2014 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite Review
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The Honda Odyssey is an all-frills vehicle with no pretensions of luxury, although it's plenty comfortable.
Minivans have gotten a bad rap. In an era in which bigger is supposed to be better and utility is the big buzz word, minivans have been deemed 'not cool.' Meanwhile people gladly slap down way too much money for oversized trucks and ill-conceived crossovers that offer less cargo space, smaller seating capacity, fewer safety features, and much worse gas mileage.
But minivans are boring, there's no escaping that fact. They're big generic boxes of steel that came to symbolize everything bad about the suburbs. Honda, realizing this, has struggled mightily to give the new Odyssey some cool cred. What they came up with is anything but cool, but what managed to create, whether they knew it or not, was the ultimate partymobile.
The big addition to the new Odyssey is the HondaVac, the built-in vacuum cleaner that is capable of cleaning up all things crumbled, tracked in, or tossed aside. It's a brilliant addition - perfect for parents of small children or anyone choosing to make this vehicle their home. The HondaVac reaches all corners of the Odyssey with ease, and even comes with attachments.
The Touring Elite comes with an ultra-wide flip-out video screen that can either display one video in a ridiculously wide-screen ratio, or two videos side-by-side. The wireless headphones can be set to tune into either one of the two videos being displayed on the screen, allowing for multi-screen functionality from a single screen.
The third-row seats are so simple to stow and replace that even a person with only one free hand can operate them. Honda's designers clearly thought of everything with this Odyssey, and it's hard to imagine a better minivan.
Transmission: Six-speed automatic
Power Output: 248 hp / 250 lb-ft
Seating Capacity: 8
Fuel Economy: 18 city / 28 highway
Price: $44,450 (as tested)
Cargo Volume: 148.5 cu. Ft. (behind first row)
Features: Honda DVD Ultrawide Rear Entertainment System with HDMI®Technology and High-Resolution WVGA Screen, HondaVac, One-Motion 60/40 Split 3rd-Row Magic Seat®, Premium Audio System with 12 Speakers, Including Subwoofer and 5.1 Surround Sound Theater Mode, Heated side mirrors.