Cool Box or Cold Box? - 2011 Honda Odyssey Touring Long-Term Road Test

2011 Honda Odyssey Long Term Road Test

2011 Honda Odyssey Touring: Cool Box or Cold Box?

June 02, 2011

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I've been curious about the Honda Odyssey's Cool Box, and have been meaning to try it for some time now, but kept forgetting. I'm not very smart. Well, I finally remembered on my way into work this morning.

But you should know a few things about me: First, I'm a weirdo. Second, I like to have the A/C on pretty cold anytime I'm in a car (I hate being hot). And third, I prefer my beverages, particularly water, sodas and energy drinks, ice cold.

So I held out very little hope that the Odyssey's Cool Box would keep a Coke anywhere near my preferred drinking temperature after an hour and a half of driving.

Well, I was wrong (which is not all that uncommon of an occurrence). The drinks weren't ice-cold when I got to work, mind you, still but plenty cold enough even for someone like me to drink them.

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In case you were wondering, the way this system works is that if you press the button near the compartment, air conditioning gets diverted into the Cool Box. Honda recommends setting the fan speed to high if the cabin temperature is hot. I had the A/C set at 69 and on just the first fan setting. Honda also says the Cool Box will continue to function even if the heater is on, as long as the Cool Box button has been pushed.

Of note, the drinks I put in the Cool Box were from the fridge, so all it was really doing was keeping them cold. At some point I'll also experiment with a room temperature drink, and see what it can do with that.

The point of all this? I was pretty sure that for a long trip (like the one The Wife and I just took in the Raptor) I would need to still bring an actual ice cooler to keep our drinks cold. Nope. Not needed. Just one more reason for me to like the Odyssey.

Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 7,662 miles.

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