American Honda announced today the arrival of the 2006 Odyssey at Honda dealerships nationwide. With class-leading safety, fuel efficiency and performance, the 2006 Odyssey follows in the footsteps of the highly praised and award winning 2005 Odyssey, adding even more features and value. For 2006, the Odyssey adds a new Touring model with DVD Entertainment System (before available only in combination with a navigation system). Additional enhancements for 2006 include XM(R) Satellite Radio for all Touring models and the addition of a leather trimmed steering wheel and shift knob to all EX-L models.
Pricing for the 2006 Odyssey will increase an average of $267 based on a sales weighted average, ranging from $25,345 for the well-equipped LX trim level to $36,595 for the luxurious Touring model. The destination and handling charge for all 2006 Honda models is now $550.
"The Odyssey employs innovative design and technology to set new standards for performance, luxury and sophistication in the minivan class," said Richard Colliver, executive vice president of American Honda. "With added features and model choices, the 2006 Odyssey makes choosing a great minivan even easier than before."
The 2005 Odyssey has earned a "Best Pick" rating from The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in its frontal offset crash test and has collected numerous top industry accolades including Consumer Guide's "2005 Best Buy," Money magazine "2005 Best Minivan" and Car and Driver magazine "Five Best Truck" award in the minivan category, as well as a top rating in its class in the U.S. EPA's "2005 Fuel Economy Guide."
In keeping with Honda's industry-leading "Safety for Everyone" initiative, all Odyssey models come equipped with a comprehensive list of advanced safety features including anti-lock brakes; Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) 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 air bags in the event of a rollover. The Odyssey also incorporates Honda's exclusive Advanced Compatibility Engineering(TM) (ACE(TM)) body structure that provides enhanced occupant protection in a frontal collision.
Other advanced technologies available in the 2006 Odyssey include Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) cylinder deactivation technology that cuts three of the engine's six cylinders during cruising technology for improved fuel economy; Honda's DVD Entertainment System featuring a large 9-inch video screen, integrated remote control and wireless headphones with Personal Surround Sound technology; and Honda's Satellite-Linked Navigation System with expanded Voice Recognition capabilities and exclusive features like Zagat Survey(R) restaurant guide information.
All Odysseys come equipped with a long list of standard comfort and convenience features including remote keyless entry, power windows with auto-down driver's window, dual power mirrors, rear privacy glass, front and rear air conditioning, second row power windows, 60/40 split folding 3rd row Magic Seat, Maintenance Minder System, in-floor Storage, cruise control and Immobilizer theft deterrent system. In addition, all 2006 Honda vehicles, including the Odyssey, will carry a new 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty, extended from the previous 3-years/36,000-miles.