2011 Honda Odyssey Touring: Lunch Carpool
April 01, 2011
Yesterday, four of us climbed into the long-term 2011 Honda Odyssey Touring for a 10-mile trip up the coast to lunch. I ended up with the keys, which was good as I am a control freak, plus as noted previously, I've taken a real shine to the Odyssey.
We usually talk about how simple it is to get kids in and out of a minivan. Although all of us were able to buckle our own seatbelts, I was struck by the sheer personal space in this van. At no point did I worry about any of my passengers elbowing me, kicking my seat or otherwise disturbing my 72-degree climate-controlled bubble.
No surprise, really, since published shoulder- and hip room are competitive with other vans, while second-row legroom (40.9 inches) is best in class. I don't put a lot of stock in published specs (given varying measuring methods), but the Odyssey feels very roomy by minivan standards.
Also impressive was the van's quiet ride. Our speeds ranged between 45 mph and 70 mph, and at no time, did I have to raise my voice to talk to someone in the second row -- and I tend to be soft-spoken and mumbly. I was also able to hear the middle-seaters with no problem.
After the jump, you'll find out what the Honda's passengers -- Al Austria, Bryn MacKinnon and Carroll Lachnit -- were thinking as I drove.
Austria (sat in right rear, then right front): The IP (dash) materials weren't as good as I imagined. Good ride, comfortable, not as much 2nd-row legroom as I expected. And quick turn-in!!
MacKinnon (left rear): The exterior door handles seem really overly chunky and too futuristic. Second-row armrest is kinda ridiculously squishy.
Lachnit (right front, then right rear): I thought the 2nd row was plenty roomy (but I'm short). Seats were comfortable. And boy, can it accelerate out of a tony Malibu shopping center ;)
Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 8,220 miles