The Steering Wheel and the Dead Pedal - 2011 Honda Odyssey Touring Long-Term Road Test
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2011 Honda Odyssey Touring: The Steering Wheel and the Dead Pedal

November 03, 2011

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I always like cars (and vans) that have a huge range of steering-wheel telescope adjustment, because I can track the seat back to accommodate my longish inseam and still have the steering wheel close, so I can hold it NASCAR-style with my arms bent at nearly 90 degrees.

Our long-term 2011 Honda Odyssey lets me do this so I am automatically a fan.

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This would be pretty much the perfect seating position (for me) if the deal pedal weren't so high. You can see here that it's raised up quite a bit from the floor, and this makes for slightly awkward foot positioning.

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Of course, this is to be expected in a minivan (or any van), because footwell packaging is just tricky with their short snouts. So, the funky dead pedal isn't a deal breaker, but it might be slightly annoying on a long trip.

Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 15,200 miles

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