Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls
  1. Home
  2. Articles
  3. A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Honda Odyssey

A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Honda Odyssey

honda odyssey 2012

Minivans may not be the sportiest, sleekest, or sexiest vehicles on the road, and people in the market for a vehicle to haul all of their kids, pets, and gear around may not be too preoccupied with how that vehicle looks… But the designers at Honda have decided that minivans don’t have to be clunky eyesores. In designing the 2012 Honda Odyssey, they gave it smoother, edgier lines and a more streamlined appearance. And its attractive styling isn’t all it has going for it, either. It’s also one of the most reliable vehicles in its class and has great resale value.

Key Features

If you want to keep the kids entertained on long road trips, you’ll love the widescreen rear entertainment center. The screen actually has a split-screen mode for multiple user options, and it has surround sound and an HDMI port so your kids can bring their gaming consoles along, too.

And if you need more room for cargo and less room for people, the third-row seats easily fold down flush against the floor and can be unfolded just by pulling on a strap.

Changes for 2012

In 2012, Honda expanded their hands-free Bluetooth phone connectivity, 8” display, and USB inputs to the EX trim, as well as the EX-L.

What We Like

The 2012 Honda Odyssey doesn’t look or feel like any other minivan on the market. It has more style and a better ride than most, and you get all that without losing all of the amenities you’ve come to expect in a family minivan.

What Concerns us

Because the Odyssey has such great resale values, finding a great deal on one can be a challenge. If you aren’t as concerned with buying a “cool” minivan, you may be able to get a better deal on a different model.

Available Models

All 2012 Honda Odyssey models come with the same engine, a 3.5-liter V6 with 248 HP and 250 lb-ft of torque. The LX, EX, and EX-L all come standard with a five-speed automatic transmission, while the Touring and Touring Elite trims come with a six-speed automatic. The main difference you’ll see here is that the five-speed transmission is rated at 18/27 MPG (city/highway), while the six-speed is rated at 19/28.

Major Recalls

There have been three recalls on certain 2012 Honda Odyssey models. These have been done to resolve issues with a front suspension damper bolt, potentially missing rivets in the driver-side airbag module, and an issue with the brake-shift interlock mechanism.

Common Issues

There have been some reports of loss of power or engine noise while driving the 2012 Honda Odyssey, but it is largely considered reliable and quiet.

honda odyssey interior 2012

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Skip the repair shop, our top-rated mechanics come to you.

At your home or office

Choose from 600+ repair, maintenance & diagnostic services. Our top-rated mechanics bring all parts & tools to your location.

Fair & transparent pricing

See labor & parts costs upfront, so you can book with confidence.

12-month, 12,000-mile warranty

Our services are backed by a 12-month, 12,000-mile warranty for your peace of mind.

Get A Quote

Need Help With Your Car?

Our certified mobile mechanics make house calls in over 2,000 U.S. cities. Fast, free online quotes for your car repair.


More related articles

How to Buy Fuel Treatments
Adding a fuel additive to your gas tank when you fill up is one way to clean vital engine parts of deposits, improve the performance of your engine,...
The Traveler’s Guide to Driving in Malaysia
CraigBurrows / Malaysia is a popular destination for many tourists today. The country has amazing sights and attractions that you will want to explore....
Veteran and Military Driver Laws and Benefits in Idaho
The state of Idaho offers a number of benefits and perks for those Americans who have either served in an Armed Forces branch in the...

Related questions

Q: How do I set the ignition switch driver’s door unlock mode?

When your car is in ignition switch driver’s door unlock mode, then the driver’s door will automatically unlock when the car is turned off by switching the ignition out of the On setting. To set the ignition switch driver’s door...

Q: Q: How do I break in the car?

If your car is new, you will need to break it in. Here are some guidelines to follow: 1. For the first 500 miles, avoid towing a trailer. 2. For the first 1,200 miles, avoid overly quick starts, or hard...

Q: I'm in my daddy's car and he left it on for me so I can use the heater, does the vsa sign depict any warning

The VSA Light is for Vehicle Stability Assist. It's a system that can automatically apply the brakes on the individual wheels to control the stability of the car. If the light is on, it means the Controller has detected a...