Honda Odyssey 2012 - USA !

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    This year, Automobile Magazine choose the 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
    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:

    Fuel economy:
    19/28/22 mpg

    3.5L V-6
    Horsepower: 248 hp @ 5700 rpm
    Torque: 250 lb-ft @ 4800 rpm


    6-speed automatic

    Curb weight
    4560 lb

    17 x 7 inch alloy wheels
    235/60R18 Michelin Primacy MXV4 tires

    Chrysler Town & Country
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    Kia Sedona
    Nissan Quest
    Toyota Sienna

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    • #3
      Mai, nu-l poate opri cineva pe guvidele asta? Ce dracu, ne trezim cu idioteniile lui de citeva ori pe saptamina

      Mod edit :Rezolvat , multumim de atentionare
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      Last edited by Vali_lj; 05-01-21, 12:42.
      "In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is."


      • #4
        Honda Odyssey facelift gets Mugen parts in Japan
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