What Changed for 2008:
- Updated front-end styling and taillights
- Revised interior colors and textures
- New version of Honda's Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) technology
- Available Bluetooth phone compatibility
- Standard power passenger seat for EX-L and Touring models
- Backup camera integrated into rearview mirror on EX-L models
- Memory-linked side-view mirrors with reverse tilt-down on Touring models
- Additional storage under second row PlusOne Seat
- Standard auxiliary audio input jack and WMA-compatible CD players
- Touring model now seats 8
Introduced in 1999, the Honda Odyssey minivan got a major redesign in 2005, and 2008 sees a host of improvements to both the Odyssey's function and form, with the most noticeable change being a front-end facelift designed to give the minivan a closer resemblance to Honda's all-new Accord.
The 2008 Honda Odyssey is available in LX, EX, EX-L and Touring models. The 7-seat LX includes such standard features as remote keyless entry; power windows with an auto-down driver's window; second-row power windows; power mirrors; rear privacy glass; independent front and rear air conditioning; a 60/40 split-folding third-row \"Magic Seat;\" in-floor storage for the second row; and cruise control. The EX adds seating for 8 with Honda's removable PlusOne second-row center seat as well as power sliding doors; heated front seats; 3-zone climate control; an upgraded audio system with controls mounted on the steering wheel; and an 8-way power driver's seat. The EX-L adds leather seats (heated in front) and a power moonroof, while the Touring gets a power tailgate; rear-seat DVD entertainment system; GPS-linked navigation system; Bluetooth phone compatibility; power-adjustable pedals; 360-watt premium audio system with subwoofer; and 2-position memory for the driver's seat and side mirrors. Options are limited to a rear-seat DVD entertainment system and GPS-linked navigation system for the EX-L and run-flat tires for the Touring model.
All 2008 Honda Odysseys are powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 engine. The version in LX and EX models produces 244 hp at 5750 rpm and 240 lb.-ft. of torque at 5000 rpm. EPA fuel economy estimates are 16 mpg city/23 mpg highway. EX-L and Touring models employ Honda's i-VTEC system with the latest version of Variable Cylinder Management (VCM). Engine output is 241 hp at 5700 rpm and 242 lb.-ft. of torque at 4900 rpm and EPA fuel economy estimates are 17 mpg city/25 mpg highway. All Odysseys drive the front wheels through a 5-speed automatic transmission.
The 2008 Honda Odyssey features front air bags, front-seat-mounted side air bags, 3-row side curtain air bags, anti-lock brakes and electronic stability control. The Odyssey aced National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) crash tests with a best-possible 5-star rating for front and side impacts; rollover rating was 4 stars. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) crash tests include a \"Good\" rating (the best possible score) for both front and side impacts. Also, IIHS named the Odyssey a \"Top Safety Pick\" for 2008.
For 2008, Honda Odyssey EX-L and Touring models feature the latest version of Honda's Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) system. While the original VCM system could cut out three of the engine's six cylinders, the new version of VCM can run the engine on three, four or six cylinders depending on power demands. A green \"ECO\" light on the dashboard indicates when the system is operational.