2012 Honda Odyssey

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Key Specs

of the 2012 Honda Odyssey. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Adjustable second row fits three child-safety seats
  • Good gas mileage
  • High-quality interior
  • Good visibility
  • Backseat amenities

The Bad

  • Unconcealed sliding door tracks
  • Relatively high price

Notable Features of the 2012 Honda Odyssey

  • Sharp exterior design
  • Wider, lower than prior generation
  • Shape inspired by lightning bolt
  • Standard V-6 engine
  • Recipient of Cars.com's Family Car of the Year award

2012 Honda Odyssey Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

Redesigned last year, the Honda Odyssey minivan sits lower but wider than its predecessor, with a look Honda says was inspired by lightning bolts. All Odysseys carry a 3.5-liter V-6 engine. The minivan seats up to eight and competitors include the Toyota Sienna, Chrysler's Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan, and the Nissan Quest. Honda's redesign earned the Odyssey Cars.com's Family Car of the Year award.

The Odyssey comes only in front-wheel drive. In typical Honda form, features are divvied up by trim level making for many trim levels. Trims include the LX, EX, EX-L, Touring and Touring Elite.

New for 2012
The Odyssey EX gains more features for 2012, including Bluetooth connectivity, Honda's intelligent Multi-Information Display with an 8-inch screen and a USB port.

Exterior
The Odyssey is styled to stand out among a sea of parked minivans. Its beltline falls abruptly at the C-pillars, resulting in an offset rear-quarter window. Honda says the design enhances sightlines for passengers in the third row. Rails for the sliding doors sit well below the windows; Honda says keeping the motors for the power-sliding doors lower allowed for more shoulder room in the third row. Additional exterior features include:

  • Standard 17-inch wheels; 18-inch wheels optional
  • Available power liftgate
  • Available power moonroof
  • Available xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights
  • Available power-sliding side doors

Interior
Honda says the interior sports such ...

Vehicle Overview

Redesigned last year, the Honda Odyssey minivan sits lower but wider than its predecessor, with a look Honda says was inspired by lightning bolts. All Odysseys carry a 3.5-liter V-6 engine. The minivan seats up to eight and competitors include the Toyota Sienna, Chrysler's Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan, and the Nissan Quest. Honda's redesign earned the Odyssey Cars.com's Family Car of the Year award.

The Odyssey comes only in front-wheel drive. In typical Honda form, features are divvied up by trim level making for many trim levels. Trims include the LX, EX, EX-L, Touring and Touring Elite.

New for 2012
The Odyssey EX gains more features for 2012, including Bluetooth connectivity, Honda's intelligent Multi-Information Display with an 8-inch screen and a USB port.

Exterior
The Odyssey is styled to stand out among a sea of parked minivans. Its beltline falls abruptly at the C-pillars, resulting in an offset rear-quarter window. Honda says the design enhances sightlines for passengers in the third row. Rails for the sliding doors sit well below the windows; Honda says keeping the motors for the power-sliding doors lower allowed for more shoulder room in the third row. Additional exterior features include:

  • Standard 17-inch wheels; 18-inch wheels optional
  • Available power liftgate
  • Available power moonroof
  • Available xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights
  • Available power-sliding side doors

Interior
Honda says the interior sports such tricks as a flip-up ring to mount a trash sack for second-row passengers and an air-conditioned console up front that can keep a six-pack of soda cool. Occupants in the front row have more shoulder room than in the prior-generation van, as well as a cleaner center control panel with dedicated areas for climate, stereo and navigation controls. A power driver's seat, air conditioning and cruise control are standard. Additional interior features include:

  • 15 cupholders
  • Sliding second-row center seat moves up to 6 inches closer to the front of the cabin to keep an infant within arm's reach
  • Available rear entertainment system; Touring Elite model gets an upgraded 16.2-inch widescreen display and surround sound
  • Available integrated sunshades
  • Available heated leather front seats
  • Available navigation system
  • Standard collapsible third-row seat creates a flat load floor

Under the Hood
The standard 3.5-liter V-6 makes 248 horsepower and 250 pounds-feet of torque; it has a fuel-saving cylinder deactivation system across all trims. Additional mechanical features include:

  • Engine uses regular gas
  • LX, EX and EX-L models have a five-speed automatic transmission
  • Touring and Touring Elite use a six-speed automatic, along with low-rolling-resistance tires and a few aerodynamic improvements
  • Maximum towing capacity is 3,500 pounds when properly equipped

Safety
Standard safety features include:

  • Front-, side-impact and three-row side curtain airbags
  • Antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system with traction control
  • Active front head restraints
  • Blind spot warning system (Touring Elite)

 


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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.5)
Performance
(4.5)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Best van out there!

by Candice31 from Woodbridge, va on August 2, 2018

Love that it drives more like a car. I dont feel like im in a huge van like i used to feel in my old van many years ago Read full review

(5.0)

Excellent Family Minivan

by Frank.s.s from Naples, Fl on August 2, 2018

This is an excellent van for long distance driving; very spacious, comfortable, and economical. I have owned it for six years and never had any issues. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2012 Honda Odyssey currently has 5 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2012 Honda Odyssey LX

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
acceptable
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
acceptable
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Honda

Program Benefits

Carfax vehicle history report

  • Limited Warranty

    7 years / 100,000 miles

    1-year/12,000-mile non-powertrain warranty begins after expiration of original warranty (3 years/36,000 miles) or on date sold as certified (no deductible); 7-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty begins from the original in-service date (no deductible)
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 80,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 182 point inspection and reconditioning.

    See inspection details.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Odyssey received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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