2014 Honda Odyssey

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The class-leading 2014 Honda Odyssey is a trustworthy choice amongst families nationwide. Why, you ask? Well, not only does the Odyssey continue to earn exceptional safety ratings from both the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, its stellar fuel economy and stylish appearance continue to make it top choice in the minivan segment.

For the new model year it gets a freshened look, inside and out. The more fuel efficient V6 is now standard on all trim levels and several standard and optional features have been added like an integrated vacuum cleaner, Bluetooth® streaming audio and a Pandora user interface.

Since its redesign in 2011, the Honda Odyssey remains as a more appealing choice in this already highly competitive market thanks to its stylish sheet metal and exceptional interior functionality.

It offers more leg room for second and third-row passengers then ever however you still have to physically remove the second-row seats to take full advantage of its 148 cubic feet of cargo space.

The 2014 Honda Odyssey is available in five trims levels- LX, EX, EX-L, Touring and Touring Elite. Standard features on the entry level seven passenger LX includes 17-inch steel wheels, full power accessories, keyless entry, cruise control, an 8-way power adjustable driver’s seat, a 4-way power front passenger seat, a 60/40 split-folding third-row seat, an 8-inch multi-informational display, a rearview camera, Bluetooth® and a 7-speaker sound system including a subwoofer with a CD player, auxiliary audio jack and an iPod®/USB interface.

The EX has room for 8 plus 17-inch alloy wheels, push-button start, power-sliding side doors, auto on/off headlights, heated mirrors, a blind-spot monitoring system, tri-zone automatic climate control with air filtration, HomeLink®, a removable front center console, a 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat with power lumbar support, second-row retractable sunshades and a 7-inch touchscreen display.

Stepping up to the EX-L will get you a power liftgate, a sunroof, a lane departure warning system, leather upholstery for the front row and second row seats, heated front seats, a cooled storage box, an auto dimming rearview mirror and satellite radio.  Options include a voice-operated navigation system and a DVD rear entertainment system however they cannot be ordered together.

The Touring model tacks on 18-inch alloy wheels, fog lamps, heated mirrors with integrated turn signal indicators, front and rear parking sensors, third-row retractable sunshades, navigation and the rear seat DVD entertainment system.

The top-of-the-line Touring Elite adds Xenon headlights, a widescreen rear entertainment system, a built in vacuum cleaner and an upgraded 650-watt 12-speaker sound system with surround sound.

For 2014, the Honda Odyssey comes standard with a 3.5-liter V6 engine mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. It is estimated to return 19 mpg city and 28 mpg, respectable for a minivan. It can also tow up to 3,500 lbs when properly equipped. You may find that the Odyssey isn’t overly exciting to drive and it’s unlikely that you find a minivan that is, but its wide stance takes corners with ease and it delivers a smooth ride that the whole family can appreciate.

The 2014 Honda Odyssey is a bit pricier than its competition. Prices start at $28,825 and quickly climb to well over $45 grand.

Surprisingly enough, the Odyssey is developed, designed and assembled in the United States and as far as minivans go, they don’t get more comfortable than this. Like with any good minivan, its most impressive feature is its interior space and versatility.

 High safety ratings; good fuel economy; easy-to-fold third row seat; enormous and comfortable interior

 Must shell out big bucks to get desirable features; controversial exterior styling; no easy-fold second row seats

Christine is a Contributing Editor at DriverPulse, a provider of online automotive editorial reviews and news. She is also an Account Manager and Head of Client Services for Nusani Media. She drinks a lot of coffee, loves to drive (manual, of course) and enjoys the company of her dog. She spends her free time exploring the great outdoors, painting and volunteering at her local animal shelter. Her passion for cars started at an early age. While most little girls were playing with dolls, she was playing with matchbox cars and watching her grandfather work on his prized Fords. She believes a vehicle should not only give you goosebumps while speeding around the circuit, its design should be purpose focused and elicit a pure emotional response. Her dream car, the Porsche Carrara GT, may not be easy to control however it is the perfect definition of form following function; mind blowing performance and beauty.

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