Satellite Radio Interface Could Be Better - 2011 Honda Odyssey Long-Term Road Test

2011 Honda Odyssey Long Term Road Test

2011 Honda Odyssey: Satellite Radio Interface Could Be Better

December 09, 2011


In general, I am fine with our long-term 2011 Honda Odyssey's center stack controls. Indeed, they're clunky looking, but both the controls and the displays are large, so functionality is quite good. However, I don't care for the channel scrolling function for the satellite radio.

Even if you're on the audio screen, the nav system's big multi-function controller won't scroll through stations unless you tap down and then select the channel list feature. And no matter which station you're on, even say, XM 75, it always starts you out at the top of the list (XM 000). So if you start searching for a channel and then have to pause to do a little driving, you can't come back to your place... you have to start over from the top.


I'm (pretty) sure my problem would be solved if I would just use the tuning knob over on the right side of the head unit. But that never occurs to me whenever I get back into the Odyssey. I always grab the big, chunky control dial, which is about triple the size of the tuning knob and more enticing to use. So here's what I'd like.

(1) Swap the location of the CD deck (and assorted audio hard buttons) with the multifunction controller (and its associated buttons), to close the physical distance between the controller and the nav screen. Right now, they're really far apart, and it's mentally taxing to spin the dial while visually referring to a display that far away.

(2) When I select the channel list feature, have the list start from whichever channel I'm currently listening to — so in this case, XM channel 75 would be at the top of the list.

(3) Allow a few more characters to show the title of each song. With a screen that big, you should be able to display more characters than that.

Erin Riches, Senior Editor


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