The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has given Top Safety Pick+ honors to the 2014 Honda Odyssey minivan. The updated minivan received a "good" rating on the so-called small overlap crash test, which simulates what may happen if a vehicle’s left front corner collides with an object like an oncoming car, a tree or a pole.
Honda freshened the Odyssey for 2014 by installing a strengthened steel frame and more robust airbags, instead of waiting for the next redesign of the minivan, which is still a few years from now.
Art St. Cyr, vice president of product planning and logistics at American Honda Motor Co., said in a statement, remarked tha the carmaker’s commitment to safety is “perhaps best demonstrated by the fact” that they achieved a high standard in a midcycle refresh, referring to the rating received by the 2014 Honda Odyssey.
Honda now has six vehicles that received Top Safety Pick+ honors -- the 2013 Civic sedan and coupe, the 2013 Accord sedan and coupe, the 2013 Acura TL and now the 2014 Odyssey. The company's engineering push commenced in 2009, when IIHS published a research showing that an outsized number of deaths in car accidents were results of small overlap crashes.
The crash energy in these accidents goes around the steel structures that crumple to cushion the blow of a crash with airbags not employing as intended. According to Joe Nolan, vice president for vehicle research at IIHS, Honda took admirable steps to deal with the shortfalls of the Odyssey, resulting to the good rating.
The exterior of the 2014 Odyssey showcases a style that has more sophistication and even sleeker. The hood is made up of aluminum and is sculpted more deeply. Composed of aluminum as well are the fenders in the front. Meanwhile, the twin-bar grille is bolder with the lower front fascia being redesigned. Integrated to this region are fog lights with the chrome trim.
Helping with the premium look for this model are the two-tone mirror housings and the projector-beam headlight housings that come with a darker finish. There are also the LED taillight bars as well as the new badging. On the interior, the cabin has a finish which results in it being brighter. There is also a new center stack which reveals a wide array of new features.
Under the Odyssey Touring Elite, the brand is offering extra technology equipped as standard that is aimed at increasing connectivity and making everyone inside comfortable. Examples of such features include SMS text messaging function, HD Radio, and a keyless Smart Entry with Push Button Start. Offered as well is the HondaLink which comes with the Aha Mobile interface.
The HondaLink was first revealed with the 2013 Honda Accord. Through this feature, owners of Odyssey models can connect easily and quickly to a wide range of content, mainly based on the cloud. This free smartphone application ensures that owners are able to access their very own favorite online content in order to create live radio stations that are more personalized.
Drivers therefore will no longer need to use their phones in order to listen to updates or even be updated on what is happening on Twitter and Facebook. Owners can also look into restaurant reviews and even see which coffee shop is the nearest one there is. With the 2014 Odyssey Touring Elite, it will also come with the HondaVAC as standard. This feature was created by the brand through a partnership with Shop-Vac, an industry leader in vacuum cleaner.
Made up of a strong vacuum, canister bag, and replaceable filter, the nozzle accessories have been incorporated through a dedicated driving space positioned on the driver’s side of the bulkhead of this model’s rear cargo area. Regardless of where the dirt is, the HondaVAC is able to do fast cleanups. This is because of a strong cleaning suction which is integrated with cleaning and hose attachments that can go anywhere inside the cabin.