Cruising Comfort - 2011 Honda Odyssey Touring Long-Term Road Test

2011 Honda Odyssey Long Term Road Test

2011 Honda Odyssey Touring: Cruising Comfort

August 24, 2011

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This right here, the Odyssey's front seat, is just one more reason why I'm liking minivans more and more lately, and the Honda in particular. Having what I believe to be the longest daily commute on the editorial staff means two things:

1) I'm obviously not very smart, as commuting such long distances in one of the country's most congested areas is just plain masochistic.
2) I put a pretty high value on a car that lets me while away the miles in comfort.

As such, I love the Odyssey's adjustable seat armrests. You can easily find that perfect position to kick back with both elbows resting comfortably. And the seat doesn't have the harsh amount of lumbar support like on some Hondas. I could see covering big distances with the Odyssey, and not minding one bit.

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As for the stigma that comes with driving a minivan? I don't care one bit what other drivers on the road think about me, whether they're assuming I'm Mr. Mom or whatever. I just floor the throttle and the more-than-adequate V6 lets me motor right around them.

On a separate subject, apparently someone else on staff likes the Cool Box, too. Check out the bonus stash I found this morning. Speaking of the Cool Box, yeah, I'm a big fan. My bottle of water stayed not cool, but cold, during the entire hour-plus drive to work. Brilliant.

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As for that editor on staff who goes around trying to fit one or two bikes into the long-term test cars? Forget that. I want to see if I can fit ALL of my bikes into the Odyssey. Maybe that's my next blog right there.

Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 11,553 miles.

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