- Updated for 2014 with new styling and an available integrated vacuum
- 248-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 with cylinder deactivation
- Top Safety Pick+ award winner
Back for the new model year with more family friendly features and new styling, the 2014 Honda Odyssey is a minivan with some flair.
Updates for the new model year include a refresh of the Odyssey’s front and rear styling. Up front, there is a new bumper, hood, and grille which give the Odyssey a closer resemblance to the rest of Honda’s revamped lineup, including the new Accord. In the rear, LED taillights are new that give the back more pop. 17-inch wheels are standard, with 18-inch wheels, a power liftgate, xenon HID headlights, and power-sliding side doors all optional.
Under the hood, the Odyssey is powered by a 248-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 that makes 250 pounds-feet of torque. It is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission and features cylinder deactivation, which enhances fuel economy. The Odyssey takes regular fuel and returns 19/28 mpg city/highway. It can tow up to 3,500 pounds when equipped with the towing package.
One of the reasons we recommend minivans over SUVs for families is their seating flexibility and the eight-passenger Odyssey has it in spades. The second-row is actually three separate pieces, two bucket seats and a center seat that can slide six-inches forward so parents can easily reach a child in a car seat. If more room is needed, the side seats can even slide out laterally for more shoulder room. The three-seat third-row is split 60/40 and can fold completely into the floor to create a flat cargo area. There is 38.4 cubic feet of cargo room behind the third row, which expands to 148.5 cubic feet with the third row stowed and the second row removed.
New for 2014 is a class-exclusive HondaVac, a vacuum with a hose and multiple attachments that stores in a side bay in the cargo area. It has enough hose to reach all corners of the minivan and offers as much suction power as a garage vacuum; it will only be offered on Touring Elite models. Standard features include air conditioning, an 8-inch screen, Bluetooth connectivity, powered front seats, USB/iPod port, and cruise control. A rear seat entertainment system is optional, while Touring Elite models get a larger ultra-wide 16.2-inch display. Heated front seats, a navigation system, and leather upholstery are also available.
The 2014Odyssey received a Top Safety Pick+ award from the IIHS (for models with forward collision equipped), their highest honor. Side-impact and three-row side curtain airbags are standard, along with active front head restraints, antilock brakes, a rearview camera, and electronic stability system with traction control. A blind spot warning system, expanded view driver’s mirror, forward collision warning, and lane departure warning are available.