Sliding Doors, The Band-Aid for Tight Spaces or Laziness - 2011 Honda Odyssey Long-Term Road Test

2011 Honda Odyssey Long Term Road Test

2011 Honda Odyssey: Sliding Doors, The Band-Aid for Tight Spaces or Laziness

January 10, 2012


Yes, this was my parking job. I fully admit that it was a pretty crappy one. I probably should have repositioned or picked a different spot -- the (not pictured) car to my right had started it off by being too far to its left in its space. But I had parked just for a quick stop (picking up dry cleaning) and I was rather lazy. More to the point, though, the photo does effectively represent a tight ("compact car") parking space, which is all too common these days if you're driving a big vehicle.

This is what's so great about minivans and their power sliding rear doors. No door dings (ones that are your fault, anyway). No awkward manuvering around a conventional door that's partially ajar. No problem getting your stuff or kids out of the back. Just press a button and -- presto! -- Bob's your uncle.

It's the ultimate advantage over anything labeled "crossover."

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 19,431 miles

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