2012 Honda Odyssey

LX FWD 4-Dr Minivan V6 auto trans

2012 honda odyssey Reviews and News

2012 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite Front Left View
This year, Automobile Magazine choose the 2012 Honda Odyssey as one of its ten All-Stars, the only minivan to make the list. It's not hard to see why the Odyssey would be so honored, but it's actually my least favorite minivan to drive.

Top-notch powertrain

The Odyssey Touring Elite gets the best fuel economy of any minivan, at 19/28 mpg. (The LX, EX, and EX-L Odyssey models, which have a five-speed automatic rather than six-speed, are rated at a still-impressive 18/27 mpg). At the same time, and despite its 248-hp power rating being the lowest in the segment, the 3.5-liter V-6 provides peppy acceleration. The six-speed automatic works well. Chassis tuning is also pretty good, with no notable floatiness.

Bum steer

So what's the problem? It's the steering, which is just awful. It's ridiculously overboosted, imprecise, and really feels sloppy. Instead of building up as you wind on more lock, efforts actually decrease. The Odyssey steering is easily the worst of any minivan, and makes herding this van down the road a chore. It doesn't have to be this way; in fact, at one time the Odyssey was known for its superior steering. Those days are gone.

Lacking luxe

Speaking of disappointment, we also could have a word about the interior. Considering that my test example was a $44,000 top-of-the-line model, the workaday interior design and materials were a letdown. Gray plastic trim does little to enliven the massive dash, and it takes longer than it should to find what you're looking for in the sea of black buttons in the center stack area. Leather is standard (naturally), but it could almost pass for the fake stuff, and there's plenty of hard plastic on the dash and door panels.

Kid friendly

Of course, most minivan buyers get one because they have kids, and kids will love the Odyssey. The high-end version has an ultra-wide (16 inchs) flip-down video screen; even more impressive, it has split-screen capability, so siblings don't have to agree on what to watch. The Odyssey is one of only two minivans (the Sienna is the other) that offer eight-passenger seating, so one more friend can come along. The rear seats are quite comfortable, and third-row space is generous. Unlike Chrysler minivans, however, Honda rear passengers are denied seat heaters; perhaps the thinking is that sitting on cold seats builds character.
Does driving this bus also build character? Probably not, but it's definitely one more example of something parents only do for their kids.

2012 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite

Base price: $44,485
Price as tested: $44,485
Standard Equipment:
248-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 engine
6-speed automatic transmission
4-wheel disc brakes with ABS and panic brake assist
4-wheel independent suspension
6 air bags
Leather-trimmed interior
Navigation w/voice recognition
Multi-view rear camera
Ultrawide 16.2" rear entertainment system w/HDMI and wireless headsets
650-watt AM/FM/XM/CD/MP3 audio system w/12 speakers and subwoofer
MP3/aux input jack; USB audio interface
Steering-wheel-mounted audio controls
Bluetooth
3-zone automatic climate control
Tilt and telescopic steering column
Heated front seats
10-way power driver's seat; 4-way power passenger's seat
60/40 split-folding third-row Magic Seat
Multi-function second-row center seat (8-passenger seating)
Power door locks w/remote
Power liftgate
Power sliding doors
Power windows
Power moonroof
2nd and 3rd-row sunshades
18-inch alloy wheels
Blind-spot assist
Front and rear parking sensors
HID headlights w/auto leveling
Power side mirrors w/heaters, turn signals, and reverse tilt-down
Fog lights
Ambient footwell lighting
Cool box
3rd-row power outlet
Options on this vehicle:
None
Fuel economy:
(city/hwy/combined)
19/28/22 mpg
Engine:
3.5L V-6
Horsepower: 248 hp @ 5700 rpm
Torque: 250 lb-ft @ 4800 rpm
Drive:
Front-wheel
Transmission:
6-speed automatic
Curb weight
4560 lb
Wheels/tires
17 x 7 inch alloy wheels
235/60R18 Michelin Primacy MXV4 tires
Competitors:
Chrysler Town & Country
Dodge Grand Caravan
Kia Sedona
Nissan Quest
Toyota Sienna
2012 Honda Odyssey
2012 Honda Odyssey

New For 2013

The i-MID information display with CD, Bluetooth, and USB audio connectivity is now standard on all models (including the LX), as is a rearview camera.

Overview

We’d like to tell you that there’s one clear standout in the minivan market, but we’d be lying. The minivans from Honda, Toyota, and Chrysler have been jockeying for the top spot for years, and all are formidable competitors. Even in that esteemed company, however, the Honda Odyssey stands out as an eight-time Automobile Magazine All-Stars award winner. The Odyssey’s capable 3.5-liter V-6 uses Honda’s cylinder-deactivation system that cuts the power to some of the cylinders under light engine loads, enabling the Odyssey to claim best-in-class highway fuel economy. Like any good minivan, the Odyssey’s most impressive features pertain to interior versatility. The minivan can be configured to hold either seven or eight passengers, and its second-row bench can hold three child seats—just the thing if you’re bringing your new set of triplets home from the hospital. If your kids don’t want to watch the same movie, an extra-wide rear-seat video monitor that can screen two movies at once is an option in the top Touring Elite model. A removable center console has room for a purse inside, and a cooler below the center stack can hold four bottles of water. For carrying cargo, the third row now folds into the floor with the tug of a single strap. The Odyssey will appeal to everyone in the family.

Safety

Front, side, and side curtain air bags; ABS; and stability and traction control, and a tire-pressure monitoring system are standard.

You'll like:

  • Comfortable
  • Split-screen video monitor
  • Capable powertrain

You won't like:

  • Expensive
  • Can be noisy under hard acceleration

Key Competitors For The 2013 Honda Odyssey

  • Chrysler Town & Country
  • Kia Sedona
  • Nissan Quest
  • Toyota Sienna
2012 Honda Odyssey Front Left View
Defective airbags that could improperly deploy are the cause of a Honda recall affecting 7480,000 Pilots SUVs and Odyssey minivans.
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Certified Pre-Owned 2012 Honda Odyssey Pricing

Certified Pre Owned Price
$19,800

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Suggested Retail Price
$28,375

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2012 Honda Odyssey Specifications

Quick Glance:
Engine
3.5L V6Engine
Fuel economy City:
18 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
27 MPG
Horsepower:
248 hp @ 5700rpm
Torque:
250 ft lb of torque @ 4800rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer Rear (optional)
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
Vehicle
36,000 miles / 36 months
Powertrain
60,000 miles / 60 months
Corrosion
Unlimited miles / 60 months
Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:30
Component
AIR BAGS
Summary
Honda is recalling certain model year 2009-2013 Pilot and 2011-2013 Odyssey passenger vehicles manufactured from March 13, 2008, through December 21, 2012. One or more rivets that attach the airbag module to the airbag cover may be missing.
Consequences
The absence of more than one rivet could alter the performance of the driver's airbag during deployment. This could potentially increase the risk of injury during a crash.
Remedy
Honda will notify owners and instruct them to take their vehicle to a Honda dealer. The dealer will inspect the driver's airbag module and replace it if necessary, free of charge. The recall began on March 14, 2013. Owners may contact Honda at 1-800-999-1009.
Potential Units Affected
748,481
Notes
Honda (American Honda Motor Co.)


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:11
Component
SUSPENSION:FRONT
Summary
HONDA IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2012, ODYSSEY VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM OCTOBER 31, 2011, THROUGH NOVEMBER 30, 2011. THE RETENTION NUT FOR THE FRONT RIGHT LOWER SUSPENSION DAMPER BOLT MAY NOT HAVE BEEN TIGHTENED TO THE PROPER TORQUE, POTENTIALLY ALLOWING THE NUT TO LOOSEN.
Consequences
IF THE NUT LOOSENS, THE FRONT HUB ASSEMBLY WOULD ONLY BE ATTACHED BY ONE BOLT, ALLOWING THE WHEEL ASSEMBLY TO SHIFT TO AN EXTREME INWARD ANGLE, RESULTING IN A LOSS OF STEERING, INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Remedy
HONDA CONTACTED ALL NINE OWNERS BY PHONE ON DECEMBER 19, 2011, AND REPAIRED THE VEHICLES AS NECESSARY FREE OF CHARGE. OWNERS MAY CONTACT HONDA AT 1-800-999-1009.
Potential Units Affected
9
Notes
HONDA (AMERICAN HONDA MOTOR CO.)


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:30
Component
POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
Summary
Honda is recalling certain model year 2012-2013 CR-V, Odyssey, and model year 2013 Acura RDX vehicles. During sub-freezing temperatures, the brake-shift interlock blocking mechanism may become slow and allow the gear selector to be moved from the Park position without pressing the brake pedal. As such, these vehicles fail to conform to the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 114, "Theft Protection and Rollaway Prevention."
Consequences
If the gear selector is moved from the park position without pressing the brake pedal it can allow the vehicle to roll away, increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy
Honda will notify owners and instruct them to take their vehicle to a Honda or Acura dealer. The dealer will install an updated brake shift interlock blocking mechanism free of charge. The recall began on May 13, 2013. Owners may contact Honda at 1-800-999-1009. Honda's campaign recall numbers are S96, S97, and S98.
Potential Units Affected
204,169
Notes
Honda (American Honda Motor Co.)


NHTSA Rating Front Driver
5
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
5
NHTSA Rating Front Side
5
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
5
NHTSA Rating Overall
5
NHTSA Rating Rollover
4
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
Good
IIHS Overall Side Crash
Good
IIHS Best Pick
1
IIHS Rear Crash
Good
IIHS Roof Strength
Good

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5-Year Total Cost to Own For The 2012 Honda Odyssey

Depreciation
29.9%
Loss in Value + Expenses
= 5 Year Cost to Own
Depreciation
$10,600
29.9%
Insurance
$5,505
15.5%
Fuel Cost
$11,596
32.7%
Financing
$2,316
6.5%
Maintenance
$3,563
10.1%
Repair Costs
$1,452
4.1%
State Fees
$390
1.1%
Five Year Cost of Ownership: $35,422 What's This?
Value Rating: Average