September 2, 2004
New 2005 Honda Odyssey features cylinder de-activation
Torrance, California – The redesigned 2005 Honda Odyssey minivan is now available with a 3.5 litre V-6 engine that includes Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) technology. The system deactivates three of the engine’s six cylinders under certain conditions and provides improved fuel economy (City: 11.8 litres per 100 km/24 mpg Imperial/20 mpg U.S.; Highway 8.4 litres/100 km/34 mpg Imperial/28 mpg U.S.)
The VCM system switches the V-6 engine between 6- and 3-cylinder operation. When high output is required the engine uses all six cylinders. During cruising and low engine loads, the system can temporarily idle the rear bank of three cylinders for greater fuel economy. An Active Control Engine Mount System (ACM) and an Active Noise Control (ANC) system are used to eliminate the effects of engine vibration and noise inherent to any variable cylinder system, making the system’s operation virtually transparent to the vehicle’s occupants.
The Odyssey’s standard V-6 engine, an improved 255 horsepower 3.5 litre V-6 (+15 horsepower) does not have variable cylinder management.
The 2005 Odyssey is slightly bigger than the previous model. Interior dimensions are 1-inch wider and two-inches longer than the 2004 model.
The new Odyssey offers a new stowable 2nd-Row ‘PlusOne’ seat positioned between the two captain’s chairs, which provides for eight-passenger seating with the ability to be stored in the in-floor storage compartment between the first and second-row seats.
As well, a new ‘One-Motion’ 60/40 split 3rd-row seat provides a more flexible and easier-to-operate third row seat that folds flat into the floor in one motion without the need to remove the headrests.
All Odysseys come equipped with anti-lock brakes; Vehicle Stability Assist with Traction Control; front side airbags with an Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS); side curtain airbag protection (with rollover sensor) for all three rows; and dual-stage, dual-threshold driver’s and front passenger’s airbags. In addition, the Odyssey is the only minivan to come equipped with side impact sensors for all three rows and the only minivan to offer a rollover sensor that deploys the side curtain bags in the event of a rollover.
The 2005 Honda Odyssey is the first minivan to utilize Michelin PAX System run-flat tire technology with continuous mobility of up to 150 miles at 50 mph following a flat tire.
A new top-of-the-line Touring model is positioned above the Odyssey EX. It adds a 360-watt, 7-speaker audio system, power adjustable pedals, front and rear parking sensors, power tailgate, automatic tri-zone climate control, multi-information display, removable 2nd-row centre console, memory driver’s seat, Michelin PAX System run-flat tire technology, and body-coloured front and rear parking sensors.