Rollin' Deep to Vegas - 2011 Honda Odyssey Touring Long-Term Road Test

2011 Honda Odyssey Long Term Road Test

2011 Honda Odyssey Touring: Rollin' Deep to Vegas

November 14, 2011

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Our long-term 2011 Honda Odyssey Touring is a great road trip vehicle. I drove several of my friends to Vegas for the 11/11/11 / Manny Pacquiao fight weekend. (I made $20 on the PacMan for the Decision, but mistakenly also bet on a KO.)

My friends loved it and thought it was a spacious and comfortable road trip vehicle. I agree.

The Odyssey has light steering that's great for parking but a bit numb on the highway. The ride quality is comfortable and not too floaty, although impact control could be improved. The body structure is pretty tight. I didn't hear any squeaks or rattles with the radio always on. Also, the Navi and the sat radio interface are both excellent.

Power is decent, but in my recollection our long-term Sienna did a better job of handling the grades on The 15. And there's plenty of room for people and gear.

I ended up getting 23.6 mpg over the course of the 600 mi trip. Impressive.

A couple of gripes...

You can't open the power side or back doors if they are locked. For that matter, you can't open the front doors either without unlocking them first. A minor inconvenience, but it got annoying after mistakenly trying this many times on the trip. And the pleather isn't even a good effort.

The Odyssey is asking for B1 service now at 16K miles. And the rotors are warped -- there's big shudder when braking from highway speeds.

I don't like minivans but my buddy thinks they're cool. He said when you go out you can "roll deep." There's need for your group to take several vehicles, and when you arrive at the club, he added that no one will mind -- provided that your F/M ratio is sufficient. Whatever, it's fine.

Yeah, the Odyssey is great road trip vehicle. We're thinking of taking it to San Franciso or San Diego sometime soon.

Albert Austria, Senior VE Engineer @ 16,000 miles

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