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2014 Honda Odyssey

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2014 Honda Odyssey Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 9.1

If you're buying a minivan, the rationale is likely more pragmatic than passionate. Few drivers lust after a box on wheels, but you can't fit a growing family in a Corvette. The good news is, today's minivans brim with goodies and perform better than you'd suspect. Among the gold standard for such people movers is the 2014 Honda Odyssey. Like the Nissan Quest, the Odyssey's exterior styling strays from the more traditional rounded shapes of the Toyota Sienna and Chrysler Town & Country, but inside, the Honda shines with features and functionality (yes, there's even a built-in vacuum cleaner). Add a strong yet efficient engine and outstanding safety and reliability records, and the Odyssey can win over many a minivan critic.

You'll Like This Car If...

If an SUV is too big and fuel-thirsty, the Odyssey will provide all the room you need and then some, not to mention easy-access sliding side doors. When it comes to fuel economy, the Odyssey's highway rating of 28 mpg handily trumps that of its rivals.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Starting at nearly $30,000 and ballooning to over $45,000 if you must have the vacuum, the Odyssey isn't the least-expensive minivan on the market. Dodge's Grand Caravan and Kia's Sedona are more value-oriented. Need all-wheel drive? Sienna's the only one to offer it. For something small, nimble and inexpensive, see the Mazda5.

KBB Expert Ratings

  • 9.1
  • 8.4
  • 9.0
  • 8.2
  • 7.6
  • 9.8
How It Ranks

#2

out of 4

Fuel Economy

#5

out of 6

Horsepower
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Consumer Rating

8.3 out of 10
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2014 Honda Odyssey Low/wide front photo What's New for 2014

The 2014 Honda Odyssey has slight revisions to its front and rear exterior, and prominent interior updates that include a standard power front-passenger seat and available safety features like lane-departure warning. Top trims receive a built-in vacuum cleaner dubbed "HondaVAC." All Odysseys now use a 6-speed automatic transmission.

Driving the Odyssey
2014 Honda Odyssey Front angle view photo

Driving Impressions The Honda Odyssey is an easy vehicle to live with. Its 248-horsepower V6 isn't the strongest in this segment, but it offers good acceleration and even more impressive fuel economy...

that garners a class-leading 28 mpg highway rating. The 6-speed automatic transmission that's now standard on all models is a smooth operator. The Odyssey's suspension soaks up road imperfections to provide a comfortable ride even when the van is loaded with passengers and gear. In our battery of tests, we took the Odyssey to the last place you're likely to find one: a track. In that setting, where we pushed Honda's minivan far beyond ordinary limits, the Odyssey surprised us by handling everything we threw at it, including emergency handling maneuvers, multiple rapid stops and exceptionally quick turns.
Favorite Features

INTERIOR FUNCTIONALITY
Offering a bounty of conveniences, the 2014 Honda Odyssey is a blessing for busy parents. Among the standouts are the easy-folding 3rd-row seat, an in-dash beverage cooler, and a flip-up ring that turns any plastic bag into a dedicated trash bag.


THEATER-LIKE REAR-SEAT ENTERTAINMENT WITH 5.1 SURROUND SOUND AND HDMI PORT
As if a widescreen monitor with dual-screen capabilities and an HDMI port for gaming consoles weren't entertaining enough, add in surround sound audio and the back of the Odyssey becomes a cinema on wheels.

2014 Honda Odyssey Details
2014 Honda Odyssey Dashboard, center console, gear shifter view photo Interior

The 2014 Honda Odyssey minivan makes the most of its generous interior space. Along with its 60/40 split 3rd-row "Magic Seat" that folds into the floor with one pull, the 2nd-row seats can slide outward 1.5 inches, permitting three child safety seats to be placed side by side. In base LX trim, the Odyssey seats seven people, with all other trims holding up to eight. Another helpful feature is the center seat in the second row that moves forward, allowing a child to be closer to parents in the front seats. Storage bins abound, as do cup holders for all rows.

Exterior
2014 Honda Odyssey photo

The 2014 Odyssey has a low, wide appearance that makes it look more hunkered-down, at least for a minivan. Angular lines and sheet metal prevail, and it's hard to miss the "lightning bolt" side beltline. We'll leave it to your eyes to decide if the package holds personal appeal. On a less-subjective note, slight revisions to the 2014 Odyssey's rear taillight housing and front grille and lower fascia keep it contemporary. The Odyssey rides on 17-inch wheels or larger, 18-inch versions in top-line Touring trims. EX-L and higher trims add the arm-saving benefit of a power tailgate.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Even a base-trim 2014 Odyssey includes a long list of standard features. Among them are power front seats, a 7-speaker AM/FM/CD audio with an 8-inch color interface screen, Bluetooth connectivity and a rearview camera. Step up trim levels and you get features like 3-zone automatic climate control, power sliding doors, push-button start, Honda's LaneWatch camera system, a moonroof, leather, and navigation. The top-line Touring Elite trim brings a 16.2-inch wide-view rear-seat monitor to captivate the kids, blind-spot monitoring and the HondaVAC, a vacuum made in conjunction with Shop-Vac that can operate continuously with the engine running or up to 8 minutes with it off to clean up snacks that inevitably spill.

Optional Equipment

Like other Honda products, major additional features such as leather interior and navigation are tied to trim levels. Traditional option packages are nonexistent for the Odyssey, and individual options are few. Among them are backup sensors, remote engine-start, a trailer hitch, and a variety of roof attachments for cargo boxes and sports gear. One particularly interesting add-on is a tent that attaches to the rear that will literally enable car camping. Top-line Touring trims can make an even bigger statement by rolling on 18-inch black alloy wheels.

Under the Hood
2014 Honda Odyssey Engine photo

The 2014 Odyssey is powered by a 248-horsepower V6. That power rating trails its rivals, but is still more than enough to move Honda's minivan with ease. More important than potency for Odyssey buyers, this engine is the most efficient of its rivals with a highway fuel-economy rating of 28 mpg. Helping the Odyssey attain that figure is its Variable Cylinder Management, which shuts off cylinders depending upon driving conditions for maximum fuel efficiency. All Honda Odysseys now use the 6-speed automatic transmission that was formerly limited to top-line versions. At the pump, the 2014 Odyssey drinks regular unleaded.

3.5-liter V6
248 horsepower @ 5,700 rpm
250 lb-ft of torque @ 4,800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/28 mpg

Pricing Notes

The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of the 2014 Honda Odyssey LX minivan starts at $29,655 for an LX model and spans to over $45,000 for the Touring Elite version. The Odyssey's base price is higher than that of the Toyota Sienna and Nissan Quest, and slightly lower than that of the Chrysler Town & Country. It is far beyond the value leader in this segment – the Dodge Grand Caravan with its roughly $21,000 starting price. Before buying, be sure to check the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price to see what others in your area are paying for their Honda Odyssey. Down the road, we expect the Odyssey's resale value to remain strong, but not quite match that of the Toyota Sienna.

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2014 Honda Odyssey Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.3
Out of 10

Based on 76 Ratings for the 2011 - 2014 models.

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  • Value
    8.3/10
    Quality
    8.4/10
  • Reliability
    8.6/10
    Performance
    8.4/10
  • Comfort
    8.9/10
    Styling
    8.8/10

Best Minivan on the market

By on Friday, April 11, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 45,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Look and feel, they thought of everything"

Cons: "Needs AWD and better handling"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I never thought I'd own a minivan but I never thought I'd have 4 kids! With that said, I told myself if I'm going to get a minivan, it's going to be the coolest minivan with all the bells and whistles out there! The Odyssey is so practical for families. I even took it on a guys fishing, mountain biking, rafting adventure and it was awesome. My buddies used to make fun of me, now they think it's way cool. Perfect road trip vehicle. My wife loves it too! The only cons are it would be nice if it had AWD. It doesn't do very well in the snow. The handling could be improved. It drives more like a bus than a car."

Best Minivan on the market

By on Friday, April 11, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 45,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Look and feel, they thought of everything"

Cons: "Needs AWD and better handling"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I never thought I'd own a minivan but I never thought I'd have 4 kids! With that said, I told myself if I'm going to get a minivan, it's going to be the coolest minivan with all the bells and whistles out there! The Odyssey is so practical for families. I even took it on a guys fishing, mountain biking, rafting adventure and it was awesome. My buddies used to make fun of me, now they think it's way cool. Perfect road trip vehicle. My wife loves it too! The only cons are it would be nice if it had AWD. It doesn't do very well in the snow. The handling could be improved. It drives more like a bus than a car."

Best Minivan on the market

By on Friday, April 11, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 45,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Look and feel, they thought of everything"

Cons: "Needs AWD and better handling"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I never thought I'd own a minivan but I never thought I'd have 4 kids! With that said, I told myself if I'm going to get a minivan, it's going to be the coolest minivan with all the bells and whistles out there! The Odyssey is so practical for families. I even took it on a guys fishing, mountain biking, rafting adventure and it was awesome. My buddies used to make fun of me, now they think it's way cool. Perfect road trip vehicle. My wife loves it too! The only cons are it would be nice if it had AWD. It doesn't do very well in the snow. The handling could be improved. It drives more like a bus than a car."

absolutely the best van ever owned

By on Friday, March 28, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 45,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "the best for family with lots of road trips"

Cons: "2011 didn't have the vacuum option - great idea!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"This van drives very well, handles very well, plenty of power, everything woks perfectly even though 4 years old, although value is 10/10 is more than our family needs now - downsizing."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

It has good history, my results confirm

By on Tuesday, March 18, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 2,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "It has good history, my results confirm"

Cons: "Not much"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Research said the Honda was the minivan to get so I did. I considered the Toyota but with recent recalls across their line I never even test drove one. Simply got a good price (29500 EX) and that was it. There was a unsettling clop sound like a horse shoe in a parade from the suspension that proved to be from 40psi tires. I reduced to spec 33 and no more clop. Sound is now as one would expect from a car over bumps. We regularly get 30 mpg plus or minus 1/2 in extended cruise mode and 23 mixed with about 18 city. The only real complaint I have at this point is it took several window frostings to discover the defrost button. It has good history, carries 8 people, looks nice, tows and gets 30mpg. Enough said"

5 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Front rotors warped three times in 46,000 miles

By on Friday, March 14, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 46,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
6/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3

"Front rotors warped at about 20,000, Dealer resurfaced rotors. Warped again and dealer replaced rotors around 36,000. Now warping again at 46,000. It is in the shop now. No resolution yet. Dealer has been very good (with pushing) but rotors are definitely low quality."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

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