japanese have a lot to learn. Why is it that the rear fan control is closer to the driver than the driver/passenger control? All of the middle and rear seats in the chevy had floor recessed mounts. The Honda has above floor mounts. You need covers. The rear seats can't be moved forward or backward. That's the price you pay for being able to "roll them into the floor". And then there is that infernal permanently mounted tray between the driver and front seat passenger. Can't fit anything in there. It was an impulse buy. I won't do that again....read morehide
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