The powerful yet fuel-efficient V6 engine of the 2015 Honda Odyssey should spice things up, and its top safety ratings reassure.

The minivan is an excellent choice for families with several children. Access to the second-row seats is easy due to the power sliding doors, and once inside, the 2015 Odyssey provides a spacious and versatile interior, with comfortable seating for up to 8 passengers.

The second-row seats are wide-mode adjustable, which results in more hip room, and creates the ability to accommodate up to three full-sized child seats. Another feature that may come in handy is the forward-sliding middle seat, which will move up almost 6 inches closer to the driver’s seat, ensuring that there is some distance between the kids, if need be.

Finally, to complete the spaciousness and versatility aspect of the 2015 Odyssey, the vehicle features a third-row Magic Seat, which may prove incredibly useful. These special seats, exclusive to Honda, allow owners to split the third-row seat 60/40, and pull the seatback strap for quick and easy folding. Also, the second-row seats are actually removable, which means that owners can extend cargo volume quite easily. Finally, the new 2015 Odyssey will provide owners with lots of storage compartments, such as an available cool box for drinks and snacks – another feature that is bound to come in handy.

When it comes to comfort and convenience features, buyers can opt for tri-zone automatic climate control, HomeLink, Honda’s navigation system with voice recognition, an in-car vacuum, and a rearview camera, among others, and available depending on the model. Other features worth considering include a push buttons start, heated front seats, power driver’s seat, satellite radio, and finally Honda’s rear DVD entertainment system that should keep rear-seat passengers occupied for the duration of the ride.

As for power, the new 2015 Honda Odyssey is equipped with a 3.5-litre V6 engine producing 248 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque, and paired to a 6-speed automatic transmission. The engine provides sufficient power to pass slower vehicles on the road, and the Odyssey’s precise and responsive steering is commendable. Buyers my also find that handling feels secure, and ride comfort should not be an issue. Standard active noise cancellation also helps to keep the cabin rather quiet from road and wind noise.

Fuel economy ratings for the 2015 Odyssey are 12.3/8.5 litres per 100 kilometres (city/highway), and the combined rating is 10.6 L/100km, which is quite fuel-efficient for this type of vehicle.

The minivan, which has earned the top 5-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, can be equipped with several available active safety systems, and includes standard vehicle stability and traction control.

Parents in need a minivan that will not only make life a bit easier, but is also intriguing to drive, will want to consider the 2015 Honda Odyssey. Its spacious and versatile interior, list of features, engaging driving dynamics, and top safety ratings should certainly make for a tempting choice.