The Doors - 2011 Honda Odyssey Long-Term Road Test

2011 Honda Odyssey Long Term Road Test

2011 Honda Odyssey: The Doors

March 08, 2011

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One neat thing caught my eye as I was getting behind the wheel of the Odyssey last night: The front doors have not one, but two tiers of storage. Quite an unusual sight, I thought.

If doors were buses, the Odyssey's would be one of these things, and you don't see those puppies rolling down the boulevard every day.

The two bins are kinda substantial. The lower level of storage is also designed to accommodate a taller water bottle.

I wondered if maybe this was a minivan thing that I hadn't been aware of -- did the Toyota Sienna's doors also have two tiers? They don't (see below).

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This setup strikes me as an incredibly clever use of space on the part of the Honda elves. And perhaps this kind of practical thinking is what success in the brutal minivan wars is all about.

Have you ever seen this kind of two-tired door setup on another vehicle or is it exclusive to the Odyssey?

Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor @ ~1,700 miles

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