2014 Honda Odyssey – Top Speed

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Honda Odyssey

2014 Honda Odyssey

price: $45000 Engine: V6 Transmission: 5-Speed Auto, 6-Speed Auto in Touring Trims Horsepower @ RPM: 250 MPG(Cty): 19 MPG(Hwy): 28 Torque @ RPM: 248 Displacement: 3.5 L 0-60 time: 7.7 sec. (Est.) Quarter Mile time: 16.0 sec. (Est.) Top Speed: 117 mph 0-100 time: 20.8 sec. (Est.) Layout: Front-engine, front-drive

For 2014, Honda is refreshing the Odyssey with some mild exterior tweaks, new safety systems, a new center stack design for the infotainment options and offers the world’s first built-in shop vacuum on top-spec Touring Elite trim. Many of the other cool benefits are limited to the Touring Elite spec as well, but the core package of responsive performance, extreme durability and family friendliness continues unchanged for 2014.

The Honda Odyssey is one of the top two minivans in the sales charts, often jostling for position in this declining market segment with the Toyota Sienna. Both the Honda and Toyota vans are actually pretty pricey in their top configurations, leaving the value segment to the Dodge and Chrysler vans, whose combined sales dwarf the Honda and Toyota.

For people who’ve accepted that they need a van, there’s little loyalty at play and these family audiences are happy to jump ship when a better entry comes along. So far, no one has topped the Honda Odyssey since 1999 in terms of total feature count or buyer satisfaction. One could even say that the Honda is the most premium player in the segment, following the discontinuation of the Mercedes-Benz R-class .

The exterior tweaks are not going to cause a rush on showrooms, but are enough to subtly refine the Odyssey’s style in the face of the more-flamboyant Toyota Sienna design. The new 2014 models arrive in July at Honda dealers nationwide.

Click past the jump for the full review of the 2014 Honda Odyssey, including the new HondaVac and HondaHair system on the top Odyssey Touring Elite models.

Exterior

If there were an award for most-unnoticeable-facelift, the 2014 gets it. A new twin-bar grille design, deeper hood creases, new fog lights and a darker tint to the headlights round out the changes up front. In back, a new LED light-bar design has been built into the lamp graphics.

Overall, this Honda is not nearly as handsome as previous generations. The desire to have some new styling element, plus complaints from kids riding in the third row, prompted a new window-line that now juts downward right behind the sliding door. The whole design was somewhat tilted forward, replacing the previous Odyssey’s strong horizontal creases (that looked expensive and well-resolved) with a mess of jutting angles and surfaces.

Bottom line, the 2011 model had to look different from before, and it did. Do you know why parents have those silly stick-figure families on the back of their cars? Part of the reason is that kids get in the wrong cars all the time by mistake at school pick-up time.

A line of silver or tan Honda Odysseys that looked the same for 10 years meant lots of kiddie confusion and mommy distress.

The new model solved some of these problems by introducing the window kink to set the Odyssey apart in the school line, but opened a real can of worms with its crass new style.

The other key change for this generation is to the previously mentioned taillights, which are now LED to match the light bar within the full-width reflector connecting the taillights.

gallery: Exterior

Interior

The changes to the interior of the 2014 Odyssey are similarly unnoticeable without looking at the old and new pics back to back. For 2014, the Odyssey’s top trim now has a new climate and stereo-focused touchscreen lower in the dash where all the mess of radio and climate buttons used to be. This is a smart addition that cleans up the appearance of the dashboard’s control areas, for which Honda has been widely criticized.

The rest of the interior is its usually spacious and durable self… until reaching the trunk. A partnership between Honda and Shop-Vac means there’s now a built-in vacuum cleaner called HondaVac right in the side of the cargo area. If there was ever a wish-list for minivan buyers, this might be it.

The vacuum is not intended for use while the vehicle is on the highway, but one wonders.

The vacuum also comes with a grooming kit attachment for dogs called HondaHair. It’s the “suck ‘n cut” style that was popular for Saturday Night Live jokes in the 1990s. Basically the vacuum motor spins the internal blades, creating enough force to gently trim a pet’s fur… in theory.

In practice, however, the dog will never want to be anywhere near the Odyssey again.

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The other key updates for the interior are newly-integrated safety systems via Front Collision Warning and Lane Departure Warning. These radar-based safety assistants don’t go as far as some systems with automatic city braking or automatic-follow cruise control.

At the $40,000-plus price bracket of the Touring Elite, these are some glaring missing features. The rest of the options packages are pretty stingy with equipment levels, particularly the poor LX model that strips out even seat-back pockets from the equipment list. The other main difference in the base LX trim is that the center console is not removable.

In the EX trim and above, this comes with a built-in trash bin and is removable for easier cleaning.

2014 Honda Odyssey Interior Features:

Air Conditioning (Manual, Front and Rear) Tri-Zone Automatic Climate Control System with Humidity Control and Air Filtration (EX and above) Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System with Voice Recognition, FM Traffic and Multi-Angle Rearview Camera with Guidelines (Optional, EX-L and above) Honda DVD Rear Entertainment System (Optional, EX-L and above) Honda DVD Ultrawide Rear Entertainment System with HDMI Technology (Touring Elite only) i-MID with 8-Inch High-Resolution Screen Interface Dial with Scrolling and Multi-Line Display Rearview Camera with Guidelines Bluetooth HandsFreeLink Power Windows with Auto-Up/Down Driver#8217;s and Front Passenger#8217;s Window Programmable Power Door and Tailgate Locks Cruise Control Illuminated Steering Wheel-Mounted Controls Blind Spot Information System (BSI) – Touring Elite only Tilt and Telescopic Steering Column Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel (EX-L and above) HomeLink Remote System (EX and above) Front Center Floor Tray with Beverage Holders Removable Front Center Console with Storage and Flip-up Trash Bag Ring (EX and above) Center Stack Storage with Utility Tray Cool Box (EX-L and above) Ambient Console Lighting Ambient Footwell Lighting (Touring Elite only) Automatic Dimming Rearview Mirror (EX-L and above) Driver#8217;s and Front Passenger#8217;s Illuminated Vanity Mirrors Front Bag Hook Conversation Mirror with Sunglasses Holder (EX and above) Sunglasses Holder (LX Only) Map Lights (all rows) Instrument Panel-Mounted Shifter Beverage Holders (EX and above – # per row: 1st/2nd/3rd) 5/7/3 12-Volt Power Outlets (EX and above – # per row: 1st/3rd) 2/1 115-Volt Power Outlet (3rd-Row) – only EX-L and above with RES video monitor options

Interior

Drivetrain, Suspension and Brakes

The Honda Odyssey continues with the higher-torque version of the company’s 3.5-liter SOHC V-6 producing 248 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque. This engine also serves in the Honda Pilot, among others. The van is exclusively front-drive with no all-wheel-drive option available.

The only mechanical difference between the Touring trims and the other models is the transmission. The Touring features a six-speed automatic versus the LX and EX model’s five-speed automatic. This slightly improves performance and efficiency, but doesn#8217;t alter the driving characteristics.

The Odyssey is a really heavy machine at over 4,600 pounds in its top configurations, meaning economy is south of stellar.

Please see below in the pricing table for economy by trim level.

2014 Honda Odyssey Mechanical Specifications:

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