2011 Honda Odyssey Touring: Throttling Back
April 19, 2011
Honda did an excellent job with the Odyssey's throttle calibration, with a nice and subtle tip-in.
More and more cars these days have abrupt throttle delivery, making for a lurch forward when you hit the accelerator pedal from a stop, as if you're trying to race somebody. Whether it's an effort by manufacturers to make their cars feel quicker off the line, or just bad calibration, it's an annoying trend.
The Odyssey's throttle delivery is supple, and not because the V6 doesn't produce any power; it does. There's never any lurching, no matter if you just casually ease into the throttle or plant your right foot hard. The mark of good calibration is when it's so natural that you don't have to think about being smooth, it just happens.
I do wish the automatic transmission wasn't so eager to get into top gear, though, and conversely reluctant to kick back down. I know why it does this (fuel mileage); I just wish it didn't.
Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 4,468 miles.