2014 Honda Odyssey EX FWD 6-Speed Automatic 3.5L V6 SOHC i-VTEC 24V 19/28 City/Highway MPGAwards:* 2014 IIHS Top Safety Pick+ * 2014 KBB.com 12 Best Family Cars * 2014 KBB.com Brand Image AwardsKelley Blue Book Brand Image Awards are based on the Brand Watch(tm) study from Kelley Blue Book Market Intelligence. Award calculated among non-luxury shoppers. For more information, visit www.kbb.com. Kelley Blue Book is a registered trademark of Kelley Blue Book Co., Inc.Reviews:* 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 Odysseyâ€™s highway rating of 28 mpg handily trumps that of its rivals. Source: KBB.com* Agile handling; fuel-efficient V6; quiet cabin; configurable second-row seat; easy-to-fold third-row seat. Source: Edmunds* The 2014 Honda Odyssey has a wide, low stance with a modern aerodynamic feel. Its fresh, angled lines, and lightning bolt styling on the side, combined with 2014 updates to its front end, grille, and rear taillights result in a bold overall design. Take into consideration its great records for reliability and safety combined with fact that it is enjoyable and comfortable to drive, and this is one vehicle should not be missed. On the inside, the Honda Odyssey provides abundant seating and cargo space. Depending on the trim level you select, it can seat up to 7 or 8 passengers. The third row seats are split, and each seat can fold flat into the floor. The outside seats in the second row can slide towards the walls, so that three child safety seats can fit next to one another. The Multi-Function 2nd-Row Center Seat, on EX trims and above, can either fold forward to become a center console or slide forward 5.5 inches to enable a child seat to be closer to the driver and front passenger. For extra cargo space, one or all of the second row seats can be removed as well. Powering the 2014 Odyssey is a 3.5-Liter V6 engine, with 248 Horsepower, which gets an EPA estimated 19 MPG City and 28 MPG Highway. New for 2014, all trims now come standard with a 6-speed automatic transmission. The base Odyssey, comes standard with such items as a rearview camera, an AM FM CD Radio with 7 speakers and a color 8-inch interface screen, Bluetooth connectivity, and power front seats. Higher trims come with features like power sliding doors, LaneWatch camera system, navigation, 3-zone climate control, leather, and a power lift tailgate. The top-of-the-line Touring Elite trim gives you things like the amazing Honda DVD Ultrawide Rear Entertainment System, and a premium 12 speaker sound system with surround sound. For 2014, the Touring Elite also gives you the convenience of the innovative HondaVac, which is a vacuum cleaner integrated with the car to help fight day-to-day messes. Source: The Manufacturer Summary
For 2014, the Honda Odyssey receives a minor facelift, with a new hood, grille, bumper, and headlight treatment. Inside, all Odyssey trims feature standard Bluetooth hands-free connectivity, 4-way power passenger seat, Pandora radio interface and SMS text messaging functionality. New available features include Honda's LaneWatch blind spot monitor, Forward Collision Warning and Lane Departure Warning. All Odyssey trims now feature the 6-speed automatic transmission previously limited to Touring and Touring Elite models. <p><p>Touring and Touring Elite models now include HondaVAC, the world's first in-vehicle vacuum cleaner.
The Honda Odyssey is available in five trim levels: LX, EX, EX-L, Touring and Touring Elite. All are powered by a 248-horsepower, 3.5L V6 engine, which is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission.
Honda endeavored to make the Odyssey's body very rigid, which helps make it one of the most refined-riding and precise-handling vans on the market. And a new ACE body structure with improved frontal area makes the Odyssey the safest minivan available.
Inside, Honda has worked to make the Odyssey as comfortable as possible for all occupants. The Odyssey can carry up to eight smaller-size occupants, or six larger adults in comfort. With a "3 mode" design, the second row can be folded forward for cargo, stretched wide for adult-size seating space, or made more narrow for easier access to the third row -- when carrying a full load of kids to the soccer game, for instance. The third row carries on with Honda's "Magic Seat" arrangement, which folds easily with a single hand strap into the cargo floor when not in use, allowing a very impressive cargo capacity. The Odyssey's extensive use of sound insulation and active noise cancellation system -- standard on all Odysseys -- means a very quiet ride.
Cargo capacity and storage must have ranked high on the Odyssey's design priorities. With the Odyssey's third-row seat folded down and the second-row seats removed, Honda says that a 4x8 sheet of plywood can fit inside the Odyssey. With the front console removed 10-foot 2x4 studs will fit. There are more than enough cupholders (15) for all, and the back of the center console includes a ring for easily mounting a trash bag. Altogether, the Odyssey provides 38.4 cubic feet of storage behind the third row and 93.1 cubic feet behind the second row.
The highlight of the Odyssey's styling is, without a doubt, the "lightning bolt" shape of the beltline. The feature not only makes the Odyssey easy to spot from a distance and distinguishes it from myriad similar vehicles, it also helps ease the claustrophobic feeling that third row seats by expanding the side windows for those passengers.
There's quite a price and equipment range from base LX models up to the Touring and Touring Elite, but even the base LX models come quite well-equipped, and include air conditioning, cruise control, one-touch turn signals, Bluetooth hands-free connectivity, power front seats, SMS text messaging functionality and a 5-speaker sound system with auxiliary input. The EX adds a 3-zone climate-control system, heated side mirrors, alloy wheels, a garage-door opener, LaneWatch blind spot display, push-button start, and 2GB of audio storage, while EX-L models get leather upholstery, heated front seats, Forward Collision Warning, and Lane Departure Warning. All models but the LX come with power sliding doors.
Touring Elite adds an ingenious new feature not found on any other vehicle: a built-in vacuum called HondaVAC, with a hose long enough to reach every corner of the Odyssey. The model also includes HD radio and 5.1 Surround audio.
Safety features such as stability control, anti-lock brakes with brake assist, front side airbags, side-curtain bags for all three rows and active front-seat headrests are all among the standard features.
A DVD rear entertainment system with 18.2-inch ultra-wide display is standard on the Touring Elite. It offers an HDMI input and the capability to display two different programs -- a video game and a movie, for example -- simultaneously. In the EX-L model and above, there's an intelligent multi-information display that allows access to a range of vehicle settings. A navigation system with voice recognition is also on the options list for the Odyssey EX-L and standard on Touring and Touring Elite; it's driven by a 60GB hard-drive system and includes traffic information, a highway guide and point-of-interest information for gas stations, restaurants and other attractions.