2011 Honda Odyssey Touring: The Steering Wheel and the Dead Pedal
November 03, 2011
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.
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.
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