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Honda Odyssey MY12 (2012)

by John Ewing,reviewed August 2012

Honda’s seven-seater Odyssey, should have greater appeal for buyers with 2012 models featuring minor cosmetic changes, plus the additional value of extra equipment and price reductions.

The standard grade we tested is now $2000 cheaper, while the Luxury model comes to market $1000 under the previous price.

Multi-function touch-screen satellite navigation with SD card map updates, reversing camera, bluetooth connectivity and audio streaming, USB and iPod integration, DVD player, and paddle shifters for the gearbox are now standard on all models. There’s also an Ecological Drive Assist program to help drivers reduce fuel consumption.

Odyssey remains one of the most car-like people movers to drive. The 2.4-litre engine is a willing enough performer. In typical Honda style, its best is given northwards of 3500 rpm. The five-speed auto shifts smoothly while downshifts when needed are easy enough to obtain.

Odyssey is graced with a supple ride and, by class standards, a surprisingly nimble and confident level of handling.

The spacesaver spare gets a thumbs down from us. Likewise the location of the child restraint points for the second row, on the roof close to third row occupants’ heads.

Sliding and folding second row seats and third row pews that fold away into the floor add to load carrying versatility. However, with seven seats in use, cargo space is restricted.
Honda Odyssey MY12 2012


Road manners, improved value, easy to drive, styling


Row three space, child restraint positioning, spacesaver spare

Key features

Climate-control airconditioning, 16” alloys, leather steering wheel, alarm, cruise control, pollen filter, navigation with CD/DVD tuner and live traffic updates, bluetooth with audio streaming, reversing camera and paddle shifters


Dual front/side/curtain airbags, anti-lock brakes, electronic brake distribution, brake assist, front seatbelt pre-tensioners/load limiters, electronic stability control, traction control, front active headrests

Car Details

Vehicle make Honda
Vehicle model Odyssey MY12
Vehicle type People Mover
Year 2012
Price when new $37,100 MLP
Current price range $ - $

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Engine 2.4-litre, i-VTEC, petrol 4-cyl
Max power 132 kW @ 6500 rpm
Max torque 218 Nm @ 4500 rpm
Acceleration to 100 km/h 11.5 sec (average, as tested)
Braking from 80 km/h 24.2 m (average, as tested)
Economy ADR 8.9-litres/100 km
Emissions rating
3 out of 5 stars

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This review is based on road testing conducted by The Road Ahead. Further vehicle reviews, in-depth comparisons and coverage of consumer motoring issues can be found in the Club's magazine. Prices listed were current at the time of review and are manufacturers list prices and do not include statutory and delivery charges. Prices can vary from time to time and dealer to dealer.