2011 Honda Odyssey: Clear Gauges, Soft Suspension
March 28, 2011
Got some quality seat time in the Odyssey this weekend and these two things jumped out at me. First, the gauges. I like them. They're not overly stuffed with too many icons and a hundred hash marks on every dial. Sure, I would prefer numbers on the temperature gauge and all, but this is a minivan after all. Honda delivered the basics and it is good.
And about that suspension. A little too soft for my tastes, and I say this based on the minivan marshmallow scale. No one wants a stiff, "sporty" ride in a family wagon like this, but the Odyssey always managed to bridge the gap between a precision feel and a comfortable ride quality.
Now it feels like Honda dialed back the precision a couple notches in favor of a little more cush. Maybe the average family will like it, but I don't. Just feels to detached for me. I think the Sienna might have the edge in this department now, at least the SE version.
Ed Hellwig, Editor, Edmunds.com