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Default Odyssey: 2011 Honda Odyssey: Interior



The Odyssey has built a loyal following for its useful blend of versatility, functionality and quality. The 2011 Odyssey advances that mission with an even greater range of comfort and convenience features - along with contemporary design elements all its own. The new Odyssey offers generous space inside, with up to 172.6 cubic feet of total passenger volume (Odyssey LX) and 148.5 cubic feet of cargo volume behind the front seats. With comfortable and flexible seating configurations, numerous storage bins and pockets, up to 15 beverage holders, available leather seating surfaces, and a host of useful and enjoyable electronic features, the Odyssey interior quickly adds up to more than the sum of its parts.

The One-Motion 60/40 Split 3rd-Row Magic Seat® allows the Odyssey to quickly and easily adapt between passenger and cargo duties. The 3rd-Row Magic Seat can accommodate up to three passengers and still provide 38.4 cubic-feet of cargo volume behind the seats, or fold completely flat into the floor to create 93.1 cubic-feet of cargo volume while still maintaining room for five passengers (four passengers on LX). With the second-row seats removed, total cargo volume expands to 148.5 cubic-feet. Total interior volume measures 210.0 cubic feet for passenger and cargo volume combined (Odyssey LX). The wide-mode adjustable 2nd-row seats with armrests and walk-in feature allow for the seats to move sideways for improved comfort and convenience. Additionally, the new-for-2011 multi-function 2nd-row seat on the Odyssey EX and above offers better comfort compared to the PlusOne seat it replaces on the previous generation, while also integrating a Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH) attachment point.

Interior Highlights

  • Spacious eight-passenger seating (seven on Odyssey LX)

  • One-Motion 60/40 Split 3rd-Row Magic Seat® (more comfortable and convenient)

  • Available 3-Mode second-row seat

  • Available premium features include leather, navigation and Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®

  • Passenger volume of 172.6 cubic feet (Odyssey LX), cargo volume of 38.4 cubic feet (maximum cargo volume of 148.5 cubic feet behind first row)

New Technology

  • Front-row removable center console (Odyssey EX and above)

  • Second-row 3-mode seating with multi-function center seat / armrest (Odyssey EX and above)

  • Cool box

  • Dedicated mobile device storage areas

  • Bluetooth® audio streaming (Odyssey EX-L and above)

Styling and Ergonomics

Like all Honda vehicles, the Odyssey's seating, instruments and controls are all designed around the driver. To help alleviate fatigue, especially on long trips, the driver's seat features power adjustable lumbar support (EX and above) as well as height adjustment. Every tactile surface, from the interior door handles to the seat controls to the instrument panel, steering wheel, shift lever and electronic controls, latches and lids, are designed and manufactured to be pleasing to the touch and easy to operate. A tilt and telescopic steering column helps ensure that drivers of virtually all sizes can find a comfortable seating position.


Interior Packaging Concept

The Odyssey interior aims to provide a large space for both people and cargo with three rows of adult-sized seating comfort. For 2011, several fundamental changes have made the interior dimensions feel more spacious. The ceiling's AC outlet ductwork moves outboard to the sides, freeing up space to maintain similar amounts of headroom compared to the previous generation - despite having a slightly lower roofline. Additionally, the ceiling's aesthetics take on a much cleaner appearance with flatter sculpting across its entire plane smoother overall shapes, and first- and second-row hidden seat belt rings in the pillars. Additional storage has been added to the third row by moving the spare tire in the driver's side rear sidewall to the area underneath the front seats.

Instrument Panel

The Odyssey's bright, crisp instrument panel includes an electronic analog tachometer and analog speedometer as the primary gauges, along with an engine-coolant temperature gauge and a fuel gauge for the large 21-gallon fuel tank. The readouts are designed and positioned to provide important information to the driver at a glance. The controls and switches all operate with typical Honda precision. Meters, gauges and displays are easy to locate and read, and secondary controls for the audio system, navigation system (if so equipped) and climate-control system are all within easy reach and feature large, easy-to-operate buttons and knobs.


Information Display (LX, EX, EX-L) and Multi-Information Display (Touring)

Positioned across the upper portion of the driver's meter cluster, the Odyssey's information display incorporates a wide variety of general vehicle information and many of the warning functions usually displayed around the instrument panel. The information display shows information for odometer, vehicle range, trip and average fuel economy, Maintenance Minder™, and Odyssey EX and above models have an outside temperature readout. Additionally, warnings such as door ajar, parking brake and low tire pressure are shown. The programmable Multi-Information Display (MID) on the Odyssey Touring has higher resolution with finer graphics for a more upscale appearance, and allows for on-screen custom programming of interior lighting operation, auto-locking door setup and more.

i-MID (Odyssey EX-L only)

The Odyssey EX-L model has an 8-inch LCD TFT display screen with customizable features. Called the "intelligent" Multi-Information Display, or i-MID, this screen provides the driver with a variety of information. It can keep the driver informed about such items as the audio system, Bluetooth HandsFreeLink information and general vehicle information, in addition to displaying the rearview camera image. Personalized wallpaper using a JPEG- or BMP- (bitmap) formatted photo can be added via the USB Audio Interface. Up to five pictures can be stored, each with a maximum resolution of 1024x768.

Steering Wheel

The 4-spoke steering wheel incorporates a tilting and telescoping steering column to enhance comfort for a wide array of driver sizes. The Odyssey EX-L and Touring feature a leather-wrapped steering wheel intended to create a sporty feeling. Steering wheel mounted audio and cruise-control buttons include Mode, Volume and Channel, plus Cruise, Cancel, Set/Decelerate and Resume/Accelerate. Odyssey EX-L and above models add buttons for the Bluetooth HandsFreeLink telephone interface. In models equipped with the navigation system, the steering wheel also features buttons for navigation voice-control activation.

Front-Row Seating

The two front bucket-style captain's chairs are designed to offer supportive comfort combined with secure lateral support that can be appreciated during cornering. The front seats use padding tuned for ride comfort and isolation from road vibration and feature in-board fold-down armrests. The Odyssey LX driver's seat provides supportive eight-way power assist. The Odyssey EX and above driver's seat provides 10-way power assist with a power adjustable lumbar support. The Odyssey EX-L front seats add leather seating surfaces and seat heaters with low and high settings. The driver's side has heating elements in the base cushion and the seatback; the passenger seat has a heated base cushion. The passenger seat on the Odyssey EX-L and above provides four-way power adjustment. The Odyssey Touring adds a two-position memory feature for the driver's seat that also controls the side mirrors. The Odyssey Touring driver's seat power-adjustment settings (except power-adjustable lumbar support) can be stored in a pair of user profiles - one for each of the two key fobs that come standard with the Odyssey. An 8-way adjustable power-actuated front passenger seat is standard and includes height and seat-cushion tilt adjustments for excellent comfort. Active head restraints are standard for the front seats (see Safety section for more information).

Removable Front Center Console with Storage and Flip-Up Trash Bag Ring

A new feature for 2011, a removable center console on the Odyssey EX and above adds more storage and better accommodation for handheld electronics, as compared to the retractable center tray table it replaces on the previous generation Odyssey. Underneath the console is an additional tray for times when the console is removed from the vehicle. Research by Honda has shown that the retractable center tray with center pass-through was predominantly used by customers in either the up position or the down position throughout the ownership of the vehicle. Those that desired center pass-through capability typically left the retractable tray in the down position. Those that desired a tray always left it up and may not have fully utilized the space underneath.

The new center console, with its removable capability, better addresses the needs of each fundamental group by adding more capability to each mode. The pass-through loyalists can remove the console and receive a wider space to go through along with a dedicated floor tray (includes beverage holders on LX). The tray-up loyalists receive a more-robust storage zone with additional space for handheld electronics, take-out food trays and similar items. As before, a large purse can fit between the two front seats, but now it can be placed inside the console. Four beverage holders can be accessed by the front- and second-row passengers. A rear-mounted and top-hinged, flip-up trash bag ring, a new feature for 2011, discreetly folds flush against the back of the console when not in use. When activated in trash mode, the trash bag ring perimeter is specifically designed to accommodate ordinary plastic grocery bags or conventional "small-size" trash bags purchased over the counter.

Wide-Mode Adjustable 2nd-Row Seats with Armrests and Walk-in Feature

Honda engineers closely studied the patterns of how people use the second-row seating of a minivan. They made three primary findings. First, the second row is primarily used for two people and comfort is a top priority. Second, they discovered that the ability to place a child seat in any second-row position would greatly enhance load-in flexibility for people with younger children. Finally, the middle-seat functionality and comfort - which is very important when desired - could be greatly enhanced by making the seat wider and adding slide capability.

The 2011 Odyssey's second row uses two full-size captain's chairs, and Odyssey EX and above models are equipped with a more-comfortable and versatile Multi-functional 2nd-row seat that replaces the available 2nd-Row PlusOne Seat™ from the previous generation Odyssey. The multi-functional 2nd-row center seat is 3.9-inches wider than the previous model's available center seat and can slide forward by up to 5.5 inches - a new feature for 2011. All second-row seats are removable, and each outboard chair on the Odyssey EX and above model has a folding outboard armrest. When not in use by a passenger, the center multi-functional 2nd-row seat's seatback can fold down to create a large center armrest with three beverage holders and a tray. Odyssey LX models, which are not equipped with a second row center seat, include seat-mounted inboard armrests for the second-row passengers.

A new feature for 2011, the second-row wide-mode configuration can be formed by moving one or both of the outboard seats laterally by 1.5 inches (each). Primary benefits to the wide-mode configuration include the ability to install up to three child seats side-by-side in the second row, or it can be used to maintain ingress/egress pass-through from the second row into the third row when one or two child seats are installed (utilizing the center seat and one of the outboard seats). Additionally, the center seat's new ability to move forward allows for a child seat to be closer to the front-row occupants.

Up to nine combinations of cargo and passenger configurations can be accommodated by removing some or all of the second-row seats and/or folding down all or part of the 60/40 split 3rd-Row Magic Seat. The anchors for the second-row seats double as tie-down points when the Odyssey is being used to carry cargo with the second-row seats removed. An improved walk-in feature eases ingress and egress for the third row. The slide range is now greater compared to the previous model, and the walk-in levers are also lower, larger and easier to find and use.

60/40 Split 3rd-Row Magic Seat® with One-Touch Fold Down

The Honda Magic Seat® set the standard for third-row functionality in the minivan world. Honda introduced the concept of third-row fold-down seating to the industry with the 1995 Odyssey and has improved upon it for every generation since. The third row features a 60/40 split and offers top levels of convenience for operation thanks to its one-motion operation that makes access to the cargo area simple and fast. The 2011 Odyssey's 60/40 split 3rd-row Magic Seat provides a more comfortable seating area and can more conveniently fold down into the floor to accommodate cargo. Compared to the previous generation, third-row legroom also increases substantially by 1.1 inch to 42.4 inches, giving the Odyssey adult-sized levels of comfort in all three rows. The seating area also becomes more luxurious, with Odyssey Touring models adding a built-in folding armrest in the seatback.

Seat operation becomes even easier for 2011. Significantly updated with a new pull-down operation, the 60/40 Split 3rd-Row Magic Seat can be folded down into the floor by pulling a single strap on each side. The new system replaces a lower-mounted latch-style release on the previous generation. To put the seat down, the user simply pulls on the strap for that seat side to let the seat retract down into its in-floor storage area - in one smooth motion - creating a flat-floor cargo area. The system is spring-loaded and the headrests can remain in the seats. The hinges for the seat are designed to lie flat making it easier to stack items like plywood panels.

Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System with Voice Recognition and FM Traffic

The available Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System uses GPS technology and a new 60GB hard-drive-based operating system to provide drivers with turn-by-turn voice guidance to their chosen destination. The system adds FM traffic data for 2011 and now provides coverage in many large metropolitan areas within the U.S. The system uses an 8-inch, full-VGA, high-resolution color display, as well as an interface dial for user commands and a microphone for receiving voice commands.

For voice commands, the system provides a "fuzzy logic" searching capability to simplify entering destinations on screen. The new technology allows the voice-activation system to respond to more casual command phrases that require less familiarization, in addition to the previous capability of being able to understand spoken city and street names. For example, a voice request for "Radio 98.3 FM" can now be spoken in approximately a dozen different ways ranging from "change the radio station to 98.3" to "98.3 FM." This logic applies to all areas of the navigation system that can be controlled by voice and the conventional navigation commands like, "Find nearest Chinese restaurant" or "find nearest ATM."

The audio system is automatically muted when the "Talk" button is pressed. The voice-recognition technology allows the driver to simply speak city and street names aloud, and the system responds by displaying matches available in the database. Points of interest on the map (such as restaurants or grocery stores) can be displayed with brand logo icons or you can have the system provide turn-by-turn navigation - all by voice command. The massive point-of-interest (POI) database includes telephone numbers, which can be dialed by using the Bluetooth HandsFreeLink system when the driver's cellular telephone is connected to the system.

New for 2011, the Odyssey's navigation system provides constantly updated traffic incident data for select cities that lets drivers choose faster, less congested routes to get to their destinations sooner.

A digital version of the Zagat Survey® restaurant guide provides detailed information and reviews on select restaurants in the database. The reviews can be read on-screen or spoken over the audio system by a synthesized voice. The navigation system can suggest scenic routes based on the National Scenic Byways and All-American Roads guide. The National Scenic Byways Program is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration. The program is a grass-roots collaborative effort established to help recognize, preserve and enhance selected roads throughout the United States. Since 1992, the National Scenic Byways Program has funded 2,832 projects for state and nationally designated byway routes in 50 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. The U.S. Secretary of Transportation recognizes certain roads as All-American Roads or National Scenic Byways based on one or more archeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational and scenic qualities. Scenic-route information for 126 routes can be accessed from inside the "Information" menu and is displayed on the map as a green-and-red segmented line.

Rearview Camera (Odyssey EX-L non-navigation)

The Odyssey EX-L is equipped with a rearview camera to provide the driver with additional confidence when backing up. When the Odyssey is placed in reverse gear, the rearview image is displayed on the i-MID. To make it easier for the driver to judge distance and clearance, solid yellow on-screen guidelines indicate the vehicle's width, as well as distances of 3.3, 6.6 and 9.8 feet from the rear of the Odyssey. A dotted yellow line is positioned at a distance of 1.6 feet, indicating the clearance needed to operate the tailgate.

Rearview Camera with Multi-View (Odyssey EX-L with Navigation and Odyssey Touring)

Adding to the features of the standard rearview camera on the Odyssey EX-L without navigation, the Odyssey EX-L with Navigation and both Odyssey Touring models are equipped with rearview cameras that offer multiple perspectives from behind the vehicle. When in reverse, the driver can select from among three views by using the interface dial. The primary view is "Normal View," which delivers 130-degrees of rearward visibility. For special conditions, there is the "Wide View," which delivers 175-degrees of rearward visibility. Finally, the "Top Down View" generates a straight-down look at the trailer hitch area or parking area, thus greatly easing alignment of the trailer and the available towing hitch or helping when maneuvering in tight parking spaces.

Bluetooth HandsFreeLink (EX-L and above)

The Bluetooth HandsFreeLink hands-free phone interface is designed to work with many Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones. The system uses radio frequencies to connect the driver's cell phone to the vehicle's audio system. This allows the driver to make or answer cell-phone calls without taking his or her hands from the steering wheel. The system is compatible with Bluetooth-enabled cell phones that have the Hands Free Profile (HFP).

New for the 2011 Odyssey, the Bluetooth system allows for wireless streaming of audio from any smart phone device that supports the Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) through the vehicle audio system. In addition, the Odyssey can show metadata for artist, album and track name on the vehicle display (navigation display or i-MID display) with mobile phones that support the AVPCP 1.3 protocol. The vehicle's audio controls for "skip forward" and "skip backward" allow for navigation from track to track.

Bluetooth HandsFreeLink is designed for easy use. After the driver completes a one-time "pairing" process to link the cell phone with the vehicle, Bluetooth HandsFreeLink can communicate wirelessly and securely with the driver's cell phone when the phone is within about 30 feet of the vehicle. Once the driver enters the vehicle, he or she simply stores the phone in a pocket, briefcase, purse or a storage bin inside the vehicle's cabin and the call transfers through the wireless telephone interface. Certain compatible cell phones can also transfer the cellular phonebook into the vehicle through the Bluetooth HandsFreeLink system. After the cellular phonebook is transferred, calls can be made by making selections from the registered phonebook on the information screen in the navigation system or i-MID.

Operational features include:

  • Phone numbers of incoming calls are displayed on the navi display or i-MID

  • Pressing the steering wheel-mounted "Pick up" button answers the call and mutes the audio system

  • Caller is heard through the audio-system speakers

  • Two overhead microphones pick up the driver's voice clearly while minimizing background noise and echoing

  • To make a call hands free, the driver first activates the system using the steering wheel-mounted fingertip controls, then "dials" the number by voice

  • Numbers with voice tags may be stored in the system's memory

  • Up to six different compatible mobile phones can be paired with the Bluetooth HandsFreeLink system at one time

  • Using the interface dial, direct phone-number input is possible

Dual-Zone Manual Air Conditioning System with Air Filtration (Odyssey LX)

The Odyssey LX is equipped with air conditioning that features air filtration as standard equipment. Manual controls allow for different temperatures and fan speeds to be selected for the front and rear rows. The air-filtration system is capable of filtering nearly 100 percent of particulates over eight microns in size (the size of most pollen), as well as about 40 percent of the particulates down to 0.3 microns (about the size of diesel emissions).

Tri-Zone Automatic Climate Control System with Humidity Control and Air Filtration

Tri-zone automatic climate control is standard for the Odyssey EX and above models. The tri-zone automatic climate-control system lets the driver, front passenger and rear passengers adjust temperature and air distribution to automatically meet their needs. Both front and rear systems are controllable by the driver. With the press of a button, the rear system can be independently adjusted using the control panel in the second row.

On models equipped with navigation, the system uses data from the onboard global positioning system receiver to automatically adjust fan speed to compensate for heating from direct sunlight. Tri-zone automatic climate control includes humidity control designed to automatically prevent the windows from fogging. For greater efficiency, the system will partially recirculate some cabin air to reduce cooling in relation to the outside temperature. For example, when in AUTO mode, up to 60 percent of the cabin air is recirculated when the outside temperature is 86 degrees Fahrenheit. Comparatively, as little as 24 percent of the cabin air is recirculated when the outside temperature is 75-degrees Fahrenheit.

Cool Box

A new feature for 2011, Odyssey EX-L and above models include a cool box in the lower area of the instrument panel's center stack. The cool box is designed to minimize the warming of already-cold drinks, and is spacious enough to accommodate up to four 20-ounce bottles or six 12-ounce cans. An on/off switch near the box opening allows the cooling feature to be activated. A direct link to the vehicle's air conditioning system lets cold air circulate into the box regardless of the temperature settings on the vehicle's climate control system. A push button opens the box automatically. The bottom-hinged box uses a speed-sensitive damper to provide a consistent opening velocity whether the box is full or empty.

Interior Lighting

Significant engineering went into the Odyssey's interior lighting to provide clear visibility, the right ambience and optimized illumination levels regardless of outside lighting. The analog instruments are backlit, with high-contrast markings. Illuminated pointers provide clarity and a high-end look. The illumination level of all the lighting in the instrument panel is adjustable to one of five different levels by turning the odometer-reset push button.

The Odyssey has a progressive self-illuminating gauge cluster. When the door is first opened, the instrument lighting comes to life, and then brightens progressively when the ignition is switched on. When the ignition key is switched off, the instrument lighting dims progressively. For easy location in the dark, all of the Odyssey's steering-wheel controls and window switches are illuminated, including those on all four doors. The front doors have courtesy lights that are illuminated when the doors are open.

Low-level blue LED ambient lighting in the ceiling illuminates the front center console. Odyssey Touring models include low-level blue LED ambient lighting in the driver's and front passenger's foot wells. Map lights are provided for all three rows of seats. A cargo light is provided behind the third-row seats.

Audio System (Odyssey LX, EX, EX-L, EX-L Navi, Touring)

Odyssey audio systems provide a wide variety of features and choices for each trim level. The 2011 Odyssey LX features a 229-watt AM/FM system with CD player and five speakers including a subwoofer with an 8.4-liter enclosure, a Radio Data System (RDS), MP3/WMA5 /AAC CD data disc playback, an auxiliary audio input jack for connecting a personal digital music player and Speed-sensitive Volume Control (SVC). Odyssey EX models add two more speakers (tweeters) and a 2GB, flash memory-based CD-library (new for 2011).

The Odyssey EX-L model adds XM® Radio and a USB Audio Interface (new for 2011) for connecting an iPod or other compatible storage device, along with Bluetooth audio streaming when paired with a compatible device. The Odyssey EX-L with Navigation and the Odyssey Touring model add a more powerful 246-watt audio system with 15GB of hard disk-drive (HDD)-based music storage (replacing the 2GB CD-Library). (See Odyssey Touring Elite section for details on that model's audio system.)  

The USB Audio Interface located in the glove compartment of the Odyssey EX-L and above models can read flash drives and compatible digital music devices, such as iPods, that contain MP3, AAC or WMA music files. The iPod or Flash drive can then be controlled using the steering wheel- or radio-mounted controls. Information such as song title, artist and other information will appear on the Odyssey's LCD screen. The system will also charge the iPod while it is connected.

Standard Features on All Models
The RDS shows song titles, artists' names and other information that FM radio stations may choose to broadcast. RDS will also search for music by specific genres, such as rock, country and other categories. Every system can play CD-Rs with MP3, WMA, and AAC file types, and it will display the track information on the screen if included in the file metadata. The SVC feature automatically raises or lowers the volume to compensate for exterior road noise as vehicle speed changes. The auxiliary input jack (aux-in) allows the easy connection of personal audio players to the audio system. The aux-in jack is conveniently located in the center stack of the instrument panel. Plugging a portable audio device into the aux-in jack automatically sets the volume at a preset level. When the device is unplugged, the volume resets to its previous level.

2GB CD-Library (Odyssey EX and EX-L)
Systems featuring the 2GB CD-Library can copy music tracks from pre-recorded CDs, enabling customers to store up to 18 CDs worth of music on board for easy access. The system will not copy music from burned CDs or from USB flash drives (EX-L). The system records music at a variable rate between 4X to 8X of the original music track time.

The audio system can display information about the music tracks, such as artist names and song titles using the Gracenote® database in the system software. This database can be periodically updated to reflect newly released music. Gracenote updates can be downloaded by Odyssey owners at in the Ownerlink section (up to four updates per year maximum). The updates can then be loaded onto a CD-R or onto a USB thumb drive (for models with a USB audio interface) which, in turn, can be used to update the Odyssey's audio system. Even without a Gracenote update, newly released audio tracks will play on the sound system, but will play without accompanying text information on genre, artist, album name and track name.

Hard Disk Drive (HDD) Audio (Odyssey EX-L Navi and Odyssey Touring)
Systems featuring the 15GB HDD-based memory are programmed from the factory to copy music tracks from pre-recorded CDs, enabling customers to store many CD's worth of music on-board for easy access. The system will not copy music from burned CDs or from USB flash drives. Based on music files measuring an average size of 4.2MB per song at a 128kbps bitrate, approximately 3,500 songs can be loaded into the 15GB system (approximately 175 CDs).

The HDD-based system records music at a variable rate between 4X to 8X of the original music track time. The automatic-recording default setting can be changed to manual if desired.

The audio system can display information about the music tracks, such as artist names and song titles using the Gracenote® database in the system software. This database can be periodically updated to reflect newly released music. Gracenote updates can be downloaded by Odyssey owners at in the Ownerlink section (up to four updates per year maximum). The updates can then be loaded onto a CD-R or onto a USB thumb drive which, in turn, can be used to update the Odyssey's audio system. Even without a Gracenote update, newly released audio tracks will play on the sound system, but will play without accompanying text information on genre, artist, album name and track name.

Song By Voice
Navigation-equipped Odysseys offer the Song by Voice® feature. From most navigation screens, the driver can simply press the TALK button on the steering wheel and say "iPod search" or "HDD search." With so much audio content potentially available on the HDD or from an iPod, Honda engineers set out to make it easy to find content. So drivers can simply give a voice command, such as "Play song 'Danny Boy,'" and the system will automatically begin playback. Song by Voice also lets the driver choose music by artist, album, track name, genre, playlist and even composer.

XM Radio
The Odyssey EX-L and Touring audio systems include XM Radio, which provides more than 170 channels of digital program material and near-CD quality sound. Informational text on the programming appears on the audio system display. XM Radio offers virtually uninterrupted coverage of the 48 contiguous states and coast-to-coast signal coverage to certain densely populated regions of Canada; service for Alaska and Hawaii is not available at this time. Three months of complimentary XM Radio service is provided starting on the purchase date of a new vehicle. After the complimentary period, XM Radio requires a monthly subscription. The XM Radio display indicates the artist's name, song, channel and category of music.

Premium Audio System (Odyssey Touring Elite)

Adding to the features and functionality of the Odyssey Touring audio system, the Odyssey Touring Elite provides a 12-speaker, 650-watt, premium 5.1 Surround Sound audio system for an extraordinary listening experience. The audio system includes four premium door-mounted speakers, two tweeters in the instrument panel, one center-channel speaker in the middle of the instrument panel, two roof-mounted speakers above the second row, two speakers mounted in the D-pillar, and one subwoofer mounted in the side wall of the third row (larger, 8.4-liter enclosure). Fading the audio to the rearmost position creates a genuine mobile theater audio experience for the rear passengers, with 5.1 Surround Sound being delivered through the seven speakers in the second and third rows.

Honda DVD Rear Entertainment System (RES) (Odyssey EX-L with RES, Touring)

Available on Odyssey EX-L and standard on Odyssey Touring models, a factory-installed Honda DVD Rear Entertainment System (RES) for rear passengers is a multi-faceted system that features a 9-inch wide-screen LCD display that flips down from the ceiling for easy viewing. The QVGA display natively provides 480 pixels horizontally and 234 pixels vertically. User-selectable aspect ratios include normal, wide and zoom. The extended capabilities of the system allow for either DVD, CD, radio, available XM Radio and auxiliary accessories (such as certain video game consoles, DVD players 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. For 2011, the DVD disc will begin to auto-play when the disc is loaded. Additional audio and video input jacks allow for a wide variety of additional equipment 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.

Two wireless headphones are included. Each includes a volume knob. 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 (when taken off). The automatic on/off system reduces the possibility that the AAA battery-powered headphones could be accidentally left on. A 115-volt power outlet rated for devices up to 150 watts is included in the third row of models with RES.

Honda DVD Ultrawide Rear Entertainment System (RES) with HDMI Port (Odyssey Touring Elite)

Adding to the features of the Odyssey Touring, a state-of-the-art, factory-integrated Rear Entertainment System (RES) with an ultrawide display is standard on the Odyssey Touring Elite model. At 16.2 inches wide, the RES screen is the largest ever offered in a Honda. The WVGA display natively provides 1,600 pixels horizontally and 480 pixels vertically (approximately 6.8 times the resolution of the standard display on the Odyssey Touring). User-selectable aspect ratios include normal (640x480), full (850x480), super full (1,300x480), ultra full (1,600x480), super zoom (1,300x640) and ultra zoom (1600x640). It is also the most versatile, because it can simultaneously show two different sources of programming side-by-side, such as a video game and a movie, for different passengers. The two programs being played can be easily switched from side to side using a button near the screen, so the viewers don't have to change seats. The Odyssey Touring Elite has an exclusive 12-speaker, 650-watt audio system provides 5.1 channel surround sound capability (see Premium Audio System for more information). The dual-source wireless headphones supplied with this system can be tuned to either input source as desired using a button on each set of headphones. The system includes a High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) port (located in the third row) for attaching high definition players and certain gaming consoles, along with standard composite and audio inputs.

Active Noise Cancellation (ANC)

The audio system integrates with the vehicle's Active Noise Cancellation™ (ANC) system to minimize certain frequencies associated with cylinder deactivation on all 2011 Odyssey models. ANC significantly reduces certain low-frequency sounds in the interior. Dual microphones - one located in the headliner near the overhead console and the other near the rear overhead light module - pick up low-end drivetrain frequency noise entering the cabin. This audio signal is sent to the ANC electronic processor, which creates and sends a precisely timed "reverse phase" audio signal to a special amplifier. In turn, the amplifier drives the subwoofer and door speakers to cancel the original noise signal.

HomeLink Remote System

The Odyssey EX and above models feature a HomeLink® 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.

Integrated Sunshades

Integrated second-row sunshades are standard on Odyssey EX and above models. The retractable shades are integrated into the lower portion of the power sliding 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 included on the Odyssey Touring models.

UV-Resistant Privacy Glass

All Odyssey models come equipped with UV-resistant privacy glass with dark tinting on the windows in the second and third rows. The Odyssey's glass filters ultraviolet (UV) light resulting in less interior fade over time, lower cabin temperatures on hot days and more efficient interior cooling.

Remote Entry

Remote entry is standard equipment on all Odyssey models. Odyssey LX models feature keys with built-in transmitters that have lock, unlock and panic buttons. Odyssey EX models add to the LX features with a key fob that provides additional buttons for opening and closing the power sliding doors remotely. For quickly ventilating the interior in hot weather, the key fob can also open the windows and moonroof by holding down the unlock button. The key can also perform the same function in the door lock cylinder, and close the windows and moonroof, too, by turning to lock or unlock positions accordingly and holding. On Odyssey EX-L and above models, the key fob transmitter has an additional button that can raise and lower the power tailgate.

Automatic-Dimming Rearview Mirror

An automatic-dimming rearview mirror is standard on Odyssey EX models and above. The rearview mirror automatically dims to an anti-glare setting when bright headlights are detected behind the vehicle.

12V DC and 115V Power Outlets

The Odyssey EX and above models have three 12V DC power outlets - two in the front and one near the third row. The Odyssey EX-L RES and Touring models are equipped with a 115-volt power inverter (150 watts) in the third row for operating a wide range of equipment including certain 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.

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