Middle Row Middle Seat Defeat - 2011 Honda Odyssey Touring Long-Term Road Test

2011 Honda Odyssey Long Term Road Test

2011 Honda Odyssey Touring: Middle Row Middle Seat Defeat

November 29, 2011


Here I sit waiting in line outside my daughter's high school in the 2011 Honda Odyssey. I'm suddenly realizing the middle row's middle jump seat is installed, and it's going to have to come out before my daughter and her friends appear. These adult-sized kids will need the walk-through center aisle to help them clamber into the third row with their backpacks and such.

Fine, it comes out in a jiffy. But where do I put it? In the Sienna there's a compartment for it in the left-rear wall of the cargo area. No so here in the Odyssey. This heavier (and, it should be said, more comfortable) seat has a bulky floor attachment mechanism that leaves no real place for it but the garage.

But by the time I get to my garage, I'll have dropped off my daughter's friends and the "crisis" will be history. I'll get by this time because the cargo well happens to be empty, but there's no adequate way to tie the big lump down.

If I had my choice I'd invert this scenario and leave the aisleway clear all the time, keeping the jump seat handy so I can quickly snap it in place when needed. Score one for the on-board storage strategy of the Toyota Sienna.

Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 16,901 miles

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