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That "lightning bolt" window line is meant to improve third-row visibility and make Odysseys easier to spot in the soccer-field parking lot.
Car and Driver
can appear bloated and overwrought in pictures but in person comes off as fresh and upscale.
doesn't camouflage the sliding door track as do Toyota and Chrysler
"The interior, on the other hand, is far from controversial. It features an expensive and upscale Acura-like look and feel"
In pursuit of benchmark fuel-economy figures, the slippery new skin boasts a far more rakish windshield, reviving the first-gen's triangular peepholes ahead of the front doors.
Infusing a minivan with style and curb appeal is a difficult craft to master, but the Odyssey gets it right at least in some respects. While the front where the current Honda family mug and the rear is relatively anonymous, the sculpted profile makes this one easy to pick out of a crowd.
The 2014 Odyssey tends to borrow more of its styling cues from the sedans in the Honda lineup than it does the brand's crossovers. A few years back, small bits of brightwork and a more arched roofline found their way to the Odyssey, but the most interesting addition was the "lightning bolt" hump along the rear window–intended to improve visibility through the car's blind spots.
There are also small windows in front the side mirrors, which make the Odyssey look a little more rakish, while adding visibility to the front corners of the vehicle. The rear sheetmetal under the "lightning bolt" is also a little more flared and sculpted, giving this minivan an aerodynamic edge and a little bit of outward excitement.Inside, the Odyssey is more ordinary, and that last redesign brought only evolutionary changes. The instrument panel design is familiar and upright, remaining somewhat swoopy and space-maximizing. In stark contrast to the sea-of-buttons look that's offered up in the dashes of some Honda and Acura passenger-car and crossover interiors, what's here is a refreshingly simple control layout containing large knobs and controls.
The lightning bolt does it: somehow the Odyssey stands out from the minivan crowd.