2011 Honda Odyssey Touring: Track Tested
April 29, 2011
The Honda Odyssey has long been the favorite "car guy" minivan thanks to its car-like handling and incredibly responsive / informative steering. It was the solution for the people who liked to drive and also needed to haul some stuff and some people.
It was (and is) also a Honda, which means that besides the people who bought it for the solid chassis, lots of people bought it simply because it was a Honda. And for 2011, it seems that Honda has done more to appease the masses who bought for the reliability than for the enthusiasts who bought for the fun / function compromise.
Our Odyssey makes 248 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque from a 3.5-liter V6. The transmission is a six-speed automatic. It weighs 4,522 lbs.
So how does it stack up on our track? Follow the jump...
Drive Type: Transverse, front-engine, front-wheel drive
Transmission Type: six-speed automatic
Displacement (cc/cu-in): 3,471/212
Redline (rpm): 6,300
Horsepower (hp @ rpm): 248 @ 5,700
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm): 250 @ 4,800
Steering System: Speed-proportional rack and pinion power steering
Suspension Type (front): Independent MacPherson struts, coil springs, stabilizer bar
Suspension Type (rear): Independent double-wishbone, coil springs
Tire Size (front): P235/60R18 102T
Tire Size (rear): P235/60R18 102T
Tire Brand: Michelin
Tire Model: Primacy MXv4
Tire Type: All Season
Wheel size: 18-by-7 inches front and rear
Wheel material (front/rear): Painted Alloy
As tested Curb Weight (lb): 4,522
0-30 (sec): 3.1
0-45 (sec): 5.3
0-60 (sec): 8.0
0-60 with 1-ft Rollout (sec): 7.7
0-75 (sec): 11.6
1/4-Mile (sec @ mph): 15.9 @ 87.9
30-0 (ft): 33
60-0 (ft): 126
Slalom (mph): 58.2 (57.9 with T/C OFF)
Skid Pad Lateral acceleration (g): 0.74 (0.75 with T/C OFF)
Db @ Idle: 42.5
Db @ Full Throttle: 76.4
Db @ 70 mph Cruise: 65.9
RPM @ 70: 2,000
Acceleration: Virtually the same w/without traction control and / or wheelspin. Upshifts are quick and smooth at redline. Engine sounds snarly and aggressive -- especially for a minivan. nice.
Braking: Best stop was the first, then consistent distances thereafter showing good fade resistance -- not even odor or smoldering pads which is expected of a Honda. Firm pedal, straight stops, controlled dive.
Handling: Skidpad: Tire-howling understeer but good balance and steering feel / weight. With ESC on, there was little (if any) interference (perhaps the throttle pulled back a little? ) ergo nearly identical results. Slalom: Driver controls and chassis feedback make the Odyssey feel more capable than it truly is. It's easy to overdrive this van because you can, but the tires cannot cash the check written by sensations the chassis writes. Actually went a little quicker with (excellent) ESC turned on because it can apply a single brake ( and I cannot) to snub understeer.