2011 Honda
Odyssey EX
vs. 2012 Volvo
XC90 3.2

2012 Volvo XC90 3.2

10.0

starting from

$39,275

Reasons to buy the Volvo XC90 3.2

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Longer basic warranty
50,000 mile
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Longer-lasting basic warranty
4 year
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Roof rails
Standard
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Moon roof
Standard
2011 Honda Odyssey EX

8.9

Runner-up

Honda Odyssey EX

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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Has 3 rows of seats
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Good cargo space
148.5 ft3
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Average number of airbags
5
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Spacious back seats
56.8 ft3
Luxury Features 7.8 vs 10.0
2012 Volvo XC90 3.2 Winner: XC90 3.2
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  • Almost the same
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Cost 10.0 vs 9.8
2011 Honda Odyssey EX Winner: Odyssey EX
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  • The best price we've seen is $7,240 cheaper (around 20% less), $32,035 vs $39,275
  • Gets more than 10% more miles per gallon in the city, 18 mpg vs 16 mpg
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Safety Features 10.0 vs -
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Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Performance 10.0 vs -
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  • Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
Practicality 10.0 vs -
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Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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Overall 8.9 vs 10.0

Luxury Features

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Odyssey EX
2011 Honda Odyssey EX
2012 Volvo XC90 3.2 Volvo
XC90 3.2
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moon roof Not Available vs Standard Enjoy additional natural light with the XC90 3.2's standard sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Standard Both have power seats
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Not Available vs Standard Leather comes standard on the XC90 3.2; the Odyssey EX only offers cloth seats

Cost

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Odyssey EX
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2012 Volvo XC90 3.2 Volvo
XC90 3.2
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MSRP $32,035 vs $39,275 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 18 mpg vs 16 mpg Both get OK mileage in the city
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 50,000 mile The XC90 3.2's %s warranty covers lots of miles, but the Odyssey EX's doesn't cover many
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 4 year The XC90 3.2's basic warranty is long lasting, but the Odyssey EX's is very short

Road Tests

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Odyssey EX
2011 Honda Odyssey EX
2012 Volvo XC90 3.2 Volvo
XC90 3.2
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0-60 mph 8.7 seconds vs Unknown
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Braking distance at 60mph 143 ft vs Unknown
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1/4 mile 16.7 s s @ 87.0 mph mph vs Unknown
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Lateral acceleration 0.75 g vs Unknown
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Safety Features

Honda
Odyssey EX
2011 Honda Odyssey EX
2012 Volvo XC90 3.2 Volvo
XC90 3.2
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Unknown
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Airbags 5 vs 4 The Odyssey EX has an OK number of airbags while the XC90 3.2 has very few (missing Rear Curtain)
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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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

Crash Test Ratings

Honda
Odyssey EX
2011 Honda Odyssey EX
2012 Volvo XC90 3.2 Volvo
XC90 3.2
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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

Performance

Honda
Odyssey EX
2011 Honda Odyssey EX
2012 Volvo XC90 3.2 Volvo
XC90 3.2
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Horsepower 248 HP @ 5,700 RPM vs 240 HP @ 6,400 RPM Average power
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Number of gears 5 vs 6 Average number of gears
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission The XC90 3.2's semi-automatic transmission is a rare find for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Unknown
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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 19.8 lb/hp The Odyssey EX has OK performance while the XC90 3.2 gives sluggish performance
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 36.7 ft vs 40.0 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Practicality

Honda
Odyssey EX
2011 Honda Odyssey EX
2012 Volvo XC90 3.2 Volvo
XC90 3.2
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Passengers 8 vs 7 The Odyssey EX has lots of passenger seats and the XC90 3.2 is OK, too
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Highway driving range 567 miles vs 464 miles The Odyssey EX has good highway range and the XC90 3.2 is reasonable
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Cargo space 148.5 ft3 vs 85.1 ft3 The Odyssey EX has lots of cargo room and the XC90 3.2 is pretty good
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front seats 60.5 ft3 vs 54.9 ft3 The Odyssey EX has roomy front seats and the XC90 3.2 is OK
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folding rear seats Standard vs Not Available The Odyssey EX's standard folding rear seat will get you extra cargo room; not available on the XC90 3.2
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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roof rails Not Available vs Standard Need to carry bulky cargo? The XC90 3.2's standard roof rails are great, meanwhile the Odyssey EX cannot be configured with them at any price
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navigation system Not Available vs Optional The XC90 3.2 offers an optional navigation system; not available on the Odyssey EX
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Cupholders 15 vs Unknown
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

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Odyssey EX
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2012 Volvo XC90 3.2 Volvo
XC90 3.2
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Number of speakers 7 vs Unknown
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs Unknown
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Not Available vs Standard Have your pick of music from around the world with the XC90 3.2's satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Unknown
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Has subwoofer Yes vs Unknown
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entertainment system Not Available vs Optional It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the XC90 3.2; but it's not available at all on the Odyssey EX

Other Vehicles to Consider

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2011 Honda Odyssey EX 2012 Kia Sedona LX Odyssey EX vs Sedona LX
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2012 Volvo XC90 3.2 2012 Volvo XC70 T6 XC90 3.2 vs XC70 T6
2012 Volvo XC90 3.2 2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i XC90 3.2 vs X5 xDrive35i
2012 Volvo XC90 3.2 2011 Toyota Highlander SE XC90 3.2 vs Highlander SE
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