Power Door Switches - 2011 Honda Odyssey Touring Long-Term Road Test

2011 Honda Odyssey Long Term Road Test

2011 Honda Odyssey Touring: Power Door Switches

November 15, 2011

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Our long-term 2011 Honda Odyssey Touring has its power side and rear door switches on the lower left side of the dashboard. This is a different setup than most minivans, where these switches reside in the overhead console, near the map lights.

I prefer our Odyssey's setup and think this is quite convenient. But I imagine that many will prefer the overhead console location for these switches because

  1. That's what they're used to
  2. The front passenger can also operate them

Yesterday I wrote that on my Vegas Pacquiao trip I wished our Odyssey would override the door locks. Let me explain once more. In some vehicles you can open a regular (not sliding) door if it is locked -- no unlocking by the switch first. Not so on the Odyssey with the front or the sliding side or the rear door. You must unlock first.

This is what I would like on our Odyssey...

This is what I would like on our Odyssey: if you operate those door switches in the pic -- that only the driver has access to -- then even if the doors are locked they should open. As it is right now, even if you're outside, approaching the vehicle, and use the remote, you have to unlock the doors before you can open them. I think that's inconvenient.

DLu said there might be a workaround, but the van is gone for a few days so I can't play around with the car or RTFM. But I will.

And I'm curious about that "On" sliding sliding switch in the pic...Hmmm. I'll check that when the car is back.

What do you think? Would you like the van's power doors to operate without unlocking first?

And what about the location of those switches? Do you like them where they are on the Odyssey or in the overhead console?

Albert Austria, Senior VE Engineer @ 16,000 miles

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