[home][rumors and news][model release matrix][dealer network][desktop calendar][exhaust notes][tov forums][links][search][sponsors][garage][login]

Tire Rack Upgrade Garage
 Search for a Dealer:
 Canadian Flag US Flag
 Honda Acura
There are currently no active Acura promotions
There are currently no active Honda promotions
Spied on the Street! 2019 Pilot and Pilot PHEV mule
All-New 2019 Honda Insight Brings Style, Sophistication and 55 mpg City Rating
It's Official: Honda to supply Red Bull Racing in Formula One from 2019
Will the next-gen TLX bring back double wishbones? Or a Plugin Hybrid model?
Acura tackles Pikes Peak with 2019 RDX, NSX, and TLX entries
Honda Partners on General Motors’ Next Gen Battery Development
Trucks Set Records as Core Products Deliver American Honda May Sales Gains
First in a Generation: All-New 2019 Acura RDX Arrives in Showrooms June 1
Professional Motorsports --> Re: F1 - 2018 French Grand Prix
Join Discussion......
Videos --> Re: MS woman goes Dukes of Hazzard in her 9th Gen Civic EX
Join Discussion......
Today's Reading Links --> Re: Nikkei: Battery wars: Japan teams up for next-gen electric cars
Join Discussion......
Accord --> 2018 Accord 1.5T Sport CVT Impressions
Join Discussion......
General Talk --> Re: 2018 WC
Join Discussion......
Type R --> Odometer
Join Discussion......
Insight --> Re: 3rd Generation Honda Insight Reviews
Join Discussion......
Classifieds: Buy & Sell --> Re: 1999 Zanardi NSX 6MT, 2008 CR S2000 for sale
Join Discussion......
MDX --> Re: Camera directed car toward oncoming traffic after windshield replacement
Join Discussion......
Type R --> Re: DC-R
Join Discussion......
General Talk --> Re: 2019 Chevy Blazer Revealed As A Sporty Crossover
Join Discussion......
RDX --> Re: 3rd Generation Acura RDX Reviews
Join Discussion......
General Talk --> Re: 2019 Volvo S60
Join Discussion......
General Talk --> Re: Next gen RLX and ILX
Join Discussion......
General Talk --> Re: Some juicy Acura info!!!
Join Discussion......
Jump to:
article details
Author Jeff Palmer
Categories Japanese Domestic Market, Pilot
Create Date June 21, 2004 13:57
Last Update June 24, 2004 14:16
The Absolute

During a recent visit to Japan, I once again I had the opportunity to sample some of Honda's finest hardware on the winding road course at their R&D facility in Tochigi. This time around the menu was a little abbreviated: Integra Type R, Civic Type R, and the sharp new minivan/wagon Odyssey Absolute. Since we've already reported on the Civic and Integra Type R experience, this account will focus on the Odyssey.

The "Absolute" is currently the sportiest version of the Odyssey available in Japan. Combining aggressively stylish 17" wheels with relatively low profile 215/55-17 tires and a tasteful ensemble of exterior styling enhancements, the Absolute strikes a more masculine stance than your average minivan. The sleek styling and low height (the Odyssey Absolute is only about 3 inches taller than the Japanese-market Accord Wagon) lend the vehicle quite a physique.

The sporty theme continues inside the vehicle, where an upscale cockpit coddles occupants. The (optional) Recaro front seats are nicely bolstered and quite comfortable. The gauge cluster is reminiscent of the US-market Accord Coupe V6 6-speed's, with LED-illuminated red markings - definitely designed to create a sporty ambiance. Key controls fall readily to hand, with the dash-mounted shifter a short reach to the left of the relatively meaty 3-spoke steering wheel. In the rear of the vehicle, you'll find two more rows of seats, with accomodations for 3 in the middle row, and another 2 passengers in the last row. These seats tumble and fold to create a relatively flat cargo area. Of particular interest is the power operated third row seat, which at the push of a button folds itself neatly into the floor (see video clip below)

Windows Media V9 (480x360 1:13 4.43MB)

Divx 5.1.1 (320x240 1:13 4.19MB )

The Absolute is motivated by a 2.4L DOHC i-VTEC motor, generating 200ps@6800 rpm and 23.7Kg·m (171 lb-ft) @ 4500 rpm. The sole transmission choice is a 5-speed automatic with sequential sport shift function. This combination is smooth and revvy. On the track I played around with the sportshift briefly but due to the nature of the circuit's layout and the unnatural feel of "shifting" left-handed, the automatic mode remained the best choice for me. The transmission was quick to respond and always found the appropriate ratio but the fairly steady speeds around the circuit didn't present much of a challenge. Acceleration was reasonable, but power-hungry shoppers in the US might not be too impressed. A rough estimate would peg the 0-60 time in the upper 8-second to lower 9-second range, or about a second slower than the much larger US-market Odyssey.

From a chassis dynamics standpoint, the Absolute is quite good, but it won't likely be confused for a sport sedan. Body roll is moderate and grip is pretty impressive, with nicely weighted steering. Tochigi's winding road course really only has two sections with quick transitions, and the Odyssey's 4-wheel double wishbone setup responded nicely in these segments, though you could certainly sense its added mass when compared to the Integra and Civic Type Rs that were also sampled. In the one segment where speeds approached (and possibly exceeded) 100mph, the Absolute remained stable at the limit, although a family-friendly dose of understeer was the name of the game. The first time I experienced this understeer, it caught me a little offguard, but fortunately there was just enough tarmac to keep from going off.

The Odyssey Absolute is an interesting vehicle and it would be a nice option to have in the US, but I imagine it would not be a volume seller. There have been reports that Acura is considering adding a "premium people mover" to their lineup, and as it sits, the Absolute is already trimmed and styled to Acura standards. However, it needs a little more power and I'd like to see a more aggressive suspension calibration.

reader's comments
Click Here to Submit Your Comments

Viewing Threshold (What is this?)

[fancy] [flat] [simple]
Date Thread Starter Thread
06-22-2004 23:01
why it wouldn't be a volume seller?   (Score: 1, Normal)
06-23-2004 08:49
Re: why it wouldn't be a volume seller?   (Score: 1, Normal)
06-23-2004 11:26
Re: why it wouldn't be a volume seller?   (Score: 1, Normal)
09-03-2004 14:47
Re: why it wouldn't be a volume seller?   (Score: 1, Normal)
07-08-2004 20:35
four regular doors would be great!   (Score: 1, Normal)
06-22-2004 16:38
Nice interior   (Score: 1, Normal)
07-01-2004 15:40
Re: Nice interior   (Score: 1, Normal)
06-23-2004 15:32
The Acura version: wagon or van?   (Score: 1, Normal)
06-23-2004 16:00
Re: The Acura version: wagon or van?   (Score: 1, Normal)
07-01-2004 12:47
Re: The Acura version: wagon or van?   (Score: 1, Normal)
06-28-2004 00:40
Driving on the left side of the road....   (Score: 1, Normal)
Mike Freitas
06-24-2004 00:08
Shifter blocks access to dash?   (Score: 1, Normal)
06-22-2004 20:18
That 3 spoke wheel is so meaty that it...   (Score: 1, Normal)
06-22-2004 20:46
Re: That 3 spoke wheel is so meaty that it...   (Score: 1, Normal)
06-22-2004 21:37
ok, found some better photos   (Score: 1, Normal)
06-23-2004 00:13
Re: ok, found some better photos   (Score: 1, Normal)
Jump to:
First Drive: 2019 Honda Insight
Read Article....................
2019 Honda Insight PR Photo Gallery
Read Article....................
First Drive: 2019 Acura RDX
Read Article....................
2019 Acura RDX Features & Specifications
Read Article....................
PR Photo Gallery - 2019 Acura RDX Advance
Read Article....................
PR Photo Gallery - 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec
Read Article....................
Contact TOV | Submit Your Article | Submit Your Link | Advertise | TOV Shop | Events | Our Sponsors | TOV Archives
Copyright © 2018 Velocitech Inc. All information contained herein remains the property of Velocitech Inc.
The Temple of VTEC is not affiliated with American Honda Motor Co., Inc. TOV Policies and Guidelines - Credits - Privacy Policy