2012 Honda Odyssey Styling

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The Odyssey has a space-efficient, box-on-wheels design that still manages to look good from the side. Yet while the side profile is distinct, the Odyssey's front and rear styling is conservative and unremarkable. 

Both in front and in back, the Odyssey borrows more design details from Honda's cars than it does from its crossovers like the Pilot. Last year the Odyssey got its sleeker look, with a redesign that included a slightly more arched roofline, brightwork accenting all around, and most notably, the "lightning bolt" hump along the rear window—which adds much-needed design flair and helps, ever slightly, with visibility. Likewise, in front, the small front windows, ahead of the doors, are a functional cue shared with Honda's small cars. Moving around to the back, the rear fender is also a bit more (aerodynamically) sculpted than you might expect for a minivan.

A minivan is by nature an aerodynamically sculpted box on wheels, but the 2012 Honda Odyssey has a little more flair than most.
Last year's redesign brought changes inside that were more evolutionary. The instrument panel hasn't changed all that much, remaining somewhat swoopy and space-maximizing, while a "cool and intuitive" theme keeps the control layout simple, with large knobs and controls, and less of the sea-of-buttons look that other Honda and Acura dashes have resorted to.

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