Honda Odyssey Interior
Most reviewers think the 2014 Honda Odyssey has a well-designed interior, with plenty of cargo and passenger space, comfortable seats, high-quality cabin materials and clever features.
- "Odyssey's interior is artfully designed and nicely appointed, with many soft-touch surfaces. The EX-L, Touring, and Elite have leather upholstery, which looks and feels nicer than the cloth in the LX and EX." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
- "The 2013 Honda Odyssey minivan makes the most of its generous interior space, with every inch put to good use." -- Kelley Blue Book (2013)
The base 2014 Honda Odyssey seats seven people in three rows, or eight people in EX and higher trims. Standard features include cloth upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, manually-adjustable and removable second-row seats and 60/40-split third-row seats that fold flat into the floor. The EX trim adds a second-row center seat and second-row sunshades. The EX-L models include leather upholstery and heated front seats, while the Odyssey Touring comes with third-row sunshades and a driver’s seat with two memory settings.
Reviewers say that all of the seats in the 2014 Odyssey are comfortable. Test drivers write that the second row is wide and highly-configurable, with room for three car seats across, and a center section that can be removed for easier access to the third row. Another auto writer likes that you can slide the center seat forward to move a child closer to the front-row seats. Reviewers also write that the third row is large enough for adults or teenagers.
- "Another helpful feature is the center seat in the second row that moves forward, allowing a child to be closer to parents in the front seats." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "When it comes time to haul your brood, you'll appreciate the multi-configurable second-row seat: You can leave the seat as is and fit up to three child seats side by side, or remove sections to create an aisle down the center or the side." -- Edmunds
- "There's enough space in the 3rd row for adults, particularly if the 2nd-row seat is moved forward." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
- "All the seats are comfortable when compared with the competition. The driver's seat sits upright a bit, like in most minivans. The second-row seats are nice and wide, so adults will be comfortable on road trips, and the third row has plenty of room for angst-ridden teens who want to be as far from the parental units as possible." -- Cars.com (2011)
Standard features on the base 2014 Honda Odyssey LX include an 8-inch color display, a rearview camera, remote keyless entry, Bluetooth phone compatibility with audio streaming, a USB port and an audio system with seven speakers, including a subwoofer. The EX trim adds blind spot cameras, power sliding doors, tri-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, a security system and a touch-screen audio system. EX-L models include forward collision warning, lane departure warning, satellite radio, a power moonroof, a power tailgate, a rear-seat entertainment system, a 115-volt power outlet and navigation. The Honda Odyssey Touring comes with front and rear parking sensors and fog lights. The top-of-the-line Odyssey Touring Elite has the HondaVAC in-car vacuum, a wide-screen rear-seat entertainment system, a 12-speaker surround-sound audio system and HD Radio.
The most widely publicized addition to the 2014 Odyssey is the HondaVAC integrated vacuum cleaner, and reviews are mixed. One reviewer says that the vacuum had enough suction to clean up after his day at the beach, but another thinks that the vacuum, while useful, is underpowered. Test drivers also write that the sound and climate control systems have numerous buttons and knobs, but add that they have a straightforward layout. The optional wide-screen rear-seat entertainment and surround-sound systems also earn praise, as one reviewer writes that they turn the Odyssey into a mobile movie theater.
- "[The HondaVAC] has enough strength to remove all the spilled sand from feet, towels, chairs, and umbrellas after a day at the beach." -- Boston Globe
- "These models also get an integrated vacuum cleaner that can be useful for ridding the cabin of crumbs and debris, though in our experience, its suction power leaves a bit to be desired." -- Edmunds
- "Material quality is excellent throughout, and though buttons and knobs for the sound system and HVAC are numerous, they're at least logically arranged." -- Left Lane News
- "As if a widescreen monitor with dual-screen capabilities and an HDMI port for gaming consoles weren't entertaining enough, add in surround sound audio and the back of the Odyssey becomes a cinema on wheels." -- Kelley Blue Book
The 2014 Honda Odyssey has good cargo space for its class. It has 38.4 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row, 93.1 cubic feet behind the second row and 148.5 cubic feet behind the front seats. Reviewers love how easy it is to fold the third-row seats flat into the floor. One test driver says the Odyssey’s manual-folding third row folds down faster than the power-folding systems found in rival minivans. Another writes that when the third-row seats are in use, there is still enough space behind them for a week’s worth of groceries. Unlike the Dodge Grand Caravan’s second row, the Odyssey’s second-row seats do not fold flat into the floor. The bevy of small-item storage features inside the Odyssey draw praise from the automotive press. They include an available drink-chilling compartment, an available trash bag holder and a number of other bins, pockets and trays.
- "With the third-row seats up, there's a deep well behind the seats, enough to hold a week's worth of groceries. We folded those seats flat, a simple task accomplished by pulling a pair of straps. Then there was room for all of our gear ... and more." -- Boston Globe
- "Clever details abound, including a removable center console with a handy flip-up trash bag holder and a ‘cool box’ beverage cooler built into the bottom of the dash's center section." -- Edmunds
- "The ‘Magic Seat’ system in the 2013 Honda Odyssey allows for quick and effortless folding of the third-row seats into the floor simply by pulling a strap. While other minivans offer a power-folding third row, Honda's manual system is faster and more satisfying in a do-it-yourself kind of way." -- Kelley Blue Book (2013)
- "The 3rd-row seats flip down into a floor well (larger folks can pull on a strap and do it one-handed). The 2nd-row seat backs flip down easily, and if the seats are removed, Honda says a 4x8 sheet of plywood will fit flat on the floor with the tailgate closed. Passengers will find a bounty of cupholders, trays, and storage bins of various sizes, and front-seaters get both upper and lower map pockets. The cooled storage box on the lower part of the dashboard is a nice feature; we wish it were available across the board rather than just the EX-L and above." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
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