12 MONTH CAR REVIEWS: 2011 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite - Wearing Well

March 15, 2012
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Long-Term 2011 Honda Odyssey Update - SPRING 2012 (1 OF 2)
Miles to date: 35,609 / Months in service: 11
Our Odyssey has now completed its eleventh month and eclipsed an unbelievable 35,500 miles. Last month we thought the minivan might be starting to show its age after numerous editors complained about hearing an assortment of squeaks and rattles while driving. An inspection turned up only a loose roof rack and, since it was tightened, there have been zero noise complaints.
This is not for lack of trying. Midway through February, Tim Jennings, husband of editor in chief Jean Jennings, hit the dog show circuit with Bob the Chesapeake Bay retriever. They headed south toward warmer weather but drove through a snowstorm on the way back as they neared West Virginia. "It was a slow go and there were lots of wrecks. I was really impressed with how well the Odyssey performed in near blizzard conditions." After he had added 2000 miles to the big Honda, he called it "an excellent all-purpose vehicle."
2011 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite Front Left Side View
However, some people are just not happy unless there is something to critique, and a few staff members have begun to revisit the debate regarding the Odyssey's transmission. "The Odyssey's transmission is a bit shuddery when the ambient temperature is well within good operating range, but show it some good, old-fashioned Midwestern cold and things get much worse," commented assistant web editor Ben Timmins. Another assistant web editor, Jake Holmes, agreed with Timmins's assessment but was a bit more forgiving, saying, "the problem will probably vanish once the weather warms up."
With little else to complain about, some drivers have begun to nitpick the Odyssey, giving their opinions on minor improvements that Honda could make to its best-selling minivan. One editor, admitting that the Odyssey is already bursting at the seams with technology and convenience features, suggested that power-folding mirrors be made available. "At over 5 feet, 8 inches wide, not including the additional 10 and a half inches each side mirror adds, the Odyssey is a wide vehicle. Power-folding mirrors would certainly make parking in structures or at home in a garage easier and safer."
Assistant web editor Jake Holmes was critical of the Odyssey's surround sound system. "Satellite radio sounds really bad when the surround sound is turned on. I'm no audiophile, but quality with the fancy Dolby Logic 7 disabled seems far more realistic and clear."
Check back next month to read about the Honda Odyssey's final month at Automobile Magazine.
2011 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite Middle Seating
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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