2011 Honda Odyssey Touring: A-Pillar Portholes
October 14, 2011
Our long-term 2011 Honda Odyssey Touring has small portholes in the A-pillars. These are getting more common today.
You can see that the amount of glass and the size of the opening are rather small. But by allowing you to see through that area of the A-pillar and the mirror housing, that small window conveys a sensation of even greater visibility than what is actually seen by your eyes.
Without that porthole, that A-pillar would appear overly thick with a subjectively big blindspot. In the pic you can even see that fire hydrant at 1 o'clock of the driving position. Without the small window...it's gone.
What if you were turning and that hydrant was instead -- a child.
What do you think? Do you see the value?
Albert Austria, Senior VE Engineer @ 14,500 miles