Saturday, March 22, 2014


The 2014 Honda Odyssey ranks 1 out of 7 Minivans. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Honda Odyssey, as well as reliability and safety data.
The 2014 Honda Odyssey pleases reviewers with its stellar handling for a minivan, good fuel economy and large, cleverly-equipped interior. For having the best combination of factors that appeal to families, we named the Odyssey our 2014 Best Minivan for Families. 

The 2014 Honda Odyssey is powered by a V6 engine, which reviewers say provides quick acceleration. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard, and automotive journalists say that it shifts smoothly. The EPA reports that the Odyssey gets 19/28 mpg city/highway, which is very good for the class.  3.5-liter, 24-valve, SOHC i-VTEC® V-6 engine

The high-output, 3.5-liter, 24-valve, SOHC i-VTEC® V-6 engine produces 248 hp and an equally impressive 250 lb-ft of torque, giving the Odyssey strong performance, while maintaining exceptional fuel efficiencyTest drivers say the Odyssey has a comfortable ride, and they are extremely impressed with its responsive handling and sharp steering, both of which belie the minivan’s large size.

Most reviewers think the 2014 Honda Odyssey has a spacious interior with comfortable seating in all three rows and a large, flexible cargo area. Many test drivers also appreciate the Odyssey’s high-quality cabin materials and clever interior features, such as the optional integrated vacuum cleaner. Standard features in the Odyssey include cloth upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, an 8-inch color display, a rearview camera, remote keyless entry, Bluetooth phone compatibility with audio streaming, a USB port and a seven-speaker audio system. 

Optional features include the HondaVAC in-car vacuum, a touch screen, leather upholstery, heated front seats, blind spot monitoring, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, power sliding doors, a power tailgate, a power moonroof, tri-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, front and rear parking sensors, a rear-seat entertainment system and navigation.

The Odyssey had originally been conceived and engineered in Japan, in the wake of country's economic crisis of the 1990s – which in turn imposed severe constraints on the vehicle's size and overall concept, dictating the minivan's manufacture in an existing facility with minimal modification. The result was a smaller minivan, in the Compact MPV class, that was well received in the Japanese domestic market and less well received in North America. The first generation Odyssey was marketed in Europe as the Shuttle.

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