Are you tired of 7-passenger vehicles that can’t fit all your kids and cargo? Sick of wagons and vans that lack features found in luxury cars? Well now your troubles are over! The rumours you’ve heard. The videos you’ve seen. It has arrived! Hi folks, CPSDarren here, to tell you that the 2011 Honda Odyssey is the ultimate Family Truckster! Hauling lots of children along with their friends and gear? Want great seating flexibility with much better fuel economy than monster SUVs and full size vans? Looking for safety and high-end entertainment possibilities? Look no further! The new Odyssey is now king of the carseat and kid cruiser category, usurping the role from the 2004-2010 Toyota Sienna 8-passenger models. With the exception of the basic Odyssey LX trim level that lacks an 8th seat, every other model in the lineup has tons of convenient family seating solutions.
As seen on TV! In the amazing new Odyssey, you can now easily fit most combinations of child safety seats 3-across in the second row. Really. On the right, I installed two Evenflo Titans and a Safety 1st onBoard 35 with plenty of room between. Honda claims there is plenty of room even for larger carseats known to be problematic side-by-side and I can easily see that this is probably true. They accomplish this with a few inches more width inside overall, a new “wide” seating mode and a much wider “Multifunction” middle seat. This seat even features LATCH, the lower anchors and top tether anchors (circled, left) not present on the PlusOne middle seat of the previous Odyssey.
Yes, it’s true! Three LATCH positions in the middle row for all EX and Touring models. In the third row, there are two LATCH positions in the outboard seats (right) and a third top tether anchor for the middle seat. All three top tether anchors for the third row are on the back of the vehicle seats. So, that’s a total of 5 LATCH positions in the 8-passenger EX/Touring trims and 4 LATCH positions for the 7-passenger LX trim level.