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by Tim Beissmann

The Honda Odyssey people mover has been updated for the 2011 model year with interior tweaks and added technology among the highlights.

Certain to please many prospective 2011 Honda Odyssey customers is addition of the metallic silver trim, which replaces the dated wood-grain of last year’s model.

The entry-level Odyssey is now equipped with Bluetooth phone connectivity (mounted on the A-pillar) and reverse parking sensors.

The range-topping Luxury model is significantly better equipped than the model it replaces, and now comes standard with satellite navigation with SUNA live traffic updates, reversing camera, DVD player, integrated Bluetooth system and USB connectivity.

The price of the base model Odyssey is unchanged at $41,990, while the Luxury is $49,490 – an increase of $1500 over the 2010 model year vehicle.

The Honda Odyssey has been a consistent performer for Honda Australia over more than 16 years on sale, but so far in 2011 its sales are down 31.9 percent compared with the first quarter of 2010 (220 vs 323).

It is the fifth most popular people mover in Australia, trailing the Kia Carnival, Hyundai iMax, Dodge Journey and Toyota Tarago. The Odyssey has a 9.2 percent share of the market, which has largely been superseded by compact and medium SUVs in recent years.




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