The school-run staple soldiers on: Honda has announced minor feature tweaks to the 2012 Odyssey minivan and a slightly higher price. The 2012 Odyssey will start at $29,035 (including destination), a scant $150 more than last year.
That $29,035 gets you the base LX model, which pairs a 3.5-liter V-6 to a 5-speed automatic transmission. Prices range from there all the way up to a healthy $44,485 for the top-of-the-line Odyssey Touring Elite, which uses a 6-speed automatic transmission and offers a host of options, including rear entertainment and satellite navigation.
2012 is the second model year for the Odyssey since its 2011 major restyling, so the minivan doesn’t get any significant feature or styling changes. Instead, Honda has moved some of its standard features down a trim level: buyers of the EX now get the Odyssey’s 8-inch Multi Information Display, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a USB port to connect audio devices, and a 2 GB hard drive to store music standard. These features had previously been standard only on the EX-L and above trim levels, which cost at least $3000 more.
Other than a new shade of white (the 2012 Odyssey Touring scraps the old Taffeta White in favor of White Diamond Pearl), nothing else is changed. As before, the engine produces 248 hp and 250 lb-ft of torque, and can shut off two or three cylinders under partial throttle to save gas. As such, a six-speed automatic Odyssey gets 28 mpg on the highway. Inside, there’s seating for 7 (in LX models) or 8 (EX models and above), and rear seat passengers on the Touring Elite model can watch two different video sources (i.e. video game consoles, on-board DVD player, etc) on the ultra-wide LCD rear entertainment display.