'Nope, Never!' - 2011 Honda Odyssey Long-Term Road Test

2011 Honda Odyssey Long Term Road Test

2011 Honda Odyssey: 'Nope, Never!'

May 10, 2011


I'm moving again. I'll spare you the details, but in short, the distance from place to place is about a quarter of a mile, so the Odyssey and Sienna are going to be my good friends these next two weeks.

However, that means I'm going to be driving the Odyssey and Sienna a lot. Don't get me wrong, they both drive quite well for minivans, but they are minivans nonetheless. Every time the new Mrs. and I approach one of them, it's like we're staring into a deep, glaring abyss of a depressing future.

"Nope, never," she said adamantly. "I don't care what happens, we're not getting one of these."

I add, "My mother made do with an Acura Integra, I sure as hell don't need a Honda bus."

Now, roughly five minutes after this goes live, at least five editors will stop by my desk spinning some cautionary tale about how they said something similar back in the day, patting me on the head with some sort of "you'll see sonny, you'll see" nonsense, which will in some way make them feel better as they picture a day somewhere in the future when they'll get to say "I told you so, you sniveling little shit."

Well, I suppose we will see, but the Vegas odds are against them on this one. Even if some more family oriented vehicle shall be purchased in the distant future (somewhere in between the Blue Jays being a relevant team again and Takahashi growing up), it sure as hell won't be a minivan, Chevy Traverse, Ford Expedition or whatever great automotive pachyderm comes along. I like small cars, she finds her Mazda 3 too big. This is more about size than stigma.

This isn't to diss the Odyssey or any minivan, of course. They are still the most space-efficient way to transport a whole heap of stuff or a bunch of people in comfort. There are certainly people who can routinely utilize this sort of maximum capability and I'm certainly glad Edmunds has one during my move, but does that mean I can foresee me needing one every day? Nope, never.

James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 5,958 miles

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