Honda Odyssey Performance
Reviewers think the 2014 Honda Odyssey’s V6 engine provides plenty of passing power, and they are especially impressed with the Odyssey’s nimble handling.
- "On the road, the 2014 Odyssey continues to impress. Though it's a roomy minivan that seats up to eight, it drives like a much smaller vehicle." -- Edmunds
- "Performance and handling may rank pretty far down on the list of mommymobile priorities, but Honda strove to improve these areas, too." -- Motor Trend (2011)
- "If we were to pick a single attribute of the Odyssey that most impressed us, we would have to go with how little the Odyssey drove like a traditional minivan of yesteryear. A quick spin won’t make you forget that there’s a huge people-and-junk-hauling cabin behind you, but the Odyssey’s agility is remarkable." -- Left Lane News (2011)
Acceleration and Power
The 2014 Honda Odyssey has a 248-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6 engine, a six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. The Odyssey gets an EPA-estimated 19/28 mpg city/highway, which is very good for the class.
Test drivers note that the Odyssey’s V6 is not the most powerful engine in the class, but they say the Odyssey’s quick acceleration belies that fact. Reviewers write that the six-speed automatic transmission, which is standard for 2014, is smooth-shifting.
- "Its 248-horsepower V6 isn't the strongest in this segment, but it offers good acceleration and even more impressive fuel economy that garners a class-leading 28 mpg highway rating. The 6-speed automatic transmission that's now standard on all models is a smooth operator." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "Even though the 2014 Honda Odyssey is out-powered by the Toyota Sienna, its acceleration is still brisk enough to deliver confident highway passing and merging. The six-speed automatic transmission executes quick, smooth shifts." -- Edmunds
- "A slight press on the throttle sends the Odyssey off the line with confidence. Around town, there is more than enough torque to move around smartly and weave between the tourists who obviously aren't under any type of schedule." -- Autoblog (2011)
Handling and Braking
Reviewers say that the 2014 Odyssey provides a pleasant ride and surprisingly agile handling for a minivan. One test driver says the Odyssey performs quite well during emergency handling, stopping quickly and turning sharply.
- "Other appealing attributes include a suspension that delivers both a comfortable ride and relatively crisp handling, as well as steering that is the quickest and most responsive in this segment." -- Edmunds
- "In our battery of tests, we took the Odyssey to the last place you're likely to find one: a track. In that setting, where we pushed Honda's minivan far beyond ordinary limits, the Odyssey surprised us by handling everything we threw at it, including emergency handling maneuvers, multiple rapid stops and exceptionally quick turns." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "The ride is as comfortable and poised as before, with body roll remaining minimal for a minivan. A new variable-displacement power-steering pump reduces effort slightly, but a bit of steering feel has been lost along with it; the average minivan buyer likely won’t mind, and the Odyssey remains the driver’s choice in the segment." -- Car and Driver (2011)
- "What’s more, Honda has now developed the ride and handling of its front-drive minivan to such a high level that I speculate how far back in history we have to go to find sports cars that didn’t handle this well. Probably not all that far." -- Road and Track (2011)
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