2014 Honda ODYSSEY Review
The 2014 Honda Odyssey which is one of the most popular and oft-used family-friendly minivans receives certain minor upgrades for 2014 and emerges as one of the top choices in the minivan segment. An efficiency-boosting six-speed transmission has been made standard on all models, a new grille, reworked lower fascia, new LED tail-lamps, chrome-ringed fog lights, and a re-sculpted aluminum hood are the major changes introduced for 2014. The most interesting and noteworthy addition to the 2014 Honda Odyssey is the standard in-vehicle vacuum cleaner which allows you to suck even the most minute of dust and dirt from the car. The newly redesigned Odyssey is all set to offer competition to the likes of Toyota Sienna, Kia Sedona, Nissan Quest, and Chrysler Town & Country with its superb features and high-end functionality.
Powertrain And Performance
Under the hood, the 2014 Honda Odyssey is powered by a 3.5-liter i-VTEC V6 engine that churns out 248hp and 250 lb-ft of torque when mated with a six-speed automatic transmission. Though the earlier models had a five-speed automatic transmission, now the six-speed has been made standard on all models, and estimated fuel economy stands at 19mpg city/28mpg highway.
Build And Styling
The 2014 Honda Odyssey is offered in LX, EX, EX-L, EX-L w/RES, EX-L w/Navi, Touring and Touring Elite trims. The base LX model comes loaded with standard features that include 17-inch steel wheels with hubcaps, two-zone A/C, Bluetooth with Pandora radio compatibility and SMS texting capability, full power accessories, a four-way power-adjustable passenger seat, an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, a seven-speaker AM/FM/CD stereo system with USB inputs, rearview camera and cruise control.
The EXL trim further adds heated front seats, sunroof, first- and second-row leather upholstery, auto-dimming rearview mirror, satellite radio, power liftgate, chilled storage box, and forward collision and lane departure warning systems. The EX-L w/RES trim adds the rear entertainment system, while the EX-L w/Navi obviously features a navigation system. However, the rear-seat entertainment and navigation system cannot be ordered together on the EX-L trim.
The high-end Touring trim adds both navigation and rear entertainment as standard and also adds fog lights, driver memory seating, front and rear parking sensors, 18-inch alloy wheels, and a rearview camera. The Touring Elite model further adds the Honda vacuum system, upgraded rear-seat entertainment, xenon headlights and 5.1 Surround Sound stereo with HD radio and 12 speakers. For 2014, the HondaLink infotainment system is new and it pairs the standard eight-inch display screen with a seven-inch touch-screen mounted on the dash. The setup also features Bluetooth connectivity along with integrated SMS messaging, Twitter, Facebook and Pandora Radio functionality.
Moving on to safety features, the Honda Odyssey comes fully-equipped with antilock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution, front and side curtain airbags, front row active head restraints, and stability and traction control. Newly available features for 2014 Odyssey include forward collision alert and a lane-departure warning system.