My wife and I decided that the Odyssey would be the best bet based on our growing family but soon had doubts.
1. After 4K miles the windows started rolling down automatically when the car was parked - at home, in the parking garage at work, in downtown DC. I took it to the dealership twice before they diagnosed a defective key fob and replaced both keys.
2. At 18K miles we started noticing a little hesitation when driving on the highway between 45-55 miles per hour. I took it to the dealership where they told me the transmission needed to be replaced. Now with a new transmission we have 25K miles and I feel a similar hesitation. I think I need to trade the van before the warranty is up.
I really really love my van.
We've owned for 6 months now and taken a couple of roadtrips with our 2 and 5 year old.
It is so comfy and convenient and roomy for just such excursions.
The only thing I am not happy about is our A/C.
It doesn't seem to blow COLD.
It's cool, but not cold. We live in Phoenix, AZ so when it's not blowing ice cubes (which I expect from a vehicle I paid around 40K for and is brand new) and it's 110+ degrees, that makes for a hot, irritable mommy.
It especially doesn't seem to blow cold driving around town or when we stop at a light.
Took it to the dealer, and they said the charge was low and recharged the system but I didn't notice a difference.
all the room!
the A/C system needs an overhaul...only thing I would change.
This is my first Honda. I compared this with the 2012 Sienna, 2012 Town & Country, and large SUV's. All compared vehicles were on IIHS' 2012 Top Safety list.
Advantages over Sienna:
Easier to pull 3rd row seats
Front row heater button easier to access
Rear view camera display is larger compared to base XLE
Variable cylinder management
Sienna has more leg room, cargo room, higher HP and torque
Advantages over T&C:
Ride quality seemed better in Odyssey
Quality of materials also seemed better
Nav and rear screen DVD player standard in T&C
T&C has LED lighting
No movable pedal feature
At this trim level it has more than what we wanted or needed. We upgraded mainly for the rear-view camera.
Dual-tone leather in driver side armrest, rear-view camera is bright and easy to use, and this is our first car with a sunroof. Their is a lot of tech in this car and that will take some time to figure out. Dash buttons seem intuitive. We love the large cargo area and ability to hold 8 people. We are future proof for quite some time.
The power doors and tailgate are awesome. I had some trouble opening the power doors from the driver seat while parked; I chalk that up to inexperience. AC was quite cold at low fan speed, a must in TX. We will enjoy the heated seats in cooler weather.
If the rear-view camera and blind spot monitoring were optional equipment at all trims that would be great. Safety should be paramount but no manufacturer does it. Unfortunately, I think those features are placed in higher trims to force you to upgrade.
I do miss the little cubbies and under the floor cargo areas my friend's Odyssey has.
The number of interior color options is quite limited.
If some of the disadvantages above were addressed that would provide even more value.
Given I have had this car for less than a day I will follow up in the comments with more detailed information as time passes. I will be sure to monitor the brake rotors as other posters have mentioned.
We replaced my wife's Porsche Cayenne S Titanium Edition with two VW Touaregs.
Although the Touaregs are built on the same chassis they are worlds apart and we were very disappointed by the Touaregs and specifically the support or lack there of from the manufactures and dealers.
With two children under the age of two we decided to look at minivans.
Having owned and raced a number of Hondas over the years I didn't have to look much further then the Odyssey.
We ended up leasing a new 2012 Odyssey (at a great rate thanks to Honda's great residual value).
The Odyssey is a brilliant choice for anyone with children.
Maybe it's not as "cool" as a luxury SUV but it is way more practical.
Hands down the economy of the Odyssey is most noticeable difference, coming out of luxury SUVs. The vehicle feels as though it has almost no drivetrain lag at times and could cost forever.
It helps make for a super smooth ride.
I have been attaining 20-23 mpg around town and 28 mpg on long trips.
I cruse at about 80 mph, I am sure if i slowed down a little that I could attain 30+mpg highway.
The versatility of the Odyssey just cant be matched in any other segment.
We can haul lots of people and gear with ease and it's easy to drive regardless of how loaded up it is.
The audio system has nice features such as bluetooth phone, and satellite radio.
One of the most disappointing things about the vehicle is the interior fit and finish.
I know that it's not a Porsche but the extensive use of plastic and the loose feel of the materials makes one feel as though they are in an American car (fleet car feel).
The stature of the vehicle makes it very susceptible to being pushed around by wind while on the highway.
One of my biggest complaints is the noise, it's not something that makes the vehicle unpleasant to drive, but there is a lot or road noise picked up, especially from the front struts.
I am thinking about adding some Dynamat to see if that helps at all.
The noise issue also draws attention to the under powered 7 speaker stereo.
I don't fit the minivan demographic as an old retired guy.
Trading my 6 year-old Lexus RX for an Oddyssey was not an economic decision but I am now a Honda owner for the first time.
It's only been a week, hence the word preliminary.
Fit and finish excellent, interior roomy and comfortable, seats relatively easy to manipulate into many configurations.
You need a little muscle to get the second row seats out, though, if the room is needed.
Adequate power, handling surprisingly sedan-like, reasonably quiet.
Many advanced safety features and air bags.
This vehicle represents a highly evolved version of the classic minivan.
The communications features-radio, CD, Bluetooth, USB, are great!
Power doors, tailgate, electronics user interface, cabin configuration ease and flexibility,inside-mounted spare.
Haven't owned it long enough to have found flaws.
It would be great if they offered a hybrid version.