New For 2014
Honda gave the 2014 Honda Odyssey a significant refresh; it went on sale this summer. The exterior design is upgraded, the cabin gets new features, and a new model, called the Touring Elite, transforms the minivan into a premium people hauler. The front end has been revised to perform better in safety tests. The hood and front fenders are also aluminum, off-setting the weight increase.
The Odyssey minivan is a stalwart in the Honda lineup. It has capability and function, and it is popular with families looking for a good value. The Odyssey takes on the Chrysler Town & Country, the Dodge Grand Caravan, and the Toyota Sienna, all tried-and-true minivans that find themselves with a shrinking, though still loyal, customer base. While crossovers and SUVs have encroached on the minivan’s customer base, Honda has doubled down on the Odyssey, in the belief that a lucrative minivan market still exists.
Honda has never made any bones about what the Odyssey is: a true-blue minivan aimed at families who need to haul hockey equipment, soccer bags, Labrador retrievers, and at least a couple of kids. Crossover? Get real. Honda has those, and the 2014 Honda Odyssey ain’t one of them. It does what minivans have always done, move people and their things. There is seating for eight (only the Sienna also offers that), and even the third row could be described as generous, unlike most SUVs. The seats themselves can be folded flat with relative ease for mattress-hauling, thanks to Honda’s so-called Magic Seat.
Honda has continually refined the Odyssey, and as a result it hasn’t grown stagnant. In fact, we named it an All-Star in 2012 — the only minivan to make the list. Honda gave the 2014 Honda Odyssey some updates for 2014, including a new grille and LED taillights for the exterior. There is also a new center stack and upgraded connectivity features.
Power for the 2014 Honda Odyssey comes from a V-6 engine making 248 hp and 250 lb-ft of torque paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. It’s the only powertrain offered, but it’s fuel efficient and well liked by consumers, netting 19 mpg in city driving and 28 mpg on the highway.
- Fuel efficiency
- Lots of options
You won’t like:
- Only one powertrain choice
- Minivans aren’t cool
- Chrysler Town & Country
- Dodge Grand Caravan
- Toyota Sienna