2011 Honda Odyssey Touring: No Proximity Entry?
September 29, 2011
Thankfully, I don't have children. I don't have the time or energy for that kind of exercise. But I do have nieces and a nephew who, from time to time, have been in my sole care.
Here's what I remember: Stuff. Lots of stuff. The child itself, some sort of bag with child care stuff and maybe a stroller. Truth be told, I've blocked most of those memories. What I do remember is that trying to find the keys to the car SUCK when you've got an arm full of tiny humans.
And knowing the type of person who buys minivans, it's kind of surprising that Honda doesn't even offer proximity access on the Odyssey. The top-of-the-line Touring Elite gets everything our Odyssey Touring has plus HIDs, blind-spot monitoring, DVD rear entertainment and a premium audio system and a $43,675 base price -- but no proximity access.
Maybe with some practice you get better at trying to figure out kids + stuff + getting into a car, but even if just for the initial break-in period, a truly keyless (and remoteless) entry seems like a huge benefit.
Now, we know Honda is against options, but consider that BMW, known for expensive options, lists Comfort Access at only $500. $500 on a $40,000 bill is nothing.
Oh, it's also easier for those of us who constantly have our pockets full of random other junk, but that's not the real point here.
Mike Magrath, Features Editor, Edmunds.com @ 12,866 miles