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Kid & Driver - 2012 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite

  • Written by Jackson Unruh & Julie Boselly

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It has been a year since I last test-drove a car for a review. This year I am doing it a little differently. My son, Jackson, age 11, was introduced to cars by his Grandma, Carol Edwards, “On the Road with Carol & Rex,” as soon as he could walk. I pretend to know a few things about vehicles but he knows more than many adults. Jackson will supplement my “mom” review by adding a few of his thoughts about each car we take on the road.

2012 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite

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KID

The Honda Odyssey is a great minivan altogether. The first thing I can think of that is great about it is the electronic system. The navigation is very similar to the GPS in the Honda Pilot. The steering wheel looks like it may have more buttons than the entire dashboard in my opinion. Another cool thing is the movie screen in the second row. It is twice as big as the normal screen you would find in a Toyota Sienna. Then we move on to the trunk. The third row can fold into the back to make a flat surface. There is also a compartment underneath the carpet in the second row of seats that I haven’t explored yet. There are a lot more things included in the van, but I will have to let you find them yourself.

DRIVER

I have always said I will never buy a minivan. They are extremely practical but if I had my choice, I would be in a sports car every day. After a week in the well-equipped Honda Odyssey (15 beverage holders, geesh!), I decided practicality works for this time in my life. With ample room to haul my two children, a couple of their friends, plus the “stuff” we all have, I was a happy mom. If you measure every vehicle by a Costco trip: SUPER EASY!

The Odyssey was taken on a road trip to Vancouver, B.C., for a few days. It was incredibly comfortable and fuel efficient. I filled up before leaving Woodinville on a Thursday, drove to Vancouver and surrounding areas, south to Seattle and never filled up until Monday morning when I was back in Woodinville again. Then, it was just $65. The only part of the high-capacity-vehicle I wasn’t fond of was the rear end. It looked like someone snapped on a piece that didn’t belong.

Base Price: $43,675 Compared to the EX model: $28,375

Standard Features:

• 248-hp, 3.5-Liter, SOHC i-VTEC® V-6 Engine

• Automatic transmission  • Up to 19 cty/28 hwy mpg

• Navigation System • Bluetooth • iPod input

• Satellite radio • Side/Curtain Airbags • Third row seats

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