The Odyssey is no stranger to this award, having won it now for four consecutive years, but that does not make the feat any less impressive. The decision making process for awards like these can often involve many factors, but all it takes is a look at the Odyssey's features and awards to see how it has kept winning.
To start with, it is the only vehicle in its class to earn a Top Safety Pick+ from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety—put simply, that means they have ranked it higher than any competing model in the realm of safety and accident prevention.
Honda's commitment to their drivers saw their 2013 models come with new standard features, and they are back again on the 2014 Odyssey as well, including:
Bluetooth connectivity for both phone and audio
Pandora radio and SMS texting capabilities
Touchscreen infotainment system
Steering wheel-mounted controls
Built-in rearview camera
That is just at the entry-level LX trim as well. Upgrading beyond that can add on luxurious features like the new HondaVac at the Touring Elite trim level. The HondaVac has been getting a fair bit of attention, as it took until 2014 before automakers thought that a family vehicle like a minivan might benefit from a built-in vacuum cleaner.
The award methodology combines all of these elements and more, factoring in professional reviews, safety ratings, reliability ratings, cargo volume, maximum seating, and the availability of features that are particularly friendly to families.
The 2014 Honda Odyssey is available now at Community Honda of Orland Park, right alongside the full 2014 lineup of Honda vehicles. Their dealership also features a variety of used models and on-site service and maintenance. Community Honda can be contacted online or visited in person at 8340 West 159th Street in Orland Park, Illinois, six days a week.