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2012 Honda Odyssey Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2012 Honda Odyssey was new.


Interior: 8.7

Minivans are proof that it’s what inside that counts, and reviewers say the 2012 Honda Odyssey is full of inner beauty. Reviewers appreciate the comfortable, well-built interior. If you’re willing to spend, you can option the Odyssey with entertainment features, like a 16.2-inch dual-view entertainment screen and surround sound that may beat what you have in your living room. But, the Honda Odyssey’s interior isn’t just about flashy electronics. It also features seating for up to eight in seats that are comfortable and versatile. You can expand the second row side-to-side to give passengers more space or to fit three car seats.

  • "Odyssey's interior is artfully designed and nicely trimmed, with many soft-touch surfaces. Available two-toning and leather upholstery add richness." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The new Odyssey's interior may not be particularly beautiful, but it's astonishingly comfortable, very versatile and exceptionally high-quality. Swallowing up to eight people there isn't a bad seat in the Odyssey house; everyone gets at least one cup holder, and there's a full range of entertainment options including a new wide drop-down video screen." -- Popular Mechanics


It wouldn’t be a minivan if it couldn’t seat a crowd, but reviewers say the 2012 Honda Odyssey goes a step further by making sure everyone – even passengers in the third row – are comfortable. They’re also impressed with the second row, which can be widened. That allows you to put in more car seats (there are three sets of LATCH connecters in the second row, five in the car total) or separate squabbling kids. The expandable seat is available in all trims but the base LX.

  • “How does 42.4 inches of legroom in the third row sound? If you're a lanky teenage boy who constantly gets relegated to the last seat, it probably sounds like heaven." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "All the seats are comfortable when compared with the competition. The driver's seat sits upright a bit, like in most minivans. The second-row seats are nice and wide, so adults will be comfortable on road trips, and the third row has plenty of room for angst-ridden teens who want to be as far from the parental units as possible." -- Cars.com
  • "I feel completely comfortable in every seat, save the wider but slightly too-firm middle-row center. In the third row, I'd wish for more thigh support, but the added 1.1 inch of legroom and the more open shoulder environment are welcome." -- Motor Trend

Interior Features

The available interior features on the 2012 Honda Odyssey are the van’s strong suit, according to most reviewers – provided that you can pay for them. Selecting more features usually means moving up a trim level. While the base LX trim is pretty sparse, for 2012 the EX trim (the next trim up from the LX) gains Bluetooth and a USB port. A standout feature according to most reviewers is the available rear-seat entertainment system, which has a 16.2-inch screen and the ability to go into split-screen mode and show two different DVDs at once.

In addition to being impressed by the available features, reviewers also like how well the various electronics work. While a few say the dash has too many buttons and is confusing, most say it’s a simple layout. 

  • "(Controls are) a mixed bag. Climate controls are mounted high and are mostly handy, but while temperature is adjusted with a rotary knob, mode and fan speed are selected with repetitive-step push buttons. The audio system has volume and tuning knobs but tiny, pencil-diameter station-select buttons. Models with navigation use a low-mounted joystick controller, though the images are displayed on a high-mounted, easily read dash screen." -- Consumer Guide
  • “As if a widescreen with dual-screen capabilities and an HDMI port for gaming consoles wasn't cool enough, when paired with the surround-sound system, the back of the Odyssey becomes a home theater system on wheels." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Road-trip time-passing mainstays I Spy and Geography are all but officially obsolete." -- Car and Driver
  • "Though it's been redesigned, the Odyssey's dash can still be a bit daunting. We counted more than 80 buttons and dials at the driver's command in the range-topping Touring Elite. Fortunately, most of these controls are logically grouped for easier operation, but we found their small labels hard to decipher at a glance." -- Edmunds
  • "Still, as impressive as all this technology is, keep in mind that much of it is embedded in our lives through things like smartphones. Onboard entertainment systems are attractive, but much of their functionality can be duplicated using DVD players, iPads or phones. Think before you spend." -- Popular Mechanics


Reviewers say that the Honda Odyssey is filled with innovative storage compartments and cubbies, including up to 15 cupholders. There is space for a trash bag as well as a purse, diaper bag or attache case between the front two seats, something busy parents should find useful. In the rear, there are 38.4 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row. Expanding the space by dropping the third row into the floor is easy to do; you simply tug on a strap. With the third row folded, there are 93.1 cubic feet of space. If you remove the second row seats, the Odyssey has 148.5 cubic feet of space. This is less than 2 cubic feet of space less than the Toyota Sienna, but is more space than is offered by the Chrysler Town & Country.

  • "The ‘Magic Seat’ system in the Odyssey allows you to effortlessly and quickly fold the third-row seats into the floor with the simple pull of a strap. While other minivans offer a power-folding third row, Honda's manual system is faster and more satisfying in a do-it-yourself kind of way." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • “The Odyssey’s interior team spent some of (their time) measuring 800 purses, ensuring that 80 percent of women’s (and some men’s) carryalls would fit in a new removable bin between the front seats." -- Car and Driver
  • “Passengers will find a bounty of cupholders, trays, and storage bins of various sizes, and front-seaters get both upper and lower map pockets. Also available is a ‘cool box’ in the lower front dash for keeping drinks cold." -- Consumer Guide

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