Minivan, Maxi Spend - 2011 Honda Odyssey Touring Long-Term Road Test

2011 Honda Odyssey Long Term Road Test

2011 Honda Odyssey Touring: Minivan, Maxi Spend

April 20, 2011

big spender.jpg Full disclosure: Because I'm half of a DINK household (double income, no kids), I'm the wrong demographic for the Honda Odyssey. Nevertheless, when I finally drove it for the first time last night, I liked it a lot more than I expected to. The Odyssey rides comfortably, handles nicely and thanks to the 3.5 liter V6, accelerates ably enough that you never have to worry about that lane change or freeway merge. The visibility is great, and although it's big, it doesn't drive big. Parking was easy, too.

No storage whining from me. The Odyssey has plenty of compartments for purse, phone, iPod and perhaps even my 18-pound cat, were I of a mind to put him in the middle console. (Which I would never do. Most days.)

But it was odd to drive alone in this very nice, comfortable ark. I was tempted to pick up some fares at a bus stop, just to put the Odyssey to its true purpose.

In short, I had nothing bad to say about it. Then my bottom-line watching colleague, Ron Montoya, pointed out the Odyssey Touring's price tag: $41,535. This is the second-to-top trim, and although it's nice, it's not 41.5K nice.

Edmunds' short list of recommended minivans calls a tie between the Honda Odyssey and the Toyota Sienna. The recommendation also notes that the Kia Sedona is worth a look for its value. At the top trim level, plus virtually all the options you could throw at it, the Sedona's MSRP is $35,500. Were I a penny-watching soccer mom or dad, I'd have to give it serious consideration.

So while the Odyssey isn't for my DINK household, I think it would be perfect a family of DIBS (double income, big spenders). But what do you say? Is the Odyssey worth every single penny?

Carroll Lachnit, Features Editor @4,560 miles

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