In addition to easy-access sliding doors, good fuel economy ratings and an excellent record of reliability, the 2014 Honda Odyssey may very well be the perfect choice for a family minivan.

Priced from $29,990 MSRP, the 2014 Odyssey received top safety scores from both the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Honda already has a history of reliability, and with the Odyssey, parents can also appreciate a variety of safety elements, from the body structure that forms the foundation for solid protection, to the side airbags that deploy safely to lessen the risk of injury to smaller passengers. Vehicle stability assist and traction control are standard features as well, and Honda’s blind spot information system, forward collision warning and HomeLink remote systems are available on the higher trims. Buyers can also opt for lane departure warning, and the automaker’s blind spot display (LaneWatch).

As for seating and cargo versatility, the 2014 Honda Odyssey provides owners of the minivan with a luxurious interior, and seating for up to eight passengers. For friends or family members that find themselves sitting in the second-row, the seats are wide-mode adjustable. This allows occupants to move the outer seats to the side, providing adults with the opportunity to stretch their legs.

The second-row and even third-row seats will also accommodate child seats without any real hassle. If need be, parents can also move the middle seat almost six inches forward to maintain some distance between siblings. In addition, the minivan also provides several convenient storage compartments for water bottles, food items, electronics and so on. Finally, Honda’s One-Motion Magic Seat makes folding the third-row simple as parents need only pull on the seatback’s strap, and the second-row seats are removable for added cargo room.

Powering the automaker’s minivan is a 3.5-litre V6 engine, which generates 248 horsepower and 250 lb-ft of torque, and is mated to a standard and smooth 6-speed automatic transmission. The Odyssey also corners with grace and control, offers good acceleration, comfortable ride quality, and an impressive average consumption rate of 9.2 litres per 100 kilometres (city/highway combined). It also has a towing capacity of 1,588 kg, is equipped with active noise cancellation, and 17- or 18-inch wheels depending on the model.

For added comfort and convenience, buyers can also equip their vehicle with available features like tri-zone automatic climate control with an air filtration system, the HondaVAC in-car vacuum that helps keep the minivan clean, power sliding doors, and a push start button. The driver’s seat is also power adjustable for easy positioning, and heated front seats and leather-trimmed seating surfaces are available.

With top safety scores, a spacious and versatile interior, good acceleration and smooth shifting, and of course a long list of available features, the 2014 Honda Odyssey is a worthy choice for a minivan.

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