Minivan As Hotel - 2011 Honda Odyssey Touring Long-Term Road Test

2011 Honda Odyssey Long Term Road Test

2011 Honda Odyssey Touring: Minivan As Hotel

May 11, 2011


Would you sleep here, in the back of a 2011 Honda Odyssey? I would.

Did, in fact.


Behold, sleepytime at the race track. I needed a place to get some Zs between my driving stints during a recent 24-hour endurance race. And the Odyssey is, in fact, a place.

Transforming it into a bed involves stowing the third row of seating and relocating the second row. The third row is so easy to stow that an ape could do it. They call it a 'magic seat' and it really is magic. Pull the little strap and boom, it folds itself into the rear well. Nice!

Now, the middle row is a pain in the ass to remove. It's heavy and fiddly, especially when you're already sleep-deprived.

As you can see from the lead photo, the Odyssey's floor isn't exactly flat, but plunk down an air mattress and you can sleep on broken glass (provided you have a Kevlar-lined air mattress).

The Odyssey is spacious enough for this six-footer to sleep at full stretch in relative comfort. And -- bonus! -- our longterm Odyssey has sunshades on all the windows. Just go ahead and try to sneak a peek through those at my Spider-Man Underoos very manly sleeping attire.

One thing I realized about those (extremely useful and handy) power sliding doors and liftgate is that if you plan on using them a lot when the car is parked and off, don't. Power things require power — namely battery power — and if you get overexuberant with the opening and closing you could possibly find yourself in a very Warren Clarke-ish way when it comes time to drive home.

The power sliding aspect can be switched off with the very prominent buttons to the left of the steering wheel. So, you know, switch 'em off.

Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor

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