2011 Honda Odyssey Touring: Fists of Fury
October 25, 2011
Driving the Odyssey the other day, enjoying the comfortable seats and captain's armrest, feeling vaguely master of some parallel universe, I noticed something missing. Namely, a lump in my back. Honda's had an unenviable reputation for fist-in-the-back seating, particularly of the Accord-based variety (search Honda-Tech, TOV and assorted model-specific forums if you're skeptical). It was pretty noticeable in our departed long-term Crosstour, maybe less so in our LT TSX wagon (some on staff say otherwise).
But the Odyssey, to me at least, doesn't suffer from it. Deflate the lumbar support all the way and it's just gone. Now I'm curious to know if the manual lumbar support on the LX is as invisible when fully deflated as the power lumbar adjustment is on our Touring (power lumbar is standard on EX models and above).
Regardless of cause - whether Honda redesigned the Odyssey's seats or has been tweaking this across the board - it's a welcome deletion.
Dan Frio, Automotive Editor