12 MONTH CAR REVIEWS: 2011 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite - A Few Squeaks

February 10, 2012
2011 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite Front Left View
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Long-Term 2011 Honda Odyssey Update - WINTER 2012 (2 OF 2)
Miles to date: 32,193 / Months in service: 10
Winter in Michigan: it's cold, it's messy, and, for our four-wheeled companions, it can be downright brutal. While heaves, cracks, and potholes -- which in the Great Lakes State could often more appropriately be called sink holes -- can damage wheels and tires instantly, they can also have a cumulative, degenerative effect on the overall integrity of a vehicle, no matter how tightly screwed together it was when it started life.
2011 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite Front Left Side View
Keeping that in mind, our Odyssey hasn't had an easy life at 120 East Liberty. While we never go easy on a Four Seasons vehicle, it's rare that one is as heavily used and in demand as this Honda minivan has been during its time with us. It's not surprising then that the past ten months -- bursting with family vacations, road trips, and relocations, combined with the crumbling pavement of southeastern Michigan -- have begun to take their toll. In recent weeks, the logbook has started to collect comments from editors who have noticed a variety of squeaks, creaks, and rattles while driving the Odyssey. Some of the sounds were squelched by readjusting the second row seats or opening and closing the sliding doors, but others were more persistent. So, although only a handful of individuals had heard them, we decided to take the Odyssey to the dealer to determine whether the noises were a sign of a deeper, possibly mechanical issue.
After going over every inch of the Odyssey to find the source of the noises -- from the suspension, to the subframe mounts, to the door latches -- the technician found only a slightly loose roof rack. Our road test coordinator, Chris Nelson, thought that there was more to it, so he hit the road with the tech riding shotgun to see if there was something that had been overlooked. During a spirited drive, they heard nary a squeak or rattle, so the Odyssey was returned to the fleet with fresh oil and a snug roof rack.
2011 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite Front Left View
It's important to note that the Honda Odyssey is more akin to a transformer than a traditional car. With seats that flip, fold flat, or can be removed completely and storage consoles that perform similar magic tricks, the potential for operator-error-induced squeaking, creaking, and rattling is astronomical. Bearing that in mind, we take responsibility for the noises at this point, and the Odyssey enters its final two months with an unblemished record.
Check back next month for the latest on our Four Season's Honda Odyssey.
2011 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite Rear Left View
Base price (with dest.) $44,030
As tested $44,613
Body style 5-door minivan
Accommodation 8 passenger
Construction Unibody construction
Engine 24-valve SOHC V-6
Displacement 3.5 liters (212 cu in)
Power 248 hp @ 5700 rpm
Torque 250 lb-ft @ 4800
Transmission type 6-speed automatic
Drive Front-wheel
EPA Fuel Economy 19/28/22 (city/hwy/combined)
Steering Hydraulically assisted
Lock-to-lock 3.5
Turning circle 36.7 ft
Suspension, front Strut-type, coil springs
Suspension, rear Multilink, coil springs
Brakes f/r Vented disc brakes; ABS
Wheels 18-inch aluminum alloy
Tires Michelin Primacy MXv4 all-season
Tire size 235/60TR18
Headroom f/m/r 38.3/38.8/38.0 in
Legroom f/m/r 40.9/40.9/42.4 in
Shoulder room f/m/r 64.4/63.5/60.9 in
Wheelbase 118.1 in
Track f/r 68.1/68.2 in
L x W x H 202.9 x 68.4 x 79.2 in
Passenger capacity 170.1 cu ft
Cargo capacity 38.4/93.1/148.5 cu ft (behind third/middle/first row)
Weight 4560 lb
Weight dist. f/r 56/44%
Fuel capacity 21.0 gal
Est. fuel range 460 miles
Fuel grade 87 octane (regular unleaded)
STANDARD EQUIPMENT 3.5L V-6 engine 6-speed automatic transmission Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) Traction control system (TCS) Electronic brake force distribution (EBD) 4-wheel Antilock Braking (ABS) Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) Blind-spot Information System (BSI) Front and rear parking sensors 650-watt AM/FM/CD audio system with 12-speakers and subwoofer MP3/Auxiliary jack USB audio interface MP3 CD-ROM playback capability Navigation with voice recognition and multi-view rear camera 16.2" DVD rear entertainment system w/ HDMI and wireless headsets SiriudXM Satellite radio Bluetooth Hard disk drive 115-volt power outlet 12-volt power outlets Multi-function steering wheel Tilt/telescope steering column Tri-zone automatic climate control 10-way power driver's seat with memory 4-way power passenger seat Heated front seats 60/40 split 3rd-row seat that folds into floor Multi-function 2nd-row center seat Power windows, locks Second- and third-row sunshades Exterior temperature gauge Power moonroof, with tilt 18-inch allow wheels Dual power sliding doors Power tailgate Auto-leveling HID headlights Heated power-door mirrors
Roof rails $210
Cross bars $373

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