With a complete re-engineering makeover for 2005, the all-new Honda Odyssey is a dashing front wheel drive minivan. Key features include available 8 passenger seating, and a new Touring edition model. The Touring model glistens with exclusive extras such as power adjustable pedals, power tailgate, Michelin PAX run flat tires, and a 360-watt audio system. Odyssey, which completely bypasses the stale and somewhat boring cabins of yore, rides strong as it’s made with more high strength steel (40 percent versus last year’s five percent). There’s also a 20 percent increase in body dynamic and static rigidity. On the lighter side, the Odyssey offers a DVD rear entertainment with 9-inch screen, and commercial free radio via XM Satellite.

The 2005 Odyssey has more interior space. It’s one inch wider and two inches longer than the 2004 model. Third row passengers also gain two inches of legroom. And that third row easily converts – by basically a single motion – into a fold flat floor. Odyssey’s interior spotlights an instrument panel mounted shifter, and the availability of a center console screen provides a great view of what’s behind the vehicle. (The feature is activated when the minivan is put in reverse gear.) Power flows from a 3.5-liter V6 that produces 255 horsepower (up 15 horsepower from 2004). Other strong points of interest for the Odyssey are right-sized outside mirrors, taunt steering, and a frame that nicely absorb the potholes. Mileage counts for the 5-speed automatic transmission are 20 city/28 highway. MSRP for Odyssey Touring (with leather, rear entertainment system and navigation system) is $38,495.