This is Why You Get Nav - 2011 Honda Odyssey Touring Long-Term Road Test

2011 Honda Odyssey Long Term Road Test

2011 Honda Odyssey Touring: This is Why You Get Nav

September 30, 2011

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Whenever the question of nav or no nav comes up, I'm always firmly on the side of spending the extra cash ($2,000 from Odyssey EX-L to EX-L w/nav-- about 5% -- and standard on the Touring ) and getting the nav system.

There are a number of reasons for this:

1) It looks cooler.

2) It generally works better.

3) It does more stuff.

and the big one...

4) It displays WAY more stuff. Look at that display. It has teams, score, innings and outs all in one screen. There's no scrolling or wrap-text required. And this doesn't end at sports! You'll get full track, album and artist listing on sat radio, CD or iPod without any annoying scrolling. I love that and if it only did item 4 on this list, I'd still get it.

You'll note that none of these reasons involve the actual navigation part of the deal and I think that's part of the problem with how people view these things. It's easy to say "Oh, no, nav is a waste of money when a Garmin costs $199." But when you consider the other features, usability and the looks of these systems the accounting is a lot easier.


You also get this little screen lower on the dash in case you actually need the nav for something.

And this is what you get if you don't opt for the navigation system. Booorrring. It would worth my $2K just to not have to look at the blue screen with the block lettering.


(Note: This argument needs to exclude modern BMWs that offer a smaller iDrive screen with high functionality even if you don't buy the nav.)

Mike Magrath, Features Editor, @ 12,870 miles

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