Published July 15 2014

2014 Honda Odyssey – Easy-access, roomy interior, great fuel economy

By Yvon Dumoulin

2014 Honda Odyssey – Easy-access, roomy interior, great fuel economy

''Good consumption ratings are not its only charm. Engaging driving dynamics make the minivan even more appealing, and drivers can anticipate a vehicle that handles more like a sedan than an SUV. ''

Forget those big Sport Utility Vehicles that long for more fuel! The 2014 Honda Odyssey offers thumbs-up fuel economy ratings, along with family-friendly easy-access sliding doors, a roomy interior with an optional vacuum cleaner for messy backseat passengers, and responsive handling from a V6 engine.

Consumers that are tempted to go with a minivan rather than an SUV can get the 2014 Odyssey with a starting price of $29,990 MSRP. With it, seven trim levels are available to the buyer: the LX, SE, EX, EX Res, EX-L Res, EX-L Navi and Touring. The main difference lies in the choice of features, since all models are equipped with the same fuel-efficient 3.5-litre V6 engine with fuel economy ratings of 10.9/7.1 litres per 100 kilometres. The combined consumption rating is 9.2 L/100km.

Good consumption ratings are not its only charm. Engaging driving dynamics make the minivan even more appealing, and drivers can anticipate a vehicle that handles more like a sedan than an SUV. The V6 engine will also generate 248 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque, all mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission.

The 2014 Odyssey is also the first and only minivan to earn the TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, as stated by the manufacturer. This should come as no surprise to consumers. The moment you click on the “safety” tab on the Honda website, a long list of features will appear, allowing buyers to scroll down and browse the various options. An anti-lock braking system, brake assist, side airbags, and three-row side curtain airbags with a rollover sensor are among the elements included with the minivan. Stability and traction control are also standard.

However, if safety technologies are what you are after, a rearview camera is standard, and will help the driver to avoid potentially backing into small, hidden objects. Forward collision warning, a blind spot monitoring system, and lane departure warning are offered on the higher trim levels.

As for the other features, heated front seats are included, and comfortable leather-trimmed seating surfaces are available. Honda’s third-row magic “one-motion” 60/40 split seat comes standard as well, and the second-row is adjustable, all of which is quite practical considering the minivan provides seating for eight people.

Tri-zone climate control with humidity control and an air filtration system, navigation, and a rearview camera are convenient and available, depending on the model. The automaker’s in-car vacuum system may also prove useful in cleaning up crumbs found on the floor or on the seats, and the programmable power doors are practical.

Finally, certain entertainment features are worth considering, such as satellite radio, or Honda’s rear DVD entertainment system that will keep backseat passengers occupied. Steering wheel-mounted audio controls are standard with the base model.

The 2014 Honda Odyssey is available at your Lallier Honda Repentigny dealership, and its versatile interior, family-friendly features and safety technologies, and thumbs-up consumption ratings will help you forget about those big SUVs. It handles more like a sedan anyway…

 



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