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2012 Honda Odyssey Offers Class-Leading Fuel Economy, Best-Possible Safety Ratings and High-Tech Features

TORONTO, ON, Sept. 8, 2011 – Completely redesigned for the 2011 model year, the 2012 Honda Odyssey remains the class-leading minivan for fuel economy and safety ratings, while continuing to offer the refinement, space and engaging driving experience that people have come to expect from this highly acclaimed family vehicle.

Class-leading achievements include the highest estimated highway fuel economy rating for an eight-passenger minivan of 7.1 L/100km for Odyssey Touring. Plus, all Odyssey models achieve the best possible safety ratings from both the U.S.-based National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) with a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) with a TOP SAFETY PICK, an achievement that no other currently-tested minivan can match.  

Designed and built in North America, the 2012 Honda Odyssey is available in four models - LX, EX, EX-L and Touring - each providing a unique combination of features, value, luxury and in-vehicle entertainment technology. Changes for 2012 include a revised battery management system and three new colours – White Diamond Pearl, Dark Cherry Pearl and Alabaster Silver Metallic.

Body
The Odyssey body uses a tapered cabin design with a signature "lightning bolt" character line to create a dynamic and distinctive appearance. Additionally, the styling cue creates a relatively large third-row window that enhances the outward perspective for third-row passengers. Engineered for a quiet interior, the Odyssey’s highly-rigid body with 59 percent high-strength steel (an exceptional amount by industry standards) helps enhance the effectiveness of the vehicle's sound-deadening material to isolate road noise. The high-strength steel also helps to reduce body weight for better fuel economy and optimize body rigidity for agile handling.

Interior and Features
The interior offers multiple modes for accommodating child seats, adult passengers and cargo, along with offering a comprehensive range of in-vehicle entertainment technology. To fulfill its design goal to be the ultimate family vehicle, the interior provides three rows of comfort-oriented seating with generous sedan-like legroom in each row; along with providing up to five Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH) positions for child seats (the Odyssey LX has four LATCH positions). In the Odyssey LX and EX, passenger volume measures 4887 L (172.6 cu-ft.) and the cargo volume ranges between 1097 L (38.4 cu-ft.) and 4205 L (148.5 cu-ft.) depending on the seating configurations. A 4x8 sheet of plywood can fit inside the Odyssey's cargo bay with the second-row seats removed, and 10-foot-long 2x4 studs can fit inside the vehicle with the available front console removed.

To help enhance driver comfort, especially on long trips, the driver's seat features 8-way power adjustable seating. A "3-mode" second-row seat design provides the ability to attach up to three child seats across the second row (Odyssey EX and above) by relocating the outboard seats to alternate positions closer to the doors. The one-motion, 60/40 split third-row Magic Seat® (one of the Odyssey's original concepts and most versatile features), affords legroom for average size adults and is easy to open and close with one hand.

Highlights of standard features on all models  include air conditioning with manual front and rear controls, power driver's seat, power windows with auto-up/down driver's and front-passenger's windows, tilt and telescopic steering column, a maintenance minder system and more. Odyssey EX models and above come standard with power sliding rear doors, an "intelligent" Multi-Information Display (i-MID) with customizable wallpaper, centre console storage, a flip-up trash bag ring, conversation mirror and more. Odyssey EX-L and Touring models include leather-trimmed seating surfaces (front and outboard second row), heated front seats, XM Radio®, power tailgate, a cool box, rearview camera and much more. Standard equipment on the Odyssey Touring includes the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System, a Rear Entertainment System with a 9-inch display, driver’s seat with two-position memory, 115 Volt power outlet, fog lights, parking sensors, six-speed automatic transmission, blind-spot information system, High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights and more.
    
Technology
A Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System with Voice Recognition is available on the Odyssey EX-L and is standard on the Odyssey Touring. The system features an 8-inch, high-resolution VGA colour display and GPS technology to provide turn-by-turn guidance to a destination.

Powertrain
An advanced 3.5-litre, 24-valve, SOHC, i-VTEC V-6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) provides a balanced combination of performance, fuel economy and low emissions. The engine produces 248 hp (the most ever for Odyssey) and 250 lb-ft. of torque, while delivering an - estimated city/highway/combined fuel economy of 10.9/7.1/9.2 L/100km on Odyssey Touring models and 11.7/7.2/9.7 L/100km on Odyssey LX, EX and EX-L models.

Chassis
A 3 m (118.1-inch) wheelbase, fully independent suspension design and features such as Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA®) with traction control contribute to the Odyssey's confident driving performance and comfortable ride. The MacPherson strut front and multi-link rear suspension allows each wheel to maintain its own contact patch with the road, which is a significant benefit compared to less sophisticated torsion beam-style rear suspensions often used on other minivans.

Safety
The Odyssey was recently named a TOP SAFETY PICK from IIHS, the U.S. institute's highest safety rating. The rating recognizes vehicles that do the best job of protecting vehicle occupants involved in front, side and rear crashes, plus rollover performance, as well as having a standard electronic stability control system. The Odyssey earned the highest-possible score of GOOD in all four ratings, including the rigorous roof-strength test. In addition to earning the TOP SAFETY PICK designation, the Odyssey was one of the first vehicles to achieve the U.S. NHTSA's best-possible "Overall Vehicle Score" of 5 stars. The Odyssey achieved its top "Overall Vehicle Score" with 5-star ratings for the frontal crash safety test and both side crash safety tests in all evaluated front and rear seating positions and scenarios. The Odyssey also received 4 stars for the rollover rating.

An extensive list of safety equipment includes the Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure, a Honda-exclusive body design that enhances occupant protection and crash compatibility in frontal collisions. Additional standard safety equipment includes: Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®); anti-lock brakes with electronic brake distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist; three-row side-curtain airbags with a rollover sensor; driver's and front passenger's side airbags with passenger-side Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS); and dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags.
    
Manufacturing and Awards
Virtually every aspect of the Odyssey was designed, engineered, tested and built by Honda associates throughout North America. The Odyssey is produced exclusively at Honda Manufacturing of Alabama (HMA) using domestic and globally sourced parts.

Awards and accolades for the Odyssey include ALG’s “2012 Residual Value Award,”  IIHS’s “2012 Top Safety Pick: Minivans,” Best Retained Value Award – Minivan” by Canadian Black Book, and many more.


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