I Don't Have Kids... - 2011 Honda Odyssey Long-Term Road Test
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2011 Honda Odyssey Long Term Road Test

2011 Honda Odyssey: I Don't Have Kids...

May 18, 2011

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...but I was a kid once a long time ago. Back before we had minivans. We piled into my father's large Chevy and stuffed all of our suitcases and gear into the cavernous trunk. We had a mid-seventies Caprice Classic, remember? And it served us just fine. You could fit six adults in that car. I was a dancer and was forced to play softball for a season and my brother played ice hockey and golf, so we had plenty of stuff to cart around.

I can appreciate the Honda Odyssey's minivan virtues. I recognize it as a class leader and its modern safety features. But I can't see driving around in one all the time.

I know parents appreciate the DVD players and rear seat entertainment systems. But when I was a kid, we (gasp) actually talked to each other. I liked my parents. They were fun. And on long trips my brother (a future writer) would tell me action-packed adventure stories starring the characters from my neighborhood. Those stories probably had my parents in stitches. I know they got me through many a long drive and developed our career skills better than staring at a screen like a zombie for hours ignoring each other.

Anyone with me? Give me a big sedan any day.

Now, get off my lawn.

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor


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