2011 Honda Odyssey: 4x8s Fit, But Not Easily
December 02, 2011
Several months ago Dan praised our 2011 Honda Odyssey for its ability to swallow up 4' x 8' sheets of material. I agree. Any minivan that can't fit cargo of these dimensions loses its functional bragging rights instantly.
Dan also said that according to his measuring tape, "an unsawed 4x8 panel would fit easily." You just need to lift it over the threshold. After after transporting 8 sheets of drywall in the Odyssey last night I have to disagree here. That threshold was a bigger obstacle than I expected...
Aside from my getting home late and not having enough light for a better photo, everything looks good, right? All sheets fit, nice and snug. But not without some collateral damage.
The 4-foot wide load area doesn't give much room for error. Just ask the seat belt and paneling. I can imagine a sheet of plywood leaves a far more permanent gouge. This chalk wipes right off, fortunately.
The threshold took (and delivered) the brunt of the damage. Luckily it was only minor bleeding. I realize this lip helps keep the cargo from shifting during transport, but doesn't the rear hatch do that too? And doesn't driving carefully also do that? So there it is, my gripe. I wish the load opening was squared off at the bottom. This rounded lip does me no favors.
Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager @ 16,401 miles