2011 Honda Odyssey Touring: Will it Fit?
May 04, 2011
Back when we had a Honda Fit, I thought I'd start a series called "Will it Fit?" It proved rather pointless, since everything I tossed in it -- from a 120-pound Akita to a keg of Boddingtons -- fit with no problem. This really wasn't much of a challenge, either. A 59 x 34-inch box encasing the hopes and dreams of a nerd posed little threat. The bigger question I had was, "what do we have to do to get it to fit?" The answer: not much.
I forgot my tie-down straps at home but Riswick had the bright idea of folding down the "40" section of the 60/40 seats to ensure the precious cargo remained upright. Initially, the top corner of the box would have kept the hatch from closing so I checked the second row. Rats. It was already slid forward.
I was thinking I'd have to remove the offending seat, so I started unlatching it from the floor. With the seat tilted forward, it opened just enough space to get the rest of the box in. Easy. There was even enough room for Bryn's awesome Recaro child seat, my camera bag and related cables and such from Best Buy. We could've fit another four people in while we were at it.
I'm sure it would have fit in our Sienna, too. Loading probably would have been easier in our old Grand Caravan, with its Stow'n'Go seats. It might also work in the Nissan Quest, with its flat cargo floor, but I'm not sure if there would be enough cargo bay height. In any case, hauling big delicate stuff is best left to minivans. I would've hated to have this out in the open on a pickup truck bed.
Mark Takahashi, Associate Editor