Minivan shoppers are a discerning crowd most interested in versatility, comfort and interior space–keeping the kids occupied and quiet tends to be a plus, too. Whether you're a soccer mom, tee ball dad, or a grandparent with the occasional family-hauling duties, the 2014 Odyssey delivers all the convenience you need. It's loaded with smart features, and both the second and thirds rows of seats can seat full-size adults, or slide fore and aft to accommodate up to eight passengers.
With both the second and third rows folded, there's enough space and a continuous cargo floor good for two ten-foot-long 2x4 studs, or 4x8 plywood. For smaller items, there's a media drawer with damped motion, a cooler compartment that can hold several cans or bottles, and a trash-bag ring—one of those simple things you'll wonder how you've managed without. Interior materials and trims aren't in the luxury realm, but they're not bad for also being Wet Wipe friendly.
Front seats aren't completely neglected; they're comfortable and somewhat wide, and there's a good view outward with a good view outward. But we can't say they're among the best; we would have liked more lateral support and back support.
There's comfortable space for six adults in the Odyssey's three rows of seats, and the second row can actually slide outward–changing the width of the second row depending on whether there are two adults, three, or a combination of child seats there (there are now five sets of LATCH connectors, for child seats).
As for the third row, it gets an armrest in some trims, while the folding mechanism is excellent--you can fold either section of the seat into the floor in a single motion, with only the firm pull of a strap (it takes one arm, and there's no need for a complex power-folding mechanism). This 6'-6" editor would have been happy all day in the second row, while the third row was more confining and only good for short trips.
Overall, the Odyssey's cabin is a surprisingly quiet, refined space, with a smooth ride, and some high-tech wizardry helps serve that impression. Active noise cancellation and active engine mounts both quell any vibrations from fuel-saving cylinder deactivation, as well as excess road noise.