KBB Editors' Overview
By KBB.com Editors - Updated Date: 7/21/2013
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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