2011 Honda
Odyssey Touring Elite
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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OK ground clearance for rough terrain
8.9"
2011 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite

9.8

starting from

$44,335
"The best rear-seat entertainment system in the business."
reviews.cnet.com | talking about the Odyssey's seating
"Rear seats easily fold flat into the floor."
reviews.cnet.com | talking about the Odyssey's storage

Reasons to buy the Honda Odyssey Touring Elite

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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
Cost 9.5 vs 10.0
2012 Volvo XC90 3.2 Winner: XC90 3.2
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  • Basic warranty lasts 14,000 more miles, 50,000 mile vs 36,000 mile
  • Basic warranty lasts 1 more year, 4 year vs 3 year
  • The best price we've seen is $5,060 cheaper (more than 10% less), $39,275 vs $44,335
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Both come standard with sun roofs
  • Both come standard with leather interiors
  • Both have power seats
Road Tests - vs -
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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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  • Both come standard with satellite radio
  • Both cars offer an entertainment system for passengers, but it'll cost extra to get it on the XC90 3.2
Overall 9.8 vs 10.0

Cost

Honda
Odyssey Touring Elite
2011 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite
2012 Volvo XC90 3.2 Volvo
XC90 3.2
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MSRP $44,335 vs $39,275 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 19 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 Touring Elite'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 Touring Elite's is very short

Luxury Features

Honda
Odyssey Touring Elite
2011 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite
2012 Volvo XC90 3.2 Volvo
XC90 3.2
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moon roof Standard vs Standard Both come standard with sun roofs
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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 Standard vs Standard Both come standard with leather interiors

Road Tests

Honda
Odyssey Touring Elite
2011 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite
2012 Volvo XC90 3.2 Volvo
XC90 3.2
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0-60 mph 8.1 seconds vs Unknown
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Braking distance at 60mph 129 ft vs Unknown
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1/4 mile 15.8 s @ 88 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 Touring Elite
2011 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite
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 Touring Elite 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 Touring Elite
2011 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite
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 Touring Elite
2011 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite
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 6 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 18.4 lb/hp vs 19.8 lb/hp The Odyssey Touring Elite 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 Touring Elite
2011 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite
2012 Volvo XC90 3.2 Volvo
XC90 3.2
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Passengers 8 vs 7 The Odyssey Touring Elite has lots of passenger seats and the XC90 3.2 is OK, too
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Highway driving range 588 miles vs 464 miles The Odyssey Touring Elite gets fantastic distance on a single tank, and the XC90 3.2 gets OK distance
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Cargo space 148.5 ft3 vs 85.1 ft3 The Odyssey Touring Elite has lots of cargo room and the XC90 3.2 is pretty good
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front seats 58.4 ft3 vs 54.9 ft3 Both average size front seats
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folding rear seats Standard vs Not Available The Odyssey Touring Elite'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 Touring Elite cannot be configured with them at any price
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navigation system Standard vs Optional The Odyssey Touring Elite's standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again; optional upgrade required on the XC90 3.2
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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

Honda
Odyssey Touring Elite
2011 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite
2012 Volvo XC90 3.2 Volvo
XC90 3.2
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Number of speakers 12 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 Standard vs Standard Both come standard with 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 Standard vs Optional Both cars offer an entertainment system for passengers, but it'll cost extra to get it on the XC90 3.2

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 2012 Mazda 5 Touring Odyssey EX vs 5 Touring
2011 Honda Odyssey EX 2011 Honda CR-V EX-L Odyssey EX vs CR-V EX-L
2011 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite 2011 Honda Pilot Touring Odyssey Touring Elite vs Pilot Touring
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2012 Volvo XC90 3.2 2012 Volvo XC70 T6 XC90 3.2 vs XC70 T6
2012 Volvo XC90 3.2 2011 Toyota Highlander XC90 3.2 vs Highlander
2012 Volvo XC90 3.2 2011 Honda Pilot Touring XC90 3.2 vs Pilot Touring
2012 Volvo XC90 3.2 2011 Land-Rover Range Rover HSE XC90 3.2 vs Range Rover HSE

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