2015 Honda Odyssey Comfort & Quality

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Comfort & Quality

Minivan shoppers are most interested in versatility, comfort and interior space–keeping the kids occupied and quiet tends to be a plus, too. Whether you're a parent to many, a regular carpool driver, or a grandparent with the occasional family-hauling duties, the 2015 Odyssey delivers all the convenience you need. It's loaded with smart features, and both the second and third rows of seats can fit full-size adults or slide fore and aft to accommodate up to eight passengers.

Overall, the Odyssey's cabin is a surprisingly quiet, refined space. Some high-tech wizardry helps serve that impression; active noise cancellation and active engine mounts both work to quell vibrations from the engine's fuel-saving cylinder deactivation, while the former also temps to quash excess road noise.

Excellent seat comfort in all positions makes up for the fact that the Odyssey's middle row of seats don't fold away into the floor.

Front seats aren't completely neglected; they're comfortable and somewhat wide, and there's a good view outward. But we can't say they're among the best; we would have liked more lateral support and back support.

The second row can actually slide outward–changing the width of the second row depending on whether there are two adults, three passengers, 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.

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 sheets of 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.

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