2016 Honda Odyssey Consumer Review: Speedometers, spare tires and

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Speedometers, spare tires and seats
By Floyd Sense on

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2016 Honda Odyssey EX 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)

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(1). Leather seats in an Odyssey are uncomfortably hard and hot. The leather doesn't breath like high quality seat leather should, but rather it's like sitting on 1970s vinyl seats on a hot day. Solution: opt for the EX model which has cloth seats that are actually comfortable. We compared the Odyssey leather seats to competition, such as Chrysler Town & Country, and the Honda leather was the worst. (2). The Odyssey spare tire (at least it has one) is stored INSIDE THE VEHICLE, under the floor between the second row seats. So, don't have a flat when you have the vehicle loaded with cargo or if it's full of kids on a rainy day. And, you won't believe where they expect you to store the flat tire you remove - see the manual and be ready to laugh. (3). If you normally wear polarized sunglasses while driving, make sure to take them along when you test drive the Odyssey. On a bright sunny day, the numbers on the speedometer and tachometer are simply not visible when wearing polarized sunglasses. For some reason, the designer decided the numbers should be displayed on a shiny background, making the situation even worse. With all that dashboard screen real estate, you'd think they'd have placed a digital speed display on one of the large screens. On the positive side, the Odyssey is remarkably quiet on the road. While Hondas and their upscale Acuras are noted for their tire and engine noise, you won't hear much of that in the Odyssey. You can actually carry on a conversation with people in the middle row of seats while traveling down the road at 70 mpg. And finally, you'd think that after all these years Honda would have figured out how to make it easy for an owner to get the middle row of seats out of the way for handling large cargo loads. You still have to manually remove them and store them somewhere in the garage or ? If you're a small person or older like me, you'll find that to be a difficult proposition. By the way, the gas mileage is a big surprise when compared to the competition. I can easily get 28 mpg on the open highway and rarely see less than 22 around town. Update: The problem with not being able to read the speedometer and other instruments on a sunny day, along with the difficulty of removing the second row seats has convinced us to dump the Odyssey and go with the Chrysler Pacifica later in the year.

Best Features

  • Noise and vibration
  • Front seats
  • Ride comfort
  • Dealership support
  • Fuel economy
  • Resale value

Worst Features

  • Instrumentation
  • Purchase cost

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