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Written by James Hamel

Overview (Final Score after 8 Categories: A-)

There is a very good reason why you see so many Honda Odyssey minivans tooling about in suburbia amidst the ever increasing numbers of family crossovers and SUVs. Because while the minivan segment has shrunk since its sales zenith in 2000, buyers of the Honda Odyssey know that this is the only vehicle on the road that can fit their unique family needs. And it also manages, somehow, to be fun to drive which is not something that can be said of the toaster oven on wheels also known as the Nissan Quest.

Our 2014 Honda Odyssey tester was a top of the line Touring Elite model which maxed out at $45,000 but do be aware that apparently that’s how consumers prefer to buy these vans from this Japanese automaker. According to Sage Marie at Honda, the average transaction price for most Odyssey buyers is around $38,000 and base LX trim versions start at around $29,000. So clearly these Honda minivan shoppers know they want a van that does pretty much everything but drive itself. But more on that later.

What We Loved about about the 2014 Honda Odyssey

  • Surprisingly quick, nimble, agile and fun to drive for such a large vehicle
  • The new HondaVac in car vacuum is a brilliant piece of engineering and useful
  • Interior Comfort and Flexibility

 

What We Didn’t Love about the 2014 Honda Odyssey

  • Prices can get pretty steep once you start loading on the options
  • Telling your friends you love driving a minivan
  • Some interior plastics could feel more premium given price of Touring Elite model

 

To read the full review, visit 2014 Honda Odyssey Review

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