2011 Honda Odyssey: Going to See Grandma
September 26, 2011
Weekends, like minivans, are about family. Which is why I grabbed the keys to our long-term 2011 Honda Odyssey Touring on Friday.
Within hours it was packed full with kids, wife and dog. Destination? Grandma's house. Grandma lives about 150 mile due east of our Santa Monica office in the sleepy desert community of La Quinta, CA, population 41,092 people and about twice as many golf courses.
The Odyssey as expected was ideal for the trip. It hauled the Oldhams there and back in perfect comfort and allowed all six of us (sans pooch) to drive to a far off restaurant in just one car. Two full size adults made that drive happily in the Odyssey's third row. No complaints. In fact, the same two volunteered to ride back there after dinner for the trip home.
I also made two discoveries about the Odyssey that have only fueled my love affair with this van.
1) Its third row is easily accessed by flipping one lever and tilting a second row chair out of the way.
2) The driver can lock the temperature of the rear climate control, which keeps the kids from turning it up to 90 degrees (there's a secondary control in the headliner above the second row).
Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief @ 12,806 miles