Safe and Dry and Room for Five - 2011 Honda Odyssey Touring Long-Term Road Test

2011 Honda Odyssey Long Term Road Test

2011 Honda Odyssey Touring: Safe and Dry and Room for Five

December 04, 2011


I know, I know. You've had it up to *here* with minivan cargo shots. Sorry. It goes with the territory. Cargo carrying capacity and passenger seating flexibility are the two things that make the 2011 Honda Odyssey and its minivan bretheren worthy of at least one spot in your driveway.

Here I'm carrying more equipment for our new shop. This time it's a 6-foot workbench and a vise to go along with it. The bench components slide easily between the front and middle seats and the heavy vise sits down in the well behind the "40" half of the third row where it can't roll around too much. Yes, that's the middle-middle seat stuffed temporarily in the back, but at least in this case it's making itself useful as a shim.

Sure, a crew cab pickup would have done the job, but this 6-foot benchtop would have had to lay propped up on the tailgate, secured with rope, and I'd have to unload everything right away to keep it from mysteriously walking away. In this case the stuff is spending the weekend with me. I grabbed it from Grainger will call on Friday afternoon and will drop it off at the shop on Monday morning.

There are three key points here: 1) the Odyssey can still comfortably carry five adults with all this stuff aboard, 2) it's all safely locked up and protected from the weather and; 3) we're getting closer to having our workshop kitted out.

Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 17,233

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