This isn't some perk associated with working in the automotive industry. We're paying for the Odyssey with our own money.
Last month we nitpicked about the size of the sunglasses holder, largely because there's very little of consequence with which to complain about the fourth-generation Honda people carrier. But in the spirit of nitpicking, this month we can say that, like so many vehicles with rear hatches, the rate at which the tailgate becomes filthy is scarcely comprehensible.
It seems as though all the filth from the whole width of the road on which the Odyssey traverses is scooped up and applied to the rear of the van, giving the appearance of a vehicle that wasn't washed only minutes ago.
2015 HONDA ODYSSEY EX
Base Price: $32,145 *
As-Tested Price: $37,195 *
Tires: 235/65R17 Michelin Primacy MXV4
EPA City: 19 MPG
EPA Highway: 28 MPG
NRCAN OEE City: 12.3 L/100km
NRCAN OEE Hwy: 8.5 L/100km
August Observed: 24.3 mpg
August Observed: 9.7 L/100km
Best Trip: 6.9 L/100km
Worst Trip: 15.3 L/100km
Lifetime: 9.6 L/100km
Monthly Mileage: 2215 km
Total Mileage To Date: 4481 km
* Canadian dollars, includes $1795 in fees.
But we all know no vehicle acquits itself better during a week-long family vacation than a minivan, whether that vehicle's an Odyssey, Sienna, or Grand Caravan. With the cargo area maxed out with countless beach towels, kitchen staples, plenty of dog food, a non-collapsible bike trailer, a guitar, and much, much more, the Odyssey's fuel economy did suffer. Typically, because the highest speed limit in PEI is a paltry 90 kmh, we see better fuel economy on The Island than elsewhere. But at the far east end of PEI – home to Basin Head and singing sands and Rick's Fish'n'Chips and Naufrage's massive tuna – we may have exceeded the 90 kmh mark by just a bit, and with six aboard.
Our trip mileage of 10.1 L/100km, or 23.3 mpg on the U.S. scale, was worse than what we see at home.
|Above: Beachcomber's Cottage, Red Point, Prince Edward Island|
Top: Elliott's Grocery, Formerly Mossey's General Store, in Bothwell, Prince Edward Island
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Nothing has yet broken, there are no squeaks or rattles. The transmission continues to normalize. The rate at which we put miles on the Odyssey will likely slow as autumn approaches and as relatives leave Nova Scotia for Alberta and Pennsylvania and Mexico.
GCBC's next long-term Odyssey update will appear in one month.
|Basin Head, Prince Edward Island|
Timothy Cain is the founder of GoodCarBadCar.net, which obsesses over the free and frequent publication of U.S. and Canadian auto sales figures. Follow on Twitter @goodcarbadcar and on Facebook.