2012 Honda Odyssey Review
Automotive journalists love the 2012 Honda Odyssey for its engaging performance, family-friendly interior and great crash test scores.
Almost every tester who drives the 2012 Honda Odyssey recommends it for families who want one of the best minivans on the market. Even if you’re dreading driving a minivan, reviewers say the 2012 Odyssey may make a believer out of you. "If you've transitioned from swinging single to swinging a baby basinet, it's time to put away the sports car and climb into a 2012 Honda Odyssey minivan,” says Kelley Blue Book. “Why? Because in the world of minivan cool, the Odyssey minivan ranks near the top of its class, and with an excellent reputation for safety, resale and reliability, choosing an Odyssey over a Dodge Caravan or Toyota Sienna won't have you second-guessing your decision."
Like all minivans, the 2012 Honda Odyssey has a roomy and comfortable cabin with lots of storage space. However, test drivers say the Odyssey goes the extra mile with clever features, like a second row seat that can expand to accommodate up to three car seats, which some families will want. Even if your kids are more into iCarly than car seats, the Odyssey has you covered with its 16.2-inch rear entertainment screen that can be used to play DVDs or video games – or both at the same time. While it’s pricier than other vans, reviewers say the Odyssey is worth it. Because it offers the best combination of reliability and safety ratings, interior space and family-freindly features, we named the Odyssey the 2012 Best Minivan for Families.
Other Minivans to Consider
The 2012 Honda Odyssey and the 2012 Toyota Sienna are favorites in this class, so if you consider one, you need to check out the other. The Sienna has a lower starting price than the Odyssey, plus offers available all-wheel drive and a four-cylinder engine. The Sienna also has more cargo space than the Odyssey, though it isn’t as fun to drive.
If your main concern is putting cash in college funds, the Kia Sedona is a good choice. While it’s not as stylish or as high-tech as the Sienna or Odyssey, the Sedona has a low base price, a long warranty and excellent crash test scores, which are all good, practical considerations for minivan buyers.
Details: Honda Odyssey
The Honda Odyssey was redesigned in 2011 so changes for 2012 are few and far between. Featuring a V6 engine and front-wheel drive, the Odyssey is available in LX, EX, EX-L and Touring trims. The Odyssey seats up to eight and has up to five LATCH connecters.
- "If you need a comfortable, roomy and reliable family wagon that is also slightly cool and holds it value like gold in a bear market, the 2012 Honda Odyssey is the minivan for you." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "The Odyssey is also a bit pricey compared to vans like the Dodge Grand Caravan and Kia Sedona. But all things considered it's a great choice for a family vehicle. And if people say it's uncool, well, they don't know what they're missing." -- Edmunds
- "Some manufacturers have given up on minivans, but Honda has come out swinging with a sleekly styled people-mover that tops its esteemed predecessor in virtually every way. Even base LX models come with a host of standard features, while upper-line models offer a dizzying array of high-tech gizmos limited only by the depth of your pocketbook. All are family friendly vehicles that are quiet, enjoyable to drive, and dynamically competent, making Odyssey a must-see in the shrinking minivan market." -- Consumer Guide
- "If you have more kids than you can fit in a sedan, it's likely you're considering a minivan or a three-row crossover. If you're not turned off by the minivan stigma, the Odyssey should be your first stop when shopping. I recommend leaving the kids at home, though, because once they hear that surround-sound system in the Touring Elite, they will not let you buy a lesser trim." -- Cars.com
- "Honda and Toyota have unquestionably raised the bar significantly with their latest round of completely redesigned minivans, leaving their primary competition all but wallowing in a trail of spilled Cheerios. Both vehicles offer comfortable accommodations for eight, with a slew of amenities and entertainment to keep occupants occupied through the road trip doldrums. However, the similarities end there. While Toyota's product is sleekly styled, modern and sporty, it's Honda's approach -- familiar, family-friendly and fuel efficient -- that seems to have earned the edge." -- Autoblog