2012 Honda Odyssey Review
Pros & Cons
- Agile handling
- fuel-efficient V6
- quiet cabin
- configurable second-row seat
- top safety scores
- easy-to-fold third-row seat.
- Pricier than some competitors
- some desirable options and features only offered on upper trim levels
- button-heavy dash.
List Price Range
$7,407 - $14,730
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I decided to wait till I had at least 2000 miles on my 2012 Odyssey EX-L before writing a review on it. I test-drove the Honda, Toyota, and Nissan minivans. What I traded in was a 2008 Odyssey EX-L. Here are the Pros and Cons of my new one compared to my old one: Pros 1) More comfortable seats. The lower cushions tilt more than the other brands, plus a darker fabric (truffles, a darker grey) is available, which wont show the dirt as much. 2) Cabin is 2 wider, and the extra room is very helpful when carrying adult passengers. 2nd row holds 3 adults very comfortably. 3) Engine is very smooth and all but silent. 4) Like the trip computer, where gas mileage can be computed for each trip. 5) Like the large, easy-to-read, digital display of the TIME on the monitor screen. 6) Like the standard equipment Bluetooth capability. (NOT on my 2008) 7) Like the ability to load in numerous CDs into hard drive of the sound system. Saves having to insert and eject CDs countless times. 8) Minimal vibration in the powertrain. 9) Like the standard power liftgate. (NOT on my 2008) 10) Gas mileage averages 20 mpg in the city and at least 27 on trips. 11) Love the speed-compensated volume control on the sound system. I havent had this since my 1998 Chevy Venture LS. 12) Lower suspension noise going over rough pavement. (although sharp bumps come through loud and clear. 13) It tracks well on the Interstates with minimal steering corrections. Cons 1) Noticeable wind noise heard around the windshield pillar on the drivers side at highway speeds on windy days, though its not intrusive. Dealer hinted that windshield might have to be re-installed, but they didnt want to do that. 2) Wind whistle heard on top of drivers side window at speeds as low as 30 mph, but dealer was able to fix it. 3) Grating sounds heard in rear of cabin when going over uneven road surfaces at slow speeds. (could be the sliding doors. My 08 Ody made the same noise after 3 years) 4) Miss the storage area under floor, in front of the 2nd row seat. (its now mostly taken up by the spare tire)
This is my second Odyssey my first was 2010 this one 2012. They both seem to have similar problems with the quality of the front end. I have had the 2012 for 2 yrs now and these are my thoughts. Before I go on let me say that I'm very familiar with how a car works mechanically. With 22,000 miles the van is in the shop for the following problems. Noise in left front, worse in the winter, grinding noise from engine,worse a low idle and strong vibration when applying brakes, worse when on highway. Just received call from service manager and here is the list of things that need to be replaced. Stabilizer links and bushings, Power steering pump, Front brakes and rotors and the two front tires.
This is a review after owning the car for 3 wk and 900 miles of driving. The V6 is extremely smoothwhen it idles, there is no sound or any sense of vibration, and when pushed, it gives off a nice sporty exhaust note. The engine could use a bit more low end torque but has enough power for passing with a full load. The seating are very comfortable, even after a 300 mile trip. The versatile interior is wonderful to accommodating the need of a family on the go we have two toddlers in car seats. The fit and finish is very good if you are not too picky. But taking a close look, it is hard to ignore the use of cheap materials in some areas to save cost. I have no QC problems at the moment
Touring 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
We bought our 2012 Odyssey, which was 3yrs old with 30k miles, in Spring 2015. That means as of this writing, we've had it for 4.5 years and put on about 50k miles. I came here to tell everyone reading this and anyone researching Odysseys that it's not only an amazing family minivan, but quite possibly the best vehicle we've ever owned - and that's coming from a crazy car guy who can't keep a car longer than 3 years. What we've owned include: Accord, Camry, WRX, Legacy, Tribeca, Prius, TSX and TLX. Our Odyssey has stood the test of time, already outlasting 3 of those other vehicles. We have no reason to even shop for another family vehicle anytime soon. What's great: -Our Odyssey Touring is built like a premium vehicle. It might as well have an Acura badge. It has been 100% reliable (only one heater seat TSB fix), is powerful, smooth, comfortable and quiet, and has leather and almost every gadget and gizmo imaginable. -Power sliding doors made it easy for us to load our kids into the van as babies in travel system carriers, then allowed them to climb in as toddlers so we could buckle them, and now our kids climb in and buckle themselves. Plus we never had to worry about smashing doors into cars or garage walls. -Power tailgate has been used thousands, maybe tens of thousands of times, allowing us to load groceries, furniture, sports equipment, you name it. The back row typically stays up leaving the deep well available for us to fill. -It has enough space to haul family, friends, luggage, equipment, furniture... almost anything in your home... sometimes all at the same time. -It towed our popup camper for years like it wasn't even behind us and now tows our small travel trailer like a champ. What's not great: -VCM. I forget our Odyssey had VCM because I disabled it long ago with VCMuzzler. This invaluable device stopped all the goofy engine vibrations and instilled confidence in our van not having oil seepage, plug fouling and misfire issues. You should be aware of the engine misfire lawsuit if shopping for a Honda years 2008 through 2016 or so. -Lack of AWD. Honestly, this is the only thing preventing this minivan from being the world's most perfect vehicle, in my opinion. But I'll still take it with FWD. It has been and continues to be a remarkably awesome minivan to us, whether knocking around town or driving us across the country to a vacation.