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2014 Honda Odyssey Review

The 2014 Honda Odyssey gets good gas mileage, offers many tech features, and is more athletic than most minivans. However, it also has a subpar reliability rating.

Pros & Cons

  • Athletic handling for a minivan
  • Numerous available tech features
  • Good fuel economy


  • Poor reliability rating


New for 2014

  • Six-speed automatic transmission became standard
  • Exterior styling refreshed
  • Forward collision and lane departure warning became available
  • HondaVAC vacuum became available

Rankings & Awards

The 2014 Honda Odyssey's #3 ranking is based on its score within the 2014 Minivans category. It was the winner of our 2014 Best Minivan for Families award and a finalist for our 2014 Best Minivan for the Money award. Currently the Honda Odyssey has a score of 8.0 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 40 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 9.5
Performance: 8.9
Interior: 8.6
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.7
Safety: 9.8
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2014 Honda Odyssey Overview

Is the 2014 Honda Odyssey a Good Used Minivan?

The 2014 Honda Odyssey is a good minivan. It has many strengths, with reliability being its only major weakness. It's a good choice for families; it won our 2014 Best Minivan for Families award.

The Honda Odyssey features a 3.5-liter V6 engine that puts out 248 horsepower. It's mated to a smooth-shifting six-speed automatic transmission. Other cars in the class have stronger engines, but the Odyssey has quick acceleration and is surprisingly nimble on winding roads. It also gets good gas mileage, earning 19 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway, which are some of the highest ratings in the class.

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The 2014 Honda Odyssey seats up to eight people. All three rows of seats are comfortable, and the rear rows are highly configurable and easily accessible. There are five full sets of LATCH connectors for installing car seats, and the system received an ease-of-use rating of Acceptable (the second-highest rating) from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

The Odyssey's interior is well-built. Standard features include Bluetooth, a USB port, and an 8-inch display screen. Notable options include tri-zone automatic climate control, a power moonroof, a rear-seat entertainment system, navigation, and the HondaVAC in-car vacuum. The vacuum is innovative, but some think it's underpowered. Most of the audio and climate controls are straightforward and user-friendly. The Odyssey's maximum cargo capacity – 148.5 cubic feet – is outstanding for a minivan or any other vehicle.

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Used 2014 Honda Odyssey Prices

The price of a used 2014 Honda Odyssey ranges from about $18,800 for a base LX model to around $29,700 for a Touring Elite model. The price will vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Honda Odyssey?

J.D. Power and Associates gives the 2014 Odyssey a reliability rating of two out of five. A rating of three is average for a vehicle, so the Odyssey's score is solidly below average. It's also one of the lowest scores in the minivan class.

How Safe Is the Odyssey?

The Honda Odyssey has the highest safety score of any minivan. It earned a five-star overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and a Top Safety Pick+ designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

A rearview camera comes standard, and several driver assistance features are available, including blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, and front and rear parking sensors.

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Should I Consider Another Used Odyssey?

The 2014 Honda Odyssey is part of a generation that began with the 2011 model year and runs through the 2017 model year. Cars in the same generation have very few differences in terms of engines, cargo capacity, and interior quality, so the differences really boil down to feature availability and price. Newer models tend to have more features, but they also tend to cost more.

In the Odyssey's case, the 2012 and 2013 models are largely similar, but the 2014 offers more driver assistance features and the HondaVAC system. 2012 and 2013 models are also close in price, as the 2013 is only about $1,000 more expensive. The 2014 is about $4,500 more than the 2013, however. If you don't want the extra features, the 2013 Odyssey is the clear choice. Still, while the HondaVAC system may not be worth it, the active safety features probably are for many buyers. In that case, the 2014 Odyssey is the best choice.

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Which Used Honda Odyssey Is Right for Me?

The 2014 Honda Odyssey comes in five trims: LX, EX, EX-L, Touring, and Touring Elite. As with many cars, it's worth the money to move up from the base trim, but how far depends on what you value. The EX and EX-L trims offer additional tech and driver assistance features, and the Touring and Touring Elite trims offer extra features and a more upscale interior. Unless you really want every feature the Odyssey offers, the EX-L trim is a great choice; it's not the most expensive, and it offers every feature that most buyers want and need.

Like most car companies, Honda has a certified pre-owned vehicle program. Honda extends its original new-car limited powertrain warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles for all certified pre-owned models, and it extends the new-car non-powertrain warranty to four years or 48,000 miles. If the CPO Honda you purchase is more than four years old or has more than 48,000 miles, you’ll receive a one-year/12,000-mile non-powertrain limited warranty. Honda CPO vehicles must pass a 182-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read Honda’s warranty page carefully.

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We Did the Research for You: 40 Pieces of Data Analyzed

We’ve researched 40 data points in order to help you make the best car buying decision possible. This data includes reliability scores, crash tests, expert reviews, and fuel economy estimates.

Why You Can Trust Us

U.S. News & World Report has been ranking cars for a decade, and we have more than 75 years of automotive industry experience combined. While we’re passionate about cars, we’re even more committed to giving helpful consumer advice. To ensure our reviews remain impartial, we refuse expensive gifts and trips from car companies, and the advertising on our site is handled by an outside team.

2014 Honda Odyssey and Other Minivans to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Honda Odyssey or 2014 Toyota Sienna?

The Toyota Sienna costs about $1,000 less and has a stronger engine than the Odyssey. However, it's less fuel-efficient. The Sienna is on the short list of vehicles with more cargo room than the Odyssey, and it seats eight people in three spacious rows. There are plenty of tech features, including a user-friendly infotainment system. The Sienna has good safety scores, and it has a much higher reliability rating than the Odyssey. It is also the only vehicle in the class that is available with all-wheel drive. It's a close call, but the Sienna is a better minivan than the Odyssey – and it's less expensive.

Which Is Better: 2014 Honda Odyssey or 2014 Chrysler Town & Country?

The Chrysler Town & Country has a more powerful V6 engine than the Odyssey, but it gets lower fuel economy. The Chrysler minivan has an upscale cabin and plenty of features. However, the Odyssey seats one more person (eight instead of seven) and has more spacious, comfortable seats. The Town & Country can't match the Odyssey's safety rating, but it's more reliable and costs about $2,300 less. The Odyssey is a better minivan, but it may not be worth the extra money to some buyers.

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