2011 Honda
Odyssey EX
vs. 2012 Mazda
5 Touring

2011 Honda Odyssey EX

9.6

starting from

$32,035
"Readily adaptable to cargos."
popularmechanics.com | talking about the Odyssey's storage
"Onboard entertainment systems are attractive."
popularmechanics.com | talking about the Odyssey's stereo

Reasons to buy the Honda Odyssey EX

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Spacious back seats
56.8 ft3
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Average cargo space
148.5 ft3
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Average-sized front seats
60.5 ft3
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Good range on the highway
567 miles
2012 Mazda 5 Touring

8.8

Runner-up

Mazda 5 Touring

starting from

$21,990

Reasons to buy the Mazda 5 Touring

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OK braking distance from 60mph
128 ft
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Good city fuel efficiency
21 mpg
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Very inexpensive
$21,990
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Good highway fuel efficiency
28 mpg
Practicality 10.0 vs 7.5
2011 Honda Odyssey EX Winner: Odyssey EX
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  • Room for around 3.5x more stuff, 148.5 ft3 vs 44.4 ft3
  • Passengers in front seats enjoy more than 10% more room, 60.5 ft3 vs 53.2 ft3
  • The Odyssey EX has 7 more cupholders, 15 vs 8
Cost 7.8 vs 10.0
2012 Mazda 5 Touring Winner: 5 Touring
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  • Gets around 20% more miles per gallon in the city, 21 mpg vs 18 mpg
  • The best price we've seen is $10,045 cheaper (more than 30% less), $21,990 vs $32,035
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 7.8
2011 Honda Odyssey EX Winner: Odyssey EX
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  • Conveniently adjust your seat with the Odyssey EX's power seats; not available on the 5 Touring
Performance 10.0 vs 8.6
2011 Honda Odyssey EX Winner: Odyssey EX
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  • The Odyssey EX's power-to-weight ratio is around 20% better, providing a sportier ride, 17.8 lb/hp vs 22.0 lb/hp
  • Around 60% more powerful, 248 HP @ 5,700 RPM vs 157 HP @ 6,000 RPM
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Both have electronic stability control
  • Child door locks come standard
  • Both vehicles' brakes will do well under heavy use
Road Tests - vs -
Missing information
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Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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  • Neither offers an entertainment system
Overall 9.6 vs 8.8

Practicality

Honda
Odyssey EX
2011 Honda Odyssey EX
2012 Mazda 5 Touring Mazda
5 Touring
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Passengers 8 vs 6 The Odyssey EX has lots of passenger seats and the 5 Touring is OK, too
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Highway driving range 567 miles vs 445 miles The Odyssey EX has good highway range and the 5 Touring is reasonable
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Cargo space 148.5 ft3 vs 44.4 ft3 The Odyssey EX has OK cargo room, while the 5 Touring has very little
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front seats 60.5 ft3 vs 53.2 ft3 The Odyssey EX has average-sized front seats, while the 5 Touring is very cramped
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a navigation system
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Cupholders 15 vs 8 The Odyssey EX has an absurd number of cupholders, 1 extra in front and 6 extra in rear
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Cost

Honda
Odyssey EX
2011 Honda Odyssey EX
2012 Mazda 5 Touring Mazda
5 Touring
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MSRP $32,035 vs $21,990 The 5 Touring has a great price and the Odyssey EX is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 18 mpg vs 21 mpg The 5 Touring has great city mileage and the Odyssey EX is pretty reasonable
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 36,000 mile Average basic warranty
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 3 year Average lasting basic warranty

Luxury Features

Honda
Odyssey EX
2011 Honda Odyssey EX
2012 Mazda 5 Touring Mazda
5 Touring
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Not Available Conveniently adjust your seat with the Odyssey EX's power seats; not available on the 5 Touring
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a leather interior

Performance

Honda
Odyssey EX
2011 Honda Odyssey EX
2012 Mazda 5 Touring Mazda
5 Touring
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Horsepower 248 HP @ 5,700 RPM vs 157 HP @ 6,000 RPM The Odyssey EX is of average power, but the 5 Touring is underpowered
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Number of gears 5 vs 5 Average number of gears
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission Both offer an automatic transmission, standard for this class
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers paddle shifters
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor for increased power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 17.8 lb/hp vs 22.0 lb/hp The Odyssey EX is a sporty car, but the 5 Touring is sluggish
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive Both have the usual drivetrain for this class of vehicle
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 36.7 ft vs 36.7 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Safety Features

Honda
Odyssey EX
2011 Honda Odyssey EX
2012 Mazda 5 Touring Mazda
5 Touring
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 5 vs 5 OK number of airbags
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both vehicles' brakes will do well under heavy use
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Road Tests

Honda
Odyssey EX
2011 Honda Odyssey EX
2012 Mazda 5 Touring Mazda
5 Touring
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0-60 mph 8.7 seconds vs 9.1 seconds Neither car's 0-60 time is remarkable
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Braking distance at 60mph 143 ft vs 128 ft The 5 Touring's braking ability is average for this class of vehicle, but the Odyssey EX is quite bad
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1/4 mile 16.7 s @ 87 mph vs 17.0 s @ 81 mph Both have average 1/4 mile times for this class of vehicle
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Lateral acceleration 0.75 g vs 0.79 g The 5 Touring has good cornering abilities compared to the merely average Odyssey EX
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Crash Test Ratings

Honda
Odyssey EX
2011 Honda Odyssey EX
2012 Mazda 5 Touring Mazda
5 Touring
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test 5 stars vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs Unknown

Entertainment System

Honda
Odyssey EX
2011 Honda Odyssey EX
2012 Mazda 5 Touring Mazda
5 Touring
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Number of speakers 7 vs Unknown
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs No The Odyssey EX's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the 5 Touring does not
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer Yes vs No The Odyssey EX has a subwoofer to accurately produce deep bass frequencies in music
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 Honda Odyssey EX 2011 Toyota Sienna Odyssey EX vs Sienna
2011 Honda Odyssey EX 2011 Toyota Highlander Odyssey EX vs Highlander
2011 Honda Odyssey EX 2011 Honda CR-V EX-L Odyssey EX vs CR-V EX-L
2011 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited Odyssey Touring Elite vs Santa Fe Limited
2011 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite 2011 Honda Pilot Touring Odyssey Touring Elite vs Pilot Touring
2012 Mazda 5 Sport 2011 Toyota Sienna XLE 5 Sport vs Sienna XLE
2012 Mazda 5 Grand Touring 2011 Honda CR-V 5 Grand Touring vs CR-V
2012 Mazda 5 Sport 2011 Mazda CX-7 s Touring 5 Sport vs CX-7 s Touring
2012 Mazda 5 Sport 2011 Mazda 3 i Touring 5 Sport vs 3 i Touring
2012 Mazda 5 Sport 2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport 5 Sport vs RAV4 Sport

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