Honda Odyssey

Research the 2012 Honda Odyssey minivan

The Good

The 2012 Honda Odyssey offers one of the roomiest interiors in its class, and the seats are easily movable if you need to collapse them to increase interior cargo capacity. It’s also got one of the handiest engines you’ll find on a minivan, providing fairly quick pick-up at highway speeds.

The Bad

The jury is divided on the vehicle’s styling; it certainly has its critics. Relatively few standard features grace the base model, and your final purchase price will soar if you add on bells and whistles.

The Bottom Line

This is one of the safest, roomiest and quickest minivans on the market. It has earned an excellent reputation for value and reliability.


The cost of a 2012 Honda Odyssey is affected by the options you select and the trim package you choose. Its base model is the LX Passenger Van, and the top of the line trim package is the Touring Elite Passenger Van. One of the most popular trim packages is the Honda Odyssey EX, which offers mid-range pricing and a broad selection of standard features.

MSRP: $28,375 to $43,875

Average paid: $26,579 to $41,301


Acceleration and power

The standard engine is a 3.5 L V6 which peaks at 248 horsepower with a five-speed automatic transmission. On the whole, this engine’s performance compares favorably to other minivans in the Odyssey’s class. While its 0 to 60 acceleration time is a relatively modest 8.3 seconds, this engine does do well in highway driving conditions, with ample torque to help you pass and merge even when you have a full load of passengers. One of the handiest features of the engine is that it can revert to inline-3 functionality, helping you conserve fuel when you don’t need to accelerate at a rapid rate.

Handling and braking

Considering the vehicle’s size, it displays excellent agility and responsiveness. The ride is smooth, and the finely tuned suspension absorbs shocks and bumps with ease. Honda Odyssey reviews praise this minivan as one of the most comfortable and smoothest-riding options on the market.

This is also one of the safest minivans on the market, thanks in large part to its excellent braking system. Power-assisted all-wheel disc brakes are standard, and they are supported by several different braking technologies, including brake assist, electronic brake force distribution and anti-lock technology.



The 2012 Honda Odyssey has seating for seven passengers, with some of the most generous headroom, shoulder room and legroom allowances in its class. Adults and children alike enjoy ample space in all three seating rows. The captain’s chairs in the front seat have active head restraints and are 8-way power adjustable. Cloth is the default seating material, and higher-end trim models offer heated and cooled seats as standard equipment.


Standard features vary among the available trim packages, but all 2012 Honda Odyssey models offer cruise control, power windows, power seats, power door locks with keyless remote entry, an engine immobilizer and theft deterrent system, collapsible third-row seating, air conditioning (front and rear), front and rear 12-volt auxiliary power outlets and a trip computer. You can also order a built-in entertainment system, consisting of a DVD player with retracting screens to keep the kids entertained during long drives.

Cargo space

A total of 184.5 cubic feet of storage space is available, with the second row and third row seating collapsed to increase storage volume. The cargo bay measures 38.4 cubic feet with the third row seats intact, and 93.1 cubic feet with the third row seating folded down but the second row seating intact.


Both the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) give the 2012 Odyssey excellent safety scores. The NHTSA gives this vehicle five-star ratings in the following categories: overall safety, overall frontal barrier crash safety, side crash safety, side barrier rating, front seat safety and rear seat safety. It earned four stars for its rollover resistance capabilities.

Standard safety features include advanced compatibility engineering, which increases passenger safety in all three seating rows, as well as side curtain airbags for all passengers and dual-stage front impact airbags for the front seats.


The 2011 Honda Odyssey was fully redesigned. There are no major changes for 2012.

Specifications vary considerably from trim package to trim package. The given information is for the base model Odyssey LX.

  • Transmission: 5-speed automatic with overdrive
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel drive
  • Engine Type: Gasoline V6
  • Engine Size: 3.5 L
  • Horsepower: 248 @ 5700 rpm
  • Torque: 250 lb/ft @ 4800 rpm
  • Honda Odyssey MPG, City: 18 MPG
  • Honda Odyssey MPG, Highway: 27 MPG
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